Assistant/Associate 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 University of Mississippi Public Health Program invites applicants for a 9-month, tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor position to begin in August 2024. For this position, we are particularly interested in faculty with content and research expertise in epidemiology. Primary responsibilities will include conducting nationally visible, externally funded research, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in epidemiology methods and in an epidemiology concentration area, supervising and mentoring graduate students, and participating in university and professional service. 

The public health graduate and undergraduate programs are housed in the Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management (HESRM). HESRM encourages individuals with an interest in working as part of a team to develop and grow new CEPH-accredited public health programs to apply. At the assistant professor rank, candidates must demonstrate the potential for an externally fundable and nationally prominent line of epidemiology research. At the associate professor rank, candidates must have an active program of epidemiology research at the time of application that includes a strong record of extramurally funded research, peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals, and other scholarly achievement. All faculty are expected to contribute to a welcoming campus environment that champions diversity and inclusive excellence.


The University of Mississippi (UM) 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. UM also holds the elective Carnegie Community Engagement classification. 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 including HESRM, three centers and an institute. The School currently serves 10 undergraduate, 10 master’s and four doctoral programs ( 


HESRM ( is home to 19 faculty, 4 staff members, and over 900 students from around the world. HESRM currently offers three undergraduate programs (Public Health & Health Sciences (PHHS), Exercise Science, and Sports and Recreation Administration), three master’s degree programs (MPH, M.S. in Exercise Science, and M.S. in Sports and Recreation Administration), and a PhD program in Health and Kinesiology with three emphasis areas (Health Behavior, Exercise Science, and Sports and Recreation). Our PHHS undergraduate degree has two concentrations (health science studies and community health) and our MPH has two concentrations (epidemiology and community health). Additionally, we have a joint PharmD/MPH program with our School of Pharmacy. 


Position Details

Appointment: 9 Month

Assignment Type: Tenure Track 

Minimum Qualifications

•    Doctoral degree in public health, epidemiology, or a health-related field by the time of employment
•    Master’s degree in public health (MPH) or a health-related field, preferably with a concentration in epidemiology
•    Evidence of a strong public health research agenda with potential for securing competitive, extramural research funding


Preferred Qualifications: 
•    Postdoctoral training
•    Evidence of community engagement activities including but not limited to developing and maintaining partnerships with relevant public health agencies and organizations
•    Previous experience with applying for and maintaining CEPH accreditation for public health programs
•    History of developing and teaching online and remote courses
•    CHES, MCHES, or CPH certification


Substitution Statement: Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources.


Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.


Application Procedures

Applicants must apply online at and must include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. No paper copies will be accepted. Official transcripts must be received prior to hire. The University of Mississippi is an EOE/ AA/ Minorities/ Females/ Vet/ Disability/ Sexual Orientation/ Gender Identity/ Title VI/ Title VII/ Title IX/ 504/ ADA/ ADEA employer. 



Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled or until an adequate applicant pool is established.  Position contact: Allison Ford-Wade, PhD ( Professor and Interim Chair. 

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.

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