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Assistant Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences

The University of Memphis
38152, Memphis
Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.
Date posted
Jan 22, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The School of Public Health (SPH) at the University of Memphis (UofM) is seeking a dynamic and dedicated individual for the position of Assistant Professor in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). This is a full-time, 9-month tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of Fall 2024. This position presents an exciting opportunity to join a vibrant academic community committed to advancing public health research, education, and community engagement.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

•    Design and deliver social and behavioral sciences core courses at all levels as well as specialized courses in their areas of expertise.
•    Demonstrate excellent potential in building a robust portfolio of externally funded research. Preference will be given to individuals with expertise in multilevel intervention development, implementation, and evaluation. 
•    Collaborate with other division members to enhance and complement our core strengths in community-engaged research, mixed-method studies, social epidemiology, community and urban health, health equity, and social determinants of health. 
•    Desirable areas of research interest include cancer prevention and treatment, chronic disease management, diet and physical activity, youth violence, addiction and mental health, and digital health and social media.
•    Mentor and advise students, guiding them in their academic and professional growth, and offer support and direction to students pursuing research projects, internships, and other academic endeavors.

Position Qualifications: Candidates for this position must hold a relevant doctoral degree (PhD or DrPH) in public health or a related discipline and meet academic requirements for consideration as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. Candidates should have: (1) a record of teaching, publications, and involvement with extramural funding in public health research; (2) strong communication and collaboration skills to work effectively with colleagues and students from diverse backgrounds; and (3) demonstrate program and partnership building experience in community settings. 

The CEPH accredited School of Public Health ( offers Master of Public Health degrees with concentrations in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Urban Health, and Social and Behavioral Sciences, as well as a Master of Science degree in Biostatistics. The SPH also offers a Master of Health Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, and PhD programs in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and in Social and Behavioral Health. 

The University of Memphis School of Public Health trains the next generation of leaders in public health through excellence in research, service, and teaching. Through rigorous interdisciplinary research on population health and well-being, the development of innovative community-engaged models to empower healthy communities, and by advancing the theory and practice of public health in urban and rural areas, the School of Public Health creates innovative pathways to improve health and health equity.

The University of Memphis is a comprehensive urban university classified as a Carnegie Doctoral Research Extensive Public Institution ( The University has 12 colleges and schools, enrolling approximately 22,000 students, including 4,300 in graduate degree programs. Prospects for collaborative and interdisciplinary research exist with various University research centers, including the FedEx Institute of Technology, the W. Harry Feinstone Center for Genomic Research, the Methodist Le Bonheur Center for Healthcare Economics, the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, and the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy. Collaborative agreements allow for cross-institutional work with Shelby County Health Department, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, as well as partnerships with Baptist Memorial Healthcare System, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare System, West Cancer Center, and other community health clinics and systems.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

Benefits: The University of Memphis offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes choices for health, retirement, and long- and short-term disability. To learn more about the benefit package, please visit our website at

Application: To submit your application (cover letter, CV, research and teaching statements, and list of three references) for this position, please go to Formal screening for this position will begin immediately and may continue until the position is filled. For questions about the position, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Satish Kedia at

The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to recruiting and hiring the best qualified applicants without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

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