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Associate/Full Professor - Health Equity

Northeastern University

Northeastern University

Oakland, CA, USA
Posted on Monday, December 25, 2023

About the Opportunity

About Northeastern

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston, Arlington (Virginia), Charlotte (North Carolina), Miami, London (UK), Portland (Maine), Oakland, San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Toronto (Canada), Vancouver (Canada), and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

The Bouvé College of Health Sciences has over 250 faculty members, with approximately 2,000 undergraduate and 2,400 graduate students. It is the leading national model for education and research in health, public health, psychosocial, and biomedical sciences and supports the University’s mission of educating students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment and creating and translating knowledge to meet global and societal needs. The Bouvé College of Health Sciences comprises 4 schools with 8 departments:

  • School of Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences (Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Medical Sciences, and Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences);

  • School of Community Health and Behavioral Sciences (Departments of Applied Psychology and Health Sciences);

  • School of Nursing;

  • School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Departments of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy and Health System Sciences)

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) and its nine tenure units are the home of the Experiential Liberal Arts, an innovative framework of integrated study and experiential opportunities. The college’s 17 schools, departments, and programs, with disciplines ranging from economics, sociology, and political science, to history, English and international affairs, to name a few – form an interdisciplinary group of scholars with global perspectives and a culture of inclusion. The expert faculty connects liberal arts education with the challenges of our time, fostering ethical reasoning and critical thought, with attention to the enduring significance of history, literature, and culture. Through its research, teaching, and engagement missions, the college collaborates across the university, the Northeastern network, and partners around the globe. CSSH is strongly committed to fostering excellence through diversity and enthusiastically welcome nominations and applications from members of groups underrepresented in academia.

Cross-disciplinary research programs are strongly encouraged within the two participating Colleges, and across the University.

About the Opportunity

Northeastern University is seeking applications for two full-time Associate/Full Professor tenure line faculty positions for scholars whose research is focused on Health Equity, to be located at Mills College at Northeastern University in Oakland, California. This opportunity invites innovative scholars to be a part of an evolving research environment within a campus that carries a rich tradition of championing equity, social justice, and leadership. The selected candidates will play a crucial role in bridging the Oakland campus’s historic focus on social justice with the dynamic research culture of Northeastern. While both positions are in Oakland, the tenure home for one position will be in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, and the other in the College of Social Sciences & Humanities.

Candidates must have a doctoral degree, an active and successful research program delving deep into issues of health equity and be committed to the education of our students through teaching excellence and service. We welcome applicants studying topics across many diverse disciplines within the broad umbrella of health equity, utilizing data-driven and theory-based methodologies. Preference will be given to candidates engaged in applied research and data collection. Potential collaborative research areas among the existing faculty of the two colleges include environmental health, environmental social science, epidemiology, health policy, health economics, sociology, health informatics, and other health and social science fields. Applicants appropriate for the rank of Assistant Professor will not be considered for these positions.

Our tenure and promotion process values collaborative research and teamwork. Hires will be mentored for success, with mentoring teams and group guidance. In addition, a strong and effective faculty development strategy is part of the Northeastern institutional mission. The ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development office works in conjunction with the Office of Research Development (ORD), the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI), the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR), and University Decision Support (UDS) to provide programs and trainings to further develop and support a thriving faculty.

At Northeastern University, we embrace a culture of respect, where each person is valued for their contribution and is treated fairly. We oppose all forms of racism. We support a culture that does not tolerate any form of discrimination and where each person may belong. We strive to have a diverse membership, one where each person is trained and mentored to promote their success.


Faculty members at Northeastern are expected to develop research programs that attract external funding, with collaborative research programs strongly encouraged; teach courses with excellence at the graduate and undergraduate level; supervise undergraduates, Ph.D. students and postdocs in their areas of research; and participate in service to the department, college, and university. Qualified candidates must have expertise in, or a demonstrated commitment to, working with diverse student populations and/or in a culturally diverse work and educational environment.


Qualifications include:

  • Earned doctoral degree in public health or social sciences, economics, or a related health, medical, or biological field;

  • Excellent record of scholarly publications and external research funding, including collaborative, interdisciplinary research;

  • Excellent record of university teaching;

  • Strong commitment to interdisciplinary education and research;

  • Excellent communication and leadership skills; and

  • A commitment to enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

Academic rank at the Associate Professor and Full Professor levels will be commensurate with experience and qualifications reflecting a record of demonstrated teaching and scholarly excellence.

Additional Information

Interested candidates should apply here with a curriculum vita that includes a list of publications, statements addressing the prompts below, and a cover letter that includes the names of three or more people who can be asked for reference letters. Referees will not be contacted without a candidate’s prior consent. Applications will be reviewed beginning on November 6, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Successful faculty at Northeastern will be dynamic and innovative scholars with a record of research and teaching excellence and a commitment to contributing to improved equity, diversity, and inclusion. Thus, strong candidates for this faculty position will have the experiences, knowledge, and skills to build their research, pedagogy, and curriculum in ways that reflect and enhance this commitment. Please indicate how your experience, knowledge, and skills have prepared you to contribute to this work with written statements addressing the following three prompts:

Research statement:

Please describe the focus of your research, including the questions you have identified, the funding you have received to support the work, the results you have discovered, and the products of these efforts. Please also describe any research you have undertaken with students, with the external community, and/or with individuals from marginalized groups. Finally, please outline the research directions you foresee pursuing in either the Bouvé College of Health Sciences or the College of Social Sciences & Humanities.

Teaching statement:

Please summarize your past instructional and mentorship experiences, your pedagogical philosophy, your plans/goals for teaching in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences or College of Social Sciences & Humanities (including existing and proposed courses), and your strategies for teaching and mentoring a diverse cohort of undergraduate and graduate students.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Belonging Statement:

Please provide a statement of your contributions to diversity that describes your past experiences, activities, and future plans to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and belonging in your teaching, research, and service. Your statement should demonstrate an understanding of the barriers facing marginalized communities in your field and be in alignment with Northeastern’s mission to reflect the diversity of the societies in which it maintains campuses and meet the educational needs and interests of its diverse population. A developed and substantial plan is expected for senior candidates.

The expected hiring range for the Assocate Professor is USD $121,000 to USD $199,300. The expected hiring range for the Professor is USD $157,500 to USD $246,700. The expected hiring range is based upon the position’s scope and responsibilities.

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Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit https://hr.northeastern.edu/benefits/ for more information.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see www.northeastern.edu/diversity.