The University of Alabama at Birmingham
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a Carnegie R1 institution and an academic health center that discovers, teaches, and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic benefit of its community, the region, nation, and beyond. UAB is internationally renowned for an intensely collaborative culture that has produced continual breakthroughs in education, healthcare, research, and service for fifty years. UAB serves students, patients, the community, and world with discoveries, basic and applied research, education, and the application of ground-breaking solutions.
A leader among comprehensive public, urban research universities with academic medical centers, UAB traces its roots to the 1859 founding of the Medical College of Alabama and the 1936 opening of the Birmingham Extension Center of The University of Alabama. In 1966, these entities were merged, and in 1969 UAB became an independent institution, one of the autonomous universities within the newly created three-campus University of Alabama System. As UAB recently celebrated its semicentennial, it is in the midst of a period of powerful year-over-year growth. UAB has over 22,000 students, over $525 million in research expenditures, and its medical center treats over 1,000,000 patients every year. The UAB culture entails educating, discovery, caring for the sick, responding to the needs of the community, and establishing Alabama as a progressive economic center that can change the nation and the world.
UAB’s shared values are the foundation of its current five-year strategic plan: Forging the Future. The mission pillars of the institution are education, research, innovation & economic development, community engagement, and patient care.
UAB offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in one college (Arts and Sciences) and nine schools, which include the Collat School of Business, School of Education, School of Engineering, School of Health Professions, School of Nursing, School Public Health, School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, and School of Optometry. As well, the Honors College enrolls over 2,000 students, and provides intensive learning opportunities based on personalized curricula and service learning, undergraduate research, honors seminars, and study abroad experiences. With over 120 areas of study, including 51 baccalaureate degree programs, 55 Master’s programs and 40 doctoral programs, UAB prepares students for graduate and professional school as well as the job market. UAB is one of only 51 universities classified by The Carnegie Foundation for both “very high research activity” as well as “community engagement.”
UAB is consistently ranked among the most diverse universities in the USA by Princeton Review. Approximately 42% of the student body represents diverse populations. The entire UAB community represents over 100 countries of origin. UAB set an enrollment record in 2020 for the fifth consecutive year, with 22,562 students – a 2.19% increase over 2019. With 23,000 employees, UAB is the largest single employer in Alabama and its annual economic impact exceeds $7 billion. One in every 31 jobs within the state of Alabama either is held directly by a UAB employee or is supported by UAB.
The culture of UAB embodies a spirit of discovery that advances knowledge, solves real-world problems and drives economic development. UAB’s research faculty ranks among the nation’s very best funded and is noted for its exceptional mentoring activities and training. Based on 2019 data, total research expenditures ranked 31st in federal funding (15th among public universities). UAB is one of only eight medical schools to increase its National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding by more than $100 million over five years.
The University of Alabama System is the state’s largest higher education enterprise. Its three doctoral research universities are The University of Alabama, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and The University of Alabama at Huntsville. Each institution has a unique mission consistent with the broader mission of the System.
Collat School of Business
The Collat School of Business is located in the heart of Birmingham’s business center. The school moved into an award-winning state-of-the-art building in the fall of 2018. The facility is designed for innovative content delivery and features classrooms designed for faculty and student collaboration. The school has 3,500 students and 100 faculty and staff. The urban identity and location allows faculty to integrate practical experiences in the ecosystem with classroom learning in powerful ways. Students undertake many internships and enjoy unique opportunities in the local business community and entrepreneurial ecosystem.
UAB’s Collat School of Business is accredited at the highest levels including Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for all business programs as well as a separate accreditation for accounting. The business school is performing strongly and playing a key role in advancing UAB’s strategic vision.
The Collat School of Business is known for its top-20 ranked online MBA and graduate business programs. It draws students from local and global communities with a variety of educational backgrounds with diverse life experiences, who are attracted to the school’s practical orientation. With a new major in Entrepreneurship launched in Fall 2020-2021, only the 4th such program in the state, the school is evolving to meet the market and its regional community. Relatedly, the school is strategically developing its Professional Education and certificate programs.
