Assistant Professor (Urban Public Health)

University of Massachusetts Boston
UMass Boston

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Job no: 520884
Position Type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Urban Public Health
Pay Grade: 03
Date opened: 02 Oct 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
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Job Description:

The Department of Urban Public Health in the Manning College of Nursing and Health Sciences (MCNHS) at the University of Massachusetts Boston invites qualified candidates to apply for an Assistant Professor tenure-track position beginning September 1, 2024. Our undergraduate program focuses on environmental health, biostatistics, urban and global health, and health across the life course of diverse populations, with emphasis on promoting health equity.

The successful candidate will have earned a doctorate degree in epidemiology or a related field in public health. A focused research agenda with current or potential for funding from external sources is required. Applicants should have demonstrated experience in culturally conscious research, teaching and mentoring, particularly in supporting the success of a diverse student population with an experience and/or interest in undergraduate and graduate program development.

The BS program in Urban Public Health is designed in accordance with accreditation guidelines of the Council for Education in Public Health. The MCNHS also includes the Departments of Exercise and Health Sciences, Nursing, and Gerontology, each of which offers bachelors, masters and doctoral programs. The College is also home to the Gerontology Institute and its four centers.

About the College and the University:

The College and University offer strong internal and external mentoring programs for faculty, including grant proposal and manuscript preparation, and a wide range of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborative research opportunities. Recently, the College received an endowment of $50 million from Robert and Donna Manning, and $10 million from Mass General Brigham for expansion of an existing Clinical Leadership Collaborative. Current faculty collaborations include major academic and medical institutions in and around Boston, including Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, UMass Chan Medical School, Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and many community, public, and private health care agencies. The National Cancer Institute funds the University of Massachusetts Boston-Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center collaboration. This longstanding program enables faculty at both institutions to strengthen and extend partnerships for research on health disparities, pre- and post-doctoral training, and community outreach.

UMass Boston is an urban public research university with a teaching soul, whose impact is both local and global. We are the third most diverse university in the country - more than 60% of our undergraduate students come from minoritized communities and groups and more than half of our students are the first in their families to attend a college or university. Thus, our students come to us from richly diverse life experiences and backgrounds; they bring to our classrooms and research settings the robust range of perspectives growing out of the socio-cultural, economic, and historical contexts in which they have lived, along with the challenges they encounter, engage, and strive to overcome. We invite applications from candidates who engage the diverse life experiences of our student body, who appreciate that students bring their holistic selves into the academic setting, and who recognize and articulate how their own life experiences and backgrounds have shaped their journeys, practices, and commitments as researchers, scholars, and educators.

Application instructions:

Applicants should provide a Curriculum Vitae, a cover letter that includes a summary of research interests, as well as teaching and service experience with contact information for three references. Inquiries may be directed to the search committee Chair, Professor Lingling Zhang at Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

UMass Boston is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations for the hiring process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact or 617-287-5150.

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Working at University of Massachusetts Boston

The University of Massachusetts Boston is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities. The scenic waterfront campus is located next to the John F. Kennedy Library, with easy access to downtown Boston. 

The second-largest campus in the UMass system, UMass Boston combines a small-college experience with the vast resources of a major research university. With a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students easily interact with professors because most teaching occurs in small class sizes. Ninety-three percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.

UMass Boston’s academic excellence is reflected by a growing student body of nearly 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university’s eight colleges offer more than 100 undergraduate programs and 50 graduate programs. The University Honors Program serves 300 students who thrive on intellectual challenge. Enriched courses probe more deeply into theory or venture further into application.

UMass Boston’s diverse student body provides a global context for student learning, and its location in a major U.S. city provides connections to employers in industries such as finance, health care, technology, service, and education, offering students opportunities to gain valuable in-school experience via internships, clinicals, and other career-related placements.

More than 100 student organizations — including clubs, literary magazines, newspaperradio stationart gallery, and 16 NCAA Division III sports teams — offer a rich campus life. Students live throughout Greater Boston and in apartment communities just steps from the campus, and enjoy the rich amenities, cultural attractions, and educational opportunities that make the city the biggest and best college town in the nation.

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