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Chair, Department of Psychiatry Burlington, VT

As of May 2022, this search has reached an advanced stage.


The University of Vermont (UVM) Larner College of Medicine (Larner College) and UVM Health Network invite applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Psychiatry. This is an outstanding opportunity for an accomplished psychiatrist to lead the clinical, educational, and research programs of this vital department in a dynamic academic medical setting. As the only Chair of Psychiatry in the state, this person will have a unique responsibility and authority as a mental health leader.

Located in Burlington, Vermont, the UVM campus sits between the shores of Lake Champlain and the slopes of the Green Mountains. Larner College of Medicine has 830 full-time faculty and 432 staff. In FY2021, grants and contracts totaling $99.56 million supported faculty research efforts. The Chair will have strong support from the Dean to ensure that the Department operates as a highly dynamic and forward-thinking unit. This recruitment is essential to the continued growth and success of Larner College and to position the Department of Psychiatry to address the grand challenges in the field.

The Department has a strong track record of producing compassionate physicians capable of delivering the highest-quality psychiatric care to patients in a variety of settings and is known for promoting lifelong learning in the context of a rapidly changing healthcare environment. The Chair of Psychiatry will provide broad leadership and administrative oversight of the Department’s highly specialized clinical and patient care services across the UVM Health Network, as well as its educational programs and research initiatives. The Chair will lead and develop the Department in alignment with the College’s strategic priorities and build on the historic strengths of the Department, while simultaneously implementing a new vision for the future of psychiatry at UVM. The incoming Chair will have the singular opportunity to provide collaborative and empathetic leadership to the Department’s accomplished and dedicated faculty and nurture the next generation of faculty by attracting, recruiting, and retaining top talent in the field of psychiatry. The Chair will oversee partnerships across clinical programs and within the community and will be charged with continuing the services offered for the critical and evolving needs, pre- and post-pandemic. The incoming Chair must be an optimistic and persuasive leader and bring an astute political savvy to engage with state leaders to create and move innovative legislation to improve mental health care in Vermont. The Chair will be able to express the value proposition for adequate care for inpatient and outpatient infrastructure across the health care network.

The successful candidate will be deeply committed to education, clinical service, and research and will bring experience in leadership and collaboration, strategic planning and implementation, and financial and resource management. This Chair will be an advocate for the Department, a leader, and a collaborator across the broader community. The ideal candidate should be a seasoned clinician, teacher, and administrator and bring a track record of tangible effort and success towards diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a passion for supporting the training of the next generation of researchers and psychiatrists.

Qualified candidates must hold an MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent medical degree; be board certified in Psychiatry and eligible for medical licensure in Vermont; and have credentials appropriate for an appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor (clinical scholar or tenure pathway) at UVM.

All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence below.

Ariannah Mirick is leading this search with Micah Pierce and Ivy Couch.


The University of Vermont is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and inclusive excellence of the academic community through their teaching, service and research, scholarship or creative arts.  Applicants are required to submit a separate statement of advancing diversity and inclusive excellence.

We are an educationally purposeful community seeking to prepare students to be accountable leaders in a diverse and changing world. Members of the University of Vermont community embrace and advance the values of Our Common Ground: Openness, Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Innovation, and Justice. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to the ideals of accessibility, inclusiveness, and academic excellence as reflected in the tenets of Our Common Ground.

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law. The University encourages applications from all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


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