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The University of Utah, an AA/EO employer, encourages applications from women and minorities, and provides reasonable accommodation to the known disabilities of applicants and employees.The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong or demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Position Information

Position/Rank Professor
Department 00281 - Pharmacotherapy
Track Tenure Track
New Position to Begin July 1, 2018

The University of Utah College of Pharmacy invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair, Department of Pharmacotherapy. The successful candidate will be eligible for appointment as a tenured professor. The College is an integral part of the Health Sciences Center, including the University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics (UUHC), the Eccles Health Sciences Library, the Colleges of Health and Nursing, and the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. The Department of Pharmacotherapy is one of 4 College Departments, including Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology & Toxicology, and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and encompasses teaching and scholarly activities related to innovative clinical practice, outcomes research, and health policy. The Department includes clinical-, research-, and tenure-line faculty with established clinical partnerships with the UUHC and Intermountain Health Care Systems, the Veterans Affairs Administration and additional innovative practice sites. The Department houses an internationally recognized Outcomes Research Center and the Utah Poison Control Center and occupies the top floor of the new “state-of-the-art” Skaggs Pharmacy Institute. With the recent appointment of a permanent Dean of the College of Pharmacy, the new chair will have significant responsibility and opportunity to oversee growth and recruiting.

Applicants should have an advanced degree (PharmD or PhD), strong evidence of academic administrative leadership, peer recognition as an accomplished scholar and educator, an understanding of contemporary pharmacy practice and curriculum, and an appreciation of the contribution of tenure-, research-, clinical-line faculty, as well as volunteer/adjunct faculty. The successful candidate should have excellent interpersonal skills, be a team player and enjoy working with and mentoring a diverse group of faculty and trainees. The candidate is expected to have an excellent track record of extramurally funded research and peer-reviewed scholarly productivity. Eligibility for pharmacy licensure in Utah is preferred for those with a PharmD degree.

Major responsibilities include:
● Setting and executing the strategic direction for the Department
● Participation and leadership to the Department in the areas of research, teaching, and service
● Managing the departmental budget
● Overseeing mentorship of Department faculty, residents, fellows, and students
● Establishing and maintaining a presence with pharmacy practitioners throughout the state
● Providing leadership within the College as a member of the Executive Committee
● Working with faculty across the Health Sciences to enhance interdisciplinary research and teaching.

Salt Lake City offers an exceptional quality of life. The University serves over 31,000 students across the U. S. and the world. The UUHC, with which the College of Pharmacy is associated, was recently ranked #1 in quality among academic medical centers nationally (Vizient Quality and Accountability Study) and is ranked second nationally for creating start-up companies from university research. The College continues to be a leader in research, currently ranked #5 in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Department of Pharmacotherapy has a long and rich history of training high-quality pharmacy practitioners and researchers currently practicing in a broad range of settings, including health system, ambulatory, and retail pharmacy settings, academia and industry. The Department is dynamic, leading the way in the application of pharmacotherapeutic principles to patient care.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. A complete application will include a current CV and a short statement describing the candidate’s vision for pharmacy practice, education and research.

For further information, please contact Karen S. Wilcox, Ph.D., Chair of the Search Committee at

Karen S. Wilcox, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology
College of Pharmacy
University of Utah
30 S 2000 E Room 201
Salt Lake City UT, 84112

EEO/Diversity Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Employees with prior URS service may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates
Open Date 11/01/2016
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Requisition Number PRN01606F
Type Faculty

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents
  1. Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 – Member Copy 4) – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169
  2. Addendum to the University of Utah - Veteran Only - Call 801.581.2169 after submission