We are seeking a senior (Associate or Full Professor) research-focused faculty member for a tenured or tenure track, Regular Title Series, full time (12 month) position in the Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) in the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky. We seek a health equity research leader with a dynamic, productive research agenda that aims to eliminate inequities in cancer, cardiovascular disease, dementia and other related neurological conditions, diabetes and obesity, substance use, or other health conditions. CHET is a transdisciplinary research and training center focused on developing the most innovative and impactful research and training portfolio. This position is part of a university-wide interdisciplinary cluster hire in health equity.
Candidates will have a focus on rural, racial/ethnic, and other populations experiencing health inequities; leadership and administrative experience; expertise in research mentorship, and capacity to contribute to a vibrant environment of scholars from the behavioral sciences, public health, social sciences, communication, health services research, biomedical informatics, health sciences (nursing, medicine, nutrition, etc.), and others. Special emphasis is placed on intervention, dissemination, and implementation scientists with an NIH-funded research portfolio. An attractive start up package, premium and contiguous space, and excellent benefits will be provided. The University of Kentucky is located in the beautiful, progressive, and accessible city of Lexington. Lexington, with over 250,000 residents, offers a high quality of life, affordability and a well-educated population.
The selected faculty member will be expected to conduct innovative, rigorous, grant-funded research and engage in scholarly activities (peer reviewed publications, presentations, etc.). The faculty member also will provide leadership in Center activities, including serving as CHET Associate Director of Research. They will contribute to the research training of UK students and postdoctoral scholars, including mentorship programs, workshops, and supervised research. As a comprehensive and collaborative campus, the faculty member is expected to engage in broader research and training initiatives across all 16 Colleges of the University of Kentucky, including Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Public Health, Nursing, Communication and Information Sciences, Health Sciences, etc. These initiatives include grant consultation and review; a dynamic speaker series and other enriching events; pilot project competitions; and outreach to the lay public.
Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in Behavioral Sciences, Public Health, Social Sciences, Communication, Health Services Research, Bioinformatics, Health Sciences, or other related fields and be eligible for appointment at an Associate or Full Professor rank.
Percentage of Time and Effort
Research/Scholarly Activities: 75%
Instructional activities: 10%
Leadership and Administration: 10 %
Service to Department, College, University or Professional Organizations: 5%
Criteria for Appointment, Promotion and/or Tenure
The annual performance evaluations will be guided by the criteria described in Administrative Regulations (AR-II-I.0-5). The evaluation for promotion and/or tenure will be guided by the criterion described in Administrative Regulations (AR-II-1.0-1, Page III and IV) as follows:
Appointment or promotion to associate professor shall be made only after a candidate has met the criteria for assistant professor and has demonstrated high scholarly achievements commensurate with an assignment in the areas of: (1) research as demonstrated by grantsmanship, publications, presentations, and other activities; (2) training, mentoring, and other instructional activities; (3) professional, university and public service. An indication of continuous improvement and research contributions should be evident as documented by the candidate. Further, the individual should have earned external recognition for excellence in scholarly activities. This recognition should be on a national level as appropriate to the field of assignment.
Appointment or promotion to full professor shall be made only after a candidate has met the criteria for associate professor and has demonstrated high scholarly achievements commensurate with an assignment in the areas of: (1) research as demonstrated by grantsmanship, publications, presentations, and other activities; (2) training, mentoring, and other instructional activities; (3) professional, university and public service. Such an appointment implies that, in the opinion of colleagues, the candidate’s scholarship is excellent and, in addition, has earned a high level of professional recognition on a national or international level. It should be stressed further that this rank is in recognition of attainment rather than length of service.
Interested applicants should submit
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Cover letter
3. A writing sample, preferably a recently published or in press peer reviewed journal article/link
4. A statement indicating how they and their scholarship contributes to our mission of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce, knowledge base, and society (upload as "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement" under Specific Request #1)
Please also provide the names and contact information for three professional references who may be contacted by us. Application review will begin October 15 and continue until all positions are filled.
Skills / Knowledge / Abilities
Research productivity and excellence, training and education capacity; leadership skills; collaborative orientation