Faculty Employment Prospectus
The Position The Ellen and Vincent Forlenza ’75 Chair in Health Innovation and Technology was created to leverage Lehigh's traditional strengths in technology in the service of health. The Forlenza Chair will be expected to develop health applications using artificial intelligence, advance analytics and data science; and design cuttingedge devices and technologies to address urgent needs in population health. The leadership of the College of Health at Lehigh University is seeking nominations and candidates for the Forlenza endowed faculty chair. The faculty member holding this endowed chair will have a track record of driving innovation with technology and data science to: improve health outcomes; translate discovery into application and impact; and, apply technology and data science to reduce health disparities in communities and populations. The successful applicant for this position at the rank of associate or full professor will be considered for tenure at initial appointment. “With this chair, we’re hoping to find a leader who is a thoughtful risk-taker and a great facilitator of academic-industry partnerships,” Vince Forlenza said. “At the end of the day, it’s going to be someone who has a real passion for improving health care around the globe.” The Forlenzas think that the integrated learning approach Vince experienced as a student at Lehigh will give College of Health graduates “great flexibility and the ability to be broad thinkers. Ultimately, we want leaders who are passionate about health coming out of this school,” he said. “It takes a very integrated approach to solve the problems in health care. At Lehigh, there’s an openness to try new ways of learning. It has people who want to work together to get their arms around a problem.” Read more about the Forlenzas and their commitment to global healthcare here.
Table of Contents A Tradition of Excellence..................2 History...................................................3 Location................................................4 Vision/Mission/Values.......................5 Principles..............................................6 About COH............................................7 Studying at COH..................................8 Leadership............................................9 Programs................................................ 10 Experiential Learning.......................... 11 Strategic Planning................................ 12 Facilities.................................................. 13 Faculty..................................................... 14 & 15 Research.................................................. 16 The Lehigh Valley.................................. 17 Community Partners............................ 18
A Tradition of Excellence More than 150 years after its founding, Lehigh continues to honor its legacies and traditions while constantly seeking new and innovative ways to educate the leaders of tomorrow. Launching the College of Health in 2020, Lehigh expanded from 4 to 5 colleges to train leaders in health and health care, a sector with enormous opportunities. A university that began as the home of just 39 eager young scholars is now a thriving, internationally recognized university of more than 5,451 undergraduate and 1,812 graduate students. By creating the College of Health, Lehigh has embarked on a bold plan to expand its impact on its students, its community, and its world.
Founded in 1865, Lehigh University’s history is inherently linked to America’s rise as an industrial power. Lehigh’s founder, the industrial pioneer, entrepreneur and philanthropist Asa Packer, laid the foundation for a university that has since educated generations of students and served as a force of positive societal change. Lehigh University was born in post-Civil War America, a period when the United States was both rebuilding from the turmoil of the war and flexing its muscles as a new economic power. The growth of the period was driven in part by the dramatic increase in the utilization of iron and coal in industry, brought about by improved transportation on the nation’s waterways and railroads. Asa Packer, founder of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, was one of the men who both pushed along and benefited from the dynamics of the day, and by 1865, he had acquired both the vision and the financial clout to give back to the region that had helped him build a fortune. He donated $500,000 to create a new university to serve the “intellectual and moral improvement” of the young men of the Lehigh Valley. The new institution was called, simply, Lehigh University. In the century and a half that has passed since, Lehigh has evolved into one of the most highly regarded institutions of higher learning in the nation. Lehigh graduates have led both the Ford and Chrysler corporations, orchestrated the construction of the giant locks of the Panama Canal, and stood as leaders and innovators in the worlds of business, engineering, politics, the arts, education, space exploration, health and human services, and countless other fields. Today, Lehigh continues to educate thousands of young women and men who are drawn to South Mountain by the opportunity to learn at an internationally recognized research university, and to live and grow in a vibrant and engaging campus community. History 3
5 colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, and Health 7,263 students (undergraduate & graduate) 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio $2.1B endowment and assets 25 NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports for men and women 40% of students participate in an international experience and 30% of those participate multiple times Location Matters The campus is in the Lehigh Valley - which includes Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton - the third largest metropolitan area in Pennsylvania. Conveniently located within driving distance to New York City (90 minutes), Philadelphia (60 minutes) and the Pocono Mountains (30 minutes), Lehigh benefits greatly from the opportunities and partnerships in the region. At a Glance
To advance learning through the integration of teaching, research, and service to others. Mission Vision National and international research prominence Learning experiences grounded in fundamental, transferable skills across all disciplines and in real world challenges Strategic risk-taking in the presence of opportunity and adversity Social, environmental and economic sustainability Meaningful connection and partnership with alumni, supporters and citizens around the globe A robust return on the investment in a Lehigh education A diverse, inclusive and financially accessible environment Lehigh University prepares graduates to engage with the world and lead lives of meaning. We commit to: 5 Values Integrity and honesty Equitable community Academic freedom Intellectual curiosity Collaboration Commitment to excellence Leadership Essential and enduring tenets -- a small set of timeless guiding principles that require no external justification; they have intrinsic value and importance.
