Institution (Location)
Baylor University
Position Description

About the Position

The Department of Public Health, within the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences at Baylor University, invites applications and nominations for the Department Chair position, with an expected fall 2024 start date. We seek an innovative Chair to lead our growing department in meeting its mission to advance public health through conducting research, promoting health equity, supporting the well-being of vulnerable and underserved populations in every community, and training the next generation of public health researchers and practitioners.

About the Department

The Baylor Department of Public Health is home to multiple undergraduate and graduate academic programs, including Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH), a 4-year undergraduate program; on-campus Master of Public Health (MPH) with degrees in Community Health Science and Epidemiology; on-campus MPH in Environmental Health in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences; online MPH in Community Health Science (MPH@Baylor); on-campus 5-year joint BSPH- MPH degree in Community Health Science; and Ph.D. in Public Health with specializations in Epidemiology and Social and Behavioral Health Science. The Baylor University Public Health Program was first accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health in 2013 (with accreditation extended through 2026). The Baylor Department of Public Health was launched in 2018. The Department is home to 16 full-time faculty members and multiple part-time/adjunct faculty members.

About Baylor University

Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor University is the oldest college in Texas. With a population of 21,000 diverse students, Baylor is one of the top universities in the nation, having been named an R1 institution by the Carnegie Classification in January 2022. Baylor is also on the honor roll of the “Great Colleges to Work For” from The Chronicle of Higher Education; Baylor offers competitive salaries and benefits while allowing faculty and staff to live in one of the fastest-growing parts of the state. Our strategic plan, Illuminate, guides the University as we continue to live up to Baylor’s mission of educating men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.

Salary and Review Date

Competitive salary support and start-up funds will be provided. The rank and tenure for this position will be commensurate with experience. Application reviews will begin on September 15 and continue until the position is filled.


Candidate’s Qualifications (who should apply)

A doctorate (e.g., Ph.D., Sc.D.) in public health or a closely related field is required. Qualified candidates should have academic credentials commensurate with an appointment at the rank of associate or full professor with tenure. With current or previous extramural funding, an active public health research agenda is expected.
Preference will be given to candidates with previous academic leadership and mentoring experience who express a creative and practical solution-oriented mindset. Candidates should demonstrate an ability to advocate for the public health profession as it applies to research, practice, teaching, and service. Ideal candidates will exhibit a strong dedication to
promoting research development, collaborating effectively with Department and College leadership teams, and embodying a leadership approach that aligns with the University’s strategic goals and Christian values.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit: (1) a formal letter of application, specifically addressing qualifications and personal leadership philosophy; (2) a full curriculum vitae; (3) an unofficial transcript of the doctoral degree; and (4) a list of three references, with names, titles, and all contact information. Application materials must be submitted online at: A selected pool of candidates will be asked to provide a personal statement about compatibility with Baylor’s Christian mission. Inquiries regarding the position may be directed to the Search Committee Chair Dr. Kelly Ylitalo: [email protected].

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, military service, genetic information, and disability. Baylor’s commitment to equal opportunity and respect of others does not undermine the validity and effect of the constitutional and statutory protections for its religious liberty, including, without limitation, the religious organization exemption under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the religious exemption to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, among others. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.