Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 27, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Salary Band
Not specified
Employment Type
Full Time

Professor & Chair

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-disciplinary majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

The Bouve College of Health Sciences has over 200 faculty members across four schools (Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences), with approximately 2,000 undergraduate and 2,400 graduate students. It is the leading national model for education and research in the health, psychosocial, and biomedical sciences and supports the University's mission of educating students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment and creating and translating knowledge to meet global and societal needs.

About the Opportunity:
The growing, diverse, and interdisciplinary Department of Health Sciences, within the School of Community Health and Behavioral Sciences in Bouve College at Northeastern University, seeks an innovative, visionary, and dynamic leader to serve as Chair of the Department. The Department currently includes 45 faculty engaged in research, teaching, and practice, many of whom are jointly appointed in other schools within Bouve and in other colleges across the University. The department is undergoing a significant, multi-year expansion in size and scope and has increased by 25% in full-time faculty and over 150% in graduate students since 2017. Our undergraduate program has experienced even more robust growth, increasing from 127 students in 2008 to over 900 in 2021. Our approach to education is grounded in experiential learning with a strong focus on integrating community engagement, innovation, and interdisciplinary collaboration throughout the spectrum of learning opportunities.

Northeastern is a top-tier research university and premier experiential education institution whose diverse students and faculty cross traditional boundaries. The Northeastern Academic Plan endorsed by the Board of Trustees in May 2021 can be found here.

The Department of Health Sciences faculty teach and conduct research with those in other schools, centers, and departments in the University, including the Institute on Health Equity and Social Justice Research, the Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, the Roux Institute, the Global Resilience Institute, the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute, and the Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research, among others. In line with Northeastern's commitment to interdisciplinary research and community engagement, the Department of Health Sciences has outstanding research, clinical, and training relationships with the local community, the City of Boston, and Massachusetts State agencies. This broad and diverse network of strong partnerships thrives within one of the nation's most vibrant and innovative healthcare and public health hubs. The Chair of the Department of Health Sciences will have a unique opportunity to leverage a leadership role within this global university to expand and enhance our partnerships with a diverse array of innovative and impactful leaders and organizations.

The Department of Health Sciences offers CEPH-accredited bachelor's degree programs in Health Sciences and Public Health, a CEPH-accredited Master of Public Health program, a Master of Science in Exercise Science with a public health emphasis, Master of Science in Health Informatics, a forthcoming MS program in Real World Evidence in Healthcare and Life Sciences, and two PhD degrees: a PhD in Population Health and, in conjunction with the Khoury College of Computer Information Science, a PhD program in Personal Health Informatics. Faculty in the department have expertise in the areas of epidemiology, biostatistics, public health practice, environmental health, social epidemiology, health policy, health law, digital health, nutrition, exercise science, medical/health-related sociology, personal health informatics, neurodevelopmental disorders, mental health, violence/trauma, with emphases on population health and health disparities cutting across all. Students work side-by-side with faculty conducting cutting edge research funded by federal and state agencies, foundations, and philanthropy.

Our tenure and promotion process values collaborative research and teamwork. Hires will be mentored for success, with mentoring teams and group guidance. In addition, a strong and effective faculty development strategy is part of the Northeastern institutional mission. The ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development office works in conjunction with the Office of Research Development (ORD), the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI), the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR), and University Decision Support (UDS) to provide programs and trainings to further develop and support a thriving faculty.

At Northeastern University, we embrace a culture of respect, where each person is valued for their contribution and is treated fairly. We oppose all forms of racism. We support a culture that does not tolerate any form of discrimination and where each person may belong. We strive to have a diverse membership, one where each person is trained and mentored to promote their success.

The Chair will collaborate with the faculty to lead the Department to new heights of excellence in scholarship, research, and academic program quality. In addition to the responsibilities of a Full Professor (teaching, scholarship, and service), the Chair provides collaborative, strategic, and energetic leadership for the recruitment, development, and retention of outstanding faculty. The Chair also provides administrative leadership and representation for the Department of Health Sciences within a university climate of rapid and transformative growth. Responsibilities will also include oversight of the department budget, six degree-granting programs, relationships with staff, alumni and students, and committees such as Tenure and Promotion, Merit Review, Social Justice Steering Committee, and others.

The Department of Health Sciences invites applications from exceptional, diverse, qualified applicants for the position of Department Chair, tenured, at the rank of Full Professor (promotion of an exceptional current Associate Professor will be considered), to begin July 2022. Qualifications include: (1) earned doctoral degree in public health, a related health profession, or medical, biological, or social sciences by appointment start date; (2) excellent record of scholarly publications and external research funding, including collaborative research by; (3) demonstrated leadership in administration and management; (4) excellent record of university teaching; (5) strong commitment to interdisciplinary education; and (6) demonstrated background and commitment to supporting and growing a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment. Excellent communication and leadership skills are a must in maintaining the welcoming and supportive culture that is the tradition of the Department of Health Sciences.

The Chair must be committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Candidates should have the ability, experience, and dedication to mentor faculty effectively at all ranks in meeting their responsibilities of teaching, service, and research, and moving up in rank. Experience in facilitation of short- and long-term planning for new challenges and opportunities is desired. Qualified candidates must have experience in, or a demonstrated commitment to, working with diverse student populations and/or in a culturally diverse work and educational environment.

Additional Information:
Interested candidates should apply here with a curriculum vitae, statements addressing the three prompts below, and list at least three references (letters will be solicited at a later stage). Applications will be reviewed beginning on October 21, 2021.

Research statement:
Please describe the focus of your research, including the questions you have identified, the funding you have received to support the work, the results you have discovered, and the products of these efforts. Please also describe any research you have undertaken with students, with the external community, and/or with individuals from marginalized groups. Finally, please outline the research directions you foresee pursuing.

Teaching statement:
Please summarize your past instructional and mentorship experiences, your pedagogical philosophy, existing and proposed courses, and your strategies for teaching and mentoring diverse cohorts of undergraduate and graduate students.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity statement:
Please provide an example of a time when you promoted diversity, equity, and inclusion in your roles as researcher, educator, and/or academic leader. What prompted this change? What changes did you make? Did they have the effects that you hoped for at the time? What did you learn from this situation? How would you expect to apply what you learned from this situation as a faculty member in the Bouve College of Health Sciences? We are interested in how you handled and learned from a past situation, not the identities of the people involved, so please only disclose what you are comfortable with.

Northeastern University is situated on the Avenue of the Arts in Boston's historic Back Bay, four blocks from the Longwood Medical Area, encompassing Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital Boston, Brigham & Women's Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and eight blocks from the Boston Medical Center.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an NSF-sponsored ADVANCE institution.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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