Assistant professor / lecturer
The mission of the Department of Health Behavior and Policy is to transform the health landscape through multidisciplinary research, education, and service. Our research identifies the behavioral, social, organizational, and policy factors that affect the health of individuals and populations. We utilize rigorous quantitative and qualitative methods and engage diverse communities to develop and evaluate programs and policies designed to promote health, improve health care delivery, and reduce health disparities. Our research findings inform the translation of effective programs and policies into practice. As educators, we aim to develop diverse leaders for professional and research careers through two doctoral programs (Healthcare Policy & Research and Social & Behavioral Sciences).
Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal
We are seeking candidates for a tenure-eligible faculty position to teach courses in Health Economics and Health Policy, to provide mentorship to the graduate research assistants in the department and increase the departments visibility in health services research, particularly related to access to health care and the role of insurance coverage; health outcomes including the effects of provider payments and delivery system reforms on health care costs and quality; and the impact of federal, state, and local health policies on health and health care.
The faculty member will have teaching responsibilities in Healthcare Policy and Research graduate programs. The faculty member should have interdisciplinary research interests that complement the program. In addition, faculty will mentor capstone projects of MPH students and supervise dissertation research.
Faculty members must establish a nationally recognized research program with a record of publication in refereed journals and external funding. They are expected to develop interdisciplinary collaborations to enhance the research program in the Department.
Faculty members will serve on Departmental, College, and/or University committees as necessary, as well as in a professional capacity in their field (e.g., reviewer, conference organizer, etc.)
• Ph.D. in economics, health services research, public policy, epidemiology or related field with strong quantitative and methodological expertise.
• Record of peer-reviewed publications and conference dissemination demonstrating expertise in the faculty area of research.
• Teaching experience at the masters or doctoral level.
• Record of external funding.
• Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
For Assistant Professor level: should show evidence of research productivity and the potential to obtain external funding.
For Associate Professor level: should show evidence of a well-developed scholarly/research portfolio with evidence of multi-disciplinary applications and external funding appropriate to complement and expand existing expertise in the department.
• Interest in the prevention and management of cancer and/or other chronic diseases.
• Proven experience and expertise as a health services researcher in one or more of the following areas: access to health care and the role of insurance coverage; health outcomes including the effects of provider payments and delivery system reforms on health care costs and quality; and the impact of federal, state, and local health policies on health and health care.