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Chair at the rank of Professor in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Applicants must apply online and submit the following: • Cover letter addressing candidate’s qualifications with regard to the responsibilities of the Chair position • Curriculum vitae • Three recent publications (first or senior author) • Complete contact information for five references

Position Details

Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Chair at the rank of Professor in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
Department SPH-Health Ed
Salary Commensurate With Experience
Posting Summary

The Rutgers School of Public Health (SPH) is seeking outstanding candidates for the next Chair of the Department of Social & Behavioral Health Sciences. Under the leadership of the new Dean, Dr. Perry N. Halkitis, The Rutgers School of Public Health is undergoing dynamic and transformative growth, including the addition of multiple faculty members this year. The Rutgers School of Public Health is devoted to employing an innovative, inter-disciplinary model, which aims to improve health locally, domestically and worldwide through a unique blend of public health research, practice, and education, at both our New Brunswick and Newark sites.

The Department Chair will serve as a key member of the school’s leadership team and be responsible for assuring the quality and growth of programs in collaboration with departmental faculty. The Chair will demonstrate a broad understanding in key content areas of the department and possess exemplary academic achievements, strategic leadership ability, strong interpersonal and communication skills, an entrepreneurial spirit, as well as thorough understandings of pedagogical, practice, and research processes. The Chair will work with faculty and staff to enact department vision; recruit, and develop a set of diverse, high-performance faculty; maintain an atmosphere conducive to collaboration and transparency; and work with other leaders of The Rutgers School of Public Health to realize the mission of the school. Moreover, the chair must demonstrate evidence of commitment to diversity and inclusion with the dedication and skills needed to help The Rutgers School of Public Health build a faculty that reflects the population of our state and our nation— diverse in terms of numerous indicators including but not limited to race, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social class, and nation of birth.

Key areas of interest for the Department include but are not limited to: alcohol, tobacco, and other substance use; sexual and reproductive health; LGBTQ health; mental health; social and structural determinants of health; disparities among vulnerable or marginalized populations (domestically and globally); public health nutrition; public health communication; implementation science; and aging and the life course.

The successful candidates will also demonstrate a commitment to and evidence of building interdisciplinary education programs and translation of science to improve the lives of populations.

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. The expected start date is June 1, 2018.


Minimum Education and Experience

(1) Doctoral degree or equivalent in public health, health education/health promotion, psychology, sociology, demography or a related field; (2) a record of accomplishment of collaborative research and peer-reviewed publications, demonstrated ability to obtain extramural funding for research, and track record of effective teaching and student mentoring as would be expected for the rank of full professor; and (3) effective interpersonal and communication skills, leadership and management experience in a university or other research setting. Candidates who are board certified or eligible in Public Health are preferred.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment

The CEPH-accredited Rutgers School of Public Health offers multiple master and doctoral degree, dual-degree, certificate, and articulated BA/BS-MPH degree programs. Applicants will find a wide range of collaborative experts within the School ( and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS;, including the Cancer Institute of New Jersey (, the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research (, and the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (


Rutgers is a leading national research university and New Jersey’s preeminent public institution of higher education. Chartered in 1776 as Queen’s College, it is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States and a member of the AAU, the Big Ten and the CIC. Rutgers is comprised of Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Rutgers University-Newark, Rutgers University-Camden, and arching over all three locations is, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Rutgers is located at the center of the Boston to Washington, DC corridor, with access to New York, Philadelphia, and the Atlantic Ocean beaches within an hour. The Rutgers School of Public Health academic and research programs are span two sites in New Brunswick and Newark, with opportunities for students to study at both sites in person or via e-technology.

Posting Details

Posting Number 17FA1309
Posting Open Date 09/07/2017
Posting Close Date 03/01/2017
Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must apply online and submit the following:
• Cover letter addressing candidate’s qualifications with
regard to the responsibilities of the Chair position
• Curriculum vitae
• Three recent publications (first or senior author)
• Complete contact information for five references

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Campus Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
Home Location Campus Piscataway (RBHS)

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Other Document
Optional Documents