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Assistant Professor (Ladder rank) Health Equity

Position overview

Position title: Health Equity
Salary range: The posted UC Salary scales set the minimum pay at the appointment as determined by appointment type and if applicable, rank and/or step. The base pay range for this position is $86,500 - $101,700. Salary is negotiated annually. Additional compensation may be available in the Health Sciences Compensation Plan. The appointee should be aware that there are limitations on outside professional activities. UC Salary information can be found here:

Application Window

Open date: October 24, 2023

Most recent review date: Sunday, Feb 4, 2024 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: Wednesday, Oct 23, 2024 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 an Assistant Professor rank faculty position 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. This faculty position is 1 of 13 Ladder Rank faculty positions that unite STEM/Public Health/Health Sciences departments and schools and Black Diaspora and African American Studies (BDAAS) 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.

The HWSPH has focal areas of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Climate & Environmental Health, Community Health Services and Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology, Global Health, Health Behavior, Health Equity and Justice, Health Policy, Public Mental Health, and Technology & Precision Health and offers teaching and student mentoring opportunities in our BS in Public Health, MPH, PhD in Public Health (administered jointly with SDSU), and MS and PhD in Biostatistics degree programs. Further, the School has a Preventive Medicine Residency program. The School has extensive collaborations with the School of Medicine, Moores Cancer Center, Jacobs School of Engineering, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute, Rady School of Management, Skaggs School of Pharmacy, and with other partners across the UC San Diego campus. Partnerships with the community and health agencies are fundamental to the School. The School is comprised of more than 125 primary faculty and academics, 25 secondary faculty, and 200 staff members and provides instruction and mentorship to 700+ BSPH majors and 225 postgraduate students, and the School’s faculty and academics hold ~$125M total awarded grants and contracts.

Faculty holding these positions will be expected to design and teach an undergraduate course that aligns with the Black Diaspora and African American Studies program, e.g., an appropriate Health Equity course, and conduct research focused on African American communities and the Black Diaspora. They may also demonstrate the equivalent through service to BDAAS 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 understanding 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 selected candidates will be responsible for research, teaching, and service, commensurate with the series of appointment and rank, including research that focuses on African American communities and the Black Diaspora.

Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor rank and will be based on the candidate’s background and experience. The series will be 1.0 FTE Ladder Rank (Tenure-Track).

A link to a full description of the series is provided for your review:
Ladder Rank Professor - see:

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)

Candidates must have demonstrated experience in teaching undergraduate or graduate courses in public health disciplines, which may be at the Teaching Assistant level for applicants who have not held a faculty position previously.

Candidates must also have research experience related to factors of race/ethnicity and health.

Candidates must have strong publications appropriate for the Assistant rank level of appointment.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Candidates must have a PhD, DrPH, or related doctoral degree by the time of the start of the 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.

Candidates with experience in community-based research are also preferred.

Candidates with experience in mentoring public health undergraduate or graduate students are also preferred.

Candidates with current extramural funding are also preferred.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Teaching Evaluations

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - 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.

    See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • COVID-19 Impact Statement - We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic may have had a substantial impact on academic productivity. In our academic hiring processes, we will be keeping this in mind as we consider achievement relative to opportunity. We encourage you to reflect on constraints on opportunity in your field that were caused by the events of the pandemic and where applicable, to discuss your achievements in this light.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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