Willamette University — Assistant Professor in Public Health

PHEAL Job Description:

Willamette University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Public Health to join our growing undergraduate program in Public Health Ethics, Advocacy and Leadership (PHEAL). DrPH or Ph.D. in relevant field is required by August 2022. For candidates holding a PhD, the addition of an MPH and/or equity-centered public health experience highly valued.

We seek candidates with a STEM background; demonstrated teaching and research abilities in epidemiology; and a commitment to high impact undergraduate education. Areas of specialization are open, but focus on epidemiology and health and wellbeing related to aging, non-communicable disease, climate disruptions, natural disasters, antimicrobial resistance, homelessness, or substance use disorders are especially welcome.

Reflecting the interdisciplinary and multisectoral character of public health, the PHEAL program and faculty rely on coursework and colleagues in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. We seek a creative, energetic colleague who will: share in the teaching of PHEAL core courses that introduce public health and advance public health ethics; advise independent senior projects; regularly offer a course in the fundamentals of epidemiology; and develop new courses that combine scholarship and service addressing disparities in health access and outcomes.

Willamette is a small, highly selective private university of 2500 students, 1300 of whom are enrolled in the undergraduate College of Arts & Sciences, which is committed to providing students with a well-rounded liberal arts education. The remaining students are enrolled in the Willamette College of Law, the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, and the Pacific Northwest College of Arts, which has both undergraduate and graduate students. The university is located in downtown Salem, across the street from the state capitol and in close proximity to dozens of state and county agencies that offer possibilities to cultivate applied research, coursework and service opportunities with government and community partners.

Willamette promotes a teacher-scholar model for its faculty: tenure-track faculty teach five undergraduate courses per year, advise students, research and publish in their fields, and engage in rotating service to department, college, and university. All College of Arts & Sciences professors are expected to teach non-majors as well as majors and to contribute to the General Education curriculum.

Willamette believes that a diverse, inclusive community is essential to achieving academic excellence; accordingly, we seek candidates who not only have the potential to become outstanding teachers and scholars, but whose work also furthers equity and inclusion, and who will bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. The College of Arts & Sciences is proud to enroll a substantial number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students of color. Over the past four years, 24% of our students were first-generation; 24% were Pell-eligible; and 33% identified as African American, Hispanic/LatinX, Native American/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or multiracial.

To apply, please visit our Human Resources website, at https://willamette.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/willametteuniversityjobs.

You will need to upload the following documents separately as part of your online application in the “Resume/CV” section:

  • Letter of application describing your qualifications, interest in the position, and vision for engaging undergraduate students in public health scholarship and service.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A statement (500 word maximum) describing ways you can contribute to the university’s mission of promoting an equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus

Review of applications will begin on 10 December 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Employment will be contingent on a successful criminal background check.

If you have questions about the position, contact:

Joyce Millen, PhD, MPH
Search Committee Chair


Sammy Basu, PhD
PHEAL Program Chair

For a quick response, please type “PHEAL Position” in the email subject line.