Instructional Assistant Professor - 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 Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management (HESRM) at the University of Mississippi is seeking applications for a nine-month, non-tenure track position as Instructional Assistant Professor in Public Health. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in public health or closely related field.   Preference will be given to applicants who hold a master's degree in public health or a related field (e.g., MPH, MHA, MHS) and who earned their graduate degrees in schools or programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Preference will be given to applicants with experience teaching in person and online. The position may begin as early as January 2024. 


The candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate-level public health courses in community health, work with public health faculty on administration of the public health program, and assist with CEPH accreditation, student recruitment, retention, and graduation. Other duties may include growing partnerships in the field of public health, conducting independent and collaborative research, and serving on academic committees. Excellence in the School of Applied Sciences and the Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management 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 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, five academic departments, two centers, and an institute. The School of Applied Sciences currently serves nine undergraduate, ten master’s, and four doctoral programs (  


HESRM ( is home to eighteen faculty, four staff members, and approximately 900 students from around the world. HESRM currently offers three undergraduate programs (Public Health, Sport and Recreation Administration, and Exercise Science), four master’s degree programs (MPH, Sport Analytics, Sport and Recreation Administration, and Exercise Science), and a Ph.D. program in Health and Kinesiology with four emphasis areas (Public Health, Sport Analytics, Sport and Recreation Administration, and Exercise Science).  


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 for three professional references. No paper copies will be accepted. Official transcripts must be received prior to hire.

Position Details

Appointment (9 Month)

Assignment Type (Non-Tenure Track)

Application Procedures

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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

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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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