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Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor; Occupational Health Science

University of North Alabama
Florence, Alabama
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Posted Date
Aug 28, 2023

Job Details

The University of North Alabama’s department of Engineering and Industrial Professions ( invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level, specializing in occupational health and safety and/or industrial hygiene. This position will have teaching responsibilities that involve instruction at both UNA’s main campus located in Florence, AL, and at the Guizhou University-University of North Alabama International College of Engineering and Technology located in Guiyang, China. The standard teaching load for this position is 12 credit hours per semester, with all instruction being provided in English. This position will begin in Spring 2024. Initial review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.

The OHS program at UNA’s main campus is one of only four bachelor’s-level, ABET-accredited industrial hygiene programs in the United States. The program is designated as a Qualified Academic Program by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and supported by a NIOSH Training Project Grant.

The successful candidate will be expected to: Teach program-related coursework in occupational health and safety related to (but not limited to) regulatory compliance, advanced safety concepts, ergonomics, safety management, and toxicology; Develop curricula related to (but not limited to) occupational safety and industrial hygiene; Advise and mentor students; Participate in scholarly activity; Be involved in service to the university, college, department, and profession, and support the department’s current ABET-accreditation process. Additional knowledge, skills, and abilities include: Ability to communicate effectively with students, faculty, and staff in written form, verbally, and inter-personally; Ability to interact effectively with a diverse population of students, faculty, administrators, and staff; Exhibit excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills; Ability or desire to teach and/or learn to teach a varied and evolving curriculum; Ability to plan and perform hands-on development of laboratory equipment and exercises; and the ability to demonstrate written and spoken fluency in English (fluency in Mandarin/Southwestern Mandarin is desired, but not required).

Minimum qualifications include:

  • A Ph.D. in occupational safety and health, environmental health science, industrial hygiene, or a relevant science field is required; Five or more years of industry experience in health and safety is preferred; Teaching experience at the college/university level is preferred; Fluency in English – both written and spoken, is required; Fluency in Mandarin/Southwest Mandarin is desired; Certifications relevant to environmental health and safety (CSP, CIH, CHMM) are preferred but not required.

To apply for this position, please visit our Online Employment System at  Applications will only be accepted via this system.  Please be prepared to upload a cover letter and resume at the time of application, as well as provide contact information for at least three professional/academic references.  In addition, this level of position requires submission of a one-page diversity statement.  Details regarding the diversity statement may be found here.  Transcripts for the highest degree attained are required for a complete application packet. Official transcripts for the highest degree attained are required of the successful candidate, but unofficial copies will be accepted for the application process. If any of your graduate hours in the relevant teaching discipline are taken from a degree(s) that is not your highest attained, an official transcript of that degree(s) must also be submitted. Electronic copies, if available, of unofficial transcripts may be attached under the attachment headings of Unofficial Transcript 1, Unofficial Transcript 2, etc. Electronic copies of unofficial/official transcripts may also be requested to be sent to Official transcripts must be sent directly to HR from the issuing school via email to be considered official. Transcripts with a designation of “Issued to Student”, or with the student name listed as the recipient will not be considered official. Official transcripts will be required of the successful candidate prior to the start date of the appointment, but unofficial copies will be accepted for the application process. 

The diversity statement and transcripts must be uploaded in the application section as SUPPLEMENTAL ATTACHMENTS. The supplemental attachment link will only appear after the required attachments have been uploaded.  If you have previously worked at UNA as an adjunct and your transcripts are already on file, please email and ask that they be moved to your completed application for this position.  Applications submitted without supplemental attachments will be considered incomplete and non-viable. For questions, please email or call 256-765-4291.

UNA is an equal-opportunity employer committed to achieving excellence and strength through diversity. UNA seeks a wide range of applicants for this position so that one of our core values, ethnic and cultural diversity, will be affirmed. UNA is a smoke-free campus.

We welcome applicants who are committed to working at a university that values diversity, equity, and inclusion for faculty, staff, and students. 


UNA is a regional, doctoral-level, state-assisted institution of higher education located in Florence, Alabama.  UNA is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).  UNA was named one of America's "Great Colleges to Work For in 2022 and 2022" by the Chronicle of Higher Education, the nation's premier publication for professionals in the academic world.  With an enrollment of over 10,000 students, UNA offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through four academic colleges: arts, sciences, and engineering; business and technology; education and human sciences; and nursing and health professions.  UNA is one of the most picturesque college campuses in Alabama, occupying a 140-acre pedestrian-friendly campus in Florence's historic district.  Florence is located within a four-city area on the banks of the Tennessee River known collectively as the "Shoals", which is steeped in arts, culture, and entertainment - and is home to the famous Muscle Shoals sound.  The University’s Athletics programs are Division I and compete within the Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN). The University’s diverse faculty and staff enjoy a competitive salary and benefits package and are supported in their professional and career endeavors through encouraged participation in conferences, research opportunities, and various other types of professional development.

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