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Chair, Department of Neurology Sacramento, CA

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.

Dr. Allison Brashear, Dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine and Professor of Neurology, seeks 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 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. 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 to the secure mailbox:

David Bellshaw is leading this search with Joe Kralick.    

The University of California, Davis is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity.

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