Faculty Appointment in Behavioral Health, Opioid Addiction

Waltham, Massachusetts
Nov 29, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management invites applications and nominations for one or more faculty position(s) in Behavioral Health. We seek a recognized scholar(s) whose research and teaching apply to issues of behavioral health and behavioral health policy with expertise in addiction prevention and treatment. In particular, we seek candidates with a strong interest in applied research and generating knowledge to inform public policy at the state and federal level regarding the opioid crisis. The position carries an appointment outside the tenure structure at the rank of professor or associate professor, commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications. Alternatively, a position as professor or associate professor of practice could be considered.

The candidate(s) selected for this position(s) will carry on our tradition of excellence in behavioral health services and policy research, and public engagement. The position is based in the Institute for Behavioral Health (IBH). The selected individual is expected to be an active participant in the leadership and management of the IBH Opioid Policy Research Collaborative (OPRC). The candidate will play a leading role in expanding its research portfolio. The faculty candidate is expected to raise a substantial portion of salary coverage through grants and contracts, although one-quarter of one position is supported through the school for senior managerial and leadership responsibilities of the OPRC. Additional coverage may be offered through teaching at the undergrad, masters, or doctoral levels, depending on availability and interest.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Scholarship. Play a lead role in expanding the Heller School’s research portfolio in opioid addiction through directing research projects, working collaboratively to conceptualize new areas of applied research and practice, and disseminating scholarship through publication in peer review journals and other scholarly and policy outlets.
  • Strategic Leadership. Join an active leadership team, contributing intellectual and strategic guidance to help sustain and grow services and policy research focused on opioid addiction. Design and implement strategies for raising research funding to support the scholarly and educational mission. Work with the OPRC Advisory Committee to advance the mission of the OPRC.
  • Management. Contribute to the management of the OPRC. Facilitate a collegial, team-oriented and creative environment that supports both existing research and the development of new ideas, mentoring of junior colleagues, and publicizes our research in the opioid area.
  • Teaching. Advise PhD and Master’s students in the behavioral health concentration. Serve on PhD dissertation committees. Teach as appropriate and as courses are available in Heller’s graduate programs.
  • Policy Influence. Conduct public engagement. This could include participation in activities related to addiction research and policy through any number of venues including sitting on national committees, working closely with public agencies on policy and programs, or testifying before Congress.

Job Criteria:
Candidates should:

  • Have a doctorate or other terminal degree in the social sciences, public health or other relevant discipline with experience researching responses to the opioid crisis.
  • Have a scholarly understanding of behavioral health, opioid prescribing practices and the systems and organizations providing addiction prevention and treatment services.
  • Have an active program of externally-funded research that will contribute to advancing the well-being of people with opioid use disorder.
  • Demonstrate a successful record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and other scholarly and policy outlets.
  • Be able to contribute to the strategic direction of IBH and its OPRC.

Founded in 1948, Brandeis University is a private, nonsectarian research university with a liberal arts focus located 10 miles west of Boston. Its schools include a College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, an International Business School and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, each welcoming students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds, identities, disciplines and political orientations. Brandeis is ranked among the top 35 colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report and is renowned for its exceptional research capacity.
Brandeis was founded by the American Jewish community as a non-sectarian university, with particular emphasis on being welcoming and inclusive toward people of all backgrounds and beliefs. The university’s core values are rooted in Jewish history and culture, including a respect for learning, an emphasis on critical thinking, and a drive to make the world a better place through one’s talents and actions.

The Heller School is an internationally recognized leader in social policy research, teaching, and service and is ranked among the top 10 schools of social policy by U.S. News & World Report. Since its founding in 1959, the Heller School has endeavored to answer a pioneering question: how can we use policy to work towards the well-being of all members of society?

The Heller School advances its mission through the graduate education of students in its seven core academic programs, the pursuit of applied interdisciplinary research in its ten research centers and institutes, and active public engagement across sectors and disciplines. The Heller School continuously examines policies and programs that respond to inequities and disparities among social groups in the U.S. and throughout the world.
The Heller School is interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and for whom our tagline, “knowledge advancing social justice,” resonates. We seek individuals who can contribute through research, teaching and/or public engagement, to the diversity of the academic community.

IBH is the largest of three institutes housed in the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy within the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. IBH aims to study and shape the structure of the prevention, treatment delivery, and payment systems by conducting research and informing policymakers and other stakeholders. Training and education remain a core part of our mission, as does the dissemination and translation of research results and policy analyses. With its longstanding focus on mental health and the addictions, IBH focuses on the intersection of health, behavior, and these systems of care, with an emphasis on the linkages among these areas. It highlights a broad, holistic view of health, acknowledging the importance of addressing social determinants of health to achieve better health and mental health outcomes. IBH’s underlying premise is that systems of care – including health, education, social service, and criminal justice – can be better used to promote health and to assist individuals to engage in behaviors which lead to better health. IBH is home to the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative (OPRC), which aims to help policymakers, health officials, and other public and private stakeholders tackle the epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths. Through research and evaluation, OPRC works to better inform policymakers, enabling them to implement more cost-effective strategies to reduce opioid-related morbidity and mortality. ]

To Apply:
Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, writing samples, and letter of application describing their research, teaching, and policy and practice experience. The letter should also identify three people who can supply professional references. Review of applications will begin on January 15th, 2019; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. All applications will be treated confidentially. All applications should be sent through the Brandeis University Job portal: https://careers.brandeis.edu/psp/CAREERS/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=527903&SiteId=1&PostingSeq=1

Brandeis University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

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