Administration, Education, Higher Education

Chair, Department of Community Health Sciences

  • Boston University School of Public Health
  • Boston, MA
Company Overview

About Boston University

Boston University, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) since 2012, is among the 65 leading private research and teaching institutions in the world, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston, programs around the globe, and a rich tradition dedicated to inclusion and social justice. Chartered in 1869, the University today enrolls more than 33,000 students, including over 16,000 undergraduates, and employs nearly 4,000 faculty and 6,500 staff across 17 schools, colleges, and administrative departments. Its current annual operating budget is $2.8 billion. Moody’s Investors Service recently upgraded BU’s ranking to AA3, reflective of the University’s increasing financial strength, growing donor support, and effective governance and leadership.

Boston University is committed to fostering a diverse university community within a supportive and respectful environment. We believe that the diversity of our faculty, students, and staff is essential to our success as a leading research university with a global reach, and that diversity is an integral component of institutional excellence.

Boston University’s faculty are committed to excellence in teaching and in path-breaking research and scholarship. We place a strong emphasis on our collaborative research efforts of both faculty and students, with major initiatives in emerging areas such as neuroscience, systems biology, photonics, engineering biology, data science, urban health, global health and development, and emerging infectious diseases. In 2020, the University’s research awards were $574.1 million. The faculty frequently receive national and international recognition for their outstanding contributions to their fields.

BU is one of the largest private research universities in the United States and one of the Boston area’s largest employers. BU’s students come from all 50 states and more than 130 countries. Students pursue studies on the Charles River, Fenway, and Medical Campuses as well as study abroad and internship programs in over 35 cities around the world.


Boston University is an international, comprehensive, private research university, committed to educating students to be reflective, resourceful individuals ready to live, adapt, and lead in an interconnected world. Boston University is committed to generating new knowledge to benefit society.

The University remains dedicated to its founding principles: that higher education should be accessible to all, and that research, scholarship, artistic creation, and professional practice should be conducted in the service of the wider community—local and international. These principles endure in the University’s insistence on the value of diversity, in its tradition and standards of excellence, and in its dynamic engagement with the City of Boston and the world.

Boston University comprises a remarkable range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs built on a strong foundation of the liberal arts and sciences. With the support and oversight of the Board of Trustees, the University, through the faculty, continually innovates in education and research to ensure that the needs of students and an ever-changing world are met.

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Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity

Boston University’s founders opened its doors to all students without regard to religion, race, or gender. Building and sustaining a vibrant community of scholars, students, and staff remains essential to the mission of contributing to, and preparing students to thrive in, an increasingly interconnected world.

BU strives to create environments for learning, working, and living that are enriched by racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. BU seeks to cultivate an atmosphere of respect for individual differences in life experience, sexual orientation, and religious belief, and to be free of intellectual parochialism, barriers to access, and ethnocentrism.

Success in a competitive, global milieu depends upon our ongoing commitment to welcome and engage the wisdom, creativity, and aspirations of all peoples. The excellence sought at BU emerges from the contributions and talents of every member of the Boston University community.

Boston University has special, long-standing relationships with its local communities. The University is committed to being a good neighbor and a trustworthy partner, and giving back through a wide range of educational, cultural, social, legal, and medical services.

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The School of Public Health

The BU School of Public Health (SPH), ranked 8th among the best graduate schools in the country by US News and World Report, takes a distinctive approach to public health education combining foundational learning and practical training with top tier programs. Under the direction of  Sandro Galea MD, , DrPH, Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, BUSPH is a leader in educational excellence and innovation in teaching public health. SPH’s aim is to teach in a way that is authentic, inclusive, flexible, and reflective of changes in the health of the population. Its widespread use of educational technology, equitable and inclusive pedagogy for faculty and students, and cohesive, science-based curricula combine foundational learning and practical training. Everyone at SPH values the importance of lifelong learning and provides opportunities to engage with experts and to develop new skill sets through Population Health Exchange.  As Dean, Dr. Galea, a physician, epidemiologist, and author, is responsible for the strategic direction and overall performance of SPH. He previously held academic and leadership positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and the New York Academy of Medicine. He has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature and is a regular contributor to a range of public media about the social causes of health, mental health, and the consequences of trauma. He has been listed as one of the most widely cited scholars in the social sciences and is past chair of the board of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and past president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) and of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS). He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Galea has also received several lifetime achievement awards. Dr. Galea holds a medical degree from the University of Toronto, graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow.

