The College of Public Health at the University of Georgia, pursuant to its mission and values, invites applications for a faculty position specializing in computational social sciences to begin August 1, 2024. This tenure-track position is an academic 9-month appointment. The successful candidate will be appointed at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank, commensurate with the candidate’s experience, and will maintain an academic appointment in the Department of Health Promotion & Behavior ( HPB ).
We are seeking to hire an individual whose scholarship aims to advance the use of digital tools in mHealth and telehealth to facilitate the generation of health-related data that informs personalized and community-level interventions. The successful candidate’s work will also contribute to a better understanding of complex health outcomes and exposures. The new faculty member will contribute to the areas of digital health and the use of technology to capture demographic, socio-demographic, physiological, environmental, and/or other health data within real-world clinical and/or public health settings to ensure that research addresses real-world needs and increases health equity. The selected candidate would be expected to offer advanced graduate training in quantitative methodology, such as computational modeling, dynamic analyses, and data visualization. Ultimately, the successful candidate is expected to contribute to an established curriculum in HPB, develop and maintain a rigorous nationally- and internationally-recognized research program, secure funding from external sources commensurate with rank and experience, publish in peer-reviewed scholarly outlets, and mentor students.
We believe that research should inspire action. We are committed to conducting meaningful research through innovative approaches and collaboration across disciplines and sectors and connecting with the communities we serve in Georgia and around the world. In addition to contributions to the cluster, the selected candidate will be expected to synergize interdisciplinary collaboration efforts within the College of Public Health, specifically the Departments of Health Promotion & Behavior, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and/or the Institute of Gerontology.
The position is part of a campus-wide Presidential Interdisciplinary Faculty Hiring Initiative in Computational Social Sciences that aims to recruit 70 faculty members who will educate students and advance research in data science and artificial intelligence (AI). The majority of UGA’s newly recruited faculty will focus on the fusion of data science, AI, and computational social sciences in cross-cutting areas such as health and medicine, biomanufacturing, infectious diseases, integrative precision agriculture, ethics, cybersecurity, resilient communities, and the environment. Specifically, the candidate for these positions should bridge research efforts between Applied Social Science Interventions for Community cluster hires across the University in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Public Health, and School of Social Work.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants are asked to submit the following information:
- A detailed curriculum vitae.
- A cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience relative to the responsibilities of the position (1 page maximum).
- A summary of research accomplishments and future goals (2 pages maximum).
- A statement of teaching philosophy and experiences regarding instruction and mentoring (2 pages maximum).
- The names, titles, and contact information for three professional references.
- Three reprints of authored research papers (single pdf file in Other Document #1).
Assistant or Associate Professor
Public Health-Hlth Promo&Behav
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 3,000 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 College of Public Health was established in 2005, is comprised of four academic departments and three research institutes and is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health ( CEPH ). The College has approximately 65 full-time faculty and 50 staff who serve an enrollment of approximately 1,000 students per year.
The Department’s degree programs include a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion ( BSHP ), Master of Public Health ( MPH ), Master of Public Health/Master of Social Work Dual Degree ( MPH / MSW ), and Doctorate of Philosophy in Health Promotion (PhD). The Department has 13 full-time tenured or tenure track faculty, four clinical faculty, and two instructors committed to instruction, research and outreach with the goal of improving the health of all. HPB faculty members have leadership roles in, and close involvement with, three interdisciplinary units of the College: Institute of Gerontology, Global Health Institute, and Institute for Disaster Management. Close ties also exist with other university units including the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Social Work, the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership, and UGA’s Public Service and Outreach Units. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to help shape future research directions and expand existing programs in the Department.
The College of Public Health is committed to enriching our institutional missions of teaching, research, and service. The College offers structured mentoring programs for all faculty to support professional development.
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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 (email@example.com).
Academic (9 mo.)
Tenure Track or Tenured
Applicants must have a terminal degree (PhD or other relevant doctoral degree) in health promotion and behavior, behavioral sciences, data science, or related field.
Rank and tenure status on appointment will be based on the application and promotion and tenure guidelines. Requirements for each rank and tenure are outlined in the University’s Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Guidelines and the College of Public Health’s Promotion and Tenure Guidelines .
To be eligible for tenure upon appointment, candidates must be appointed as an associate professor, have been tenured at a prior institution, and bring a demonstrably national reputation to the institution. Candidates must be approved for tenure upon appointment before hire.
Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification
Candidates should demonstrate a record of high-quality peer-reviewed publications and evidence of ability to attract and sustain external funding.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
Candidates should show strong potential for engagement with and leading successful interdisciplinary teams.
Candidates should demonstrate a strong potential for excellence in instruction and will advise students, direct MPH and PhD projects/theses, and conduct professional and collegiate service activities both within UGA and the community at large.
Is this a Position of Trust?
Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?
Does this position require a P-Card?
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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?
Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)
Credit and P-Card policy
Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.
Posting Specific Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- Cover Letter
- Research Portfolio/Philosophy
- Teaching Portfolio/Philosophy
- List of References with Contact Information
- Other Documents #1