Open Rank Faculty in Social & Behavioral Sciences Global and Community Health
The George Mason University Department of Global and Community Health within the College of Health and Human Services is launching an open-rank search for a faculty member in social and behavioral sciences who is committed to academic excellence and to conducting original and collaborative research in public health.
Though all research areas will be considered, preference will be given to applicants with expertise in prevention science, implementation science, and/or community-based participatory research, with a focus on health equity. Midcareer and senior candidates are expected to have an active or recent history of externally-funded research, an established publication record, and evidence of effective classroom teaching commensurate for a tenured appointment at the rank of associate or full professor. Early career candidates will demonstrate strong evidence of potential as an independent researcher to obtain external funding and show promise of effective classroom teaching.
This is a state-funded, full-time (9-month) tenure-track/tenured faculty position with additional summer research and teaching opportunities. Appointments will begin in August 2022. As the nation’s youngest R1 research university, George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and it strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment. The University recently established an Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence (ARIE) Task Force to make certain that Mason is an inclusive and equitable campus community where everyone is valued, supported and experiences a sense of belonging.
Successful candidates will be expected to: 1) develop or continue a program of original research; 2) engage in collaborative research; 3) teach and mentor students; 4) establish or sustain an extramurally funded research program; and 5) engage in professional service in support of advancing the College’s mission. To the extent possible, faculty will be expected to contribute synergistically to development of courses, degree programs and research.
An earned doctoral degree in a public health, behavioral, or social science discipline or closely-related field by the fall of 2022; public health-related research experience; record of refereed publications; active or recent history of extramurally funded research for midcareer and senior candidates; strong oral and written communication skills; and experience teaching and/or mentoring students at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels.
Candidates for associate or full professorships ideally will have experience with nontraditional adult learning, online teaching and evidence of mentoring doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows for academic appointments. Candidates for assistant professorships ideally will have postdoctoral fellowship training with an established trajectory of refereed publications and evidence of research funding (extramurally funded grants or awards). Preference will be given to candidates that can teach a wide range of courses for MPH and doctoral public health students.
About the Department of Global and Community Health:
The Department of Global and Community Health has 20 full-time research faculty and an active research portfolio of approximately $2 million that focuses on public health research and teaching. Extramural research support comes from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, the National Institute for Justice, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Faculty expertise is multidisciplinary with members in epidemiology, biostatistics, and the social and behavioral sciences.
The Department prepares students for careers in public health just minutes from the nation’s capital. We offer accredited and nationally ranked undergraduate and graduate degrees that provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experience to solve existing and emerging public health challenges. A PhD in Public Health with concentrations in epidemiology and social/behavioral sciences enrolled its first cohort of students in January 2021. Further information about the department may be found at https://publichealth.gmu.edu
About the College of Health and Human Services:
The College of Health and Human Services is located in the new Peterson Family Health Science Hall, which has 165,000 square feet of offices, conference rooms, classrooms, and wet and dry labs. The College has accredited degree programs in Global and Community Health, Health Administration and Policy, Nutrition and Food Studies, Nursing, and Social Work, including CEPH accredited bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. The ASTHO-Mason Collaborative for Applied Public Health Practice is a groundbreaking initiative to prepare the next generation of research and practice leaders in public health. The College’s research infrastructure includes DSHI (Discovery Science and Health Informatics Center with a Machine Learning Lab), imaging resources (DEXA, fMRI, movement capture), as well as physical and metabolic human assessment tools. The College operates a Population Health Center that supports primary and behavioral health care, research, and training. The College has an active research portfolio of approximately $9 million and is transitioning to become the first CEPH accredited College of Public Health in Virginia. Further information about the College may be found at: https://chhs.gmu.edu
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants must apply for position number F602AZ via https://jobs.gmu.edu and include (1) a cover letter of interest, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) research statement of interests and goals, (4) teaching experience and philosophy, and (5) a list of three references with full contact information. Also, please include (6) a diversity statement summarizing the extent to which you have worked with any individuals from marginalized groups in a teaching, mentorship, or advisory capacity, and how you helped them identify and overcome barriers to success.
NOTE: Candidates who are invited for the second round of interviews (in person or virtually) must arrange for the search committee to receive three letters of reference prior to the second interview.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.