University of Iowa — Assistant Professor Position in Health Promotion (Tenure-Track)

The Department of Health and Human Physiology (HHP) ( at The University of Iowa ( invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Health Promotion with a focus in physical activity, sedentary behavior, and/or sleep. Candidates with strong research programs studying how these health behaviors at the individual, patient, practice or community levels can be used to treat and/or prevent major chronic diseases including but not limited to cardiovascular disease, obesity, hypertension, preeclampsia, diabetes, pulmonary disease, cancer, sarcopenia and neurological diseases are encouraged to apply. Current health promotion research areas in the department include physical activity, sedentary behavior, sleep, social determinants of health, behavioral interventions, obesity, cancer, cardiometabolic health, and maternal and child health. We seek to enhance our existing cross-disciplinary collaborations between Health Promotion and Human Physiology and build on our departmental research areas of strength. There are also outstanding opportunities for collaboration with faculty in the Colleges of Public Health, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Liberal Arts and Sciences. There are a large number of exceptional Institutes and Centers that facilitate collaboration and offer pilot funding opportunities, including the Iowa Neuroscience Institute, Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center, Prevention Research Center for Rural Health, Native Center for Behavior Health, Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research and Training Center, Public Policy Center, Center for Health Policy and Research, Healthier Workforce Center of Excellence, and the Nutrition Center. Outstanding research space is available in the Department and clinical research infrastructure is available in the University of Iowa Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (

The successful candidate will possess a record of peer-reviewed publications in high quality scientific journals and strong evidence of the potential to acquire external funding for research in any area of research listed above. The candidate will be expected to develop and sustain scholarly work at the University of Iowa yielding peer-reviewed scholarly productivity, obtain extramural funding for research, teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses, advise students, direct MS and PhD theses, and conduct professional and collegiate service activities. A relevant terminal doctoral degree is required prior to start date and salary and start-up support will be highly competitive with other institutions. Position will begin August 17, 2022.

The Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are strongly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion; the strategic plans of the University and College reflect this commitment. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The University also supports the Dual Career Services, a unique service that helps spouses/partners of faculty candidates seeking employment in the greater Iowa City area:

Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Kara Whitaker at Questions about the application process can be directed to Tiffany Schier, Departmental Administrator at To apply for this position, visit The University of Iowa jobs website at, requisition #74176. Application must include 1) a brief letter of interest, 2) full curriculum vitae, 3) research statement, including summary of research accomplishments and future research plans, 4) teaching philosophy, and 5) names and contact information of 3 individuals who will provide letters of recommendation if asked by search committee. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Established in 1847, the University of Iowa is a major national research university located on a 1,900-acre campus in Iowa City in southeast Iowa along the banks of the Iowa River. Iowa enrolls over 30,500 students and is composed of 11 colleges including the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, and Colleges of Education, Engineering, Law, Nursing and Pharmacy. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (, recognized as one of best hospitals in the United States, is the only comprehensive academic medical center in Iowa. UI’s Children’s Hospital ( is Iowa’s largest children’s hospital and is consistently ranked by US News and World Report as one of the best children’s hospital in the nation. The University received a total of $666.2 million in external grants, gifts, and contracts for research, development, education, and service in FY20.

Iowa City is located in Eastern Iowa within the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids corridor which includes neighboring towns of Coralville, North Liberty and Solon ( with a total population of ~100,000. Iowa City is located 25 miles south of Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s second largest city (population 120,000), and home of the Eastern Iowa Airport. The University provides and attracts a wide variety of cultural opportunities, Big Ten athletic events, and a number of business endeavors resulting from scientific and educational research that originated at Iowa. Iowa City has a vibrant downtown scene with numerous dining, cultural and shopping opportunities and the popular Iowa City Jazz and Arts festivals in the summer ( An extensive trail system as well as nearby state parks, lakes and rivers provide many opportunities for walking, jogging, biking and boating. Excellent public schools ( and Parks and Recreation facilities, safe neighborhoods, and a highly educated population all contribute to Iowa City’s consistently high ranking on “best-place-to-live” listings in national magazines. Chicago is a 3 ½ hour drive east and Des Moines (capital of Iowa) is a 2 hour drive west from Iowa City.