Principles of An Equitable Community We affirm the inherent dignity in all of us, and we maintain an inclusive and equitable community. We recognize and celebrate the richness contributed to our lives by our diverse community. We promote mutual understanding among the members of our community. We confront and reject discrimination in all its forms, including that based on age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomics, veteran status, or any differences that have been excuses for misunderstanding, dissension, or hatred. We affirm academic freedom within our community and uphold our commitment to the highest standards of respect, civility, courtesy, and sensitivity toward every individual. We recognize each person’s right to think and speak as dictated by personal belief and to respectfully disagree with or counter another’s point of view. We promote open expression of our individuality and our differences within the bounds of University policies. We acknowledge each person’s obligation to the community of which we have chosen to be a part. We take pride in building and maintaining a culture that is founded on these principles of unity and respect. Lehigh University is first and foremost an educational institution, committed to developing the future leaders of our changing global society. Every member of our community has a personal responsibility to acknowledge and practice the following basic principles:
At a Glance Opened in 2020, the College of Health is shaping the future of health and healthcare through its innovative approach to teaching and research. A core commitment of the college is fostering positive change in the communities where we live and work by promoting health equity. Its mission is to understand, preserve and improve the health and well-being of domestic and global populations and communities with datadriven and community-focused research and education in three primary areas: population health, community health, and health innovation & technology. 2020: Launch of undergraduate programs 2021: Health, Science and Technology building completed 2022: Launch of graduate programs 100% of students have access to experiential learning opportunities 600+ Lehigh alumni network working in healthcare About The College of Health 7
Studying at the COH 6 Lehigh blends entrepreneurial thinking, creative inquiry and rigorous academic programs with a vibrant life in and outside of the classroom, offering distinctive programs that support, guide, challenge and inspire students. To that end, the College of Health and its institutes host distinctive speakers throughout the year on campus, and also offer presentations by healthcare experts online as part of its Colloquium Series. 105 current majors 500 undergraduate and 250 graduate students by 2025 48% of undergraduates from the U.S. and non-white Two students serve asUnitedNations YouthRepresentatives AT A GLANCE
In December 2020, Elizabeth “Beth” Dolan, former deputy provost for graduate education at Lehigh, was named interim dean of the College of Health. Beth first came to Lehigh in 2001 and brings a non-traditional background in health to a college that is intentionally challenging its faculty and students to look at the world of health, and health problems, in new and different ways. She earned her B.A. in English at Davidson College and her master’s and doctorate in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She later served as senior fellow in literature and medicine at the UNC School of Medicine. She researches the expression of suffering in narrative, focusing on the ways novel forms of expression intervene to address the social and political causes of emotional pain and ill health Beth continued her work in health and health-related fields by serving as founding director of the Health, Medicine and Society Program in the Lehigh College of Arts and Sciences, successfully co-leading the effort to create a cluster hire in community health before there was a College of Health, and serving on the committee that competed successfully for a cluster hire in community health and she served on the committee that designed the Grants for Experiential Learning in Health to fund student research and apprenticeship opportunities in the health arena. Most recently, as the university's first deputy provost for graduate education, she worked to develop additional financial support and career opportunities for graduate students and championed an industryinformed approach to doctoral education. Outside of Lehigh, she was the founding director of the board of the PA Medical Humanities Consortium, now folded into the National Health Humanities Consortium. Leadership From left, Board Chair Vincent Forlenza '75, Interim Dean Elizabeth "Beth" Dolan, Lehigh President Joseph Helble ’82 and Lehigh Provost Nathan Urban. 9 Beth works with a 15member Dean’s Advisory Council made up of corporate, healthcare, NGO and private-sector leaders who share their expertise, guide policy, provide sponsorship and offer student experiential learning opportunities. Meet them here.
