NYU School of Global Public Health — Associate Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences


Position Description
The School of Global Public Health (GPH) of New York University (NYU) is seeking applications for tenure-track Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). Exceptional candidates at the advanced Assistant Professor rank will be considered. GPH seeks candidates of outstanding potential and scholarship who can contribute to the academic and research enterprise in NYC. NYU is home to the Global Network University with various campuses and study-away sites (3 portal campuses and 12 global academic centers in Africa, South America, North America, China, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East). This unique arrangement enables GPH faculty to establish training and degree programs and research efforts worldwide; offers faculty and students truly unique opportunities to engage in their research and study around the world; and informs public health practice both locally and globally through the exchange of knowledge.

GPH offers academic programs at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels. The undergraduate program includes 13 joint majors where students study public health with other relevant subjects. The CEPH-accredited Master of Public Health degree allows students to obtain an MPH in one of nine concentrations, and the PhD in Public Health is offered in one of four areas of study – Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Public Health Policy & Management. In addition, a new school-wide, interdisciplinary DrPH degree launched in September 2021.

SBS includes domains such as the social, economic, and cultural determinants of health and health behaviors; health promotion and disease prevention; health disparities and population-level trends; aging and the life course; chronic and infectious diseases; immigration; reproductive health; access to care; and urban health. In addition to SBS, GPH includes Departments of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Public Health Policy and Management, as well as Programs in Bioethics, Global Health, Public Health Nutrition, and a number of centers and other initiatives.

The successful candidate will be an intervention scientist who (a) is working in behavioral or biobehavioral approaches to health promotion or disease prevention, broadly defined, in any area of public health and (b) has clearly demonstrated an interest in and commitment to the application and dissemination of intervention optimization methods. This individual will be expected to play a key role in the Intervention Optimization Initiative, a GPH initiative that aims to promote and support intervention optimization by (a) creating an intellectual community of interested faculty at NYU and throughout the greater New York City area, and (b) providing resources related to optimization methods. The candidate will have the opportunity to connect with various other school-wide initiatives, including (but not limited to) the NYU Implementation Science Working Group and the Center for Drug Use and HIV research.

Candidates for this position should have a depth of knowledge in their own discipline; strong methodological skills; enthusiasm for networking with other faculty members interested in using optimization methods in their intervention research; a passion for and strength in teaching; openness to collaborations with other NYU faculty; an active, externally-funded research portfolio in intervention science; and strong and demonstrated commitment to and experience in intervention optimization via application of the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST). The successful candidate will participate in all aspects of departmental life, including teaching, research, and service. The candidate will be expected to teach departmental courses, including methods and core SBS courses; serve on committees and mentor students; and maintain a high level of scholarly productivity.

Requirements: (1) doctoral degree or equivalent in one of the following areas: public health, psychology, sociology, or a related health or social science field; and (2) a strong record of scholarly achievement in the intervention science area, with demonstrated interest in and commitment to intervention optimization approaches.

Application Instructions
Applicants must apply online and submit

  • Cover letter addressing candidate’s qualifications for the position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 3 recent publications
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Diversity & Inclusion Statement: At NYU we are committed to inclusive excellence. Inclusion is foundational to scholarly excellence and critical to developing pathways for training students traditionally underrepresented in the academy and/or particular disciplines. The diversity and inclusion statement offers each applicant the opportunity to highlight their past, present, and future contributions to creating inclusive excellence.

We recognize that local contexts vary across departments and disciplines and that contributions to diversity and inclusion may take many forms. Efforts to cultivate inclusive excellence might include, for example, creating opportunities for students, faculty, and staff traditionally underrepresented in the U.S. academy and/or particular disciplines; public or primary school outreach (particularly to underserved communities); contributions to the diversity of thought and perspective; efforts to increase inclusion and equity at the university or in the local community; as well as one’s own life experience.

Below are a few examples of contributions to inclusion that might be developed in a diversity & inclusion statement. These are by no means exhaustive. Your statement might expand on how you have gone about fostering inclusion and building pathways in your discipline by:

  • Creating an inclusive and accessible classroom/course (including developing your skills for doing this)
  • Working with campus organizations that support underrepresented, first-generation, differently-abled or non-traditional undergraduate or graduate students
  • Developing discipline or area-specific pathways to majors for such students (e.g., women in science)
  • Mentoring individual students, faculty or staff from diverse backgrounds
  • Training international students or mentoring faculty from developing countries
  • Working with your national scholarly organization on diversity, inclusion or equity issues
  • Broadening the influence of your work for the public and enhancing underserved communities by participating in K-12 classroom, museums, or other afterschool programming aimed at fostering general education, excitement, and possibility (particularly in underserved populations)
  • Providing apprenticeships and internships for pre-college students
  • Participating in prison education or other adult education programs that serve under-resourced populations
  • Developing educational programming through the media or social media
  • Bringing results of research back to local or international communities
  • Participating as a ‘public intellectual’ on timely issues
  • Engaging in community activities around education, social justice, equity, and inclusion.

For further information, please contact:

Department Chair, Ralph DiClemente at rjd438@nyu.edu.

Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled.

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