Associate Professor - Health Promotion - (FAC001476)



The Department of Health and Human Performance at the University of Houston is seeking a community health promotion specialist with demonstrable academic skills for an Associate Professor position. The position is a 9-month appointment with summer school teaching optional. Effective date of appointment will be August, 2021.

The successful candidate is expected to maintain a vigorous scholarly research program that will foster acquisition of external funding, generate high-quality research publications and enhance graduate student recruitment and training. Additional responsibilities include teaching graduate and/or undergraduate courses in nutrition, kinesiology, or community health promotion, and perform service to the department, college, university and the profession.

In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate potential to engage in cooperative research projects with other social-behavioral scientists, and with medical, community and governmental agencies located in Houston and nationally. Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the nation, and provides access to low-income and underserved populations, which is the focus of current and ongoing research in the department. Therefore, preference will be given to those individuals who have expertise in community-engaged research in underserved urban areas and prevention/intervention science.

Applications may be submitted at http://www.uh.edu/human-resources/uh-careers/ (Posting FAC001476) and should include a cover letter describing your (a) qualifications and interest in the position, (b) evidence of scholarly impact, (c) history of external funding and future plans for acquiring funding, and (d) teaching philosophy; curriculum vita; three letters of recommendation, and unofficial copies of all academic transcripts. Official transcripts are not required with the initial application but will be requested for final candidate.

Any questions may be addressed to Dr. Craig Johnston, Search Committee Chair, E-mail: cajohn25@uh.edu. Review of candidates for the position will begin December 1, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One research university, and also has been designated Tier One for Community Engagement. Located in the heart of the nation's fourth largest city, UH is one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse public research universities in the nation, with over 45,000 students on the main campus. Four miles away is the world's largest medical center, the Texas Medical Center (TMC), with which we are linked through federal grants, research institutes, faculty appointments, student practicum placements, and research. Rice University, with which we also have long-term connections, is also nearby.

We also maintain extensive partnerships with industries, school districts, and NASA in the greater Houston area as well as with other depart ments and schools at UH, such as the Schools of Pharmacy, Engineering, Optometry, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Education. Applicants are encouraged t o develop collaborative relations with other Departments and with Texas Medical Center institutions.

The University of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications :

A Ph.D. with a focus in nutrition, physical activity, behavioral science, prevention science, or any related community health promotion field is required. Applicants are sought who can both complement and expand existing research capabilities within the department's expertise, as well as applicants who can collaborate with individuals across the University's departments, colleges, and centers.

Applicants are required to (i) have an active externally funded research program related to community health promotion that strengthens/broadens our current research areas, (ii) show a consistent record of disseminating scholarly work through publications in high-impact journals and presentations at major scientific meetings, and (iii) display a commitment to university-level teaching and mentoring at both undergraduate and graduate level.

Notes to Applicant: The University of Houston is committed to providing disability related accommodations to applicants. If you offered a phone interview or face to face interview and need accommodations, please reach out to the search chair to discuss specific needs and considerations. Official transcripts are required for all faculty appointments and will be requested upon selection of the final candidate. All positions at the university are security sensitive and will require a criminal history check.

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