Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

Department: Health Behavior and Health Education


The Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position in public health intervention dissemination and implementation science to begin September 1, 2016. Candidates must have a doctorate degree in public health or the social/behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics) or a field with direct application to public health (e.g., global health, health informatics). Candidates should demonstrate evidence of independent and collaborative research potential, interest and ability in teaching at the graduate level, and peer-reviewed publications and presentations commensurate with experience. Priority will be given to candidates with demonstrated public health practice background and securing research funding. Individuals who have not yet conducted large-scale implementation science studies, but have the interest and/or skills to do so in the future are encouraged to apply.


Research/Practice: We seek candidates with expertise in domains related to public health intervention dissemination and implementation research. Consistent with the definition provided by the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, we make a distinction between Dissemination and Implementation Research: “Dissemination is the targeted distribution of information and intervention materials to a specific public health or clinical practice audience in order to spread (“scale up???) and sustain evidence-based interventions. Implementation is the use of strategies to adopt and integrate evidence-based health interventions and change practice patterns within specific settings???.


Applications are encouraged from candidates using dissemination and/or implementation science to address public health challenges associated to our department’s key areas of specialization: Health Behavior over the Lifecourse; Health Disparities; Gender, Sexuality and Population Health; Health Communication; Community, Networks and Ecological Practice; and/or Research Methods. Candidates with particular interests related to novel research designs, mental health, child health, maternal health, family planning and reproductive health, social action and/or policy change, and aging are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates’ research may focus on populations in domestic and/or global contexts. Particular consideration will be given to candidates doing cutting edge work in the design, implementation, and practice of public health interventions (e.g., integrating multiple levels of analysis across the biopsychosocial continuum), as they relate to dissemination and implementation science and broader social change.


Teaching: The department is committed to preparing students as public health leaders with broad expertise in public health practice and intervention design, implementation and evaluation. The ideal candidate will be able to teach undergraduate and graduate courses related to program planning, program management, and program implementation and dissemination. Priority will be given to candidates who can support other departmental instructional needs, such as program evaluation, research methods (especially qualitative methods and mixed methods), health behavior theories, maternal and child health, global health, and community engagement.


Application Process: To apply, interested individuals should submit by email (a) a cover letter outlining their qualifications (including a brief synopsis of research and teaching interests, as well as perceived fit with the position), (b) a detailed 2-3 page research statement, and (c) a current CV to:

HBHE Search Committee 2015-16

Department of Health Behavior and Health Education

University of Michigan School of Public Health

Email: sph.hbhe.search@umich.edu

Department website: www.sph.umich.edu/hbhe

Committee Chair: José A. Bauermeister, MPH, PhD


Review of applications will begin October 15, 2015 and continue until suitable candidates are identified. Selected candidates will then be asked to provide a description of teaching experience and/or teaching portfolio if available, samples of publications and/or manuscripts, and the names and contact information of three references.


The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, ethnic / racial minorities, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University is supportive of the needs of dual career couples.