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  • Rural Health Quantitative Research Faculty
    College of Public Health Center for Rural Health Research
    East Tennessee State University

    The College of Public Health is recruiting a full-time Research Faculty to advance and grow its Center for Rural Health Research. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading and collaborating on research projects, programs and/or policy analyses in support of the Center’s mission and goals. Faculty will be involved in quantitative research development and execution and one or more of the strategic areas of the Center, including program planning, implementation and evaluation; and policy analysis. Faculty will use a variety of primary and secondary quantitative data sources and research methods to address topic areas relevant to the Center’s already existing work and areas of interest of the candidate related to rural health.  

    The ideal candidate will possess proven experience and expertise as a health researcher with a quantitative background in one or more of the following areas: rural health and rural public health; innovative approaches to health care delivery; evaluation of community-based organizations; and early childhood interventions. Applicants with a track record of collaborating with diverse stakeholders and with demonstrated skills and experience in designing and conducting innovative, high-quality research, intervention or policy studies, analysis of large datasets, and dissemination of findings to broad audiences are of particular interest. Additionally, while the position is fully funded through existing gifts and grants, demonstrated experience in grant writing and the ability to obtain external funding to expand Center initiatives is preferred. Rank and salary are commensurate with education and experience. Comprehensive employment benefits are provided. Successful candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to fostering and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. 

    Required qualifications include: 

    •    Doctoral degree in a relevant field, eligible for appointment in one of the five departments in the college (Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Community and Behavioral Health, Environmental Health, Health Services Management & Policy, and Health Sciences). Candidates with a Master’s degree in a relevant field with exceptional experience in Rural Health Research may be considered.
    •    Training and/or experience in quantitative research design/methods, program planning and evaluation, and/or policy analysis.
    •    Significant quantitative experience with study design, data identification, data cleaning, statistical analysis, and scientific writing.

    ETSU was classified as a Carnegie Doctoral University: High Research Activity (R2) in 2018 and had 14,435 students in AY 2019-20. Clinical and health-related academic programs are organized as ETSU Health, which includes health professions programs in the College of Public Health, the College of Nursing, the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, and the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences. ETSU Health and the College of Public Health have strong research and practice affiliations with the largest regional health system, Ballad Health, and with state and local public health agencies. 

    The CEPH-accredited College of Public Health is home to a diverse range of graduate and undergraduate degree programs, research centers, and projects. Faculty enjoy collaborative relationships with four other health-related colleges within the University’s Academic Health Sciences Center, the Mountain Home VA Medical Center, and the region’s public health and health care systems. The College of Public Health is home to five centers and institutes focused on health improvement in the region and nation: The Addiction Science Center, the Center for Rural Health Research, the Center for Applied Research and Evaluation in Women’s Health, the Tennessee Public Health Training Center and the Tennessee Institute for Public Health. 

    Housed within the College of Public Health, the Center for Rural Health Research works to fulfill its mission of engaging rural communities to advance health and improve quality of life. The Center conducts studies that are local, regional, statewide and national in scope, for partners that include the state of Tennessee, Ballad Health System, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Health Resources and Services Administration, which recently awarded ETSU one of seven federally funded Rural Health Research Centers. Through subcontracts with other national partners, the center is conducting additional work for the Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, American Medical Association and others. 

    ETSU is located in Johnson City, one of the Tri-Cities of Northeast Tennessee. The larger region, known as the Appalachian Highlands, is adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is a 4-6-hour drive from Nashville, Washington, DC, Atlanta, and the Research Triangle of North Carolina. Johnson City is frequently ranked among the best small towns in the U.S., with affordable housing, an accessible regional airport, excellent schools, and outstanding cultural and outdoor recreational activities. Clinical care in Washington County is consistently ranked among the best in Tennessee. To apply, please visit the ETSU Electronic Jobs Portal at  


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