Assistant Professor - #002028

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Assistant Professor - #002028


School of Health Sciences

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The School of Health Sciences invites applications for a nine-month, fixed-term non-tenure-track teaching assistant professor position in the Health Sciences Program with expertise and interest in public health, including but not limited to behavioral health, social determinants of health, health policy, environmental health, and/or epidemiology. Responsibilities for this position include: teaching undergraduate and graduate courses that support the Health Sciences curricula; advising and mentoring students in collaboration with the Advising Center; and providing meaningful service to the university, profession, and community. Salary and rank are commensurate with academic qualifications and experience. Review of applications will begin in early November and continue until the position is filled. Start date is August 1, 2021.

We are seeking a team-oriented faculty member to work collaboratively with faculty within the Health Sciences Program, School of Health Sciences, and College of Health and Human Sciences. The Health Sciences program is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students. Salary and rank are commensurate with academic qualifications and experience. Opportunities for summer teaching with an additional summer stipend are available.

The Health Sciences program is housed in the School of Health Sciences and supports a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Health Sciences and a master’s degree Health Sciences. The Integrated Health Sciences (IHS) Program is a 120-credit hour, residential, program designed for students who have a broad-based interest in the health field. This innovative and flexible program of study is intended to equally serve entry-level and transfer students. The IHS degree may also be an attractive option for students with associate degrees wanting to earn a 4-year bachelor’s degree. The IHS Program’s core courses focus on the Institute of Medicine’s core competencies: patient centered care, interdisciplinary teams, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and utilization of informatics. The IHS major has three concentrations – Pre-Professional, Management, and Health & Wellness – with the option to add additional concentrations to meet student and health workforce needs in an evolving health environment. The program is interdisciplinary, incorporating faculty expertise with courses from the College of Education and Allied Professions, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, and the College of Health & Human Sciences. More information about the program can be found on the website: The Master of Health Sciences (MHS) program, designed for the working professional, is a 100% online graduate degree program that prepares future health organization managers and educators. There are three active concentrations currently; Health Education, Health Management, and Emergency Medical Science. This program is designed to prepare students to either move up their current organizational ranks or enter the health care industry. Approximately, 80% of the students enrolled are part-time working professionals who have families. The online environment is a cost effective graduate program designed to prepare students as educators or administrators in health care settings such as emergency medical systems, hospitals, public health departments, surgical or specialty practice centers, physician practices, and many other allied health areas. More information about the program can be found on the website:
The School of Health Sciences offers undergraduate programs in Athletic Training (through 2022), Emergency Medical Care, Environmental Health, Integrated Health Sciences, Nutrition & Dietetics, and Recreational Therapy. The Master of Health Sciences graduate program offers concentrations in Emergency Medical Care, Health Education, and Health Management. The Master of Science in Athletic Training begins in summer 2020. Additional programs within the College of Health and Human Sciences include Communication Sciences and Disorders, Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Social Work. A collaborative environment conducive to interdisciplinary teaching, scholarship and service exists within the School and College of Health and Human Sciences. More information on the school can be found on the website: and information on the college can be found on the website: .

Western Carolina University is a regional comprehensive university consisting of over 12,000 students with its main campus located in Cullowhee, NC. The county and surrounding areas provide residents a high quality of life with its proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and diverse outdoor adventures, a thriving arts community, and mild year-around temperatures. The Health Sciences program is housed in a 160,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Health and Human Sciences Building. The College of Health and Human Sciences’ faculty are committed to creating and implementing a program of inter-professional experiences for students enrolled in the health professions, and opportunities for inter-professional research and collaboration is extensive. In addition, the Western North Carolina rural, aging and medically underserved location provides numerous and rich opportunities for service, research and grant acquisition.

Duties and Responsibilities:
•Support the vision and mission of Health Science programs, along with the School, College, and University.
•Develop and deliver courses within the Health Sciences (IHS and MHS) on topics such as, but not limited to, Foundations of Public Health, Social Determinants of Health, Epidemiology, Health Systems Management, Health Policy, Health Behavior, and Health Education
•Mentor and advise students in collaboration with the Advising Center with regard to academic progress and professional development.
•Provide service to the university, profession, and community.
•Maintain currency in the academic discipline through continuing education, scholarship, and/or participation in activities within the profession, including involvement within professional organizations at the state, district and national levels.
•Work cooperatively and collegially with all faculty and staff involved in the Health Sciences program, School of Health Sciences, and across the institution.
•Carry out other assignments and duties as assigned by the Health Sciences Program Director, Director of the School of Health Sciences, and Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Carnegie statement:

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Minimum Qualifications:

oDoctoral Degree in public health, health administration, health information, healthcare management, health services, or closely related field from a regionally accredited institution
oResearch or practice-based experience in public or community health, health policy, health care delivery, health systems management, evidence-based policy development, or closely related field
oPrior teaching experience in the public health or health sciences discipline

Preferred Qualifications:

oProfessional experience in health policy, including but not limited to health care delivery, health systems management, and evidence-based policy development
oDemonstrated commitment to student engagement and success
oDemonstrated success with student mentoring
oDemonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills
oEvidence of service to the profession and/or community
oCredentialing or certifications in health specific areas
oIn addition to a Doctoral degree, degrees in MHA, MSPH, MPH, MBA, or other health fields are favorable

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Permanent Full-Time

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application materials must be submitted online, and should include: 1) a letter of intent; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) one page statement of teaching philosophy; 4) list of three references (including contact information); and 5) unofficial transcripts.

Review of application materials will start in November 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information contact Dr. Patrick Baron at [email protected]


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety:

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 114 Scott, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7234) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.




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Posted: 10/20/2020
Application Due: 3/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time