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University of Georgia
University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Department Head of Health Promotion and Behavior

LocationAthens, Georgia, 30602
Employment TypeContractor
Date Posted2022-06-06
Direct Apply
Valid Through2023-04-28

Job Description:

Position Summary

The College of Public Health at the University of Georgia, pursuant to its mission and values ( https://publichealth.uga.edu/about/ ), invites applications for Department Head of Health Promotion and Behavior ( HPB ) ( https://publichealth.uga.edu/departments/health-promotion-behavior/ ) to begin in 2023. This tenure-track (or tenured) position is an academic 9-month appointment. The successful candidate will have credentials at the Associate or Full Professor level and will assume a leadership role in the development and growth of the department and expansion of research, instruction, and outreach in health promotion and behavior. Rank and tenure status on appointment will be based on the application and promotion and tenure guidelines.

The Department’s instructional programs include a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Promotion and Behavior, Master of Public Health, and health promotion doctoral program. The Department has 12 full-time tenured or tenure track faculty, three clinical faculty, and two instructors committed to instruction, research and outreach with the goal of improving the health of all. HPB faculty members have leadership roles in, and close involvement with, three interdisciplinary units of the College: Institute for Gerontology, Global Health Institute and Institute for Disaster Management. Close ties also exist with other university units including the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Social Work, the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership and UGA’s Public Service and Outreach Units. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape future research directions; expand existing programs in the department; and act as a liaison with other faculty at UGA College of Public Health and UGA . Resources will be available to the new Department Head for hiring additional faculty with expertise in health promotion and behavior. The Department is located in new facilities on the UGA Health Sciences Campus.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicant screening will begin immediately. Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by Sunday, August 7, 2022; however, screening will continue until the position is filled. The application packet should include a cover letter detailing how the applicant’s credentials and experience meet the needs, responsibilities, and qualifications stated above; a current CV; and contact information for three references (who will not be contacted without further correspondence with the applicant).

To request a descriptive Opportunity Profile for this position, provide a nomination, or seek additional information, please contact Anjanette Russell, Primary Consultant with the UGA Search Group, at *****/a> or *****. Letters of recommendation or a simple nomination should include the name and contact information for the nominee.

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About the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( https://www.uga.edu/ ). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 2,000 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,500 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and approximately 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The College of Public Health was established in 2005, is comprised of four academic departments and three research institutes, and is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health ( CEPH ). The College has approximately 65 full-time faculty and 50 staff who serve an enrollment of approximately 1,000 students per year.

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Open until filled


Location of Vacancy

Athens Area

EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (*****).

UGA Statement

PLEASE NOTE : On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for
Federal Contractors pending further review. As a result, the requirements of the Executive Order and associated guidance, including the vaccination requirement for covered contractor employees, are currently not in effect.

The University of Georgia is a Federal Contractor as defined by Presidential Executive Order 14042 and subject to the requirement that Federal Contractors must ensure that all covered employees, including those working remotely, are fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. You may be required to show proof of your fully vaccinated status at the time of your start date, or have received a medical or religious exemption from the fully vaccinated requirement at the time of your start date. For more information regarding the Federal Contractor fully vaccinated employment requirement please visit https://coronavirus.uga.edu/executive-order/ or call *****.

Position Details

Position Information

Classification Title

Department Chair/Head AC


Faculty Rank

Open Rank

Contract Type

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status

Tenure Track or Tenured

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have an advanced degree (PhD, DrPH, or other relevant doctoral degree) in health promotion and behavior or a related discipline.

Additional Requirements

Requirements for each rank are outlined in the University’s Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Guidelines and the College of Public Health’s Promotion and Tenure Guidelines . To be eligible for tenure upon appointment, candidates must be appointed as an Associate or Full Professor, have been tenured at a prior institution, and bring a demonstrably national reputation to the institution. Candidates must be approved for tenure upon appointment before hire.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

We seek external applicants with an established track record of administrative and leadership skills, substantive external research funding, and an established record of accomplishment in public health research and instruction. We are especially interested in candidates who will advance the multidisciplinary research of the College and bring innovative perspectives to the instruction and research in health promotion and behavior. There are currently 12 Research Working Groups in the College of Public Health that represent the main research areas of interest, including health disparities, gerontology, telehealth, program and economic evaluation among others.

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Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. List of References with Contact Information
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