Accounting and Finance
Collat School of Business
University of Alabama at Birmingham
The Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) seeks applicants for the position of Chair of the Accounting and Finance (ACFN) Department. The selected individual will appreciate and embrace each of the disciplines housed in the department, and will provide leadership and a vision for further academic, research, and service collaborations within the Collat School of Business (CSoB), across UAB, and within our business community. The individual will report directly to the Dean.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
* Provide leadership in developing and implementing the department's strategic plan and vision that aligns with the goals of the School
* Shape the future of the department by working with faculty and staff to develop and articulate the departmental vision and goals
* Maintain a departmental climate that is hospitable and encourages faculty and staff engagement, participation, collegiality, and innovation in an environment of shared governance
* Grow the academic unit by improving existing academic programs, developing new and innovative academic programs that align with the School's and University's strategic plan, including those that advance UAB's interdisciplinary culture
* Adhere to the principles of shared academic governance, especially the collaborative development of appropriate procedures for governance
* Ensure the delivery of high-quality teaching and support faculty teaching enhancement
* Maintain a high quality academic environment that supports faculty research and participation in academic communities
* Manage day-to-day administrative activities including student advising and counseling, scheduling courses, coordinating faculty schedules, and monitoring and being responsive to student success metrics
* Manage AACSB Accounting Accreditation Continuous Improvement Review
* Formulate and communicate recommendations for hiring, tenure, promotion, retention and evaluation of a diverse set of faculty and departmental support staff
* Prepare budget requests, establish expenditure priorities, and fairly and equitably administer the department budget
* Act as the representative of the department to build support and visibility among internal constituencies within UAB
* Act as the representative of the department to build support and visibility among external constituencies, such as local industry, government, and the broader Birmingham community
* Identify and facilitate fundraising opportunities that enhance the school's and department's goals
Terminal degree in Accounting, Finance or a related field as well as academic credentials that qualify the candidate for the rank of a tenured full professor appointment to the UAB faculty
Desired Qualifications & Experience
* Distinguished, nationally recognized academic career
* Successful experience in managing AASCB Continuous Improvement Review
* Proven experience in University-level teaching, research, and administration
* Experience developing and growing traditional and online academic programs
* Demonstrated knowledge of higher education issues at the national and global level
* Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and fairness, and the promotion of academic values
* Strong commitment to high standards and rigor in teaching and research
* Managerial/supervisory experience and commitment to mentoring faculty, instructors, and staff
* Strong commitment to continued diversification of the ACFN faculty and student body, especially with regard to the recruitment and retention of women and under-represented minorities
* Proven experience in building alliances and partnerships across the school, university, and beyond with the business community and other stakeholders
* Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to build consensus
* Strong time management, organizational skills, and budgeting experience
About the University
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state and beyond. UAB is internationally renowned for its intensely collaborative culture that has for nearly five decades produced continual breakthroughs in education, healthcare, research and service. With over 20,000 students, UAB provides a studentcentered, collaborative learning experience to prepare diverse students for rewarding careers and lives that benefit society and our regional and global economy. In recent years, UAB has experienced a surge in enrollment that spans every school and the Honors College. In fall 2017, UAB had another year of recordhigh enrollment (20,902) and its largest freshman class ever (2,299). The Princeton Review for Diversity has recognized the institution, and UAB continues to be one of the most diverse universities in the nation. The student body is 38.62 percent minority, and minority students make up 44.53 percent of the freshman class. The student population is 21.22 percent black and 61.21 percent female. UAB has 973 international students enrolled this fall, who along with 628 international faculty, staff and visiting scholars on campus, represent more than 100 countries around the world. In addition, UAB offers exceptional graduate and professional programs that prepare diverse students to lead, teach, conduct research, provide professional services, become the prominent scholars and societal leaders of the future, and contribute to our region's and our nation's prosperity. UAB is home to schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Optometry, Public Health, Health Professions, Engineering, Business, Education and the College of Arts & Sciences. The faculty, staff, and students of UAB have generated unique ideas and groundbreaking solutions to address the issues and challenges of a changing society.
In the four decades since its inception, this young, dynamic university has thrived with boldness and innovation that have pushed the frontiers in science, medicine, business, education, the arts and the humanities - and has garnered national and international respect. UAB had research expenditures of more than $510 million last year, ranking 18th among public universities and 34th overall in federally financed research. In funding from the National Institutes of Health, UAB ranks 10th among public universities with $243 million. Many of its roughly 2,000 faculty conduct research in universitywide interdisciplinary research centers that span more than one academic school at UAB. UAB's interdisciplinary culture presents its faculty with an opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from other schools, departments and disciplines who have comparable or complementary research interests. At the same time, UAB has reached out and collaborated with its community and state, spurring phenomenal progress over a half century. UAB's growth as a worldrenowned research university and medical center has driven the social, cultural and economic revival of Birmingham. UAB is Alabama's largest single employer, with an annual economic impact exceeding $7 billion, and continues partnering to improve education, health care and quality of life throughout the community and state.
Every individual school is engaged in important service programs, locally and globally, and servicelearning is deeply engrained across the curricula. UAB has been named for ten consecutive years to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a university can achieve for its commitment to civic engagement and servicelearning. The university continues to strengthen the historic partnership with Birmingham through shared strategic planning and collaboration on the development of "Innovate Birmingham" aimed at growing a robust, technologybased economy for the region.
The City of Birmingham
"If diversity were a place, it would be Birmingham." There is incredible variety in Birmingham including cuisine, museums, outdoor experiences, entertainment, festivals and events. UAB's decades long partnership with its community and State has led to the economic, cultural and social renaissance of Birmingham - the State's largest metro area with a population of just over 1 million - as the city has grown from a primarily steelbased economy to a thriving nexus of R&D, healthcare, information and technology, medicine, banking and other services industries.
