Job announcement: tenure track position in social epidemiology

Lehigh University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in social epidemiology, at the assistant professor level, effective Fall 2015. The position will be a joint appointment between the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the interdisciplinary program in Health, Medicine, and Society (HMS); hiring and evaluation will be coordinated between the two programs.

We seek individuals with graduate degrees both in sociology or anthropology and in public health, one of which must be at the doctoral level (for example, applicants might have a Ph.D. in sociology and an MPH, or a Ph.D. in Public Health and an M.A. in anthropology). Candidates should be trained in epidemiological theory and methods. Potential areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: social determinants of health, environmental health, community-based participatory research, and global health.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience with primary data collection, such as assessment and evaluation of community health interventions. Lehigh is strongly committed to enhancing and maintaining strong reciprocal relations with the multicultural community in which it is located. Highly desirable is experience working in collaborative community settings, especially those serving non-English-speaking populations. The faculty member will be expected to teach courses in social epidemiology and public health at the undergraduate level as well as courses in the department of Sociology and Anthropology (undergraduate and graduate), and to collaborate with other faculty and community health agencies on social epidemiological research.

This is one of three newly created positions intended to build on existing strengths in the area of Community Health. This “cluster” of positions is focused on Community-Based Participatory Research. One position, a health-focused quantitative psychologist, has been hired with a joint appointment in Psychology and HMS. We are additionally searching for an expert in Community Based Participatory Research to be jointly appointed in the College of Education and HMS. The new hires will form a sophisticated, methodologically focused core in Community Health that cuts across four areas of current expertise at Lehigh—global health, environmental health, mental health, and school-based intervention—and will enhance current collaborations to improve the health of communities in the Lehigh Valley, PA region and in similar-sized communities across the U.S. and globally.

Lehigh University is a highly competitive, research-oriented private university located one hour north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes west of New York City. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology has thirteen faculty members and a Masters program in Sociology as well as undergraduate majors and is the home of Lehigh’s Social Science Research Center. We are actively involved in a variety of interdisciplinary programs. The Health, Medicine, and Society program teaches undergraduate students humanities and social science approaches to health, including courses on public health. The standard teaching load is 2-2.

Candidates must have the Ph.D. completed by the starting date of August 2015 and show significant evidence of research productivity and effective teaching experience. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a vigorous research program that will contribute to the department’s programs, to the HMS program, as well as to other areas of the university’s Health Care Initiative.

Lehigh University is committed to increasing the diversity of its community and curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths or experiences in this area. Lehigh University is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer and provides comprehensive benefits including partner benefits. Information about Work/Life Balance for Faculty can be found at:

Candidates should submit the following at 1] a cover letter, 2] statements of research interests and teaching philosophy (one statement for each), 3] a curriculum vitae; 4] three letters of recommendation; and 5] representative papers. Only electronic submissions will be considered. The deadline for applications is October 1, 2014. Questions concerning the position should be directed to Judith N. Lasker, Search Committee Chair, at