Professor of Psychology: Research interests in Health

Nov 20, 2017

Associate or Full Professor to begin August 2018.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Departments of Anthropology, Geography and
Earth Sciences, Psychological Science, and Sociology are partnering to hire four faculty
members who specialize in the social and cultural factors related to community health, health
disparities, and/or health outcomes among diverse populations. Recruitment will be conducted in
two stages. We immediately seek a senior faculty member to begin August 2018. This position
will reside in one of the four departments. In the second stage, to be conducted during the 2018-
19 academic year, the three remaining departments will each hire an Assistant Professor to begin
August 2019.

Requirements for this position include:

1) a Ph.D. in Anthropology, Geography and Earth Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, or a related field;

2) a strong research agenda focusing on the social or cultural aspects of community health, health disparities, and/or health outcomes;

3) a robust record of securing external funding;

4) a strong record of working in interdisciplinary teams;

5) a commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching; and

6) a demonstrated ability to engage students in a diverse academic environment.

The successful candidate will be expected to illustrate a commitment to mentoring junior faculty, developing collaborative and interdisciplinary research teams and agendas, successfully pursuing external funding, and mentoring and advising undergraduate and graduate students in related disciplines. In addition, they will contribute to and complement connections among health-focused faculty and students across the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ( and build upon existing relationships with the College of Health and Human Services ( For more information on Health Research at UNC Charlotte, please visit our website https://clas-

UNC Charlotte has a strong foundation in health research and is poised to expand that focus. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) offers three doctoral programs with emphases on health: Geography, Health Psychology, and Public Policy. Further, Anthropology and Public Health Sciences anticipates offering a dual MA/MPH degree in the near future. Collectively, these programs are supported by health scholars in Anthropology, Communication Studies, Geography and Earth Sciences, Psychological Science, Political Science and Public Administration, and Sociology. The Public Policy doctoral program trains students in health policy with an emphasis on health economics. The Geography doctoral program includes research focusing on environmental health, health care delivery, and medical geography. The interdisciplinary Health Psychology doctoral program ( conducts basic and applied research on psychosocial factors that influence health and offers concentrations in clinical, and community psychology. The clinical concentration of the program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. The dual degree master’s program in Anthropology and Public Health Sciences will bring training in cross-cultural analyses of health experiences and disparities to future health practitioners. 

Additional health-related research is conducted by faculty in four academic units in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), including the Departments of Kinesiology and Public Health Sciences and the Schools of Social Work and Nursing. In addition to partnering in many of the CLAS graduate programs listed above, CHHS offers health-related graduate degrees in Health Administration (MHA), Health Informatics and Analytics (MS), Health Services Research (PhD), Kinesiology (MS), Nursing (MSN and DNP), Public Health (MPH and PhD), Respiratory Care (MS), and Social Work (MSW). CLAS and CHHS jointly offer a Master’s in Gerontology. The Academy for Research on Community Health, Engagement, and Services (ARCHES) is housed in the College of Health and Human Services but includes members from across the university, including faculty and students from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. ARCHES supports multiple community-engaged research partnerships throughout Charlotte, provides training and mentoring in Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR), and convenes multidisciplinary research teams for conducting collaborative research projects with community research partners. 

The Department of Anthropology emphasizes four-field training of its students, and offers BA and MA degrees in Anthropology with optional concentrations in Applied Anthropology at both levels. Department faculty also support interdisciplinary programs in Public Health (PhD), Women and Gender Studies, International Studies, and Latin American Studies. UNCC anthropological research features a growing focus on cross-cultural study of community health practices and systems, including work in food security, medical practices, violence, domestic abuse, and childhood development across the four fields of anthropology. In this context, the Departments of Anthropology and Public Health Sciences are currently developing a dual-degree graduate program that will lead students to an MA in Anthropology and an MPH in Public Health Sciences. Additional information about the Department is available at

The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is a multidisciplinary unit offering BA degrees in Geography and Environmental Studies, BS degrees in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geology, and Meteorology. Graduate programs include an MA and PhD in Geography and an MS in Earth Sciences. The Department also participates in the interdisciplinary doctoral programs in Public Policy and Infrastructure and Environmental Systems. Health related research initiatives include community-based participatory research (CBPR) programs examining the delivery of health care to underserved populations, the study of urban food security issues, environmental health and the application of spatial modelling techniques in the field of medical geography. Additional information about the Department is available at

The Department of Psychological Science works to advance the science of psychology through high-quality research, teaching, and service. Faculty and students conduct research in a wide range of topics and are actively engaged in interdisciplinary research. The department offers a graduate certificate program in Cognitive Science, MA degrees in General Psychology and in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and supports the interdisciplinary doctoral programs in Health Psychology and Organizational Science. For additional information visit the Department’s website at 

The Department of Sociology offers the BA and MA in Sociology, and department faculty support interdisciplinary PhD programs in Public Policy, Health Psychology, Health Services Research, Public Health, and Organizational Science. The Department also supports interdisciplinary programs in Gerontology, Women and Gender Studies, International Studies, Latin American Studies, and American Studies. The core strengths in the Department include health, public policy, sociology of organizations, education, and social psychology. For additional information about the Department is available at 

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a doctoral, research intensive university, located in one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas on an expanding modern campus. One of sixteen campuses in one of the oldest public university systems in the United States, UNC Charlotte offers over 29,000 culturally diverse students a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences houses 20 departments in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, and military sciences, as well as eight research centers and institutes and 13 interdisciplinary programs. 

Please apply on-line at (use position #003734) and include a cover letter, your curriculum vita, copies of three recent high-impact publications, a statement about teaching and research, and a list of three references. Applications received by December 20, 2017 are assured full consideration although recruitment will continue until the position is filled. As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups. Finalists will be asked during their screening interview to discuss how they address diversity and inclusion while teaching and conducting research. Applicants subject to criminal background check.


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