Full Professor - Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore Maryland

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Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland 21205

United States


Detailed Job Description

Position Description:  The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health seeks a Director for the newly-established Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, housed within the Department of Health, Behavior and Society. The Center will focus on action-based, communications-focused solutions in public health, drawing on the expertise across the Johns Hopkins University system and our domestic and international partners.

The Center will take an interdisciplinary and action-oriented approach to current public health challenges, integrating knowledge and activities with other areas of the University, as well as media, policy, and advocacy experts. A major focus of the Center will be the identification, development, evaluation, and promotion of key public health communication initiatives through a variety of channels, including traditional and social media, entertainment education, and others. The Center will lead training programs for graduate students as well as faculty members, with the aim of bringing marketing and communications tools and strategies into the service of current and future public health leaders.

As the recipient of the endowed Lerner Professorship of Public Health Promotion, the Director will lead a team of interdisciplinary experts in establishing and accomplishing an agenda of health promotion activities on a local, regional, and national level. The Director will also oversee training programs for graduate students and faculty, as well as teaching graduate-level courses and participating in service activities at the department and university levels. The Director will work with an External Advisory Board to broadly define the focus of the Center, and will collaborate with related programs at other universities.

Qualifications: A Doctoral degree in sociology, psychology, anthropology, communication, health education, public health, medicine, nursing, or related discipline is required.  Preference is given to applicants with strong record of research (including substantial and sustained receipt of competitive funding and publication experience) as well as a demonstrated ability to teach in a public health academic setting. We are committed to collaborative, transdisciplinary work.  Areas of research may relate to health communication strategies and interventions, traditional and new media, message design and framing, risk communication, social marketing, dissemination of evidence-based programs and policies, and/or health promotion program design, implementation and evaluation. All applicants would be expected to demonstrate the ability to work with diverse populations and multicultural perspectives. Experience relating to public policy, advocacy, and communications is also required. Applicants should demonstrate experience with mentoring junior colleagues, as well as a national or international reputation of scholarly leadership. The ability to teach courses in advanced behavioral and social science theory and research methods is highly desirable.  Experience with community based research and intervention studies and evaluation is a strong plus.

Organization Description: The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) is consistently ranked as the #1 school of public health in the world. JHSPH is a mission driven institution focused on protecting health, saving lives, millions at a time. Our faculty, students, and alumni work in 120 countries conducting thousands of research projects to advance the science and practice of public health. The Department of Health, Behavior and Society studies social and behavioral aspects of public health with a special emphasis on the social context that influences behaviors as well as the responses from the public and policy makers.  We are especially interested in community and structural interventions and determinants of health; health communication and health education (in clinical, community and societal settings); and behavioral aspects of genetic testing and genetically-influenced conditions. We study behavioral and social aspects of chronic diseases; extant and emerging infections; as well as injury and disability. We utilize a wide array of social and behavioral science methods, including community-based participatory research, in our work, be it conducted in Baltimore or around the globe.

 Other: The Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The University promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans. The Johns Hopkins University is a smoke-free environment and as such, prohibits smoking in all facilities. The Johns Hopkins University is a drug-free workplace.

Closing Date: 12/31/14 

Desired Starting Date: Summer 2015

Contact Name:         
Reginia Hawkins, Assistant to the Chair, Department of Health, Behavior and Society

Contact Location:    
624 N. Broadway, Suite 280
Baltimore, MD 21205

Contact Email:       

How to apply:    
Deadlines: Applicants received by December 31, 2014 will receive
full consideration; applications received after that time will be
considered on a rolling basis. Applicants should send a statement
of interest, curriculum vitae, and names of three references to Ms.
Reginia Hawkins at rhawkins@jhsph.edu

Keyword Phrases

  • media
  • policy
  • public health communication
  • entertainment education
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Professor
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Best if Apply By 12/31/2014