Assistant Professor - Department of Health Policy and Community Health

Assistant Professor—Search #67889
Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
Department of Health Policy and Community Health

The Department of Health Policy and Community Health in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health invites applications and nominations for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor.

Founded in 1906, Georgia Southern University is a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution with a focus on public-impact research, serving about 27,000 students on three beautiful campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, and Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Through our degree offerings at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern offers a distinctive combination of community collaboration, world-class scholarship, innovative teaching, and hands-on learning opportunities.

To equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and to fulfill the University's commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to Inclusive Excellence. Candidates whose work furthers the institution's goals and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Within this setting, the mission of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH) is to improve health and eliminate health disparities and health inequities of rural communities and underserved populations globally through excellence in teaching, public health workforce development, research, scholarship, professional service, and community engagement. Within this setting, JPHCOPH offers the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH), Master of Public Health (MPH), and Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degrees, as well as a Certificate in Public Health (online). The BSPH degree has three emphasis areas: Health Education and Promotion, Environmental Health, and Global Health. The MPH program has six concentration areas: Biostatistics, Community Health, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Policy & Management, and Applied Public Health (online). The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree has five concentration areas: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Community Health Behavior and Education, Health Policy, and Public Health Leadership (online). The Department of Health Policy and Community Health houses the DrPH in Health Policy and Management, Public Health Leadership, and Community Health Behavior and Education. Additionally, the department houses the MPH in Health Policy and Management and Community Health

Position Description.
Reporting to the department chair, the tenure-track Assistant Professor position requires contribution to departmental and college teaching, professional service, and develop an extramurally funded research program. To complement current teaching, research, and professional services activities in the college, professional characteristics ideal for this position include the ability to articulate a clear approach to using their knowledge and skills to integrate principles and practices of public health, including health informatics, into the traditional public health practice and healthcare market. Potential for securing external funds is also a priority. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to teach and develop graduate and undergraduate courses in public health; serve on dissertation committees in the college; provide service to the community; mentor students; serve on department, college, and university committees; engage in scholarship/creative activity leading to presentations at professional meetings and publications in peer-reviewed journals; and be actively involved in professional associations and outreach activities. The position is a 10-month, tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The home campus for this position will be the Armstrong campus located in Savannah, GA.

Required Qualifications:
  • Earned doctorate degree (DrPH, PhD, ScD) in Public Health or a closely related area by August 1, 2022.
  • Proficiency in Health Policy and Management, Community Health/Health Education, and/or Public Health Informatics.
  • Proficiency and experience in quantitative and/or mixed-methods research.
  • Proven record of or demonstrated potential for securing extramural research funding.
  • Demonstrated experience teaching in public health, health informatics, or related fields.
  • Willingness to engage with institutional student success initiatives.
  • Commitment to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction and pedagogy, mentoring, and curriculum design and development.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing a strong and growing research and scholarship agenda and the production of research/creative activities as appropriate to the discipline.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated research experience in health informatics, including public health, population health, and clinical/consumer health informatics.
  • Demonstrated research experience in public health practice/policy, or health outcomes.
  • Demonstrated experience working in diverse public health settings
  • Demonstrated ability to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels relying on multiple platforms of delivery, including online and face-to-face instruction.
  • Graduate with public health training from or teaching/work experience in a CEPH accredited school or program.
  • MPH degree or CPH certification.

    Conditions of Employment:
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.
  • All work for Georgia Southern University must be completed while the employee is physically present in the state of Georgia, unless specifically authorized by the university for a specific purpose and limited period of time within current policy.
  • Faculty are expected to contribute to the vibrant university community by engaging students, participating in events, and performing other responsibilities on-campus
  • Faculty may be required to teach, conduct research, or perform service duties on any of the three campuses. Georgia Southern provides accessible transportation options between campuses.

    Screening of applications begins November 17, 2021, and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2022. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

    		Jeffery A. Jones, Ph.D., Search Chair, Search #67889
    		Department of Health Policy and Community Health
    				Georgia Southern University
    				P.O. Box 8015
    				Statesboro, GA 30460-8015
    		Electronic mail: [email protected]
    		Telephone: 912-478-2674

    More information about the institution is available through or The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources at 912-478-6947.

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