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Assistant Professor

UMass Boston
United States, Massachusetts, Boston
June 30, 2023

The newly formed Department of Urban Public Health, within the Robert and Donna Manning College of Nursing and Health Sciences (MCNHS) at the University of Massachusetts Boston, invites candidates for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions to begin September 1, 2023. This recruitment is part of a cluster hire to launch the department, which is expected to enroll the first cohort of students in the fall of 2023. Preferred candidates should have experience and interest in leadership and undergraduate and graduate program development. Our Urban Public Health programs focus on health across the life course of diverse populations with emphasis on reducing racial disparities and promoting health equity. We actively seek to enrich our student and faculty ranks, recognizing that racial/ethnic diversity of experience deepens our intellectual endeavors.

The successful candidates must:



  • have an earned doctorate in epidemiology or any of the other public health focus areas listed above, or a related field. Preference will be given to applicants with externally funded research or promise for external funding, and peer-reviewed publications in focus areas listed above or related topics.
  • have established a focused research agenda with potential for funding from external sources
  • have demonstrated experience in culturally relevant teaching and mentoring, particularly in supporting the success of racially minoritized students.


Applicants should provide their CV and a cover letter that includes (a) a summary of their research interests and experience, (b) a teaching statement that addresses ways anti-racism and social justice are incorporated into their professional activities (research, teaching, and service) to promote racial diversity and inclusivity within our college. Review of applicants will start on December 15, 2022 and continue until the positions are filled. Shortlisted applicants will be requested to provide names of three references. For more information, please go to .

The MCNHS and the University of Massachusetts Boston value cultural and racial/ethnic diversity, are committed to equal opportunity for its faculty, staff, and students, and are committed to not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, military status, immigration status, or other legally protected characteristics. UMass Boston is a federally designated Minority Serving Institution as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution with a commitment to anti-racism. The University has a very high racial diversity, 64% of the student body are racial minorities or people of color. We seek individuals who will embed within our curricular and co-curricular activities principles of anti-racism.

The College and University offer strong internal and external mentoring programs for faculty, including grant proposal and manuscript preparation, and a wide range of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborative research opportunities. Current faculty collaborations include major academic and medical institutions in and around Boston, including UMass Chan Medical School, Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, Boston Children's Hospital, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and many community, public, and private health care agencies. The National Cancer Institute funds the University of Massachusetts Boston-Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center grant (www.); this longstanding collaboration has enabled faculty at both institutions to strengthen and extend partnerships for research on health disparities, pre- and post-doctoral training, and community outreach.

The newly approved BS programs in Urban Public Health are designed in accordance with accreditation guidelines of the Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH). The Nursing Department and Exercise and Health Sciences Department in the College both offer BS, MS, and PhD/DNP programs. The PhD in nursing program focuses on population health and health policy. UMass Boston is committed to being an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and recognizes the power of a diverse community. We encourage applications from racially/ethnically minoritized populations, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and those with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds to consider UMass Boston as their employer of choice.

The search will continue until the position is filled. For questions, please contact Dr. Phil Gona (phil.gona@umb.edu),

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UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to confirm proof of their vaccination status. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons.

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