Position Summary

Global-scale challenges like pandemics and the varied impacts of climate change underscore the need for data-driven approaches that help governments and society manage these risks. The College of Public Health and the School of Public and International Affairs are expanding their knowledge base and capabilities in these vital areas of risk science. As part of the Human Security, Health, and Well-being Initiative, applications are invited for two tenure-track positions in a shared appointment between the Department of Health Policy and Management in the UGA College of Public Health and the Department of International Affairs in the UGA School of Public and International Affairs. One position will be open-rank (Assistant, Associate, or Full), with a tenured home and promotion and tenure standards residing in the Department of International Affairs in the UGA School of Public and International Affairs. The other position will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with a tenured home and promotion and tenure standards residing in the Department of Health Policy and Management, College of Public Health. Candidates should identify in their cover letter which position they are applying to or whether they are applying to both positions. Both positions begin August 1, 2023 and are 9-month academic year appointments.

The finalists recruited to these positions will join a network of academics dedicated to advancing knowledge in the areas of human security, health, and well-being. The ideal candidates will present data-driven approaches to clarifying risks to human health, well-being and human security at the international and global scale, with attention to policy and institutional systems that predict, prepare for, and respond to these risks. As relevant, the finalists will have the opportunity to become affiliated with the College of Public Health’s Institute for Disaster Management, the School of Public and International Affairs’ Center for International Trade and Security, and the University of Georgia’s UGA Research Institute.

The candidates will teach undergraduate and graduate courses both in-person and potentially online, advise students, direct graduate-level projects/theses, and conduct professional and collegiate service activities both within UGA and the community at large.

These positions are part of a campus-wide Presidential Interdisciplinary Faculty Hiring initiative that aims to recruit 50 faculty members who will educate students and advance research across multiple areas, using computational methods, including but not limited to artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Special Instructions to Applicants

The School of Public and International Affairs and the College of Public Health are committed to enhancing the diversity of their units and of the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to these goals are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths and experiences in this area in their cover letter.

Applicants should specify whether they are applying for the Assistant Professor position, the open-rank position, or both positions. To complete the application, candidates will need to submit a cover letter indicating interest and qualifications, a current curriculum vita, teaching evaluations demonstrating excellence in instruction, original transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Questions or hard copies of letters of recommendation can be sent to: Dr. M. Mahmud Khan, Head, Department of Health Policy and Management, 116 Wright Hall, Health Sciences Campus, 100 Foster Road, Athens, GA 30602 (telephone: 706-542-6083, email: mahmud.khan@uga.edu ) and Dr. Amanda Murdie, Head, Department of International Affairs, University of Georgia, Candler Hall 327, Athens, GA 30602 (telephone: 706-542-9659, email: murdie@uga.edu ). All applications received by January 15, 2023 will receive full consideration. Screening will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for the position is August 1, 2023.

The application system generates a single upload link per email address for letters of reference. If yours are coming from a placement office that uses a single email address, please have them send the letters directly to Bill Zachmann at zachmann@uga.edu.

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About the University of Georgia

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( https://www.uga.edu/ ). The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The Institute for Disaster Management is dedicated to research, knowledge, and training related to disaster management throughout Georgia, the United States, and globally. The Center for International Trade and Security advances knowledge in the areas of nonproliferation, energy security, and human security. UGA Research Institute advances the University’s federally-sponsored, applied research mission in the national security arena.

Georgia is well known for its quality of life, outdoor and cultural amenities, and affordability (https://www.exploregeorgia.org and https://www.georgia.org/competitive-advantages/lifegeorgia). UGA (www.uga.edu) is a land/sea grant institution located 65 miles northeast of

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The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (hrweb@uga.edu).

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Assistant Professor


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Open Rank (Tenure Track)

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Academic (9 mo.)

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Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

An earned Ph.D. degree in Political Science, Public Health, Population Health Science, Epidemiology, Geography, Economics, or related disciplines with strong computational and data analytical skills by August 1, 2023.

Additional Requirements

Candidates considered for the Associate or Full Professor rank must have qualifications and academic credentials that are commensurate with the promotion and tenure guidelines at the University of Georgia and in the Department of International Affairs. These guidelines can be found at https://provost.uga.edu/faculty-affairs/promotion-tenure/ and https://provost.uga.edu/resources/documents/International_Affairs2015.pdf . Within the Department of Health Policy and Management, faculty members at the Assistant Professor level are expected to obtain extramural funding to support their research agenda.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

Areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, the study of humanitarian and international organizational responses to conflict and natural disasters, including epidemics and climate-related disasters; opportunities for international cooperation around health, human security, and well-being; the spatial diffusion of natural disasters and security risks; the intersection of national security and human security, health, and well-being; political risk forecasting related to conflict and natural disasters; the long-term effects of conflict and natural disasters on political behavior and economic development; the comparative and international political factors that lessen the risk of conflict and improve health, human security, and well-being; the impacts from natural disasters on the health and well-being of vulnerable human populations; risk forecasting of international and global public and environmental health conditions amid climate change; risk communication strategies by health and emergency management agencies in comparative and international context; comparative analyses of infectious disease health emergencies; comparative analyses of institutions promoting resilient communities; political and policy dimensions of efforts to coordinate health and policy professionals and programs across national contexts; global public and environmental health as determinants of political behavior, security, conflict, or development outcomes; and analyses of the policies and practices of international organizations in the arenas of public and environmental health or emergency response.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Ideal candidates will demonstrate a record of high-quality peer-reviewed publications and show promise in attracting external funding. The candidates should show promise in instruction. Preference will be given to qualified candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion in their teaching, research and/or service.

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