The mission of SPH is:

“To improve the health and well-being of populations worldwide, particularly the underserved, through excellence and innovation in education, research, and practice.”

The School’s values are consistent with the values of the overarching University:

We are committed to igniting and sustaining positive change that leads to health and well-being around the world.  We strive for a respectful, collaborative, diverse, and inclusive community within our School of Public Health. We aim to promote justice, human rights, and equity within and across our local and global communities.”

SPH by the numbers:

  • Faculty: 300
  • Staff: 223
  • Students: 1,083
  • Alumni: 10,368



  • Biostatistics
  • Community Health Sciences
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Health
  • Health Law, Policy, and Management

Degrees and Programs Offered


Master’s Degree Programs

  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
    • Interdisciplinary Certificates
  • Biostatistics
    • MS in Applied Biostatistics
    • MS in Biostatistics
  • Population Health Research
    • MS in Climate and Health
    • MS in Epidemiology
    • MS in Global Health
    • MS in Public Health Data Science
    • MS in Translation and Implementation Science

Doctoral Degree Programs

  • PhD: Biostatistics
  • PhD: Environmental Health
  • PhD: Epidemiology
  • PhD: Health Services Research
  • DrPH: Leadership, Management, & Policy

Graduate Certificates

  • Graduate Certificate Programs
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health


  • Management and Public Health MBA/MPH
  • Law & Public Health JD/MPH
  • Medicine and Public Health MD/MPH
  • Medical Sciences and Public Health MS/MPH
  • Genetic Counseling and Public Health MS/MPH
  • Social Work and Public Health MSW/MPH
  • Undergraduate 4+1 Programs: BA/MPH, BS/MPH

Role Summary

Reporting to the Dean of the School of Public Health, the Professor and Chair of Community Health Sciences fills a prominent and crucial leadership position at the School of Public Health.  The role requires an individual who is an accomplished scholar, educator, and public health leader who will provide aspirational and inspirational leadership to the Department and work to strengthen and coordinate its education and research activities in the area of community health sciences.  The successful candidate for this outstanding opportunity will lead a department comprised of 48 faculty (18 of whom are primary) who are internationally recognized for their innovation in research, scholarship, and teaching to enhance the health and well-being of communities and promote health equity. Departmental faculty apply both social and behavioral sciences to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities; apply scientific theories and evidence from the field to develop interventions and policies tailored to diverse communities; teach courses that emphasize assessment, intervention, communication, advocacy, and community-based research and practice; broaden student understanding of the factors that shape community health and how to improve it; explore how disparities impact health in sexual and other minorities; and promote social change.

This is truly a rare and outstanding opportunity to assume leadership of a well-run and leading department in a highly ranked school. This position is open due to the recent of illness and subsequent passing of beloved Chair, Richard Saitz MD, MPH, who held the role since 2014.  Dr. Saitz had an international reputation in alcohol and drug addiction research. His mantra was “follow the evidence.” His landmark article, “Individualized Treatment for Alcohol Withdrawal: A Randomized Double-blind Controlled Trial,” changed treatment protocol for the common problems associated with alcohol withdrawal syndrome. At his core, he was a dedicated physician committed to his patients and to the mission of SPH.  He leaves a wonderful legacy to build upon.

In addition to the following responsibilities, the next Department Chair will be charged with ensuring continued academic excellence in the Department and advancing the SPH’s research agenda by supporting student and faculty research endeavors.


