[#DIV28SUPER] Center Director Faculty Position at the University of Florida


College of Health and Human Performance

Department of Health Education and Behavior

Center Director Faculty Position


The Department of Health Education and Behavior at the University of Florida (UF) invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track faculty position at the Associate or Professor rank to lead the UF Center for Digital Health and Wellness. Founded in 2010, the Center supports cutting edge research and provides training opportunities involving the application of information and communication technologies to promote health and wellness, prevent disease, reduce addiction, and increase health equity. The Center is housed in a 2,000-square-foot facility consisting of state-of-the-art computers, servers, displays, research and development workstations, and audio and video production technology.


We are currently seeking a behavioral or public health scientist with a funded research program that uses communication technologies (e.g., eHealth, mHealth, social media) for health promotion and who can provide visionary leadership for continued Center development as a collaborative research enterprise that complements and supports Department, College, and other UF research programs. Candidates with theoretical frameworks relevant to health behaviors; an established research record in the modification of health-related behavioral risk factors using mobile communication devices, Internet, and/or social media; and experience with multidisciplinary collaboration and implementation science/dissemination of web-based health behavior change programs are especially encouraged to apply. The Director position carries a faculty appointment in the Department of Health Education and Behavior, which has established research programs in behavioral aspects of substance misuse, obesity, HIV/AIDS, chronic disease self-management, health disparities, and digital health applications. The Department offers undergraduate (both residential and online), masters, and doctoral programs in health education and behavior. Student mentoring and involvement in Center research and training activities are expected. Candidates must possess an earned doctorate in health education, health behavior, or an appropriately related field in public health or the social and behavioral sciences. A record of extramural funding and excellence in teaching is required.


UF is a dynamic Carnegie Foundation Research University with very high research activity that educates nearly 50,000 students annually. UF supports more than 3,000 faculty members and 6,000 staff members from around the world. With over 150 years of history in education, research, and community involvement, UF has become one of the five largest universities in the nation. Research awards have risen steadily over the decades to last year’s $701 million, placing UF among the nation’s leading research institutions. More than half of the total awards supported health-related research.


This 9-month, full time (1.0 FTE) position will begin on August 16, 2016 (negotiable). Review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted online at http://jobs.ufl.edu/ (Requisition # 493307) and include: (1) a letter of application summarizing the applicant's qualifications, ongoing research, and interest in the Center and Department; (2) a curriculum vitae; and (3) names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of five references. Please send email inquiries or nominations to Dr. Michael Stellefson, Chair of the Search and Screen Committee, at mstellefson@hhp.ufl.edu.


UF is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Final candidates will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluations Services (NACES) which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.


The selection process will be conducted in accord with Florida's 'Government in the Sunshine' and Public Records Laws. Search committee meetings and interviews will be open to the public, and applications, resumes, and other search documents will be available for public inspection. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2HRS or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD). UF is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers all qualified applicants without regard to disability, veteran preference and other characteristics protected by law.


The main campus of the University of Florida resides in the heart of Gainesville, Florida. Gainesville is ranked among the most livable cities in the United States (http://www.gainesvillechamber.com/economic-development/site-selection/gainesville-overview/rankings-recognitions/). Gainesville’s economy, cost of living, climate, education, health, transportation, leisure, arts, and culture are key factors in making it an attractive place to live. Not only is Gainesville rich in culture, history, and diversity, but it is surrounded by the natural beauty of parks, lakes and springs.

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