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Assistant Professor of Public Health


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Health, Exercise Sci & Recreation Mgmt (10000912)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

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Position Description

The School of Applied Sciences at The University of Mississippi is seeking applications for Assistant Professor of Public Health and Data Analytics Statistician for the Institute of Child Nutrition. This is a twelve-month, tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor with an administrative research appointment in the Institute of Child Nutrition. The successful candidate may begin as early as January 2022.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach one or two undergraduate- and graduate-level Public Health courses per semester. The individual, in collaboration with staff at the Institute of Child Nutrition, will develop and implement a new Office of Data Analytics. The Office of Data Analytics will support ICN’s Applied Research Division (ARD) to provide advanced support to the ARD researchers on research design and statistical approaches, requirements, and scientific standards.  Additionally, this position will provide guidance and assistance with concept development, monitoring, and reporting of multiple ongoing training and research projects.  The hire will work with project teams to implement and optimize research methodology, organization, management, analysis, visualization and presentation of data from large data sets. Excellence in the School of Applied Sciences and the Institute of Child Nutrition can only be fully-realized by individuals who share our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Successful candidates will demonstrate commitment to these values.

The University of Mississippi is a member of the Southeastern Conference and included in the elite group of Doctoral Universities – R1, or Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Over the last 12 years, University of Mississippi has been continuously recognized as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The School of Applied Sciences, located on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford, MS (, is an inclusive home to approximately 150 faculty and staff, over 2,600 students, six academic departments, three centers and an institute. The School currently serves 10 undergraduate, 10 master’s and four doctoral programs (

The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN), part of the School of Applied Sciences, is the only federally funded national center dedicated to applied research, education and training, and technical assistance for child nutrition programs.  The Institute was established by Congress in the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 1989.  The Institute’s mission is to provide relevant research-based information and services that advance the continuous improvement of child nutrition programs across the United States. 

Position Details

Appointment: 12 Month

Assignment Type: Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Public Health with expertise in Biostatistics, Applied Statistics, Data Analytics or Data Science. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated strong skills in project management, contribution to multiple projects, customer service, verbal and written communication, time management, organization, and experience with education/training.

Application Procedures

Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled or until an adequate applicant pool is established. Applicants must apply online at and must include a letter of application, curriculum vitae and contact information of five professional references, no paper copies will be accepted. Official transcripts must be received prior to hire.

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi