Associate or Full Professor in Community Health/Program Director

Job Details

Job Title

Associate or Full Professor in Community Health/Program Director

Agency

Texas A&M University - San Antonio

Department

Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences

Proposed Minimum Salary

Commensurate

Job Location

San Antonio, Texas

Job Type

Faculty

Job Description

The Community Health Program, in the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences, in the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS) at Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA) invites application for a Program Director of Community Health (Associate of Full Professor) beginning in Fall 2024.

Part of the world-renowned Texas A&M University System, and established as a stand-alone university in 2009, Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA) is a comprehensive four-year public university that reflects the heritage-rich community it serves. Situated on nearly 700 acres in South San Antonio, the University offers 37 undergraduate degrees and 19 graduate degrees to more than 7,300 students. The University holds the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation and is one of only 30 higher education institutions in the U.S. to have received the Seal of Excelencia certification from Excelencia in Education for its support of Latino student success. More than 77 percent of A&M-SA students identify as Hispanic, and approximately 60 percent are the first in their family to attend college. A&M-SA is a military-embracing institution. In December 2022, the University heralded a new partnership with Texas A&M University Health Science Center (Texas A&M Health) and University Health (Bexar County, Texas Health System). The affiliation agreement brings three nationally recognized entities together to co-create and expand education pathways and research opportunities in high-demand health sciences disciplines, especially in a historically underserved region.

Position Description: The successful faculty candidate will be expected to lead the development of the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Community Health Degree Program and establish an innovative and collaborative academic program. This full-time faculty leader will have primary responsibility for the development, implementation, and management of the B.S. in Community Health program (B.S.C.H), consistent with professional accreditation guidelines and in accordance with expectations set by Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges.

The candidate should be willing to work in a collaborative and fast-paced environment, and be familiar with the needs of a non-traditional, first-generation, all of the student body. A&M-SA faculty and staff are working to implement data driven practices in teaching and learning, including undergraduate research, writing intensive courses, project based and experiential learning and internships. It seeks faculty who are committed to this vision and are willing to innovate and experiment.

San Antonio, with a population of over 1.5 million people, is the second largest city in Texas and the seventh largest city in the US. The city hosts many cultural attractions (e.g., the Alamo, San Antonio Missions, and six major museums [including a children’s museum]). San Antonio is a popular tourist destination. Some of the city’s tourist attractions include the River Walk, Sea World, and the Fiesta Texas theme park. San Antonio also has 257 parks and more than 100 miles of hiking and biking trails. Additionally, San Antonio hosts a number of major medical facilities including: the South Texas Medical Center; Brooke Army Medical Center; UT Health San Antonio (which includes a Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences); and a VA Hospital. These facilities may serve as valuable resources for the successful candidate’s research program, including opportunities for collaboration with other clinicians.

Applications are accepted only through the online job portal at:

*****https://tamus.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/TAMUSA_External

Review of applications will begin 30 days from the date of posting, and review will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Job Description Summary:

This is a faculty position requiring administrative, teaching, research, and service responsibilities. Candidates should be able to teach undergraduate-level courses in community/public health. The typical teaching load is a 3/3 (i.e., three 3-credit courses per semester) with reassigned time as appropriate for the role of program director. Excellence in teaching at all levels of the curriculum is expected. Candidates will also be expected to develop an active research program in community/public health.

Education and Experience:

  • Ph.D. or Dr.P.H. or Sc.D. or equivalent in Public Health, Population Health, Health Promotion, Health Education, Community Health, Epidemiology, Health Program Evaluation, Environmental/Occupational Health, or Health Policy.

  • Administrative experience and proven leadership in developing new programs

  • Strong record of program administration, with at least 5 years of significant experience in Community/ Public Health education or administration

  • Established a successful research agenda

  • Experience with successful research proposal development and peer-reviewed publications

  • Experience teaching at the college level as the instructor of record

  • Demonstrated experience with contemporary instructional technologies, distance learning platforms, and video conferencing tools

  • Awareness and understanding of the needs of a non-traditional, first-generation student body

Responsibilities:

  • The program coordinator is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the program in addition to supporting recruiting efforts, advising, and scheduling among other administrative duties

  • The Program Coordinator will have research, teaching, and service responsibilities in addition to the coordinator responsibilities

  • Coordinate curriculum development, consonant with accreditation requirements and reporting for TAMUS, THECB, and SACSCOC

  • Collaborate with the appropriate committees, faculty members, and administrators in developing coursework, experiential learning, assessment of student outcomes and identifying strategies for continuous quality improvement

  • Teaching in the B.S.C.H Program

  • Preparing reports and supporting documents for accrediting bodies

  • Representing the B.S.C.H. program and A&M-SA institutional, community, and professional meetings

  • Developing and maintaining recruiting materials for the program

  • Advising students

  • Conducting outreach to stakeholders locally and nationally

  • Recruiting students, playing a leadership role in the admissions process, and developing a retention plan for B.S.C.H.. students

  • Plan, establish, and evaluate strategic goals and milestones for the program, including maintaining contact with program graduates to track outcomes

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.

