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Chair, Department of Pathology
University of New Mexico- School of Medicine

Date Posted Jun. 8, 2021
Title Chair, Department of Pathology
University University of New Mexico- School of Medicine
Albuquerque, NM, United States
Department Pathology
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Pathology & Laboratory Medicine


The University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Medicine is seeking outstanding applicants for the position of Chair of the Department of Pathology in the School of Medicine in the Health Sciences Center (HSC). The Chair will provide strategic leadership and direction for all aspects of the Department’s education, research, and clinical service missions. The ideal candidate is expected to have a record of successful development of educational programs and training of students and fellows, a history of extramurally funded projects, demonstrated excellence in clinical service and experience in the management of complex diagnostic pathology enterprises. Moreover, the successful candidate will have practical administrative, fiscal and budgetary skills, and fundraising experience. Prior recognized investment in faculty development and mentoring is essential. Also critical are the abilities to effectively function as a consensus builder and to influence and collaborate across various stakeholders. The candidate must demonstrate exceptional professionalism and interpersonal skills. The Chair will need to be an advocate for diversity and inclusion initiatives and embrace and appreciate the diverse state cultures. The University of New Mexico co-sponsors, with Presbyterian Healthcare Services, a stand-alone, non-profit, comprehensive specialty reference laboratory: TriCore Reference Laboratories ( TriCore provides diagnostic services for the University of New Mexico hospitals, UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center, Inc. (SRMC), UNM Medical Group Clinics, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Presbyterian Healthcare Services, as well as much of the state of New Mexico with regional and national consultation services. TriCore is one of the largest clinical laboratories in the United States.

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the "Land of Enchantment." In addition to a reputation as a leading research-oriented medical center we are known for our innovations in medical education, being at the forefront of student-based learning. The 70-member Department of Pathology consistently ranks among the top academic departments of Pathology in the United States for NIH funding. Opportunities for collaborative investigations are found within several HSC NIH-funded programs: the Clinical and Translational Science Center, the Center for Infectious Disease and Immunity, the Autophagy, Inflammation and Metabolism Center, the Center for Brain Recovery and Repair, the Interdisciplinary HPV Prevention Center, the New Mexico Center of Molecular Discovery and the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as with main campus faculty and with local organizations such as Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory. A new College of Population Health provides interesting possibilities for pathology-based epidemiology studies. The TriCore Research Institute provides additional opportunities for collaboration including Digital Pathology/Artificial Intelligence, Population Health, and device trials. A description of the Pathology Department’s programs can be found at

Minimum Requirements

Candidates must hold an MD, MD-PhD, DO, or equivalent degree and be Board Certified in Pathology, and have demonstrated expertise appropriate for appointment as an Associate Professor or Professor in UNM’s School of Medicine. The candidate must have demonstrated experience in leadership roles at a major academic institution with an affiliated health system, be eligible for licensure in New Mexico, and must be eligible to work in the United States.

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong record of excellence in education and educational innovation including successful development of educational and training programs for clinical and research trainees
  • Success in creating and maintaining a positive learning environment
  • Strong record of productivity in research to include federally-funded research experience
  • Demonstrated clinical experience in Anatomic and/or Clinical Pathology/Laboratory Medicine
  • Evidence of leadership and experience in managing a complex clinical, research, and educational enterprise
  • Demonstrated evidence of financial management, contract negotiation and driving strategic inititatives to successful outcomes
  • Strong record of personnel management experience with an emphasis on faculty recruitment, faculty development and mentoring for success
  • Experience working with multiple constituencies and a record of advocacy across all department mission areas
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to develop a creative and collaborative vision for the future and to successfully bring it to fruition
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.


Salary is negotiable depending upon qualifications and experience.
Nomination Process

UNM Chair of Pathology
c/o April Rodriguez
Telephone Number: (505) 272-9767
Fax Number: (505) 272-6581

Nominations must be received by June 30, 2021. If self-nominating, you need only apply and not submit a self-nomination.

Application Process

For best consideration applications must be received by August 6, 2021, however the position will remain open until filled.

How to Apply: A complete application consist of: (1) current curriculum vitae; (2) a comprehensive letter of interest that addresses how their strengths and experience match the minimum and preferred qualifications for the position, and what they see as challenges and opportunities of the Chair in the current academic environment, and; (3) names, addresses and contact information for five references. A leadership statement is available for candidates to review which was developed by the faculty and provides department informaton to assist with application.

For complete details of this position and to apply, access Faculty Posting at: Reference Posting req15736.

For information regarding the confidentiality of inquiries and applications or general questions please call or email to the address listed above. UNM’s confidentiality policy ("Disclosure of information about Candidates for Employment," UNM Board of Regents’ Policy Manual 6.7), which includes information about public disclosure of documents submitted by applicants, is located at

  • The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

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Contact Information

  • April Rodriguez
    University of New Mexico- School of Medicine
    1 University of New Mexico
    Albuquerque, NM 87131
  • 505-272-9767
  • 505-272-6581


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