Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Tennessee, United States
Salary Not Specified
Sep 03, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

College of Public Health – Chair, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. The East Tennessee State University (ETSU) College of Public Health is seeking a nationally recognized leader to serve as Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. ETSU is a CEPH-accredited College of Public Health with a strong commitment to high quality teaching, research and service and a focus on interprofessional collaboration to improve the health status of the region, state and nation. The College is a member of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). It is home to five centers and institutes focused on health improvement in the region and nation:  the Addiction Science Center, the Center for Rural Health Research, the Center for Applied Research and Evaluation in Women’s Health, the Tennessee Public Health Training Center and the Tennessee Institute for Public Health.  According to the U.S. News and World Report, in 2019 the college ranked in the top third of all schools and programs of public health and was among the top 10 in the Southern U.S. 

The Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology seeks an energetic and visionary leader who will continue to grow the department in scale and impact. The department’s educational programs include the DrPH in Epidemiology, MPH in Epidemiology (with an online option), MPH in Biostatistics (with an online option), graduate certificates in Epidemiology and in Biostatistics (both with online options) and an undergraduate minor in Epidemiology. An overview of the department and its programs can be found on the departmental website: Significant opportunities exist for expanded departmental collaborations with university, state and regional partners. 

ETSU was classified as a Carnegie Doctoral University: High Research Activity (R2) in 2018 and had 14,435 students in AY 2019-20. Clinical and health-related academic programs are organized as ETSU Health, which includes health professions programs in the College of Public Health, the College of Nursing, the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences and the Mountain Home VA Hospital. ETSU Health and the College of Public Health have strong research and practice affiliations with the largest regional health system, Ballad Health, and with state and local public health agencies. ETSU is located in Johnson City, one of the Tri-Cities of Northeast Tennessee. The larger region, known as the Appalachian Highlands, is adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is a 4-6 hour drive from Nashville, Washington, DC, Atlanta, and the Research Triangle of North Carolina. Johnson City is frequently ranked among the best small towns in the U.S., with affordable housing, an accessible regional airport, excellent schools, and outstanding cultural and outdoor recreational activities. Clinical care in Washington County is consistently ranked among the best in Tennessee. 

Applicants should have a terminal degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, health research methods, medicine, social & behavioral science, or related discipline. Those without a degree in one of the aforementioned fields, but who have post-doctoral training in epidemiology or extensive relevant professional epidemiologic or biostatistics experience are encouraged to apply. Candidates should possess a professional history consistent with appointment to the rank of associate or full professor. Demonstrated academic, research or practice-related administrative and leadership experience is required. Significant experience with extramurally funded research and demonstrated commitment to mentorship of junior/mid-career faculty and graduate students is preferred. Graduates of ASPPH-member schools are encouraged to apply. 

Applicant should submit 1) a cover letter describing their interest in the position and relevant research, teaching, practice and leadership experience, and 2) their curriculum vitae with contact information for three references.  References will not be contacted until the applicant has discussed the position with the committee or its chairperson. Instructions for submitting the materials can be found at:  Questions regarding the position and search can be sent to the search committee chairperson, Dr. Robert Pack at

East Tennessee State University is an AA/EEO University and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, sex, physical or mental disability, pregnancy status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or covered veteran’s status in its admissions policies and all its departments, activities or employment practices. The following position has been designated to handle inquiries regarding East Tennessee State University’s non-discrimination policies: Office of Equity and Inclusion, 230 Burgin-Dossett Hall, P. O. Box 70705, Johnson City, TN 37614 Phone: 423.439.4445


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