  • Strong self-discipline and ability to work independently.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with faculty and students.

  • Ability to interact with students from all backgrounds.

Only applicants who are invited for an interview will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation to the Search Committee Chair. The letters of recommendation should be written on letterhead, be less than one year old, must bear the writer’s actual signature, and must come directly from the letter writer. The letters of recommendation can be submitted electronically as a PDF attachment with the subject heading “Community Health Program -Letter of Recommendation – Program Director position” to the two (2) Search Committee Chairs – Dr. Brian Bayles (bbayles@tamusa.edu) and Dr. Marvin Lutnesky (marvin.lutnesky@tamusa.edu). Prior to issuing a letter of appointment, official transcripts must be received directly from each degree-granting institution by the Office of Academic Affairs, TAMU-SA, One University Way, San Antonio, TX 78224. We cannot accept transcripts issued directly to the candidate. If transcripts are from an international institution, it is the responsibility of the prospective faculty member to have the transcript translated and evaluated by an approved credential evaluator.

For academic questions, please contact the search chair, above; for other questions, please contact the following:

Program Director Community Health (Associate or Full Professor)

c/o Amber Martinez (email: amartinez11@tamusa.edu)

Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences

One University Way

San Antonio, TX 78224

Selected candidates must pass a pre-employment background investigation to be hired for this position.

Please make sure to provide the following documents:

  • Application

  • A curriculum vitae (CV)

  • Cover Letter, responding to the position's required qualifications and responsibilities

  • Teaching statement/philosophy

  • Research Statement

  • Contact information for three references that will provide letters of recommendation, if requested, at the interview stage

Please ensure that all required documents are uploaded prior to submitting an application. Once the application is submitted, no changes or revisions may be made.

Application Instructions:

For detailed instructions on how to apply for any position on our website, please use the following link:

http://www.tamusa.edu/humanresources/job-opportunities/index.html

Summary of Employee Benefits:

https://www.tamusa.edu/humanresources/documents/summary-of-employees-benefits.pdf

Please ensure that all required documents are uploaded prior to submitting the application. Once the application is submitted, no changes or revisions can be made. If you have issues with adding documents with your application, please contact HR at 210-784-2058.

In compliance with ADA, if accommodations are needed for the application process, please contact HR at (210) 784-2058.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

Organization

TAMUSA pic1Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA) is a contemporary university that reflects the diverse and heritage-rich community it serves. Founded as the first upper-division institution of higher education in South San Antonio in 2009, A&M-SA today is a comprehensive four-year university offering high-quality, affordable education.

From fall 2008 to fall 2017, enrollment has grown 340 percent. The University currently serves nearly 6,500 students and has graduated more than 8,000 alumni. The student body is 60 percent female and 72 percent Hispanic. Approximately 77 percent of students are the first in their family to attend college.

TAMUSA pic3Since becoming president of A&M-SA in 2015, Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson has forged an audacious strategic plan for the University to fulfill its mission and bring to life its core values while achieving several important goals, including becoming a national model for student and academic success.

Through the University’s 26 undergraduate degrees and 13 graduate degrees, students can pursue a wide variety of in-demand fields, such as education, business, information technology and cyber security, criminology and biology. A&M-SA equips students with the knowledge, marketable skills and high-impact educational experiences that prepare them for rewarding careers, responsible global citizenship and lifelong learning.

With unprecedented enrollment growth, small classes, flexible schedules and in-demand degrees, A&M-SA is making the dream of higher education a reality for students in the San Antonio community and beyond.TAMUSA pic2

Fast Facts:

  • A&M-SA offers the lowest undergraduate tuition among four-year universities in San Antonio: $8,216 average cost per year (tuition and fees for spring and fall semesters for 15 credit hours/semester)
  • A&M-SA is a Military EmbracingTM university; 1 in 6 of our students is military connected (veterans, active-duty, spouses or dependents)
  • The National Security Agency (NSA) designated A&M-SA as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) through the year 2022. This prestigious designation puts the University among a select group of institutions nationwide meeting rigorous federal standards.
  • 20:1 student to teacher ratio

Accreditation

Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, call 404-679-4500 or visit http://www.sacscoc.org for questions about the accreditation of A&M-SA.

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