Jackson State University in Mississippi

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted April 8, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time


Jackson State University


College of Public Service


School of Health Sciences






Jackson State University (JSU), located in metropolitan Jackson, MS, is the fourth largest state supported institution in Mississippi with an enrollment of approximately 9,200 students. Jackson State University is Mississippis Urban University and a Carnegie Foundation designated high research activity institution. 




The mission of the College of Public Service (CPS) is to educate students from diverse backgrounds for outstanding professional service and to develop local, national, and international innovative leaders in the professional academic disciplines represented in the Schools of Health Sciences, Policy and Planning, and Social Work.  All programs are based in the heart of the states urban capital and the central medical complex, with teaching locations at the Universitys Health Sciences Complex (Jackson Medical Mall), the Main Campus, and Universities Center, as well as in convenient off-campus clinical sites.




The CPS invites applications and nominations for a Chair of Public Health Program in the School of Health Sciences, tenure-track position for Fall 2014.  Administrative positions are 12-month appointments and the proposed beginning date is July 1, 2014.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and positions will remain open until filled.  Salaries and ranks for the positions are negotiable and commensurate with educational background and professional accomplishments and experience.




JSU CPS seeks a strong leader with a demonstrable ability to promote institutional, college, school, and program mission, for the position of Chair of Public Health Programs. Reporting to the CPS Dean, he/she will provide leadership, oversight and guidance in all aspects of public health education, research endeavors, community outreach and service programs, encourage effective collaborative relationships, and foster excellence in teaching, research and service. Major administrative responsibilities include guiding and promoting continued  development of the public health discipline; communicating with diverse groups of faculty and leading them in cooperative research, teaching representative of the universitys commitment to student engagement and high quality learning experience, and service endeavors complimentary to research and teaching agendas; enhancing various public health concentrations; extramural funding, with focus on interdisciplinary collaboration. The candidates faculty responsibilities will include a reduced teaching load and limited student advisement; conducting research; and providing professional services within the School, College, University, and Community.




The candidate must have strong academic leadership experiences and a commitment to excellence in all public health disciplines. Preference will be given to applicants holding a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree. Candidates with PhD in a related public health area will also be considered. If a worthy candidate holds a Ph.D. in areas other than public health, he/she must also hold the Master of Public Health (MPH) from an accredited program/school of public health. Additional criteria include: Qualifying rank at senior Associate or Full Professor; teaching experience in the area of public health at an accredited academic institution for five or more years; evidence of leadership that is demonstrative of shared governance; strong record of research publications, and documented evidence of grantsmanship and extramural funding. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience.




Applicants and nominees should submit a letter of interest; curriculum vitae; academic transcripts; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references. Apply online at Confidential review of nominations and applications will begin in April 15, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. Nominations are encouraged and should be sent to the Committee Chair, Dr. Paul Tchounwou, For more information, please contact Dr. Ricardo Brown, (




Jackson State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and seeks    candidates committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.


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