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The Department of Behavioral and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park seeks outstanding candidates for a nine-month, full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor to join a dynamic, interdisciplinary department with behavioral science, health promotion intervention, implementation science, and community-engaged research programs.

This candidate will help the Department further enhance its national leadership at the forefront of research, education, and service on community and population health.

We particularly welcome applicants with a strong background in public health and/or social and behavioral sciences and substantial expertise and training in quantitative methods and analysis, specifically, biostatistics in behavioral science research.

We will also consider applications in other areas of quantitative methods, analysis, and research.

The successful candidate will be expected to: (1) develop, conduct, and sustain a portfolio of externally-funded research; (2) teach, mentor and advise a diverse body of undergraduate and graduate students, and (3) support and expand the Department’s research, teaching, practice, and service initiatives. The ideal candidate will have a record that is consistent with the Department’s commitment to anti-racism, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

 

The Department of Behavioral and Community Health offers a B.S. in Community Health, an Accelerated B.S./M.P.H. program, a M.P.H in Behavioral and Community Health (both residential and online programs) and a Ph.D. in Behavioral and Community Health (https://sph.umd.edu/academics/departmentsunits/department-behavioral-and-community-health).  The Department’s mission is to promote and protect the health and well-being of all people and communities throughout Maryland, the nation, and the world through innovative, theory-based research and discovery. Ultimately, the aim is to eliminate racial, ethnic and social injustices and transform public health research, practice, and training to prepare the next generation of practitioners, researchers, and leaders in social and behavioral sciences. The department has both tenure- and professional-track faculty engaged in research across many aspects of population health, including but not limited to: health behavior; health inequities among underrepresented populations; intervention development and evaluation; community-engaged research; and implementation science.

The department of Behavioral and Community Health has faculty, staff, and students engaged in research on many topics including; cancer prevention, screening, and cancer-related health disparities; substance use; tobacco control and tobacco regulatory science; digital health; health communication and health literacy; global health; mental health; community-engaged research; intervention development; implementation science; multi-level health outcomes; and urban health. The department also houses a number of centers including a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center, the Center on Young Adult Health and Development, as well as several investigator-led labs. To this end, the department of Behavioral and Community Health features a robust infrastructure for conducting observational and interventional studies. This includes strong partnerships with other institutions in the University of Maryland System, numerous pilot research funding opportunities, and administrative support for grant submissions and post-award management. Additional resources include diverse networks of community partners and institutional initiatives supporting cross-campus and transdisciplinary collaboration.

The University of Maryland School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health and located at the flagship institution of the state of Maryland on the ancestral lands of the Piscataway people, the traditional stewards of the lands where we work, live and learn.  The University of Maryland is an extraordinary place—vibrant and dynamic and diverse. We are a place of learning: a school dedicated to the art and science of education and committed to reimagining teaching and learning inside both classrooms and communities. We are a campus dedicated to the indisputable value of science and humanities, inquiry, and creativity, and comprising tens of thousands of searchers and discoverers working in hundreds of laboratories, libraries, and collaborative spaces. Strategically located just a few miles from the US capital, our university is a place where new knowledge is pursued, discovered, and championed. We are also a community, nearly half a million members strong, of diverse students, faculty, staff, and alumni; a small city of residents and commuters, first responders and health care workers, learners, artists, and athletes; a place where thousands come to work every day to make a difference. Our diversity is integral to our excellence. And ours is a community that is intrinsically connected to our surrounding neighborhoods and our state, our nation, and our world. The University of Maryland remains, since our founding, an institution of change and progress dedicated to the public good. Our university is evolving faster than at any moment in its storied history. Our guiding principles are helping us to empower the next generation of leaders, educators, scientists, and global citizens to develop creative solutions to the grand challenges of our times.  

As a top ranked School of Public Health at one of the nation’s leading research universities, we are well-positioned to advance and translate public health knowledge to improve health and well-being. Our students, faculty, staff and community partners are driven by a passion to break down the barriers that keep individuals, families, communities and populations from attainting optimum health and wellness. We value diversity and strive for inclusion in all we do, uplifting people and communities who have experienced historic and ongoing oppression. Through our education, research and community-based work, we are committed to finding new and better ways to promote health, prevent disease and prolong active, happy and high-quality lives. The School’s mission is “to promote and protect the health and wellbeing of the diverse communities throughout Maryland, the nation and the world through leadership and collaboration in interdisciplinary education, research, practice, and public policy.” The Chair and Professor will serve alongside a diverse SPH senior leadership team and contribute to fulfilling our shared campus, school and department missions.  

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

About University of Maryland, Behavioral and Community Health Department, School of Public Health

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas.

The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.