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Assistant/ Associate Professor in Clinical and Population Mental Health

Northeastern University

Northeastern University

Boston, MA, 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. Northeastern University is a global university system. Positions will primarily be on the Boston campus but may be available at any of our 14 campus locations. Our locations—in Boston; Arlington, Virginia; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Oakland; Portland, Maine; Miami, San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; 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 various 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 the health, psychosocial and biomedical sciences. It 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 School of Community Health and Behavioral Sciences comprises two departments: Applied Psychology and Health Sciences. The Department of Applied Psychology houses two APA approved Ph.D. programs in Counseling and School Psychology. In addition, it offers Master’s programs in Counseling, Applied, and School Psychology as well as a Master’s program in Applied Behavior Analysis and an undergraduate minor in Health Psychology. Faculty research translates psychology principles to applied settings, including the design, evaluation, and delivery of interventions aimed at reducing risk and enhancing protective factors in children, youth, and families, and building resilient schools and communities. These activities are conceptualized in an ecological model centering on social justice within culturally diverse contexts. Research activities conducted by the Applied Psychology faculty include more than 21 ongoing studies funded by more than 10 external sources.

The Department of Health Sciences is an interdisciplinary department that provides a world-class education in a broad range of public health and clinical careers that promote the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and populations in culturally diverse contexts. Health Sciences is committed to evidence-based research and research translation to eliminate health disparities. The department is a unique, transdisciplinary setting that incorporates teaching, learning, and service in a rapidly evolving, multicultural environment that includes perspectives based on diversity by race, ethnicity, class, ability, language, gender, sexuality, age and nationality. The Department has over 40 faculty and offers a CEPH-accredited undergraduate program in Health Sciences, three Master’s programs (MS in Exercise Science, MS in Health Informatics, and CEPH-accredited Masters in Public Health), and two doctoral programs (PhDs in Population Health and Personal Health Informatics). The Department is home to approximately 600 undergraduate majors in the Health Science B.S. and 300 graduate students. It plays a central role in expanding public health programs. Health Sciences faculty collaborate with scholars in the Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Health in Justice Action Lab, Institute for Experiential Artificial Intelligence, Institute of Health Equity and Social Justice Research, John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, and the Institute of Race and Justice.

The College of Arts, Media and Design is a collaborative, diverse community, acting as a catalyst for research, inspiration, and discovery across the University. It brings together a unique combination of disciplines, including Architecture, Art + Design, Communication Studies, Journalism, Media and Screen Studies, Music, and Theatre, and is home to three interdisciplinary research centers: the Center for the Arts, the Center for Design, and the Center for Communication, Media Innovation, and Social Change. (See: http://www.northeastern.edu/camd).

About the Opportunity

Northeastern University is searching for multiple tenured or tenure-track faculty positions at all ranks (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and/or Professor) in the broad research area of Population Mental Health. As part of a large cluster hire, the college seeks a faculty member (Assistant/Associate) with expertise in prevention and treatment approaches, along with other ways to address clinical and population mental health challenges. 75% of this position will be based in a department in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences (i.e., Applied Psychology or Health Sciences) with 25% based in a department in the College of Arts, Media and Design.

We desire applicants to the position who have research expertise in one of the following areas: mental health systems; technology-driven assessment, prevention, or intervention approaches for global mental health; epidemiology; disparities; effects of violence and trauma on mental health; technological impacts on population mental health; immigrant and refugee mental health; policy or critical global health; methodological approaches to studying mental health including randomized control trials; data visualization, etc. Additionally, expertise in an area related to arts, media and design that interface with mental health is also of interest (e.g., communication studies, journalism, theatre, music, architecture, data visualization, design studies, gaming, etc.).

Commensurate with the faculty rank, candidates should have teaching experience or demonstrated teaching ability in related areas, such as counseling or clinical skills; assessment; quantitative methods; health systems; health communication; or health behavior and health education among others, at the graduate and/or undergraduate level.

The successful candidate will be located in Boston with tenure home in one of the two departments in the School of Community Health and Behavioral Sciences in Bouvé College and a joint appointment in another department in the College of Arts, Media and Design (to be determined based on the candidates’ area of expertise).

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’s 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 success.

Responsibilities

The faculty will engage in undergraduate and graduate teaching and student advising, lead/participate in experiential learning opportunities for students such as capstones and research, serve on dissertation committees, and engage in service activities in the Department, College, and University. We seek individuals who can leverage their program of research to facilitate collaborations with other Colleges and nodes of the Northeastern global university system (the Network), who are interested in mental health, health/healthcare data science, digital health broadly represented across disciplines, and apply innovative pedagogical methods to undergraduate, graduate, and professional lifelong learning.

Qualifications

A Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in Psychology, Epidemiology, Health Behavior, Public Health or a related field required by the appointment start date. Qualifications also include licensure and/or certification in one’s field (e.g., Licensed Psychologist, BCBA, LP, NCSP) if applicable, or a related field required by the appointment start date. Candidates must articulate or demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate/graduate teaching excellence and a record of interdisciplinary scholarly achievement. The successful applicant will have a robust research portfolio and demonstrate extramural funding or the promise to secure such funding. Academic rank at the Assistant Professor and Associate 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 and statements addressing the prompts below. Applications will be reviewed beginning on November 15, 2023. Questions can be directed to Laurie Kramer l.kramer@northeastern.edu.

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 expertise, knowledge, and skills to build their research, pedagogy, and curriculum in ways that reflect and enhance this commitment. Please indicate how your expertise, knowledge, and skills have prepared you to contribute to this work with written statements addressing the following 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 (if applicable), 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, or with individuals from marginalized groups. Finally, please outline the research directions you foresee pursuing in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences and College of Arts, Media and Design.

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 and College of Arts, Media and Design (including existing and proposed courses), and your strategies for teaching and mentoring a diverse cohort of undergraduate and graduate students. We are especially seeking candidates who can provide a social justice lens to the courses they teach and can contribute to discussions about curricula that center on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice and Belonging Statement:

Please provide a statement of your contributions to diversity that describes your experience, 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. Some faculty candidates may not have substantial past activities. If that is the case, we recommend focusing on future plans in your statement. A more developed and substantial plan is expected for senior candidates.

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.

Northeastern has identified health as one of three major University-wide interdisciplinary strategic initiatives, and the University is making a significant investment in interdisciplinary health research with faculty hires in the last few years in data science and visualization (with a health data emphasis), environmental health, global health, health economics, health systems, health policy, personal health informatics, and population health.

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

Position Type

Academic

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.