Associate Professor and Coordinator, Healthy Living Initiative

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Feb 24, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

 Associate Professor and Coordinator

Healthy Living Initiative

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Position # 50273479

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) invites applications and nominations for a key leadership position associated with a new Healthy Living Initiative (HLI). Through this initiative, the university seeks to address and take the lead in promoting healthy living among the members of the UTC campus community and the greater Chattanooga region.  UTC is organized into Colleges of Health, Education and Professional Studies; Engineering; Arts and Sciences; and Business, and offers a host of graduate and undergraduate degrees and certifications relevant to population health. UTC already has a history of partnering with external collaborators and community stakeholders in disease prevention and health promotion activities.  Through the HLI and the leadership of the proposed coordinator, UTC hopes to build on this history by expanding and solidifying its partnerships to include additional government entities, health agencies and organizations, business and industry, as well as other non-governmental organizations.

The individual selected for this faculty position is expected to have a terminal degree and the appropriate credentials and experience for an appointment at the rank of associate professor in their respective discipline. The successful candidate should possess outstanding communication skills, the ability to build intersectoral alliances, work effectively with community partners and have significant experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating community-based health promotion/disease prevention programming. Strong organizational skills and ability to build consensus on issues, policies and processes are essential skills required of the individual chosen for this leadership position.  

Preference will be given to candidates with training and expertise in a combination of the following areas: public health, community-based health promotion (especially in under-served settings), health management, health policy, health services research, health and/or social psychology, epidemiology, and spatial analysis/role of place in health. The coordinator will serve the university in a 12-month position with approximately 50% of their responsibilities involved in instruction with the remaining portion of their time devoted to shaping strategic direction of HLI, coordinating community partnerships and pursuing external funding in support of the programmatic and research activities associated with the HLI.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate broad campus and community participation in the strategic direction and programs of the HLI.
  • Support current partnerships to ensure cohesive and sustainable university engagement
  • Identify strategic new partnerships that develop innovative collaborations between UTC and community partners and research that results in internal and external funding
  • Provide instruction in the areas of health promotion, public health, health policy/administration or a related field.
  • Maintain productive relationships with sponsoring agencies and institutions.

Qualifications Required:

  • Doctoral degree (e.g., Ph.D., Dr. P.H., Ed. D. or equivalent) in field related to health promotion and healthy living with a minimum of 3 years of demonstrated experience in programmatic leadership addressing population health.
  • Successful record of accomplishments that merit appointment at the rank of associate professor.

Application Procedures:

Applicants should prepare to submit the following information within our online application system for consideration to:

  • Cover letter/letter of interest
  • CV, including up-to-date, personal contact information (email, phone, etc.)
  • A list of names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses for two to three (2-3) references (References will not be contacted until initial screening has concluded and potential candidates identified
  • Unofficial transcripts



Review of applicants will begin on March 17, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.  Preference will be given to those qualified candidates who apply before March 17, 2017.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second largest school in the University of Tennessee System, serving a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blend of private and public school traditions and is a driving force for achieving excellence, embracing diversity, inspiring positive change, and enriching the community. Since its founding as Chattanooga University in 1886, UTC has developed a reputation for excellence built on an unusual blend of the private and public traditions of American higher education. For more than 83 years, the university was a private school. In 1969, UTC became part of the state university system. Today, UTC is on a journey to excellence - boldly embracing a passion for excellence in all things and focused on changing lives and transforming communities. The UTC commitment—each and every day—is to earn the trust and confidence of those we serve. Our goal is to make a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.

Chattanooga, the fourth largest city in the state, is located in Southeast Tennessee near the border of Georgia at the junction of four interstate highways. The city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront. Chattanooga also has the fastest internet in the country. Home to the first Gig Internet in the United States, Chattanooga has a 100% fiber network that links every home and business in a 600-square mile area. Companies like Unum, McKee, U.S. Xpress, Volkswagen, Coke United and have chosen to set up shop in Chattanooga. Attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Civil War battlefield sites, the African American Museum, and the Appalachian Trail bring thousands of people to the area, as do events like the Riverbend Festival, Nightfall, Jazzanooga, the Creative Discovery Museum for Children, and the Southern Writers Conference. Chattanooga is the home to the seven-time NCAA Southern Conference Football Champions, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs.  People who love the outdoors use Chattanooga as a base for hang-gliding, bass fishing, mountain climbing and caving expeditions; the beautiful Smoky Mountains and Tennessee River support the greatest variety of flora of any area in the United States. Chattanooga also has a long and rich past with regard to diversity, which includes Native American heritage, Civil War history, and the Civil Rights movement. Chattanooga is also just a two hour (or less) drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham.

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.