Department of Laboratory Sciences – Department Chair/Program Director

Department Chair/Program Director
Department of Laboratory Sciences
College of Health Professions
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Position Title: Department Chair and Program Director – Medical Laboratory Sciences
Position Type: Faculty, Rank Open


The College of Health Professions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) seeks applicants for the position of program director for the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences (BS-MLS) degree program and chair of the Department of Laboratory Sciences. The program and department are located at the UAMS central campus in Little Rock, Arkansas. Salary and academic rank are commensurate with qualifications and college promotion and tenure criteria.

Position Summary

The department chair / program director reports directly to the dean of the College of Health Professions. Working in conjunction with the dean, staff, and faculty, the individual will be responsible for all aspects of the degree program, both administrative and educational. Administrative responsibilities include fiscal planning, continuous review and analysis, planning and development, and the overall effectiveness of the program. Educational responsibilities include teaching, curriculum development and review, etc. The position is a 12-month, full-time position. Appointment to the tenure track position is negotiable and contingent on candidate’s preparation and experience.


  1. Teaching – Plan and deliver instruction; remain current in academic or professional discipline; maintain an active program of scholarship appropriate to the mission of the program, as well as the program director’s interests, abilities, and career trajectory.
  2. Management – Effectively manage program resources: human, fiscal, and physical; organize self and the program to accomplish goals and objectives; allocate duties and responsibilities to meet the program’s needs; communicate effectively orally and in writing; maintain accurate program records; plan and conduct program meetings; assure efficient and effective business processes in the program; monitor and evaluate program performance; adhere to and enforce policies; maintain program compliance with accreditation standards.
  3. Leadership – Articulate long-term direction and vision for the program in accord with the department’s mission; engage faculty and staff to assure curriculum quality and currency; foster a program culture of collegiality, collaboration, and trust; promote and demonstrate innovation and resourcefulness; seek and promote partnerships within the department, college, university, and community; advocate for the program and profession; represent the program at all levels: college, university, community, national, and international; adhere to the highest standards of professional and personal ethics; keep faculty, staff, and students informed of important external factors that may impact on the program; create a culture that promotes scholarly activity among faculty and students.
  4. Faculty and Staff Development – Mentor and counsel faculty and staff to promote personal and professional development; Identify and allocate resources for faculty and staff development; recruit and select faculty and staff; evaluate personnel performance and provide meaningful feedback and guidance; promote, mentor, model, and lead scholarly activity; demonstrate and provide guidance to achieve excellence in teaching.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Academic leadership including the knowledge and skill to motivate faculty and staff to achieve program goals and objectives
  • Knowledge of current, emerging, and future trends in laboratory sciences
  • Excellent management and supervisory skills
  • Understanding of budget management, planning, and assessment processes
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in medical laboratory sciences, basic sciences, education, or a related discipline
  • ASCP-BOC or ASCPi-BOC generalist certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist
  • Experience in clinical practice as a medical laboratory scientist
  • Three years of teaching experience
  • Knowledge of education methods and administration as well as current NAACLS accreditation procedures and certification procedures

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in basic sciences, clinical laboratory sciences (DCLS), education or related discipline, or willingness to pursue a doctoral degree
  • Previous experience as a program director
  • Experience in conducting and teaching scholarly activities
  • Experience in the use of contemporary educational methods, e.g., hybrid courses, online instruction, simulation, interprofessional education, etc.


The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the only academic health sciences university in the state of Arkansas and the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees in 73 of Arkansas’ 75 counties. UAMS and its clinical affiliates, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the VA Medical Center, are an economic engine for the state with an annual economic impact of $3.92 billion.

UAMS offers 73 professional and specialist degree programs and certificates through our Colleges of Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Graduate School. Students attend classes at the UAMS main campus in Little Rock and our regional campus in northwest Arkansas.

Application Process

Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae electronically to the search committee chair:

Danny Bercher, Ph.D.
Department of Emergency Medical Sciences
UAMS College of Health Professions
4301 W. Markham St., #635
Little Rock, AR 72205-7199

UAMS is an inclusive Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer committed to excellence.