University of Massachusetts-Amherst — Assistant Professor, Health Promotion and Policy

About UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth’s flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region. 

Job Description:
The University of Massachusetts-Amherst Department of Health Promotion and Policy seeks applicants for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. We seek a colleague with a background in community health sciences whose teaching and research interests include social justice, health equity, racial-ethnic health disparities, and adolescent health.

This is a fully state-funded (9-month) tenure track position. 

Responsibilities include an active program of research, teaching, professional, and community service, as well as mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. Candidates must have experience teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level and strong research skills with a proven track record of, or excellent potential for, securing extramural research funding from federal and state funding agencies, foundations and other sources. 

Research areas of particular interest include substance use disorder, place and health, sexual and reproductive health, racism and health, and research about the health of Latino and Black populations in the U.S. We are especially interested in candidates who apply mixed- methods and participatory approaches to understanding these topics. 

The School of Public Health & Health Sciences consists of a highly collaborative group of active researchers across six departments in areas including health disparities, sexual and reproductive health, cancer biomarkers, community-based research, global health, nutrition, and environmental health. The Center for Community Health Equity Research brings together researchers with diverse disciplinary expertise to investigate health disparities and disseminate findings to promote health equity. In addition to national and international collaborations, faculty members collaborate extensively with faculty from other departments on campus, the University’s Medical School in Worcester, MA, and Baystate Health in Springfield, MA. The University is located in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, which is home to five colleges (Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst) with easy access to several major metropolitan areas. 

Candidates whose lived experiences, scholarship, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities will contribute significantly to campus goals of greater equity and inclusion are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Minimum Requirements 

  • Terminal degree (PhD, DrPH) in public health or related field of study
  • Evidence of independent and collaborative research potential
  • Demonstrated interest and ability in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level

Additional Information:
First Review: The application review process will begin October 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is September 2022.

Salary/Benefits: The University offers a competitive salary with an attractive benefits package.

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amhe rst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages 7 applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and c ritical 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 career and degree. 

Applicant Instructions:
Interested candidates must submit their curriculum vitae, a personal statement outlining their research and teaching interests, and contact information for 3 professional references electronically through PageUp. To apply for the position: 

The contact for the search is Ms. Gloria Seaman, CHE Search Committee, 

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admiss ion to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artifi cial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.