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Visiting Instructor – Department of Public Health
University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Date Posted Nov. 8, 2023
Title Visiting Instructor – Department of Public Health
University University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Lowell, MA, United States
Department Department of Public Health
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date January 2024 or September 2024
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Public Health/Management/Administration
    Health Education & Promotion
    Health Administration & Policy

Visiting Instructor – Department of Public Health

The Department of Public Health in the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences at University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell) welcomes applications for a Visiting Instructor for the 2023-2024 academic year. This role is a full-time visiting post with a maximum 4-4 teaching load, with possible renewal at the end of the year based on positive performance in teaching and service. The teaching load is adjustable pending on teaching and service needs in the department. A successful candidate will teach both in-person and online a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses serving majors and non-majors in the Department. These courses may include but are not limited to Introduction to Public Health, Environmental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Health Promotion, and Health Policy. The successful candidate will also contribute to the Department through participation in Department, College, and University committees and events, advising undergraduate students, and assisting with recruitment activities. Research efforts are not required. Teaching and research in the summer months are possible. The appointment is expected to begin January 2024 or September 2024.  

The Department offers a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH), Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science in Health Information Management (MSHIM), and Doctor in Science (ScD) in Public Health. The department faculty are dedicated educators, experienced practitioners, and highly productive, federally funded investigators. The faculty are active in various areas of research including health informatics and service research, population health surveillance, policy/program evaluations, community-based health promotion, aging, infectious diseases, health equity, epidemiology, omics, biostatistics, and big data analytics. The annual research expenditure (extramurally funded) exceeded $4.83 million in 2022-2023.

We invite prospective candidates to visit our college website and meet our faculty, staff, and students and see our new facilities in the health areas: Should you have questions about the position, please feel free to contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Leland Ackerson at

About the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences:

The University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) has been named the No. 1 public university in Massachusetts in the 2024 Wall Street Journal Best Colleges in the United States, also ranking No. 10 among all Massachusetts universities. With respect to return on investment, UML is ranked by as the No. 1 for mid-career salary among New England Public Universities, and the No. 1 for 20-year return on investment among public universities nationally. UML is a public research university, and UML has experienced dramatic growth in research funding, total endowments, and student enrollment over the past eight years. It is a Carnegie Classification Doctoral University – Higher Research Activity and conducts more than $95 million in sponsored research annually. UML enrolls more than 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Approximately 44% of undergraduates identify as students of color and 45% are first-generation college students.

UMass Lowell is situated about 25 miles northwest of Boston. It is surrounded by numerous racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse, safe, affordable, quiet, and beautiful small towns and cities with outstanding public and private elementary and secondary schools. It is in the high-tech corridor of Massachusetts, in the heart of New England on the banks of the Merrimack River, a beautiful and culturally diverse area and birthplace of America’s industrial revolution. Cotton mills in Lowell, the only city to be awarded national park status by the United States. National Park Service, opened in 1814 and the city has been a hub of invention and innovation ever since. UML continues that legacy of innovation throughout the campus. Its proximity to Boston offers unsurpassed enrichment of every type including fine arts, dining, historical sites, and of course sports! Just north of Lowell the grandeur of New Hampshire’s White mountains unfolds not far from the storied ski lodges of Vermont. The Greater Lowell area is one of the most attractive regions in the country to work and live.

The Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences is dynamic, rapidly expanding, and prepares professionals and scientists in a wide range of health science fields. The college offers baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs in several health-related disciplines including public health, pharmaceutical, physical therapy, biomedical, nutrition and exercise sciences. A large research program and vibrant community partnerships and engagement opportunities enrich and support our educational programs. Successful candidates will be expected to collaborate with faculty in the college, community partners, and external academic colleagues.

UMass Lowell is committed to promoting an inclusive environment and to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations. It has been recognized as a Top Employer for 2023 by for dedication and commitment to building a diverse workforce and culture. We encourage individuals from underrepresented populations to apply. We seek candidates who can contribute to the creation and sustainment of our diverse and inclusive work environment.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Minimum of a master’s degree in public health or a related field; a doctoral degree is preferred
  • Strong record of teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level for a range of public health classes. A doctoral degree is required to teach upper-level graduate and doctoral courses
  • Excellence in oral and written communication skills

Additional Considerations:

  • Evidence of ability to work with diverse student and faculty populations
  • Experience in curriculum incorporating Interprofessional Education (IPE) activities

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.

Please include the following required documents with your application.

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy and Experience - Please include:
    • description of previous teaching experience with a list of courses taught, and
    • teaching philosophy and style
  • List of courses previously taught in higher education and college/university name.
  • Two sample syllabi of courses taught in recent years
  • Names and contact information of three professional references will be required during the application process. One reference must be/have been a supervisor.

Optional Documents:

  • Copy of student evaluations from previous teaching, if available

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.


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