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Assistant or Associate Professor--Tenure track Health and Society

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Categories: Faculty

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth invites applications for a tenure-track advanced assistant or associate professor with expertise in the social and cultural determinants of health to serve as the Director of our Health and Society Program.  We seek a dynamic and effective teacher with a PhD in a relevant field and a strong research agenda; a demonstrated commitment to mentoring undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds; and interest in leading an innovative interdisciplinary program.  The successful candidate’s research program and teaching experience will complement existing strengths in the College of Arts and Sciences and have the potential to form new cross-disciplinary collaborations.  The position is expected to start no later than September 1, 2023. 

Candidates with at least three years of tenure-track experience will be considered for appointment as an "advanced assistant," with the possibility of an adjusted tenure clock. Candidates possessing credentials warranting appointment as an associate professor will be eligible for tenure pending approval by the Board of Trustees.  The teaching expectations include foundational courses in the Health and Society major as well as specialized elective upper-level courses. 

We are interested in candidates whose areas of teaching and research focus on one or more of the following areas: the social determinants of health; interconnections between culture, health and healthcare behavior; systemic health disparities in the US; public health practices; and innovative non-medical approaches to improving population health.  Experience in teaching mixed methods research design and methods is preferred but not required.  We seek a faculty member who is committed to undergraduate teaching excellence, values mentorship and creating inclusive and innovative interdisciplinary learning experiences, and is guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.  The ideal candidate will also have administrative experience relevant to building and directing an interdisciplinary academic program and demonstrated commitment to working in a collegial, collaborative environment with students, staff, administration, faculty in diverse disciplines, and community members.

The interdisciplinary Health and Society Program brings together social science, science, and humanities courses that explore the social, cultural, economic, political, and biological factors that impact human health and the ethical dimensions of health care practices and public health policies.  Students engage in a sustained exploration of systemic health disparities, especially along the lines of race, class, gender, and global location, and explore innovative approaches to addressing the social and cultural determinants of population health.  Since the program was first launched in Fall 2018, it has become one of the largest majors in the College of Arts and Sciences and successfully attracts a racially and socio-economically highly diverse student body.   One of the goals of our program is to close equity gaps in allied health fields and support students’ pursuit of professions that impact population health.  More information can be found at Heath and Society-College of Arts and Sciences

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is one of five UMass campuses, located on the South Coast of Massachusetts between Cape Cod and Rhode Island in a region well known for its beautiful beaches and scenic harbors.  About an hour from Boston and 45 minutes from Providence, the South Coast provides opportunities for rural or urban living with access to major metropolitan areas and natural coastal environments.

Interested applicants are asked to supply the following:

  • Cover letter addressed to the Health and Society Search Committee addressing teaching strategy and philosophy, research accomplishments and plans, and administrative experience.
  • Curriculum Vitae

For more information about this position, including qualifications and how to apply, please navigate to our website at UMass Careers.  All interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for at least three professional references.

UMass Dartmouth offers exciting benefits* such as:

  • 75% Employer-Paid Health Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • State Pension Retirement Plan
  • Optional Retirement Savings Plans
  • Tuition Credit (Employee, Spouse, & Dependents)
  • Twelve (12) paid holidays
  • Paid personal, vacation, and sick time
  • And More!

*For a detailed summary of benefits for this position, please navigate Faculty Benefits  

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The review of applications will be December 15, 2022 and will be ongoing.



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