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Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 15th, 2019
Last review date: January 25th, 2019
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: March 12th, 2019
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


University of California, Davis
Search for the Chair of the Department of Neurology
Sacramento, California

The University of California, Davis and UC Davis Health invite nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Neurology. This is a unique opportunity to join a top ranked university and thriving academic and clinical department, both of which are renowned for their cutting-edge research, innovative educational opportunities, and delivery of impactful clinical services to a diverse community and region. A key leader in UC Davis Health, the new Chair will build on the success of prior leadership, leveraging the talents of a diverse faculty, staff, and students, to chart continued success and increased national and international reputation of the department’s important academic endeavors.

The Dean and the Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences seek a Chair who will maintain and enhance the phenomenal success that the department has experienced over the past six years while driving innovation in the field of neuroscience more broadly. Continuing alignment with an institutional commitment to diversity and educational opportunity, the new Chair will also act as a conduit between and contributor to a variety of other successful departments, centers, and institutes focused on neuroscience that are well established and growing at UC Davis. Finally, the Chair will strategically leverage the sizeable reach and accomplishments of UC Davis Health, ensuring the department and the institution continue to rise in intellectual impact, effective problem solving, and effective and efficient delivery of clinical care across a sprawling, diverse geographic region in Northern California -- and beyond.

UC Davis is one of the nation’s premier public research universities, with academic and research excellence across a broad array of disciplines, a vibrant health-science enterprise, an outstanding campus community, and a focus on sustainability. UC Davis is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and ranks 10th among public research universities nationwide, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. Its academic program includes 10 colleges and schools, including those devoted to Letters and Science, Biological Science, Engineering, and Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and graduate and professional schools in medicine, nursing, management, education, veterinary science, and law.

The University seeks an experienced leader and academic builder with outstanding management, business acumen, and communication skills. Candidates must have an M.D. or equivalent degree, be board-certified in Neurology, and boarded in subspecialty if subspecialty trained, a published research portfolio and have a California Medical License (or be eligible for licensure). The candidates must also possess academic credentials that qualify for appointment as Full Professor in the Ladder Rank (Regular), In Residence, or Clinical Investigator (Clinical X) series at the University of California. Candidates should have a strong background in academic medicine, including demonstrated excellence in clinical service, medical education, and research, and significant experience as a physician leader in an academic setting.

The next Chair of the Department of Neurology will build upon the department’s history of excellence and innovation and will work to further advance a vision centered upon expanding the department’s local, national, and international footprint. The Chair will enhance the department’s internal operations while also improving campus-wide partnerships and external relationships. To be successful in these areas, the next Chair will be expected to address a set of key opportunities and challenges:

• Develop a vision to lead the Department of Neurology forward through new partnerships and expanded educational opportunities;
• Continue to effectively lead a successful group of dedicated colleagues and collaborators;
• Promote a culture of equity and inclusion and support new diversity initiatives;
• Build out a robust clinical strategy that delivers quality care and develops distinctive competitive niches in a highly competitive market;
• Broaden, enhance and grow the Department’s academic and research portfolio and multidisciplinary initiatives;
• Engage collaboratively across campus to cement UC Davis Health as a leader in neuroscience;
• Recruit and retain a talented, diverse, and comprehensive faculty;
• Determine and strengthen sustainable funding models with increased resource generation.

UC Davis has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled through March 12, 2019. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters as well as a diversity statement addressing aspirations and contributions to promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their professional careers, a list of six references and an Authorization to Release Information form should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

David Bellshaw, Emily Chiswick-Patterson, and Joe Kralick
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.655.4900
Fax: 415.655.4905

For Ladder Rank faculty only:

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all finalists for tenured positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant/associate/full professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for positions with tenure or security of employment will be subject to reference checks.

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of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.

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Sacramento, CA


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