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Associate Professor/Professor, TTE Job #34142
Community, Environment and Policy
Job number 34142

Associate/Full Professor, Public Health (Tenure Track) and Director, Rural Health Office, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

This is a full-time fiscal year, tenured or tenure-eligible, faculty appointment as Associate Professor/Professor, Public Health in the UA Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (COPH) with year-to-year administrative responsibilities as Director of the University’s Rural Health Office (RHO). The RHO administrative appointment will collaborate with and be partially supported by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) as well as COPH. The UA Zuckerman College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health, is a member of the Association of Schools of Public Health and has active teaching, research and service programs.

For further explanation and hiring procedures:

www.uacareertrack.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=181841

For further information on the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health:
Home Page URL www.publichealth.arizona.edu/

  • Employment classification: Appointed
  • Position type: Tenure/Tenure Track
  • FTE: 1.00
  • Department/Concentration: Concentration in Public Health Policy and Management
  • Reports to: Environmental and Community Health Division Director, with input from the Head of the appropriate department in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Purpose of the position: This is a full-time fiscal year, tenure-eligible, faculty position as Director of the University’s Rural Health Office (RHO) and Professor of Public Health in the UA Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (COPH) and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). The UA Zuckerman College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health, is a member of the Association of Schools of Public Health and has active teaching, research and service programs.

The RHO serves as the official Rural Health Office of the State of Arizona and receives partial funding from the state and HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy. The RHO conducts grant-funded research and service programs, provides technical assistance to state agencies and sponsors numerous outreach activities, including the annual statewide Rural Health Conference and the annual Legislative Health Policy Forum. The RHO Director also will serve as a COPH administrative liaison to the Community Health Advancement Partnerships (CHAPS) program and the evolving Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition. CHAPS is a collaborative, community-based research and service program of the Colleges of Public Health and Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The successful candidate will be expected to participate fully in her/his COPH Division and Concentration, in the appropriate CALS Department, and in the life of both Colleges and the University. Application reviews will commence March 15, 2006. The position will remain open until filled.

Duties and responsibilities: The Director of the Rural Health Office provides leadership for the RHO and represents the RHO within the COPH and CALS and the University as well as throughout the State of Arizona and beyond. The Director:

 

  • Builds partnerships locally, regionally, nationally and internationally to promote healthier rural communities.
  • Promotes public involvement in rural, public health and primary care policy development.
  • Acts as liaison between the COPH and CALS for the Colleges’ joint community partnerships, teaching programs and the Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition programs.
  • Teaches graduate level courses for the College’s MPH and doctoral programs.
  • Maintains an active research program in rural health and development.
  • Maintains a grant portfolio in support of the Rural Health Office and the College.
  • Provides liaison with national and state rural health policy organizations; e.g., Arizona Rural Health Association, National Rural Health Association, National Association of State offices of Rural Health, National Association of Community Health Centers, National Association of Rural Health Clinics and the Arizona Public Health Association.
  • Maintains contact with Arizona policy makers and the University’s lobbyists on matters of health policy affecting rural communities.
  • Provides leadership and coordination with other organizations and programs, the state legislature and the general public to increase and sustain the availability and quality of health care in rural and underserved areas of Arizona.
  • Takes leadership roles in support of rural health policies and programs locally and nationally.

The Director also is responsible for the administrative operation of the RHO, which includes:

  • Strategic planning of RHO programs.
  • Hiring and supervising RHO staff.
  • Ensuring compliance with University and COPH and CALS policies and procedures.
  • Managing the RHO budget, approving expenditures and ensuring the financial viability of the RHO.
  • Representing the RHO within and outside the University.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree with advanced training in public health or a related specialty.
  • Senior level management experience in either an academic or other professional setting.
  • A strong, documented record of scholarly contributions to the field of rural health, rural development or rural economics, including research, teaching and service.
  • A national and/or international reputation in his/her area(s) of expertise.

Preferred qualifications: (Education, skills and experience that the “ideal” candidate would possess.)

  • Expertise in public health policy and management.
  • Professional experience working in and with culturally diverse populations, especially Hispanics and/or American Indians.
  • Experience conducting community-based participatory research.
  • Experience in addressing health disparities through professional service, teaching or research.
  • Fluency in Spanish or an American Indian language as well as English.

 

 
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