Institution (Location)
Department of Health and Human Performance at the University of Houston
Start Date
August 1, 2021
Commensurate with qualifications
Position Description


Associate Professor (tenure track) – Health. The Department of Health and Human Performance at the University of Houston is seeking a community health promotion specialist with demonstrable academic skills for an Associate Professor position. The position is a 9-month appointment with summer school teaching optional. Effective date of appointment will be August, 2021.

Candidate’s Qualifications (who should apply)

A Ph.D. with a focus in nutrition, physical activity, behavioral science, prevention science, or any related community health promotion field is required. Applicants are sought who can both complement and expand existing research capabilities within the department’s expertise, as well as applicants who can collaborate with individuals across the University’s departments, colleges, and centers. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate potential to engage in cooperative research projects with other social- behavioral scientists, and with medical, community and governmental agencies located in Houston and nationally. Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the nation, and provides access to low-income and underserved populations, which is the focus of current and ongoing research in the department. Therefore, preference will be given to those individuals who have expertise in community-engaged research in underserved urban areas and prevention/intervention science. Applicants are required to (i) have an active externally funded research program related to community health promotion that strengthens/broadens our current research areas, (ii) show a consistent record of disseminating scholarly work through publications in high-impact journals and presentations at major scientific meetings, and (iii) display a commitment to university-level teaching and mentoring at both undergraduate and graduate level.

The successful candidate is expected to maintain a vigorous scholarly research program that will foster acquisition of external funding, generate high-quality research publications and enhance graduate student recruitment and training. Additional responsibilities include teaching graduate and/or undergraduate courses in nutrition, kinesiology, or community health promotion, and perform service to the department, college, university and the profession.

How to Apply


  1. Cover letter describing your (a) qualifications and interest in the position, (b) evidence of scholarly impact, (c) history of external funding and future plans for acquiring funding, and (d) teaching philosophy,
  2. Curriculum vitae,
  3. Three letters of recommendations, and
  4. Copies of all academic transcripts:

Dr. Craig Johnston
Chair, Health Search Committee Department of Health and Human Performance

3855 Holman Street Houston, Texas 77204-6015

e-mail: [email protected]

The University of Houston is committed to providing disability related accommodations to applicants. If you offered a phone interview or face to face interview and need accommodations, please reach out to the search chair to discuss specific needs and considerations.

The University of Houston is a major urban research institution with a focus on social issues and problems. The University has over 46,000 students in 16 colleges including the recently established, College of Medicine. The University is located near the renowned Texas Medical Center and NASA/Johnson Space Center providing faculty with a variety of opportunities to conduct interdisciplinary research. The university has also created a health initiative including the recently established medical school and newly constructed spaces for biomedical and community research, student instruction and training in health fields, and holistic clinical services for low-income populations. Houston is the largest city in Texas and offers a large variety of professional, cultural and personal opportunities. The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and person with disability are encouraged to apply.


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