University of Alabama — Endowed Research Chair in Human Environmental Sciences

The University of Alabama
College of Human Environmental Sciences

The University of Alabama seeks an Endowed Research Chair in Human Environmental Sciences. This appointment will be at the Full Professor level and held jointly in the College of Human Environmental Sciences and one of its five departments. The Endowed Research Chair position is designed to reinforce the existing research program and facilitate the establishment of a robust nationally-recognized research program. The ideal candidate for this position currently serves at the Associate or Full Professor level and has established a program of scholarly research with a strong external funding base. Evidence of ability to establish and promote the growth of a collegial academic and professional environment for research within the College is considered critical.

The University of Alabama is the flagship campus of the University of Alabama system and a Carnegie rated Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity (R1) university. It is ranked among the top 50 public universities in the nation with a focus on research, teaching, and citizenship. UA is a national leader among public universities in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars and is the senior comprehensive doctoral-level institution in Alabama. It is located in vibrant Tuscaloosa, a metropolitan area of approximately 235,000 residents, known to be a progressive city and the regional center of industry, commerce, healthcare and education for West Alabama.

The College is comprised of five interdisciplinary departments that are united through a common focus on life-span development within context. The College has an established history of multidisciplinary scholarly activity and service, implemented through the constituent programs housed in five departments: Clothing, Textile, and Interior Design; Consumer Sciences; Health Science; Human Development and Family Studies; and Human Nutrition and Hospitality Management. The Endowed Chair position may be appointed within any of these programs as appropriate. Salary, benefits, and research support will be nationally competitive. Visit for more information on the College’s departments, programs, and activities.

Qualifications: Candidates should have an earned doctorate in a discipline within Human Environmental Sciences or in a closely-related field, and currently hold the rank of Associate or Full Professor or be eligible for appointment as full Professor with tenure. Evidence of a highly visible research program and an established record of sustained research funding are required.

Responsibilities: Research, outreach, and teaching to articulate with the mission of the university, including:

  • Maintain an active, focused research program in the appropriate discipline.
  • Produce an outstanding record of scholarly activity.
  • Obtain external funding to support a nationally-competitive research program.
  • Recruit, mentor, and advise students.
  • Lead interdisciplinary research teams, mentor students and junior faculty.
  • Teaching responsibilities (negotiable) based on expertise and funding.
  • Serve on departmental, college, and university committees, including thesis and dissertation committees.

The College of Human Environmental Sciences welcomes diversity in its faculty, student body, and staff; accordingly, the College actively welcomes applications from, and nominations of, persons who would add to the diversity of our academic community.

Application Deadline:

Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin April 30, 2019. The starting date for this position is August 16, 2019 but is negotiable.

Application Procedure: Complete application on-line at

Applications should include a cover letter outlining your research agenda and relevant accomplishments; Curriculum Vita; and names and contact information of three professional references. Applications and nominations will be treated as strictly confidential and references will not be contacted unless a request for interview is offered and accepted.

  • For further information contact: Jeannine Lawrence, PhD, RD. Search Committee Chair and Interim Associate Dean at