Known as the Magic City for its rapid growth, Birmingham is home to more than a dozen hospitals and has become a booming health innovation and development center. The area boasts more than 700 technologybased companies and, in life science research, hundreds of millions have been awarded regionally from the National Institutes of Health. A vibrant regional innovation ecosystem is supported by UAB (the largest employer in Alabama), Southern Research (with seven FDAapproved drugs on the market), and Innovation Depot (the largest and most successful business technology incubator in the Southeast). UAB and other entities have long established the area as a health care hub offering worldclass care. With its acclaimed Health System and health professional schools, UAB brings the most advanced and promising treatments close to home.
The Birmingham area is steeped in the arts and culture. The Birmingham Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the southeast. In addition, Birmingham is home to the state's major ballet, opera, and symphony orchestra companies including the Alabama Ballet, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Ballet, Birmingham Concert Chorale and Opera Birmingham. UAB's Alys Stephens Center serves as Birmingham's home for the performing arts and an anchor of the burgeoning Cultural Arts District - hosting performances by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra as well as diverse, topbilled acts from Itzhak Perlman to Smokey Robinson to Kristen Chenoweth. The metro area's vibrancy and diversity continues garnering national attention and has been hailed as a top travel destination by Zagat, National Geographic Traveler, The L.A. Times, NBC's Today Show and Forbes.
The Birmingham area is also home to some of the country's best high schools. The Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School in Irondale was ranked first in Alabama and eighth in the U.S. in the 2016 Washington Post study of America's Most Challenging High Schools. The school remains among the nation's top five high schools. Local schools rated among America's best in various publications include Mountain Brook High School, Homewood High School, Vestavia Hills High School and the Alabama School of Fine Arts. The metro area is also home to three highly regarded preparatory schools: Saint Rose Academy, The Altamont School and Indian Springs School.
With endless river ways, 22 million acres of lush forests and diverse vistas that range from Gulf Coast beaches to Appalachian cliffs, Alabama is a paradise for those who love the great outdoors. Recreational opportunities abound and the scenery is exquisite. From the majestic mountains of North Alabama to the sugarwhite sands of the Gulf Coast beaches, outdoor lovers will find Alabama a great place. Outdoor entertainment is one of the main attractions to Birmingham. The addition of Birmingham's Railroad Park and the Rotary Trail give the city more greenspace per capita than any other city in the country, so outdoor recreation is easily accessible. Championship golf, hiking and mountain biking are virtually yearround sports, along with fishing in what is known as the "Bass Capital of the World." Alabama's location at the southern end of the Appalachian mountain chain provides the unique opportunity to hike in some of the most diverse and beautiful woodlands in the nation. For years, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach remained a hidden vacation treasure, but more and more families are discovering the 32 miles of soft sand and clear waters that lace the edges of Alabama's southern border to the Gulf of Mexico. Whether you want peaceful seclusion, an adrenaline rush or bustling nightlife, you will find it on Alabama's Gulf Coast. For more information:
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The Collat School Of Business
The mission of the Collat School of Business is to create and disseminate business knowledge that transforms the lives of our students and stakeholders by leveraging our locational advantages for the benefit of our local, national and global stakeholders. We also strive to be a business school known for leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship. Our support of faculty, staff and student activities actively advance our mission and vision. Because of our success in these areas, our teaching, research and service have had wide-reaching impacts not only on our students' lives, but also on our community and our key stakeholders. The School has over 2,600 undergraduates and 720 graduate students with 70 full-time faculty members and 32 administrative and professional staff. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and separately accredited in Accounting, our professors are accomplished researchers, publishing papers and textbooks that contribute to the ever-growing body of knowledge within the business disciplines. Our faculty members are more than just skilled teacher-scholars. They are also deeply experienced professionals, having worked for some of the world's leading companies: Ford, Deloitte, United Airlines, Motorola, Procter & Gamble and U.S. Steel to name a few. It's this combination of faculty scholarship and professional experience that makes the Collat experience both practical and relevant. The School's new experiential requirement of undergraduate students has provided another opportunity for the School's faculty and students to engage with the local business community. The requirement ensures that students will graduate with the marketable, hands-on experience necessary to successfully embark on a career post-graduation, and it also requires relationship-building among School faculty, career services staff and local businesses, working to maintain connections throughout the year to assist in the placement of students.
The School's mission is accomplished through three academic departments: Accounting and Finance (ACFN), Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods (MISQ), and Marketing, Industrial Distribution and Economics (MIDE). We currently offer undergraduate majors in accounting, finance, management, human resources, information systems, marketing, industrial distribution and economics. We also offer three masters programs: MBA, Management Information Systems and Accounting.
Accounting and Finance (ACFN) Department
The Department includes 17 faculty members and 7 full-time instructors, covering two majors and supporting both the MBA program and the business core. The accounting program offers an undergraduate degree as well as a Master in Accounting. Both accounting degree programs have been separately accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for more than 30 years. The finance program offers 3 concentrations: Financial Management, Investments and Institutions, and Real Estate. Degree programs in both accounting and finance are offered on campus and online. Students can also complete minors in accounting and finance.
The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, comprehensive curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five or more references) or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search committee at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (electronic submissions preferred). Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Nominees will be notified before the rules of confidentiality are relaxed and references are contacted. It is preferred that nominations and applications be submitted prior to February 15, 2018. Please follow this link to submit application materials: http://uab.peopleadmin.com/postings/3517.
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. A pre-employment background investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.