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Assistant/Associate Professor
The Ohio State University

Date Posted Nov. 10, 2023
Title Assistant/Associate Professor
University The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH, United States
Department Public Health | Health Behavior and Health Promotion
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Social and Behavioral Medicine
    Public Health/Management/Administration
    Health Education & Promotion

Tenure faculty (regardless of rank) - persons with the titles of professor, associate professor, assistant professor and instructor who serve on appointments totaling 50% or more service to the university and who are eligible for tenure or who have obtained tenure. Duties and responsibilities are assigned in accordance with the workload guidelines laid out in the pattern of administration of each faculty member’s tenure initiation unit (TIU) and, as appropriate, regional campus; obligations will include research, service and/or teaching or clinical practice.  These faculty will have earned doctorate or other terminal degree in the relevant field of study or possession of equivalent experience.

The RAISE Initiative (Race, Inclusion, and Social Equity) of the Ohio State University (OSU) seeks to improve health equity through research contributing to an understanding and reduction of the impact of the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) on vulnerable and disenfranchised communities. We are committed to recruiting, retaining, developing, and advancing a cadre of SDOH-focused faculty, providing robust mentoring, and embedding them in interdisciplinary teams committed to narrowing social disparities impacting health equity. Specific research to address the SDOH is imperative as these nonmedical vital signs impact health to a greater degree than medical interventions. Challenges to be addressed include our ability to identify SDOH systematically and proactively or create interventions that meet the needs and expectations of the community.

We are seeking applications for up to three full-time tenure-track faculty at all ranks who are excited and committed to this call for action.  All positions are joint appointments with a majority appointment within one of two of the following units:  Public Health (Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion), College of Arts & Sciences (Psychology), Engineering (Computer Science and Engineering), Medicine (Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Department of Biomedical Informatics), or Nursing. Up to two of these positions could be hired as Fellows to Faculty at OSU, an innovative program in which successful candidates begin their career with two years of post-doctoral training followed by a position as a tenure track assistant professor. Expertise can include but is not limited to public health, social and behavioral sciences, health professions, nursing, artificial intelligence (AI), data science and analytics, and biomedical informatics.

The search committee is especially interested in candidates who can demonstrate (1) a record of high-quality interdisciplinary research and scholarship, or for Assistant Professor candidates, demonstration of a solid inter-disciplinary research agenda and publication and external funding capability, and (2) potential for high-quality teaching and mentoring of students from diverse backgrounds. As part of OSU’s commitment to RAISE, we request candidates provide: (1) a description of how current and future program of research demonstrates a focus on the SDOH and improving health equity and (2) a description of how their plans for developing interdisciplinary academic programming. It is envisioned that the selected three candidates will join other existing faculty or newly recruited faculty from other avenues to form a cluster dedicated to study of SDOH as they pertain locally to Ohio and nationally.

Education and Experience Requirements

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or other doctoral degree in public health with a focus on social or behavioral science, or in a closely related discipline by the start of employment. Applicants must have a strong record of peer-reviewed publications and teaching excellence.  In particular, we are searching for a highly exceptional health behavior scientist for this role in the areas of health disparities and health equity. We especially welcome scholars whose research seeks to inform culturally appropriate interventions for the prevention/reduction of health disparities. Applications from scholars who incorporate multilevel and intersectional frameworks that inform intervention development, implementation, and evaluation are highly responsive to this call.

How to Apply

To be considered, please submit your application electronically via Workday:

Application materials must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vita (CV)
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching and Mentoring
  • Two recent publications

Applications will be accepted immediately and will be considered until the search has concluded. Rank and salary will be determined by the candidate’s credentials. The start date for this position is August 15, 2024. Finalists will be asked to supply letters of recommendation. Please direct inquiries about this position to the chair of the public health search committee, Dr. Liz Klein,

The College of Public Health

The College of Public Health is Ohio’s first accredited college of public health. First established in 1995 as part of the College of Medicine, the University Board of Trustees created the College of Public Health in 2007. In 2023, U.S. News & World Report ranked Ohio State’s College of Public Health graduate program 22nd of all Schools of Public Health. It is one of seven health sciences colleges on the same campus, more than any other university in the U.S. The college includes five academic divisions, two centers of outreach and engagement, four graduate degree programs with several specializations, and an undergraduate degree with two specializations, and two undergraduate minors. Specializations within the college include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior and health promotion, health services management and policy, veterinary public health, biomedical informatics, and clinical and translational science, and population health management and leadership.

Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion

The Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion includes 11 full-time faculty members who are engaged in independent funded community-engaged research as well as teaching graduate and undergraduate students. Faculty collaborate with researchers from various colleges, centers and institutes, including the Colleges of Medicine, Institute for Population Research, and the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center. Research expertise includes health equity and disparities, tobacco and substance use, cancer prevention and control, sexual and reproductive health, vaccine adoption, and global health.  The Division offers MPH and PhD degree programs, and supports the Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a specialization in public health sociology.  Further information about the Division and faculty may be found at:

The University

Ohio State is a top-20 public university, and its Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is one of America’s leading academic health centers and recently ranked No. 4 on Forbes’ list of best U.S. employers for diversity. Eligible Ohio State employees receive comprehensive benefits packages, including medical, dental and vision insurance, tuition assistance for employees and their dependents, and state or alternative retirement options with competitive employer contributions.

The Ohio State University’s Shared Values include Excellence and Impact, Diversity and Innovation, Inclusion and Equity, Care and Compassion, and Integrity and Respect. Our university community welcomes differences, encourages open-minded exploration and courageous thinking, and upholds freedom of expression.

Ohio State is a dynamic community where opportunity thrives, and individuals transform themselves and their world. Positions are available in countless fields and specialties. Become a Buckeye and contribute to an incredible legacy that serves to guide our future and shape a better tomorrow.

The Ohio State University is committed to enhancing academic excellence. Recruiting, supporting, and retaining faculty of the highest caliber is a core component of this commitment. The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) has established Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation (DCFR) to focus on supporting new and prospective faculty and their loved ones. Service offerings include dual careers partner consultations, identifying potential employers and/or employment opportunities, consultation and resources related to relocation, as well as identifying opportunities to engage on campus and in the surrounding community. While employment opportunities are not guaranteed, resources and consultation are provided to support the partners of new and prospective faculty as they are considering or transitioning to The Ohio State University.

In addition to being responsive to dual-career opportunities, we strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies.  Ohio State is an NSF ADVANCE institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

Located in Ohio’s capital city, Ohio State’s Columbus campus is near the center of a rapidly growing and diverse metropolitan area with a population of over 1.5 million. The area offers a wide range of affordable housing, many cultural and recreational opportunities, excellent schools, and a strong economy based on government as well as service, transportation, and technology industries. Additional information about the Columbus area is available here. In addition to  its Columbus campus, Ohio State has four regional campuses including Ohio State Lima, Ohio State Mansfield, Ohio State Marion, and Ohio State Newark, in addition to Ohio State ATI in Wooster.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Final candidates are subject to successful completion of a background check.

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