The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Public Health, Professor & Director of Health Disparities Research Initiative, School of Community Health Sciences [R0109431]
PROFILE of the UNIVERSITY
UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of approximately 29,000 students and more than 3,000 faculty and staff that is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with high research activity. UNLV offers a broad range of respected academic programs and is on a path to join the top tier of national public research universities. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region's diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine. UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada. For more information, visit us on line at: http://www.unlv.edu
COMMITMENT to DIVERSITY
The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.
ROLE of the POSITION
The UNLV School of Community Health Sciences is seeking a full-time, tenured faculty member at the rank of Professor and Director for the Health Disparities Research Initiative. The initiative spans several schools and colleges at the University and is designed to foster interdisciplinary research and collaboration in health disparities research.
This senior faculty member will teach and coordinate the university-wide health disparities research program at UNLV. S/he will lead an interdisciplinary faculty research team that will include at least four new hires in nursing, economics, community health, allied health, sociology and psychology. The university-wide health disparities research initiative will increase the impact of research on health disparities at local, state, national and global levels, and strive to achieve targeted metrics including external federal grant funding for a health disparities research program.
This senior faculty member will promote health equity by facilitating collaborative research, education, and training opportunities in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, social science and health policy disciplines addressing racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, sexual gender minorities (SGM), and other disparities in health and healthcare.
In particular, we are interested in an investigator who conducts health disparities research in chronic or infectious diseases that adversely affect disadvantaged populations that include racial and ethnic minorities (African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, or rural populations). While excellence in research is the most important criteria for a successful candidate, successful programs of research might include, but are not limited to, prevention and management of diabetes and obesity in minorities, cancer detection and intervention among minority populations, identification and prevention of specific types of cancer known to be at high risk for specific minority groups (e.g., prostate and breast cancer among African Americans, stomach cancer among Asian Americans), research on differential access to care, and health policy research.
This senior faculty member will facilitate and conduct university-wide research on health disparities through interdisciplinary research. S/he will disseminate research outcomes at conferences, seminars, symposia and community outreach events. S/he will provide training and mentorship for junior faculty, fellows, and students interested in health disparities research.
This senior faculty member will enhance the impact of health disparities research by creating collaborations and partnerships with community, social, clinical and translational health disparities research centers as well as public health departments throughout the state.
Finally, driven by external awards, but also partially supported by State funds, the health disparities research team will be integrated with key graduate programs, support dozens of Graduate Research Assistants, and integrate research faculty and postdoctoral scholars as appropriate. There is the potential for this research team to evolve into a recognized university-wide Institute. The successful candidate will need to have a demonstrated track record in securing external grant awards from such agencies as the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Science Foundation and other agencies.
About the Health for Nevada Initiative
UNLV received funding from the Nevada legislature to launch The Health for Nevada Initiative focused on improving health, healthcare, health delivery, and health care workforce development for the State of Nevada. UNLV is directing a significant portion of these funds towards the Health Disparities Research Initiative as a strategic approach to addressing the health issues faced by Nevadans, as well as serving as a critical strategy for UNLV to progress toward Top Tier status. The Director of the Health Disparities Research Initiative will be able to recruit and hire at least four new faculty at the junior and senior faculty levels.
About the School of Community Health Sciences
The UNLV School of Community Health Sciences (SCHS) was established in 2004 and is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people worldwide. The SCHS departments, programs, and research units work to provide a diverse education, practical training experience, and numerous community involvement opportunities to prepare students to become leaders and professionals in the field of Public Health.
The mission of the School of Community Health Sciences is to advance the science of public health, improve the health and quality of life of people in our communities, and work to eliminate health disparities in Nevada, the nation, and the world by providing leadership in quality education, research, and service. This mission statement also serves as the mission for all SCHS degree programs.
The vision of SCHS is to be a vibrant center of excellence for public health teaching, research, and community action and to be a magnet for state, national, and international students.
The successful candidate is expected to:
Have earned a PhD, or doctoral degree in health science related fields from a regionally accredited college or university.
Possess a strong record of external research funding from NIH and other funding agencies.
Have a strong scholarship and publication record in health disparities research as this research pertains to disease prevention, disease management, healthcare access, or health policy.
Have a national reputation as a health disparities researcher as evidenced by a record of peer reviewed published research and external grant support.
A record of utilizing creative leadership and promoting interdisciplinary research collaboration. In this endeavor the candidate will need to work across Schools and Colleges at the University so as to secure support for the faculty hires that will be supported by the Health Disparities Research Initiative.
Demonstrate strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
Salary competitive with those at similarly situated institutions. Position is contingent upon funding.
Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.
Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates’ materials will begin immediately. Materials should be addressed to Dr. Francisco Sy, Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted online as we do not accept emailed materials. For assistance with the application process, please contact UNLV Human Resources at (702) 895-3504 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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UNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.