Programs & Offerings Undergraduate Population Health Global Health Indigenous Peoples Health Maternal & Child Health Health Policy & Politics Community Health Environmental Health* LGBTQ+ Health* Health Data Science* 10 Graduate Certificates Masters Degrees Population Health Community and Global Health Health Data Science* Intercollegiate Health, Medicine & Society* Intercollegiate Engineering & Health* Population Health Global Population Health Digital Health* Master of Public Health (MPH) MS in Population Health MBA/MPH Flex MBA with Public Health Concentration MSc in Digital Health* MA in Community & Global Health* Master of Population Health Master of Public Health (MPH) Master of Engineering in Health Systems Engineering Population Health Digital Health* Public Policy* 4+1 Accelerated Programs Doctor of Philosophy The College of Health occupies a unique space within the Lehigh University ecosystem enabling access to expertise from faculty from its four other colleges. Our alumni enter the world prepared to make an impact in the private sector, with nonprofit organizations and in government institutions. Majors Minors Graduate *planned program growth
Internships & Study Abroad Health technology/entrepreneurship: Ben Franklin Technology Partners, an incubator on Lehigh’s campus for tech-based start-ups. Community and global health: Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Office of Health Equity, which addresses health disparities and public health issues. Data analytics: IQVIA, a multinational leader serving industries in health information, technology and clinical research. Social enterprise: The Global Good Fund, an organization founded by Carrie Rich '07 providing leadership development for social entrepreneurs including those in the healthcare sector. Lehigh values the rich impact that experiential learning opportunities have on students and their development as professionals and global citizens and the college has included in its strategic plan a goal for 25% of undergraduate credit hours to be experiential. To bring these offerings to College of Health students, partnerships across the university, in the local community and abroad are being established. Access to impactful, experiential learning opportunities, whether through traditional semester abroad programs, international internships or global opportunities, is one of the cornerstones of the college’s mission. Through partnerships within and beyond the university, students can pursue a rich set of learning experiences in health. For instance: Thanks to generous donors and fundraising efforts, all College of Health students have the opportunity to apply for a paid internship, a funded experiential learning project and/or a study abroad experience. 11
The recently completed strategic plan, “Community + Technology → Health Equity,” highlights the college's strength in interdisciplinary methods, its commitment to solving real-world problems, and its unique ability to accommodate cross-departmental collaboration. STRATEGIC PLANNING Research Community Based Participatory Research–working WITH communities to identify core health issues and to develop solutions; Health Technology–broadly understood to include the development and/or application of data science, ML, AI, digital health, diagnostics, and devices. Develop a distinctive and impactful area of research strength that builds on the mission of COH and addresses the needs of specific populations. Based on an understanding that rather than the development of health technology, or the design of health interventions, it is the uptake (individual, community, and governmental) of these innovations that is the thorny challenge, the COH is building an area of research excellence that will combine and grow faculty expertise in: 1. 2. These faculty will work together to promote health equity, specifically, to improve health outcomes for two primary populations–marginalized populations in the Lehigh Valley, and Indigenous People nationally and globally. Educate Create innovative and impactful undergraduate and graduate education programs. In keeping with the research focus, the strategic plan identifies key educational goals as shifting 25% of credits in all of our majors to experiential learning, collaborating with both the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Engineering to create cross-college programs that respond to today’s needs in the health sector, and to develop a cutting-edge suite of doctoral programs in Digital Health. Partner Develop and integrate collaborative relationships with partners within and beyond Lehigh. 12
Facilities The Health, Science and Technology building, home to the College of Health, is the largest academic research facility ever built by Lehigh, and the second largest building on campus. Opened to the public in April 2022, the 195,000-square-foot facility houses: faculty, administrative and programmatic staff; the health data warehouse; a biospecimen repository; a data visualization lab; wet and dry labs; community meeting space; and engineering and science faculty from three of Lehigh’s colleges who work on health and energy. The building’s open, collaborative design fosters an atmosphere of constant innovation and change - interdisciplinary teams rotate in and out of the space while undergraduates engage in high-impact, hands-on learning experiences alongside graduate students and faculty researchers. This community-facing space redefines innovation by providing a home for Lehigh to forge important new partnerships with local organizations, schools and churches.
