University of Massachusetts Amherst — Assistant Professor, Community Health Education

Assistant Professor, Health Promotion & Policy R 52220

About University of Massachusetts Amherst:
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, and is home to over 22,000 undergraduate and 6,300 graduate students.  The University of Massachusetts at Amherst is located in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.  The area is home to the Five Colleges (Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts), with many opportunities for inter-institutional collaboration.  The region boasts a rural setting with easy access to Boston, Hartford and New York City.

Health Promotion and Policy is made up of two programs: Health Policy and Management and Community Health Education. The department is in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS), which also has departments of Environmental Health, Biostatistics/Epidemiology, Nutrition, Kinesiology and Communication Disorders. The School offers BA, BS, MPH, MS, AuD and PhD degrees.

Job Description:
The Community Health Education Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, Department of Health Promotion and Policy is accepting applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level.

We are seeking candidates with interest and experience in research that emphasizes social justice and addresses health inequities. Duties of the position include an active program of research, teaching, professional and community service and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. Candidates must possess strong research skills with a demonstrated track record of receiving research funding, preferably from federal funding agencies. The successful candidate will join the faculty in Community Health Education in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy. Preference will be given to candidates whose research on any or all of the following: 1) focuses on marginalized vulnerable populations, 2) addresses mental health or psychosocial aspects of health, 3) is community-engaged and participatory, 4) uses innovative, culture-centered methodologies, and/or 5) focuses on chronic disease prevention intervention research using mixed methodologies.

Candidates for the position must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed doctoral degree from accredited Schools of Public Health with an emphasis in Community Health Education highly preferred, by September 2017.
  • Experience and qualifications appropriate to an appointment at the Assistant Professor level.
  • Evidence of ability to conduct both independent and collaborative research and to generate extramural funds for research.
  • Strong record of (or demonstration of potential for) published peer-reviewed articles.
  • Demonstrated interest and ability in teaching.

Additional Information:
The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career. We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

Application Instructions:
Applicants must submit the following by applying only through the UMass Interview Exchange):

(1) a letter describing their areas of research interest and experience; (2) a curriculum vitae with cover letter, and (3) a list of at least three references.

Applications should be submitted by November 28, 2016 to ensure full consideration and will continue until the position is filled.

The anticipated start date is September 2017.

Salary/Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.