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Assistant Professor (Ladder Rank) Health Equity

Application Window

Open date: May 10th, 2021

Last review date: Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science at UC San Diego ( is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body and invites applications for up to two Assistant Professor rank faculty positions in Health Equity with a research focus on African American communities and the Black Diaspora.

UC San Diego is forging a new paradigm for engagement and collaboration between STEM/Public Health/Health Sciences and the Social Sciences/Arts & Humanities. These faculty positions are 2 of 13 Ladder Rank faculty positions that unite STEM/Public Health/Health Sciences departments and schools and African American and the Black Diaspora Studies through innovative research, coordinated teaching, and targeted service. Faculty will have multiple opportunities to engage with scholars across UC San Diego disciplines to address issues of race and racism, access and equity, and social and political influences focused on STEM/Public Health/Health Sciences, while also working within their home department / school and professional communities.

Faculty holding these positions will be expected to design and teach an undergraduate course that aligns with the African American Studies Minor (AASM), e.g., an appropriate Health Equity course. They may also demonstrate the equivalent through service to the AASM and by mentoring undergraduate students. We seek candidates who will conduct research advancing health for African American communities and the Black Diaspora. We welcome candidates whose professional experiences and personal backgrounds have facilitated their understandings of traditionally underrepresented racial minority communities. Faculty are expected to have an inclusive stance on mentoring and advising that incorporates working with women and underrepresented racial minority undergraduate and graduate students. Faculty will be encouraged to engage in interdisciplinary conversations and scholarship across UC San Diego disciplines.

The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health has focal areas of Behavioral Medicine, Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, Epidemiology, Global Health, Health Policy, Health Equity, Public Mental Health, and Climate and Environmental Health and offers teaching and student mentoring opportunities in our BSPH, MPH, PhD in Public Health (administered jointly with San Diego State University), and MS and PhD in Biostatistics degree programs. Further, the School has an MAS in Leadership of Healthcare Organizations run in conjunction with UCSD Extension and a Preventive Medicine Residency program. The School has strong collaborative research programs facilitated by Research Centers of Excellence focused on Health Promotion and Equity, Women's Health, Tobacco Control, and Wireless and Population Health Systems and has extensive collaborations with the School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy, Jacobs School of Engineering, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Moores Cancer Center, the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute, and with other partners across the UC San Diego campus. Partnerships with the community and health agencies are fundamental to the School. The School houses five recharge cores providing services to both UCSD and the external community, and the School’s faculty and academics hold ~$125M total awarded grants and contracts.

Candidates are required to show a demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity by submitting a Diversity Statement of past contributions and/or future plans of excellence in this area as part of their application for an academic appointment.

Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor rank. Series will be 1.0 FTE Ladder Rank (Tenure-Track). Appointment may require candidates to be partially self-funded, e.g., with grants.

A link to full description of the series is provided for your review:

Ladder Rank Professor - see:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on the University of California pay scales. As a member of the Health Sciences Compensation Plan, the appointee should be aware that there are limitations on outside professional activities and clinical moonlighting is expressly prohibited. Additional information can be found here:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Competitive candidates must have current extramural funding or a strong promise of fundability and strong publications appropriate for the Assistant rank level.

Successful candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to and experience in teaching undergraduate or graduate courses in public health disciplines and in mentoring public health undergraduate or graduate students. Successful candidates must also have a research agenda easily related to factors of race/ethnicity and health.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Candidates must have a PhD, DrPh, or related doctoral degree by the time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

Candidates with previous experiences teaching, mentoring, and supporting the advancement of underrepresented racial minority students and a record of service activities that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion and whose research, teaching, and service advance anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, and justice in Public Health are preferred. Experience in community-based research is also preferred.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Teaching Evaluations

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.

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