THE FACULTY 14 The faculty of the College of Health seek to understand the many factors that determine health and put that information to work to improve the lives of those in local and global communities. Through a focus on population health, faculty leverage science, innovation and action to equip students for leadership and conduct meaningful research with traditional and nontraditional partners in pursuit of a healthier world. Together they will prepare the next generation of scientists and leaders in population health through innovative coursework, distance learning and experiential learning opportunities. Meet them here. Currently 18 faculty on staff Additional 37 expected faculty hires by 2025 Over $9 million in faculty research grants 60+ college-based and affiliated faculty from Lehigh's other four colleges AT A GLANCE
Lehigh University faculty pride themselves on being outstanding scholars and teachers. In the College of Health, faculty are dedicated to having an impact on the world through their research. The Office of Research has robust internal funding opportunities for faculty in all disciplines, and outstanding support for external funding. Within the College of Health, faculty enjoy pre- and post-award support from our associate dean for research and two staff members. Our research team collaborates with our marketing team to elevate faculty research accomplishments. 15 Research, Teaching & Service Teaching Research Service At Lehigh, the faculty have a culture of learning about learning, and continually work to improve their pedagogy to reach a changing student body. Faculty and their students benefit from Lehigh’s extensive resources to support instruction, including the highly regarded Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. Many undergraduate and graduate students contribute to faculty research, and many faculty mentor student-led research teams like those in the Mountain Top programs. Faculty service to the department, to interdepartmental programs, to the college and the university is fundamental to the successful operation of the institution. As with teaching and scholarship, the university expects that participation in an increasing level of professional service will take place over time, which benefits both the reputation of the individual faculty member and the university. As a new college, the COH is looking for faculty who want to build innovative educational programs, develop impactful research projects, and contribute to the positive culture of the college.
Health Data Warehouse (HDW): this collaboration between the COH and the College of Business houses clinical, billing, administrative and community-based health data including an on-premise server, HIPAA compliant cloud-based storage and access to Lehigh’s High Capacity Computing Environment. At full strength, the HDW will provide services for researchers including de-identified data extracts, data analytics and modeling, and data fusion. Children’s Environmental Precision Health Institute (CEPH): seeks to better understand the impact of environmental exposures that link to diseases in order to detect, intervene and prevent high-risk infants and toddlers from developing irreversible impairment to reaching their physical and intellectual potential. Institute of Health Policy & Politics (IHPP): conducts research and academic and professional training on political analysis and policy-making processes while raising awareness of the role of domestic and international health policymaking and the broader political contexts influencing population health. Institute for Indigenous Studies (IIS): partners and collaborates with Indigenous peoples, nations and organizations throughout the Western Hemisphere to improve their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being; to identify the current health and education needs of this community using a multi-level, socio-ecological framework; and, to partner with tribal and local organizations, colleges, universities and other academic institutions to develop culturally appropriate research methodologies that address health and education. COH faculty are also involved in three interdisciplinary research institutes based in engineering: Institute for Functional Materials and Devices; Institute for Data, Intelligent Systems and Computation; and Institute for Cyber Physical Infrastructure and Energy. Research The College of Health is the nexus of health research at Lehigh and is home to three interdisciplinary research institutes that excel at focused and multidisciplinary studies, working together to solve health problems both locally and globally. 16 Left, an Admiral Rachel Levine visit hosted by IHPP and, above, COH students conduct research for IIS at the largest powwow in the nation.
The Lehigh Valley Community Our location in the Lehigh Valley affords vast potential for partnerships, placements, collaborations and resources. Nearly 27 percent of the workforce is employed in the “eds and meds” sectors with a 10 percent growth among the 18-34 age group alone. The college leadership takes full advantage of this wealth of opportunity for undergraduate and graduate recruitment, experiential learning opportunities, research partnerships and advancement efforts.
Partnering with corporations, nonprofits, hospitals and NGOs, among others, is critical to the success of the college, its students and faculty. These relationships allow for student placement in experiential learning opportunities, guidance on curriculum development, data sharing for research outcomes, financial and inkind sponsorships and more. Today’s partners include the Lehigh Valley Health Network, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Geisinger, IQVIA and Bayada Home Health. Our Partners Science Supercluster Strong growth and high specialization in the Healthcare & Life Sciences cluster High proportion of residents with degrees in engineering Lehigh University Center for Manufacturing Systems Engineering As dozen world-class health care networks and independent residency programs The Lehigh Valley provides proximity to top research universities, a growing workforce and an affordable location with a great quality of life. Its economic assets are uniquely suited to help research, diagnostics and manufacturing firms the opportunity to emerge in the life sciences commercial environment. In addition to being Pennsylvania’s fastest-growing region for the 18-34 age group, the Valley has: 18 Lehigh is also home to one of just four Ben Franklin TechVentures® in the state, an award-winning incubator/post-incubator facility on its Mountaintop Campus. Several of the current start-ups at Ben Franklin are run by Lehigh faculty, and COH students regularly intern with these nascent companies.
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