September 9, 2021By Lance Baily

CHIPS Executive Director

University of Tennessee Health Science Center
September 9, 2021
Memphis, TN
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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) was founded in 1911. Our vision is to be the preeminent public research and teaching university linking the people of Tennessee to the nation and the world. UTHSC improves human health by fostering integrated, collaborative and inclusive education, research, scientific discovery, clinical care and public service. Offering a broad range of postgraduate and selected baccalaureate training opportunities, the main campus is located in the heart of the Memphis Medical District and includes six colleges – Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC educates and trains cohorts of medicine, pharmacy and health professions students—in addition to medical residents and fellows—at its campuses in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville. Clinical care, professional education and research also are carried out at more than 100 clinical and educational sites across Tennessee.


The Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation (CHIPS) on the Memphis campus of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center opened officially in 2018. This three-story facility, with approximately 45,000 gross square feet, was designed to meet the educational needs of the health professions represented across UTHSC as well as those of UTHSC’s community partners. To accommodate the growing need for interprofessional education and healthcare team training, the facility was designed with flexibility in mind while ensuring proper environmental fidelity. The design accommodates current best-accepted practices in simulation facility design, with particular attention to flow, adjacencies, acoustics, and educational priorities. The facility includes multiple physical assessment and clinical skills labs, a home environment, inpatient and primary care settings, a community pharmacy, and numerous multipurpose and debriefing rooms. Currently, a wide array of simulation-based activities is integrated into the curricula of many of our academic programs and implemented in a variety of campus locations.

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Job Summary/Essential Job Functions

The Executive Director of the UTHSC Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation (CHIPS) serves as the leader of the Center and oversees the successful use and integration of simulation education across the institution.  This position, reporting directly to the Vice Chancellor for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs (VCAFSA), works collaboratively with various stakeholders across the institution (across administrative units, colleges and campuses) in support of the institution’s strategic priority to educate outstanding graduates who meet the needs of the state and its communities by supporting the effective use and integration of simulation tools, techniques and strategies in education as well as fostering interprofessional training opportunities best suited for simulated environments. The Executive Director is responsible for establishing the strategic priorities for the Center and program in collaboration with the VCAFSA and CHIPS leadership.  The position is also responsible for the oversight of global operations, marketing and development initiatives, research and assessment efforts, and the systematic expansion and integration of simulation across the institution.  Finally, this position works in collaboration with the VCAFSA to initiate and evaluate efforts aligned with the strategic priorities and objectives identified on the UTHSC Strategic Map designed to enhance student learning outcomes.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identify new opportunities and initiatives related to the mission and vision of CHIPS and UTHSC. Set the overall direction and strategy for CHIPS. Oversee the global operations of CHIPS, including simulation facility operations, administration, personnel, financial management, growth, efficiency, and strategic planning. Provide simulation leadership across UTHSC instructional sites, healthcare and community partners, and other stakeholders. Develop and facilitate collaborative interprofessional educational activities across UTHSC instructional sites. Secure, maintain, and extend CHIPS accreditation through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and ensure ongoing compliance with accreditation standards.
  • Oversee the identification and routine monitoring and assessment of strategic priorities, objectives and targets for the simulation program. Refine quality improvement initiatives based on annual assessments and periodic feedback from campus stakeholders. Initiate and evaluate efforts aligned with the UTHSC Strategic Map priorities related to the use of simulation to enhance student learning in collaboration with the VCAFSA and the UTHSC Director of Institutional Effectiveness. Provide leadership for Directors of the CHIPS functional areas (Education; Operations; Assessment and Research).
  • Pursue development opportunities in support of simulation-based and interprofessional activities in collaboration with the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs. Oversee CHIPS marketing and information management, including media and website maintenance, in collaboration with the AFSA Marketing & Communication Coordinator.
  • Work with CHIPS leadership to ensure seamless operations for a complex array of professional development experiences in collaboration with affiliated faculty members and other Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs (AFSA) units. Provide leadership to develop CHIPS employees through additional certifications, professional development and participation in state, national and international professional associations.
  • Maintain a national and international profile in simulation through participation on boards, councils and other leadership bodies.

Required/Preferred Credentials

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Terminal degree in a health-related discipline (with preference given to a discipline represented at UTHSC); minimum of five years of direct healthcare simulation experience; minimum of eight (8) years as a simulation center/program director or leadership position with commensurate experience; a credentialed healthcare provider for a minimum of five (5) years;  academic track record in simulation-based service, scholarship, and research; credentials consistent with a minimum rank of Associate Professor; leadership and involvement at a national level with a professional healthcare or simulation focused association; proven track record of working across professions and in the delivery of interprofessional education

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