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Assistant Professor of Health Science - Tenure/Tenure Track
University of Alabama

Date Posted Feb. 29, 2024
Title Assistant Professor of Health Science - Tenure/Tenure Track
University University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL, United States
Department Department of Health Science
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Health Sciences - General
    Public Health/Biostatistics/Epidemiology
    Health Education & Promotion

Assistant Professor of Health Science - Tenure/Tenure Track


The Department of Health Science within the College of Human Environmental Sciences at The University of Alabama seeks candidates for a nine-month, tenure track position as Assistant Professor of Health Education and Promotion. Appointments to the faculty of The University of Alabama are based on the personnel requirements of the University’s academic programs and on the goal of achieving and maintaining excellence in its teaching, research, and service/academic citizenship activities.


The successful candidate will be expected to conduct independent research and seek external research funding. The candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in one or more of the following areas: health disparities, community health, health behavior theory, health communication, health education/promotion interventions, program planning, program evaluation, research methods, environmental health, and epidemiology. The selected candidate will be expected to mentor doctoral students, provide professional service to the University, profession, and community; and perform other duties as assigned.

The Department of Health Science is comprised of 21 full-time faculty members whose research and teaching interests span a variety of areas that center on improving the health and well-being of individuals, communities, populations, and the environment. The Department is home to over 600 majors enrolled in one of the degree programs in the Department, including the B.S. in Public Health (concentrations in Health Education and Promotion, and Health Professions); Master of Public Health (concentration in Health Education and Promotion); M.A. in Health Studies; Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion; and M.S. in Athletic Training. The B.S. in Public Health and the Master of Public Health degrees are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). More information can be found at the Department website:


Applicants must hold an earned doctorate degree in health education, health promotion, public health, or a closely related field at the time of employment. We seek individuals with an ability to engage in research and scholarly activities as evidenced by publication in refereed journals and a focused research plan with potential for external funding. We also seek applicants with teaching experience or demonstrated potential for success in teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses, with proficiency in one or more of the aforementioned areas. Preference will be given to candidates who have: (a) an established record of research and scholarly activity, (b) previous teaching experience, (c) previous health education/public health experience, (d) professional association involvement, and (e) a record of community engagement. Public health or health education-related certification is desirable (i.e. CPH, CHES®, MCHES®).

Application review will begin immediately and close on March 21, 2024. To apply, candidates must submit the following materials online at (a) a 2-page cover letter (addressing the position description and teaching philosophy); (b) curriculum vitae; (c) a research statement detailing your research interests, needs, and 5-year plan for your research (attached as Other Document 1); and (d) a list of three professional references including their qualifications. For further information, contact Dr. Don Chaney at or Dr. Adam Knowlden at As part of the screening process, the references may be contacted. The anticipated start date is August 16, 2024.


At the College of Human Environmental Sciences, we empower students to bring about positive change in the world. Our faculty conduct advanced research, provide outreach and prepare a new generation of professionals with a shared goal of improving lives.

CHES brings together a wide range of disciplines which focus on the interaction between individuals, families and the environment. Five distinct departments cover a multitude of human science programs that help individuals across the lifespan improve their mental, physical and financial well-being. We touch people’s lives in the home, at school, in the workplace, at the dinner table, on the athletic field, and in a myriad of other arenas. The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus.

A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. The University of Alabama has R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is among the top doctoral research universities in the United States.

As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond. Tuscaloosa is so much more than a college town.

It's a vibrant community that’s filled with legendary history. Located along the Black Warrior River, the city features a walkable downtown that’s complete with live music, locally owned shops, outdoor spaces to explore and local restaurants to meet every palate. With a geography ranging from suburban to rural, the area offers a variety of housing options along with excellent public and private schools and a wealth of recreational and entertainment options.

With a metro area population of 235,000, the Druid City lies about an hour southwest of Birmingham, in west-central Alabama. It’s within a few hours’ drive of Gulf Coast beaches and major cities like Nashville, New Orleans and Atlanta, making it a great base for growing better acquainted with the South’s finest offerings. Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more. "EEO is the Law"

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