Open Rank Tenure-Track or Tenured Faculty Position

  • College of Public Health University of Iowa
  • Iowa City, IA, USA
  • Sep 21, 2022
Full time Education

Job Description

Department of Community and Behavioral Health

University of Iowa College of Public Health


The Department of Community and Behavioral Health (CBH) in the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured faculty member at open rank (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor). We seek candidates with research interests and experience that complement and strengthen current research programs by the faculty. Research being conducted in the department includes, but is not limited to, nutrition and physical activity; cancer prevention and control; global health; health inequities and the social determinants of health; substance use and addictions; health communication, mental health; maternal, child, and adolescent health; HIV prevention and treatment; rural health; and aging.


The Department of Community and Behavioral Health advances teaching, research, and practice in four strategic areas: rural health; community engagement and participatory approaches; theory-based culturally informed interventions; and social justice and health equity. The Department is home to the Native Center for Behavioral Health and the Prevention Research Center for Rural Health and is a collaborator with the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network. CBH faculty and students are also actively involved in the Health Equity Advancement Lab.


CBH faculty members enjoy strong collaborative relationships with other departments in the College of Public Health and with colleges across campus, including the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, and the Carver College of Medicine. Faculty participate and direct projects in research centers across campus, including the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, Public Policy Center, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence, and Iowa City VA Health Care System. In addition, the Department has well-established working relationships with organizations and communities across Iowa, throughout the U.S., and internationally, including projects in Eastern Europe, South and East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Faculty members’ research programs engage underrepresented populations, rural populations, immigrant communities, as well as communities living in low- and middle-income countries, among others.


University of Iowa faculty and their families enjoy competitive benefits packages, professional and personal growth opportunities available only at a leading research university, and a culture that honors responsibilities at work, at home, and in the community. Iowa City is one of the most livable cities in America with a moderate cost of living, nationally ranked public schools and healthcare facilities, numerous recreation and leisure options, and diverse cultural and employment opportunities. See an overview of Iowa City here:


Applicants must hold a doctorate in public health or an equivalent professional degree in behavioral science, social science, community health, health promotion or health education, or other related areas. Evidence of extramural research funding and publications must be commensurate with years of professional experience. We expect our faculty to build an externally funded research program, publish in leading journals, and be committed to advancing health equity and to impacting public and population health. Applicants should show the potential for collaborative research interactions with departmental, collegiate, and university faculty locally or internationally. The successful candidate will be expected to teach core courses in the department and the college. Evidence of high-quality teaching and successful student mentoring is required for Associate Professor and Professor appointment. At all ranks, faculty should demonstrate a commitment to working with a diverse body of students, staff, and faculty and to promoting an equitable and inclusive environment. The MPH degree is a desired qualification. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience.


The College of Public Health is nationally ranked among the top 10 publicly supported schools of public health. The Department of Community and Behavioral Health is one of five departments in the college and has a national reputation for community-engaged research and practice and for promoting equity and social justice. The Department offers an MPH degree, including an undergraduate-to-graduate track, and a PhD degree. Department faculty also support the collegiate undergraduate programs in public health. The Department has 12 faculty and $6.5 million in externally sponsored awards in FY22. Sources of research funding are diverse, and include federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and foundations. Further information about the Department can be found at:


The University of Iowa is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to university facilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply for all employment vacancies. For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Director, Office of Institutional Equity, the University of Iowa, 202 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242-1316, 319-335-0705 or


Persons with disabilities may contact University Human Resources, Faculty and Staff Disability Services, 319-335-2660 or, to inquire or discuss accommodation needs.


Interested candidates should apply electronically for Requisition #74579 at Applications should include the following: (1) a cover letter outlining interest and relevant experience; (2) a curriculum vitae (CV); (3) a research statement describing accomplishments, current work, and future directions; (4) a DEI statement summarizing activities and commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion; and (5) a list of three references (to be contacted only with permission). In the cover letter, candidates should describe how their work aligns with the strategic areas of the department, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and future goals to promote wellbeing of populations. Inquiries regarding the position can be made to Dr. Paul Gilbert, Chair of the Search Committee, The search committee will continue to screen applicants until the position is filled.