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  • Tenure Track Assistant/Associate Research Professor & Director of the Center for Addiction Recovery
    Health Policy & Community Health, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
    Georgia Southern University

    The Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Center for Addiction Recovery and Tenure-Track Research Intensive Faculty at the Assistant or Associate Professor Level.

    Founded in 1906, Georgia Southern University is a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution with a focus on public-impact research, serving about 27,000 students on three beautiful campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, and Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Through our degree offerings at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern offers a distinctive combination of community collaboration, world-class scholarship, innovative teaching, and hands-on learning opportunities.

    To equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and to fulfill the University’s commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to Inclusive Excellence. Candidates whose work furthers the institution’s goals and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

    Within this setting, the mission of the JPHCOPH is to improve health and eliminate health disparities and health inequities of rural communities and underserved populations globally through excellence in teaching, public health workforce development, research, scholarship, professional service and community engagement. The successful candidate will facilitate the building of a culture that shapes our intra- and extramural funding base and expands our reputation and recognition for research in recovery science and substance use disorders. As part of this intentional effort to build sustainability in this area, there is a need for a strong, highly experienced Practice Scholar and Researcher that can provide leadership to the Center for Addiction Recovery and encourage and support the JPHCOPH, the university, and the community in order to affect change and make an impact. Additionally, Director of the Center for Addiction Recovery will provide the JPHCOPH and the university the means for enhancement of scholarly efforts, and for the initialization of responsive, nimble and strategic pursuit of multi-disciplinary research and sustained external funding to address the challenge of substance use, recovery and prevention efforts.

    Position Description. With a dual reporting line to the Associate Dean for Practice and Research and the Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Community Health, the Director of the Center for Addiction Recovery and Tenure Track Assistant or Associate Professor will be responsible for oversight of the activities of the Center for Addiction Recovery and building a sustainable research program in the area of substance use, recovery and prevention efforts. In addition to developing their own research program,  the successful candidate is expected to support the research endeavors of others (students and faculty) through mentoring in scholarly activities and aiding in obtaining grants/contracts in congruent and compatible research areas.

    The Tenure-Track faculty position is research intensive with a reduced teaching load expectation. Given the nature of this new position, the faculty member will be supported 100% for 2 years with the expectation of securing extramural funding to buyout 50% of salary in a stepped approach. Working closely with the JPHCOPH Office of Practice and Research, the Director of the Center for Addiction Recovery will be responsible for expanding the JPHCOPH and university impact in substance use, addiction, and/or recovery. Specific expectations will include, but not be limited to, the following:

    • Provide leadership and direction in serving and supporting students enrolled in the center.

    • Expand the reach and service support of the center through facilitating memoranda of understanding with regional partners.

    • Work with the Dean to develop a robust stakeholder network of philanthropic giving.

    • Work with the faculty, staff, and students to identify, pursue and obtain targeted research and training (e.g., Fellowship, Post-Doc) opportunities.

    • Expand the community-based research network, both internal and external to the university.

    • Identify targeted research grants and contracts that expand opportunities for other faculty and students at the university, particularly with federal agencies such as NIH, SAMHSA, CDC, HRSA and foundations.

    The position is an academic 10-month Tenure Track appointment and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Earned doctorate degree – PhD, DrPH, ScD or equivalent with an emphasis on addiction recovery, public health or prevention, intervention programming, system-level research and evaluation practice, or a closely related field, by August 1, 2022, with at least 18 graduate semester hours in the field of specialization.

    • Proficiency and experience in Clinical and/or Applied Research, particularly with an emphasis on Participatory work.

    • Demonstrated experience in quantitative research, particularly with an emphasis on social and behavioral work.

    • Demonstrated track-record of securing extramural funding from multiple sources.

    • Demonstrated experience of working with personnel in multiple types of healthcare institutional settings.

    • Willingness to engage with institutional student success initiatives.

    • Commitment to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction and pedagogy, mentoring, and curriculum design and development.

    • Demonstrated commitment to advancing a strong and growing research and scholarship agenda and the production of research/creative activities as appropriate to the discipline.

    • Minimum of 5 years full-time college/university teaching experience at the assistant professor level is required for the rank of associate professor along with a strong record of research and service with publications and presentations in professional venues.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Demonstrated experience in clinical research.

    • Demonstrated strong qualitative methodological skills.

    • Demonstrated ability to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

    • Experience working in the field of recovery, collegiate recovery, recovery community organization, or other recovery-focused organization.

    Conditions of Employment:

    • Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.

    • All work (with limited exceptions such as research and study abroad and outside activities such as grading and email correspondence) for Georgia Southern University must be completed while the employee is physically present in the state of Georgia, unless specifically authorized by the university for a specific purpose and limited period of time within current policy. 

    • Faculty are expected to contribute to the vibrant university community by engaging students, participating in events, and performing other responsibilities on-campus.

    • Faculty may be required to teach, conduct research, or perform service duties on any of the three campuses. Georgia Southern provides accessible transportation options between campuses.

    Screening of applications begins April 7, 2022 and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2022. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

    Joseph Telfair, DrPH, MSW, MPH, FRSPH, Search Chair, Search # 67918

    Associate Dean of Practice and Research

    Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health

    Georgia Southern University

    Electronic mail:

    Telephone: 912-478-2412


    More information about the institution is available through or The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. 


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