  • School Leadership: Serve as an engaged member of School leadership to establish and implement the strategic direction for the School, participate in school wide governance structures and decision making; and ensure that departmental goals and programs are aligned with the School’s mission, vision, and priorities.
  • Department Leadership: Lead a multifaceted organizational unit and foster a departmental culture of respect, collegiality, and comradery; support and advocate for departmental faculty, staff, and students, both as individuals and a collective department; communicate regularly and openly with department faculty and staff about school initiatives and strategic goals, policies and procedures, department successes, and tactics that reflect the School’s ongoing work to be better, always. Consistently and equitably apply University and School policies and procedures.
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice: Demonstrate a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, which strengthens the community and increases the ability to eliminate health disparities around the world. Support a climate of inclusivity, sensitivity, and open dialogue against the backdrop of critical inquiry and celebrate varied experiences, identities, and perspectives. Demonstrate this commitment through recruitment at all levels and through supporting a department culture that is fair, pluralistic, transparent, and welcoming to all.
  • Recruiting and Mentoring Faculty and Staff: Recruit, retain, and motivate outstanding faculty and staff who are diverse and highly productive. Ensure an atmosphere of inclusiveness, support, and development for faculty, staff, and students; provide mentorship and feedback to faculty and staff and identify sufficient opportunities for professional development to ensure faculty and staff’s career success.
  • Advancing Research and Scholarship: Build on departmental research strengths and lead a departmental research strategy that is consistent with the School’s strategy and that improves the health and well-being of populations worldwide, particularly the underserved. Support collaborations and engagement with community partners and key stakeholders. Mentor principal investigators and departmental faculty to secure grant funding and publish relevant scholarship. Ensure a deliberate investment into research activities and priorities within the Department. Promote and enforce integrity in research.
  • Teaching and Mentoring Students: Build on departmental teaching strengths and lead the Department’s strategic participation in the MPH, MS, DrPH, and PhD curricula and departmental education programs. Support and promote excellence in teaching and participation in lifelong learning programs. Conceptualize and develop new initiatives for professional and academic education in alignment with school-wide goals.
  • Administration: Provide effective management of departmental personnel, operations, resources, and key areas and functions; make decisions regarding resource allocation; supervise, prepare, implement, and monitor the Department budget; and ensure compliance with grant, legislative, and institutional guidelines.
  • Community Engagement: Model engagement in the SPH community through attendance at Departmental and School meetings, events, and seminars and symposia.
  • Public Health Leadership: Serve as a thought leader and represent the Department of Community Health Sciences and SPH in critical public health meetings; engage with external stakeholders who are setting the agendas for the future of public health.

Candidate Profile

Ideal Candidate Profile

Boston University School of Public Health is seeking talented and accomplished leaders in the discipline of Community Health Sciences for this exciting and rare opportunity.  Ideally, we are seeking candidates with leadership and managerial experience who are nationally or internationally recognized for their contributions to the field of community health sciences.

Candidates must possess the following qualifications and characteristics:

  • An earned DrPH, PhD, MD, or equivalent doctoral degree
  • Attained the rank of Professor or be eligible to be appointed at that rank
  • Demonstrated scholarship through teaching awards, publications, and extramurally funded research. Is, or have been, personally funded by an agency, foundation, or other extra-mural source to undertake research in a chosen area of inquiry
  • Held leadership or advisory roles in national and international professional groups concerned with issues related to community health sciences
  • A highly collaborative and engaging style and the ability to convene colleagues of all levels
  • A proven track record of successfully mentoring students and faculty
  • Demonstrated success addressing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice among faculty and students or through efforts that address health disparities
  • The ability to think strategically about the future of the discipline and the implications for the Department, the School of Public Health, and the University
  • Honed fiscal acumen and accountability
  • Generosity in spirit and time
  • The ability to use common sense and pragmatism while also envisioning the future
  • A sense of humor and ability to see the positive in people and circumstances

Search Team

Lyn Brennan
Managing Director

Beth Schaefer
Managing Director

Holly Bowers
Vice President & Senior Search Associate

Jill Robinson
Executive Assistant

Managing Directors, Lyn Brennan and Beth Schaefer, have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in or recommendations for this role please submit materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Boston University is committed to fostering a diverse university community within a supportive and respectful environment. We believe that the diversity of our faculty, students, and staff is essential to our success as a leading research university with a global reach, and that diversity is an integral component of institutional excellence.

Download the PDF version of the position profile here.
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