Oct 02, 2018

Assistant/Associate Professor, Health Disparities Research Initiative

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  • Las Vegas, NV, USA
Full time Health Disparities

Job Description

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Assistant/Associate Professor, Health Disparities Research Initiative, Supervisory Organization UNLV Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences [R0112274]


UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of approximately 30,000 students and more than 4,000 faculty and staff that is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with high research activity. UNLV offers a broad range of respected academic programs and is on a path to join the top tier of national public research universities. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region's diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine.  UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada. For more information, visit us on line at: http://www.unlv.edu


The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.


The UNLV School of Allied Health Sciences is seeking two full-time tenure track faculty at the Assistant or Associate Professor ranks for the Health Disparities Research Initiative. The initiative spans several schools and colleges at the University and is designed to foster interdisciplinary research and collaboration in health disparities research.

The faculty members will conduct a program of research related to health disparities. The university-wide health disparities research initiative will increase the impact of research on health disparities at local, state and national levels, and strive to achieve targeted metrics including external federal grant funding for a health disparities research program.  The faculty members also will teach and collaborate with other faculty in the university-wide health disparities research program at UNLV.

These faculty members will promote health equity by facilitating collaborative research, education, and training opportunities in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, social science and health policy disciplines addressing racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, sexual gender minorities (SGM), and other disparities in health and healthcare. In particular, we would be interested in hiring faculty who conduct health disparities research related to neurodegenerative diseases, although this is not a requirement for the position that will integrate into existing strengths at UNLV in Las Vegas.  Additional areas of interest include chronic diseases that influence overall health and confer risk for other disorders (e.g., diabetes, hypertension, and others), cancer, or infectious diseases that adversely affect disadvantaged populations that include racial and ethnic minorities (African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, or rural populations).

The successful candidate is expected to establish an extramurally funded research program, as well as collaborate on interdisciplinary grant funded research with other investigators throughout UNLV.  Successful programs of research might include, but are not limited to, prevention and management, early detection and intervention among minority populations, identification and prevention of specific diseases known to be at high risk for specific minority groups (e.g., prostate and breast cancer among African Americans, stomach cancer among Asian Americans), research on differential access to care, and health policy research.

The School of Allied Health Sciences has academic programs in nutrition, exercise, rehabilitation, wellness and kinesiology and thus, faculty who have research interests in these specific areas would be especially welcome. These prospective faculty members will facilitate and conduct university-wide research on health disparities through interdisciplinary research. S/he will disseminate research outcomes in peer reviewed high impact journals and at conferences, seminars, and symposia. The successful candidates will need to have a demonstrated track record or significant potential for securing external grant awards from such agencies as the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies as well as foundations including the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, etc.


The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Have earned a PhD, or doctoral degree in the health science or behavioral sciences related fields from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Possess a strong record or strong potential of a record of external research funding from NIH and other federal funding agencies.
  • Have a strong scholarship and publication record in health disparities research as this research pertains to disease prevention, disease management, healthcare access, or health policy.
  • Have the potential for a national reputation as a health disparities researcher as evidenced by a record of peer reviewed published research and external grant support.
  • A record of utilizing creative leadership and promoting interdisciplinary research collaboration.
  • Although the position is primarily devoted to research, the candidate must demonstrate excellent teaching skills.


Salary competitive with those at similarly situated institutions.  Position is contingent upon funding.


Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.

Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates' materials will begin immediately. Materials should be addressed to Dr. Janet Dufek, Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted via on-line application at https://hrsearch.unlv.edu/. For assistance with UNLV's on-line applicant portal, contact UNLV Employment Services at (702) 895-3504 or applicant.inquiry@unlv.edu.


UNLV employees or employees within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) MUST use the “Find Jobs” process within Workday to find and apply for jobs at UNLV and other NSHE Institutions. Once you log into Workday, type "Find Jobs" in the search box which will navigate to the internal job posting site. Locate this specific job posting by typing the requisition number, “R0112274” in the search box.

If you complete an application outside of the internal application process, your application will be returned and you will have to reapply as an internal applicant which may delay your application.


UNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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