Assistant Teaching Professor - Health and Society

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Dartmouth
Department: Political Science Department
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Assistant Teaching Professor – Health and Society
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Work type: Faculty Full Time
Categories: Faculty

General Summary of Position:

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth invites applicants for the position of Assistant Teaching Professor in Health and Society.  We seek a dynamic and effective teacher with a PhD in a relevant field in the social sciences. We are interested in candidates whose areas of teaching and on one or more of the following areas: public health with a focus on food justice and advocacy, nutrition policy, social determinants of health on nutrition, food security, or community-based food systems. Candidates who pay close attention to structures of power and systems of oppression as they influence food, nutrition, and health are strongly desired. The position is expected to start no later than September 1, 2024.  Responsibilities include teaching four classes in the Fall semesters, and four classes in Spring semesters. The faculty member would also contribute to the teaching of the Health and Society foundational courses, as well as specialized elective upper-level courses, and provide needed advising support.

One of the goals of the Health and Society program is to close equity gaps in allied health fields and support students’ pursuit of professions that impact population health.  Candidates with a demonstrated commitment to working with women and underrepresented minority students through teaching, mentoring, and research are especially encouraged to apply. In addition, we are looking for applicants who are committed to fostering equitable learning environments where all students can thrive.  The ideal candidate will have a well-established record of excellence in undergraduate teaching and are interested in contributing to our program’s mission of fostering inquiries into structures and modes of power as they are mediated by gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, class, caste, nation and citizenship, age and ability with a vision of critical engagement with reducing health inequity.   

Minimum Qualifications: 

  1. Terminal degree (Ph.D. in a closely related social science field) at the time of appointment.
  2. Experience mentoring students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds is essential.
  3. Teaching experience at the undergraduate level that reflects a commitment to supporting underrepresented students in health studies.

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is located on the South Coast of Massachusetts, Dartmouth near some of the most beautiful coastlines in the United States. Dartmouth is also conveniently located near Cape Cod, Providence, Newport, and Boston. New York is a three-hour train ride away. The College of Arts and Sciences at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth values the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities, and orientations. The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to recruiting outstanding candidates who reflect the diverse identities of our student body.  The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their teaching. The interdisciplinary Health and Society Program brings together social science, science, and humanities courses that explore the social, cultural, economic, political, and biological factors that impact human health and the ethical dimensions of health care practices and public health policies.  Students engage in a sustained exploration of systemic health disparities, especially along the lines of race, class, gender, and global location, and explore innovative approaches to addressing the social and cultural determinants of population health.  Since the program was first launched in Fall 2018, it has become one of the largest majors in the College of Arts and Sciences and successfully attracts a racially and socio-economically highly diverse student body. The successful candidate will join a program dedicated to the use of curriculum that is responsive to the students it serves and be expected to provide effective instruction and advising to a diverse population of students.  More information can be found at Heath and Society-College of Arts and Sciences.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit:

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Contact information for 3 references

At a later date applicants will be asked to submit:

  1. Teaching Statement that details teaching philosophy, including demonstrated excellence in teaching a diverse student body.
  2. Sample Syllabi

UMass Dartmouth offers exciting benefits such as:

75% Employer-Paid Health Insurance
Flexible Spending Accounts
Life Insurance
Long Term Disability
State Pension Retirement Plan
Optional Retirement Savings Plans
Tuition Credit (Employee, Spouse, & Dependents)
Twelve (12) paid holidays.
Paid personal, vacation, and sick time.
And more!

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Applicants must be authorized for employment in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship not available.

To apply please submit a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for three professional references.  

The review of applications will begin immediately and will be ongoing.

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The University of Massachusetts is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.