Department of Management, Information Systems, and Quantitative Methods
The MISQ Department includes 18 tenured or tenure-track faculty members, eight full-time and adjunct instructors, and three staff members. Its undergraduate majors include Management, Human Resources, Entrepreneurship, and Information Systems. The department also offers graduate courses in the MBA program and in quantitative methods and business communication. All programs are offered in traditional and online formats. Topic areas span the area of management and also include entrepreneurship, human resources management, project management, operations and supply chain management, and more. The department houses the nationally-ranked Management Information Systems graduate program. The area of Quantitative Methods is also housed in the MISQ department, and it features a growing business analytics program with courses in probability and statistics, forecasting, process optimization, and simulation. There are ongoing collaborations and multiple opportunities for the department to coordinate and build cross-disciplinary programs with other schools across UAB.
Dean of the School
Dr. Eric P. Jack is the Wells Fargo Endowed Chair in Business Administration, Professor of Management, and Dean of the Collat School of Business at UAB. He has a B.Sc. in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech, an MBA from Wright State University, and a PhD in operations management from the University of Cincinnati. He served for 21 years as a US Air Force officer where his responsibilities involved facilities planning, design, and construction.
He is a member of Leadership Alabama Class XXVIII, Leadership Birmingham Class of 2014, and serves on the boards of Rotary Club of Birmingham (Past President), The Innovation Depot, Founders Advisors LLC, Malcovery Security LLC, the Birmingham Committee on Foreign Relations, United Way of Central Alabama, and the Southern Business Administration Association. A naturalized US citizen, Jack was born in Trinidad and Tobago.
MISQ Department Chair
The MISQ Department seeks a permanent Chair to join UAB in July 2021.
Reporting to the Dean of the Collat School of Business and a member of the Dean’s leadership team, the MISQ Department Chair will appreciate and actively embrace each of the disciplines housed in the department. The Chair will provide comprehensive leadership, possess excellent communication competencies, and support the development of academic programs, research, and service leadership collaborations within the business school, across UAB, in Birmingham’s business community, and in entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Chair will support and advance the school’s growth goals, distinctive programs, high-impact partnerships, external engagements, and infrastructure developments as described in school’s strategic plan.
- Provide leadership in developing and implementing departmental strategic plan and vision aligned with the goals of the school.
- Shape the future of the department by working with faculty and staff to develop and articulate the vision and goals with appropriate metrics for achieving success.
- Grow the department by improving existing programs, supporting development of new programs aligned with the school’s and university’s strategic plans, and encouraging UAB’s interdisciplinary culture.
- Advocate the principles of shared academic governance.
- Foster a climate that is hospitable and encourages engagement, participation, collegiality, and innovation for everyone.
- Ensure high-quality teaching and learning and actively support the enhancement of innovative faculty teaching.
- Maintain a high-quality academic environment that supports faculty research and participation in their academic communities.
- Manage departmental operations, including student advising and counseling, scheduling courses, coordinating faculty schedules, and proactively responding to student learning performance measures.
- Formulate and communicate recommendations for hiring, tenure, promotion, retention, and evaluation of a diverse faculty and staff in the department.
- Prepare budget requests, establish expenditure priorities, and administer department budget fairly and equitably.
- Represent the MISQ department, build support and visibility among both internal and external constituencies, including UAB, alumni, industry, business, applicable professional organizations and associations, government, the Birmingham community, the state, and nation.
- Identify and facilitate new revenue generating opportunities that enhance the school’s and department goals.
- Participate in school-related alumni and development events and identify additional potential opportunities as appropriate.
- Earned doctoral degree from AACSB-accredited institution in Management, Information Systems, Management Science, Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, or similar area.
- Academic record and credentials that qualify the candidate for the rank of Full Professor on the UAB faculty. Senior Associate Professors with comparable records and credentials may also apply.
