University of Pittsburgh — Associate or Full (Tenure/Tenure-Stream) Position, Department of Health and Human Development

University of Pittsburgh
School of Education
Department of Health and Human Development

Associate or Full (Tenure/Tenure-Stream) Position
Black Communities and the Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing 

Position: Associate or Full (tenure/tenure-stream)
Appointment: Eight-month, full-time, tenure-stream: starting Fall 2022 

The Department of Health and Human Development in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education seeks a colleague with expertise in the social determinants of health and wellbeing in Black communities. This scholar and educator would position our School and our Department as a key partner in health, wellness, and wellbeing of Black communities in Pittsburgh and across the region. This position is part of a University-wide cluster hire and retention initiative centered on race and social determinants of equity and wellbeing. This scholar will have opportunities to be a significant part of transforming our Healthy Lifestyle Institute (HLI), and further opportunities to collaborate with other community-engaged centers such as the School’s Center for Urban Education and Office of Child Development, as well as Pitt’s Community Engagement Centers. We seek a scholar whose work is rooted in community-engaged (e.g., participatory) research methods and brings critical perspectives on race, social determinants of equity and wellbeing, and health in Black communities. We see this position as directly aligned with the School of Education mission/vision to “forge, participate in, and/or support research-practice partnerships and community-engaged initiatives” and “ignite learning, pursue and produce knowledge, and advance educational excellence.” 

The successful candidate will join us at an exciting time in the School’s evolution as we build on our strong history of deep research/practice partnerships and community-engaged work to re- imagining the Healthy Lifestyle Institute, center Black pedagogies and Black and Indigenous knowledge traditions, and rethink the use of technology in teaching in online and hybrid settings. This position description is not restricted to a particular content area, and we invite applicants to consider their connections to our existing scholarship and training programs for undergraduate, master’s, PhD, and/or EdD students. 

Required qualifications: 

  • PhD or equivalent in social sciences, health sciences, education, or related fields. 
  • Record of peer-reviewed publication and success with external funding for scholarship and practice/engagement work. 
  • Record of scholarly work in teaching in relevant areas and evidence of teaching effectiveness. 
  • Experience fostering and maintaining research-practice partnerships and/or conducting community-engaged research with Black communities 

Salary and Rank
Rank will be commensurate with experience and subject to the University of Pittsburgh promotion and tenure process. Salary will be commensurate with rank. 

Application Instructions:
Applicants should submit: 

  • Letter of application 
  • CV 
  • One writing sample 
  • Names of six references (References will only be contacted and asked to submit a letter if candidate advances to initial interview round.)

Review Process
Full consideration will be given to complete applications submitted by October 8, 2021 to and will continue until position is filled.

For assistance with submission questions, please contact Megan Brennan at For questions about the position, please contact search committee co-chairs Sharon Ross ( and Tom Akiva (

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity, EOE, including disability/vets.