Chair and Professor in Behavioral and Community Health
GSPH-Behavioral & Community Health Sciences -
Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh - (21006593)
of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health is accepting
applications for the position of Tenured Professor & Chair of
the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences (BCHS).
Founded in 1948, Pitt Public Health spans seven academic
departments, with nearly 650 students and 500 combined faculty and
The Department of BCHS is dedicated to improving and promoting
of health, wellness, and equity by engaging individuals,
communities, and systems through research, teaching, and practice.
The Chair will lead the faculty, staff, and students into a new era
of community-engaged precision public health research. This
expanded focus will build on the Department’s strategic priorities
centered on community engagement, social influences on health,
methods innovation, and promotion of health equity through tailored
and population-specific intervention strategies.
Existing strengths in the department include research and
educational efforts focused on community-based participatory
research and practice, implementation and evaluation of health
initiatives, social dynamics and community health, health equity,
global health, sexual and gender minority health and wellness,
women’s health, and healthy aging. In addition to action-oriented
research, BCHS is recognized for its commitment to teaching and
mentoring master’s and doctoral level students, emphasizing the
growth of students both professionally and personally, and
facilitating opportunities for students to gain hands-on
The new BCHS Chair is expected to expand existing partnerships
with public health systems and community organizations locally,
nationally, and internationally. BCHS has long standing
collaborations across the School of Public Health and combined
graduate programs across the University, including those with the
School of Medicine, Graduate School of Public and International
Affairs, and the School of Social Work. The new BCHS Chair is
expected to play a key role in the expansion of interdisciplinary
research and collaboration with other departments, schools, and
institutions locally and across the globe by fostering an
intellectual space that supports diverse perspectives and
innovative approaches, and promotes action-oriented efforts. Two
areas of growth of particular interest are the integration of
behavioral and community research and practice with family medicine
practice and the local Allegheny County Health Department. The
Chair will also provide strong leadership in mentoring faculty to
promote student success and nurture the career development of
junior and senior faculty in the department.
The ideal candidate will possess:
- An outstanding track record of expertise through grants,
publications, mentoring and engagement in community-engaged and
mixed methods approaches, and in advancing population health and
- Transdisciplinary expertise in research translation and
community engagement, and innovation in research, teaching, and
- A demonstrated record in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and
Engagement through grants, advances in faculty and student
achievement, and expertise working with diverse populations.
- Knowledge and experience in educational programs and training
of graduate students and advanced mentoring of public health
trained individuals (masters, PhD, postdoc, and faculty).
- A successful record of leadership, management, effective public
relations, community outreach, and fundraising through vision,
implementation, and evidence-based evaluation.
- A strategic vision for short- and long-term development of the
Department that supports the goals of Pitt Public Health and the
University of Pittsburgh, and reflects the future of the field
(e.g., precision public health, health equity, community
engagement, health communication, global health initiatives).
- The ability to maintain a vigorous program of independent
community-engaged and precision public health research.
- Demonstrated success in the mentoring and training of junior
faculty members in helping them to obtain grants/funding and
achieve career growth.
- A shared commitment to the Department’s core values of
communication, collaboration, strength-based approaches, action,
and social justice.
- Experience in creating a collaborative, positive, productive,
community-oriented, sustainable, and effective work environment for
all personnel including faculty, staff, and students.
The Chair is a full-time faculty position. Candidates (PhD,
DrPH, MD or equivalent) must have a distinguished record of
research, teaching, practice, service, and academic accomplishments
that meet the criteria of tenured professor level. Formal training
in public health (undergraduate, graduate, and/or post doc) is
required. Experience in administration of externally supported
research and training centers is desirable. Resources are available
for intra-departmental program development, faculty recruitment,
and cross campus collaborations.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and
qualifications. Desired start date is as early as January 2022.
Applicants should apply through requisition #21006593 at
join.pitt.edu. Review of applications will begin
immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates
should submit a letter of interest that addresses motivation to
apply and summarizes professional accomplishments, a one-page
diversity, equity and inclusion effort and vision statement, and
curriculum vitae. Candidates from historically under represented
communities are encouraged to apply.
For further information and details about Department of
Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, visit http://www.bchs.pitt.edu
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Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of
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