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Pre-Doctoral Fellow - Health Sciences

James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Not Specified
Posted Date
Nov 1, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine
Employment Type
Full Time
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As the Department of Health Sciences at James Madison University (JMU) continues to experience increased student interest in the B.S. in Health Sciences degree, we invite applications for a new position, Health Sciences Pre-Doctoral Fellow, beginning Fall 2023. The selected candidate will be hired for a job-embedded fellowship lasting up to two years. Term of employment will be for academic years 2023-2024 and 2024-2025, with potential for continued employment as a tenure-track faculty member following completion of the terminal degree within that timeframe.


We are especially interested in candidates who will contribute to a diverse scholarly environment and enhance the discussion of structural intersectionality between health, environment, race, culture and economics.


The College of Health and Behavioral Studies (CHBS) is working to identify and dismantle oppressive racist and discriminatory policies, practices, and processes while advancing inclusive excellence and promoting a CHBS culture in which every member can flourish. We are especially interested in qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment towards building equitable and inclusive environments. Join us in achieving our goal of continuing to grow as a diverse college and department that embodies an atmosphere of belonging.


Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will teach two undergraduate courses per semester (or two sections of one undergraduate class depending on Departmental needs) within the B.S. in Health Sciences curriculum ( Courses are expected to be taught as residential courses. The introductory courses include content ranging from personal wellness, introduction to public health and determinants of health, to infectious and chronic human disease. Mentorship and support in teaching, research and service will be provided.


Upon successful completion of the Health Sciences Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and terminal degree, the position may be considered for a transition from a two-year RTA (Renewable Term Appointment) to a tenure-track appointment as an Assistant Professor.



Eligibility requirements include the following: Successful completion of terminal degree requirements, including dissertation, by the conclusion of the two-year fellowship period; Successful annual evaluations aligned with academic unit standards, including excellence in teaching, with promise for scholarship and service success. The recruitment of this position aligns with JMU’s commitment to increasing faculty, student, and curricular diversity. It also supports the anti-racist/anti-discrimination agenda of Academic Affairs.


Candidates must possess a commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and service. Potential for all three areas should be evident. Candidates must also demonstrate an appreciation for the preparation of undergraduate students for graduate education or professional programs (e.g., public health, physician assistant, occupational therapy, physical therapy, medicine). We are especially interested in candidates who will contribute to a diverse scholarly environment.


Applicants must currently be enrolled in a doctoral degree program in public health, health sciences, health education and promotion, or related field. Applicants must be able to provide evidence of current progress within the program indicative of final completion by the end of the two-year fellowship.


To learn more and to apply, go to and reference posting F2006 or go to Review of applications begins 11/7/2022. Position is open until filled. Salary is commensurate with experience. For more information, contact the chair of the search committee, Dr. Theresa M. Enyeart Smith (email:


James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.



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