- Distinguished academic career with nationally and internationally-recognized contributions.
- Considerable experiences with teaching, research, and administration in university settings.
- An orientation for supporting colleagues in ways that relate to their specific interests and championing the success of diverse colleagues.
- Experience with conceiving, developing, and growing traditional and online academic programs, certificate, or professional education programs.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the higher education industry in general, and of business academia at national and global levels in particular.
- Strong commitment to high standards and rigor in teaching and research.
- Professional managerial experience with leading, coaching and mentoring teams, faculty, instructors, and staff.
- Strong commitment and acumen for building inclusive communities and driving diversification of a department, school, and university community, especially with regard to women and under-represented students, staff, and faculty.
- Demonstrable commitment to sustaining and developing high-quality student experiences and promoting remarkable student success.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills that engender confidence, build trust, and display respect.
- Ability to find and create creative solutions to conflicts and an ability to build consensus around new ideas and initiatives.
- Strong time management, organizational, and fiscal skills and abilities.
Birmingham, located at the southernmost edge of the Appalachian Mountains, is the largest city in Alabama. The metropolitan area is home to 1.2 million people and is a significant commercial center in the Southeast. The city’s business base has evolved from its manufacturing to a service economy with strong professional, business, legal, and medical sectors, but still deserves its nickname it earned in the 19th century—”Magic City”—as a result of its rapid growth. A thriving innovation and technology center, Birmingham is a regional hub for healthcare, is one of the largest banking markets in the United States, and has more than 700 technology-based companies. There is a particularly strong global automobile manufacturing presence (e.g., Mazda, Mercedes, Honda, Toyota) within a one-hour radius of the city. The largest entrepreneurial co-working space and incubator in the Southeastern USA, Innovation Depot, is located in downtown Birmingham within a half-mile of UAB’s business school.
Birmingham is a leading regional cultural center. The city has many attractions, which include the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the Birmingham Zoo and the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. In September 1996, the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center was founded on the campus of the UAB, and is home to the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the UAB Department of Music, and Department of Theater. It hosts many special events throughout the year. Across the street is the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, which includes modern art exhibition space, UAB’s Department of Art and Art History galleries, classrooms, and faculty offices.
Birmingham is a world-class foodie town. It is home to James Beard Foundation Award winning restaurants and nominees, and has been hailed as a culinary destination by Zagat, GQ Magazine, and other outlets. The housing market and the cost of living are among the most attractive in the Southeast USA. Many excellent housing choices exist in historic neighborhoods and in hilly and scenic communities not far from UAB. Public and private secondary schools in the area are among the nation’s best.
Birmingham’s history is very rich. As a center of American civil rights conflict and reconciliation, Birmingham acknowledges its past and celebrates the diversity that characterizes the city and serves as a source of its strength. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, part of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is a downtown cultural and world-class educational research center. Its purpose is to promote a comprehensive understanding of the significance of civil rights development in the Birmingham region, encourage cultural awareness, and champion human rights education worldwide.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love Birmingham. It ranks as one of the top “green” cities in the nation. Birmingham is home to more green space per capita than any city of its size in the country. There are many parks and preserves. Ruffner Mountain, ten minutes from downtown Birmingham, is the largest urban nature preserve in the country. Oak Mountain State Park, just outside of Birmingham, is the largest state park in Alabama. Red Mountain Park, also near Birmingham, is one of the most beautiful natural locations in the southeast. Hiking and biking trails abound, and Birmingham’s climate generally allows outdoor activity year-round. Gulf Coast beaches to the south and the Appalachian mountain chain to the north provide many opportunities to enjoy recreation, exercise, travel, and beautiful natural experiences.
How to Apply
UAB has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help with the search for qualified candidates. Please submit applications with a comprehensive CV, expression of interest, or nominations to Beth Schaefer and Josyanne Roche here.
A pre-employment background check investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment. UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.
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