Chair and Professor of Epidemiology

The University of Kentucky invites applications for the position of Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology of the College of Public Health. This position leads a multi-disciplinary academic department with 11 full-time primary faculty members who conduct research in a variety of sub-disciplines of epidemiology including cancer, aging, occupational/ environmental, infectious disease, genetic and social epidemiology, and substance use. In FY2017, department faculty garnered $1.9 million in primary research funding and $ 3.7 million in collaborative funding. Collaborative research funding with the other health sciences colleges on this land grant campus have been critical to the success of the faculty. Department faculty maintain a robust teaching agenda in the college's academic programs, which include the Master of Public Health (MPH), Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (PhD), and a college-wide Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) degree.

We seek a visionary chair to align and leverage the substantial scientific and educational expertise within the Department, College and University. The Department Chair requires administration, research/scholarship, teaching/mentoring, and service responsibilities. The incumbent must be able to provide academic and administrative leadership to the Department, guide curriculum development, coordinate faculty recruitment and advancement, teach and mentor students, be actively involved in extramurally funded research, provide and facilitate service/outreach to the public health community, serve on committees, and participate in official activities at the College and University. The Department Chair will demonstrate a broad understanding of the key content areas of the departmental faculty, develop a strategic plan for growing the department and strengthening its academic programs, and demonstrate a clear commitment to promoting inclusion and diversity. The selected individual will maintain an active research program with extramural support from NIH, CDC, health-related foundations, and/or other funding sources and will be involved in mentoring junior faculty. The successful candidate will increase the national visibility and strengthen the department's capabilities in translating and disseminating scientific evidence for use by public health practitioners and policy decision-makers in Kentucky and beyond.

The department seeks a chair who can support and promote the department's research and educational programs. The research infrastructure of the College is supported by a number of academic centers on campus, including: The National Cancer Institute-designated Markey Cancer Center, The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, and the NIOSH-funded Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention, Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center.

To apply, please include an updated CV and cover letter that addresses your interest in the position as well as the following:
a) Examples of how you provided mentorship for faculty, as well as your definition of mentorship success
b) Description of your research, as well as examples of strategies you might use to grow the funded research portfolio of the Department of Epidemiology
c) Examples of strategies you might use for increasing the impacts of undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral programs involving the Department of Epidemiology

Please also include the names and contact information of at least three individuals who can serve as professional references in your application.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Job Title
Chair and Professor of Epidemiology

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Department Name

Work Location
Lexington, KY

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Required Education

Earned Doctorate in Epidemiology or a closely related terminal degree with epidemiology training

Required Related Experience

Recognized national expertise in a relevant field of inquiry in order to build upon the strength of current research programs in the department, the school, and the university;

An outstanding record of active extramural funding and scientific publications;

Demonstrated commitment to leadership, research, academic program development, teaching, and service that is consistent with the College's vision and mission;

Excellence in teaching, faculty and student mentoring, and success in developing and administering educational programs; and

Administrative experience that demonstrates the ability to contribute to a positive work environment in the Department, College, and University

Required License/ Registration/Certification


Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Open Untill Filled

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's Online Employment System?
    • EpiMonitor
    • Society for Epidemiologic Research
    • American College of Epidemiology
    • American Public Health Association
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
    • Academic Keys
    • A Colleague, Friend, and/or Family Member
    • None of the Above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents