The Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor in the area of Environmental Health. This appointment is a full-time (9-month), tenure track position with an expected start date of August 23, 2023.
Allied Health Sciences is one of eight departments in the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources (CAHNR). It is a large, vibrant, multidisciplinary department with more than 30 faculty, 750 undergraduates (40% of whom are non-white), 30 post-baccalaureate students, and 30 graduate students. The Department offers an undergraduate major in Allied Health Sciences with multiple concentrations; three nationally-accredited professional programs; four post-baccalaureate programs, two master's programs; and a Ph.D. program in Health Promotion Sciences. The Department strives for inclusive excellence in attracting, retaining, and valuing talented people from all backgrounds.
The College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources has developed and implemented a Strategic Vision to guide the development and focus of our teaching, research, and extension/outreach programs in the years 2020-2025. The successful candidate will be expected to make significant contributions to at least one of CAHNR's five strategic initiatives:
Ensuring a vibrant agricultural industry and sustainable food supply
Enhancing health and well-being locally, nationally, and globally
Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion through anti-racist approaches
Designing sustainable landscapes across urban-rural interfaces
Advancing resilience and adaptation in a changing climate
Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state's flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective. Learn more at uconn.edu.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
We invite candidates from a broad range of academic disciplines and research areas to apply. The successful candidate will have a research focus in environmental and/or occupational health science as it relates to human health. Specific areas of expertise are open but may include climate change, toxicology, occupational/industrial health, air and water quality, environmental justice, public policy, or their combination. We encourage candidates with research interests that address inequities in health experienced by historically marginalized groups. Candidates will be supported in seeking an affiliate appointment in a university center or institute (see below) and can have the opportunity to provide leadership to occupational and environmental health and safety programs. Candidates will be expected to integrate their research and teaching with faculty in the Department, College, and University, such as Public Health Sciences, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, the Institute for the Environment, and the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP).
Specific duties and responsibilities include:
Develop a high-quality, externally funded research program that addresses environmental and/or occupational health.
Teach the equivalent of up to three 3-credit courses each year.
Provide research mentoring for graduate students and research experiences for undergraduate students.
Participate in professional development consistent with personal and professional goals.
Serve on Department, College, and/or University committees.
Perform other duties as assigned.
The successful candidate will also be expected to support the Department's efforts to:
Recruit and retain students from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups.
Demonstrate through teaching and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience.
Help develop student competency in addressing cultural, structural/systemic, and environmental factors that influence health.
Use pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.
A doctoral degree or equivalent in environmental health, occupational health, public health, or a related field.
A track record of scholarly activity as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national and/or international conferences and/or workshops.
Experience providing instruction in areas of expertise.
Demonstrated excellent skills in oral and written communication and strong interpersonal skills.
Postdoctoral training in area of expertise.
Demonstrated collaborations with researchers from other disciplines.
Serving as a course instructor of record at the undergraduate level.
Potential to supervise graduate and/or undergraduate student research.
Evidence of securing extramural research funding.
Demonstrated success in engaging with diverse communities, including first-generation college students and underrepresented populations, or sub-populations with excess risk due to unique exposures (e.g., lifestyle/cultural) or occupational exposures.
Experience in understanding and contributing to cultures of inclusive excellence, including working with those who have historically experienced barriers to achieving health and well-being.
This is a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track faculty position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2023 or a later date that can be negotiated. The successful candidate's academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
Research statement (including research experience and plan, along with interest and experience in conducting collaborative research)
Teaching/mentoring statement (including teaching/mentoring philosophy and experience)
Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.)
Sample journal articles or books
Three (3) letters of reference
Only applications submitted via Academic Jobs Online will be accepted. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received no later than April 7, 2023. Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.
The University of Connecticut is a national leader among public research universities, with more than 30,000 students seeking answers to critical questions in classrooms, labs, and the community. A culture of innovation drives this pursuit of knowledge throughout the University’s network of campuses. Connecticut’s commitment to higher education helps UConn attract students who thrive in the most competitive environments, as well as globally renowned faculty members. Our school pride is fueled by a history of success that has made us a standout in Division I athletics. UConn fosters a diverse and vibrant culture that meets the needs and seizes the opportunities of a dynamic global society.