The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut invites applications for six Assistant Professor (tenure-track) positions as part of a cluster hire in the area of Social Aspects of Ethnic and Racial Health Disparities. There will be one position in each of the following departments: Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Geography, Human Development and Family Sciences, and Sociology. Examples of areas of specialization may include but are not limited to urban-related scholarship, community-engaged research, evidence-based policymaking/strategies, critical analyses of the causes and effects of health disparities, anti-racist approaches to addressing health disparities, human-environment interactions, and/or intersectionalities (e.g., with social class, age, gender identity, immigration status, sexual orientation, disability). This hire demonstrates UConn's and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and builds on the College's existing strengths in health disparities scholarship.
Faculty hired as part of the cluster will have opportunities to collaborate within and across departments in the cluster, as well as opportunities for connections to other research-intensive centers and institutes across the University, including the Health Disparities Institute, the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP), the Human Rights Institute, and the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. The College is also home to a vibrant collective of Institutes and Programs engaged in anti-racism scholarship, area studies, and intersectional struggles against oppression, including Africana Studies, American Studies, Asian and Asian American Studies, El Instituto, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
This hiring initiative builds on the investment of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in research, teaching, and outreach focused on health disparities, including an earlier cluster hire that brought several exciting scholars to UConn. The University of Connecticut is ranked the best public university in New England and among the top 25 public universities in the U.S.
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DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The successful candidates will exhibit a genuine, demonstrated interest in scholarship on Social Aspects of Ethnic and Racial Health Disparities. Candidates are expected to contribute to research and scholarship through high-quality publications in top-tier venues, externally funded research, and mentoring of graduate students. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Successful candidates will highlight a commitment to equity and be expected to: broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement multiple perspectives as the foundation of a rich learning experience; integrate diverse experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and/or provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse populations and intellectual interests.
Doctoral degree (or equivalent foreign degree) completed in anthropology, communication, economics, geography, human development and family sciences, sociology, or another relevant discipline by position start date.
Teaching experience or demonstrated capacity to teach courses with documentation of a commitment to teaching.
A strong record of scholarly productivity in the area of Social Aspects of Ethnic and Racial Health Disparities.
The ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the Department and College.
Effective communication skills (both written and oral).
Demonstrated history of or potential for external research funding.
Experience teaching courses relevant to health disparities.
Demonstrated experience and commitment to teaching and/or mentoring a diverse student population.
Ability to engage productively with faculty across disciplines.
These are full-time, 9-month, tenure-track positions with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2023. The successful candidates' academic appointments will be at the Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience as well as disciplinary norms.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Employment of the successful candidates is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
Commitment to diversity statement (e.g., values around social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion; diversity-related experience in teaching, research, and service; plans to continue to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion);
Writing sample and any supporting materials,
Contact information for three (3) letters of reference. References will not be contacted without notification of the candidate.
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