The School of Public Health (SPH) at the University of Memphis (UofM) is seeking a dedicated professional to serve as the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the level of tenured or tenure-track Associate Professor. This key leadership position will contribute to the strategic vision and academic excellence of our institution. The Program Director of Undergraduate Studies will oversee the undergraduate program, ensuring its effectiveness, growth, and alignment with the goals and objectives of the SPH. This is a full-time, 9-month tenured or tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of Summer 2024 but Fall 2024 is acceptable. This position presents an exciting opportunity to join a vibrant academic community committed to advancing public health education, research, and community engagement.


Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Oversee the day-to-day operations of the undergraduate program, including student advising, curriculum development, and program assessment.

·         Work with the enrollment management team to recruit and retain excellent students with attention to achieving the goal of a diverse student body.

·         Collaborate with faculty to develop and enhance the undergraduate curriculum, ensuring it reflects current trends, best practices, and emerging needs in the field of public health.

·         Provide guidance and support to undergraduate students, including academic advising, career development, and placements.

·         Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders, including alumni, industry professionals, and community partners, to foster experiential learning opportunities and job placements.

·         Responsible for oversight of the student handbook and onsite/online course materials to deliver relevant and skill-based content that meets standards for CEPH competencies.

·         Conduct cutting-edge epidemiological research, contributing significantly to the field, and secure extramural funding to support their research program. Areas of interest may include but are not limited to infectious diseases, chronic diseases, environmental epidemiology, social determinants of health, global health, or emerging health threats.

·         Provide innovative and engaging instruction at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Courses may cover fundamental principles of epidemiology, advanced epidemiological methods, statistical analysis, and specialized topics related to the candidate’s expertise.

·         Supervise and mentor graduate students on their theses and dissertations.


Position Qualifications: Candidates for this position must hold a Doctoral degree in Epidemiology or a related field and meet academic requirements for consideration as a tenured or tenure-track Associate Professor at the time of appointment. Candidates should have: (1) a background in teaching and curriculum development in the field of public health; (2) a record of peer-reviewed publications and a strong record of extramural research funding; (3) a commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of academic programs; (4) excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders; (5) a strong leadership skills to motivate and inspire faculty, staff, and students; and (6) an ability to collaborate with SPH Dean and the leadership team.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.


Benefits: The University of Memphis offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes choices for health, retirement, and long- and short-term disability. To learn more about the benefit package, please visit our website at https://www.memphis.edu/hr/prospective.php

Application: To submit your application (cover letter, CV, research and teaching statements, and list of three references) for this position, please go to https://workforum.memphis.edu/postings/37629. Formal screening for this position will begin immediately and may continue until the position is filled. For questions about the position, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Xinhua Yu at xyu2@memphis.edu

About The University of Memphis

The University of Memphis is a comprehensive urban university classified as a Carnegie Doctoral Research Extensive public institution (http://www.memphis.edu/). The University has 12 colleges and schools, enrolling approximately 22,000 students, including 4,300 in graduate degree programs. Prospects for collaborative and interdisciplinary research exist within the school, other academic units, and various university research centers including, the FedEx Institute of Technology, W. Harry Feinstone Center for Genomic Research, Methodist Le Bonheur Center for Healthcare Economics, Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, and the NIH Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge. Existing collaborative agreements allow for cross-institutional work with the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Baptist Memorial Healthcare System, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare System, West Cancer Center, and other community health clinics and systems in the greater Memphis area.