Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition
Assistant Professor, Tenure-track Position
The Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition (BHAN) in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at the University of Delaware (UD) seeks an innovative and highly motivated candidate for a 9-month, Assistant Professor level, tenure-track faculty appointment in the Health Behavior Science program, focusing on adapted physical activity, to join an award-winning faculty.
The candidate must have earned a graduate degree (Master’s or Ph.D.) in adapted physical activity or education. The candidate also must have earned a doctoral degree in a relevant field, such as adapted physical activity or education, health promotion, kinesiology, or exercise science and have postdoctoral or faculty experience. The candidate is expected to establish an active program of research focused on minimizing health disparities among individuals with disabilities. Primary responsibilities include leading a nationally visible, extramural-funded research program; teaching undergraduate and graduate courses such as adapted physical activity; health and disability; and movement fundamentals; supervising master’s and doctoral students; and contributing to service activities within and outside the University. BHAN is interested in candidates who can teach or mentor a diverse student population. Faculty candidates are encouraged to describe their approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their teaching, research, and service.
GENERAL INFORMATION: BHAN (https://www.udel.edu/academics/colleges/chs/departments/bhan/) is a thriving academic unit of over 30 faculty, approximately 750 undergraduate students and 60 graduate students. The Department includes undergraduate programs in Health Behavior Science, Nutrition and Dietetics, Nutrition and Medical Sciences, and Nutrition. Graduate programs include a Ph.D. in Health Behavior Science and Promotion, M.S. in Health Promotion, Ph.D. in Nutrition Science, M.S. in Human Nutrition, M.S./DI M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics/Dietetic Internship, and a post-baccalaureate Health Coaching certificate via the Health Coaching Clinic. BHAN is known for rapidly growing research, dynamic teaching, student engagement, and departmental collaborations. The Health Coaching Clinic provides health coaching services for individuals throughout their life, serves as a clinical site for training health coaches in the Graduate Certificate program in Health Coaching, a practicum/internship site for Health Behavior Science undergraduates, and supports innovative research in health coaching. The Nutrition Clinic provides medical nutrition therapy services to the community while engaging in innovative research initiatives and training students to be future nutrition professionals.
The College of Health Sciences is a dynamic, innovative academic unit with more than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students and 131 faculty, who are nationally recognized leaders across multiple disciplines. The College is housed in multiple buildings on the traditional main campus, but also is an anchor tenant of the University’s Science, Technology, and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus. STAR has become an exciting center that combines business, research and education, focused on leading topics in health science, biopharmaceuticals, data science, engineering, finance and other cross-cutting fields of study. In addition to Kinesiology and Applied Physiology (ranked #5 according to the National Academy of Kinesiology), the College also includes the departments of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Epidemiology, Medical and Molecular Sciences, Physical Therapy (ranked #1 by US News and World Report), and the School of Nursing. With annual research expenditures of approximately $19.5 million, the college currently houses a number of large, interdisciplinary grants with significant funding from the NIH and DoD. The college boasts strong research teams in the areas of neurological disorders, cardiovascular health, and other chronic disease conditions, as well as rehabilitation science and concussion.
With roots tracing back to 1743, the University of Delaware combines tradition and innovation, offering students a rich heritage along with the latest in instructional and research technology. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with diversity as one of its core values and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities and people with disabilities. The University of Delaware is the recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant, focused on enhancing the climate of the university for women and underrepresented minority faculty. Located in scenic Newark, Delaware, within 2 hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., the University is a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Carnegie Research University (with very high research activity, a designation accorded to fewer than 3% of degree-granting institutions in the U.S.), and with external funding exceeding $200 million. A state-assisted, privately governed institution, the University enrolls approximately 18,000 undergraduates and 4,500 graduate students.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Compensation packages are competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Faculty at the University have regularly received annual cost-of-living and merit salary increases and the UD benefits package is one of the best in the nation. The University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education. Relocation funds are available and negotiable.
TO APPLY: Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and expressions of interest will be held in confidence, and references will be contacted only with the candidate’s permission. Applicants should upload a letter of application that describes their research, teaching, service, and approach to diversity, equity and inclusion, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. The letter of application and CV will be shared with the search committee. For information, contact Iva Obrusnikova, Ph.D., CAPE, Search Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org; 1.302.831.8032.
The University of Delaware is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and Title IX institution. For the University’s complete non-discrimination statement, please visit www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html