UCI Black Thriving Initiative, Environmental Health Disparities Faculty Cluster Hire

Irvine, California
Sep 08, 2021
Dec 07, 2021
Full Time
Position Type
Academic/Teaching, Research

Assistant/Associate Professor, School of Medicine

The University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine is seeking applicants for an Assistant Professor, tenure track/Associate Professor with tenure for the Black Thriving Initiative (BTI) cluster hire. Through the BTI, UCI aspires to become one of the nation’s foremost destinations for Black people to thrive as undergraduates and graduate students, faculty and staff employees, and alumni and communities served by the campus in California, the United States and around the world. For more information about the UCI Black Thriving Initiative, please visit https://inclusion.uci.edu/uci-black-thriving-initiative/.

This position is part of a UCI-wide Environmental Health Disparities faculty cluster hiring program to foster multidisciplinary collaborations that seek to understand and address the ways in which environmental stress and racism contribute to health disparities in Black communities. The cluster includes the Program in Public Health, the Henry Samueli School of Engineering, the School of Social Sciences, and the School of Medicine. In Southern California, we see extreme environmental health disparities in Black communities, including those living near the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, Compton, and downwind of Los Angeles International Airport. The Black Thriving Initiative provides an opportunity to build the foundation for an impactful Center for Environmental Health Disparities Research that will benefit communities locally and regionally with lived Black experiences of environmental injustice. Visit https://sites.uci.edu/cehdr/ to learn more about the Center and the work UCI faculty are doing to address environmental health disparities through community engagement, multidisciplinary research, and research translation.

Qualifications include evidence of extramurally funded research in environmental health disparities and experience working with multidisciplinary teams in community-based participatory research. The successful candidates’ research should address how the context of environmental exposures, social, cultural, economic and historical stressors interact to create and promote health inequities. Candidates should have demonstrated experience in assessing environmental exposures, health impacts, and/or intervention opportunities that are directly relevant to Black communities. Of particular interest is research that addresses the individual- and neighborhood-level factors contributing to chronic disease burdens such as cancer. Qualified applicants should have experience teaching, mentoring, and developing educational opportunities designed to promote the success of diverse graduate and undergraduate students. They will serve as faculty in the School of Medicine’s Leadership Education to Advance Diversity-African, Black and Caribbean (LEAD-ABC) https://www.meded.uci.edu/curricular-affairs/lead-abc.asp; and mission-based programs https://www.meded.uci.edu/curricular-affairs/about-mission-based-programs.asp. They will be expected to work with additional cluster-hired faculty to seek extramural funding to create a Center focused on environmental health disparities.

This position requires a doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, DrPH, and/or MD), and a strong record of research accomplishments and publications. The home department will be in whichever is most appropriate for the selected candidate.

Criteria for the Ladder Rank Professor Series:
Ladder-Rank Faculty will serve as Research Scholars and educators. They are expected to design and lead significant, thematic research with extramural support when that is needed. Teaching is required and may include clinical, classroom or lab teaching. The incumbent will have a major focus on innovative research of high significance as reflected in sustained, high quality publications and peer-reviewed national funding as a principal investigator.

Application Process:
To apply, please log onto UC Irvine’s recruitment site located at https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF07086

Applicants should complete an online application profile and upload the following application materials electronically to be considered for this position:
1. Cover Letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Statement of Current and Future Research Plans
4. Statement of Teaching
5. Statement of Inclusive Excellence Activities - Statement addressing past and future planned contributions to inclusive excellence that will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence (For more information about the UCI Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement, please visit https://inclusion.uci.edu/recruitment-resources/)
6. Contact information to request three reference letters

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The School of Medicine recognizes the value of diversity in its faculty and strongly supports UCI’s mission for equity and inclusiveness. We are committed to ensuring accountability, providing training and education, conducting responsive research and building sustainable partnerships. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants must have the demonstrated ability to work with a diverse group of colleagues and to teach and mentor a diverse student body. The ultimate objective of this cluster is to build on existing UCI strengths focused on underserved populations and advance inclusive excellence at UCI by recruiting a diverse faculty focused on environmental health disparities as a form of anti-blackness that shapes Black communities' daily experiences.

The Environmental Health Disparities cluster hiring program builds on UCI’s enduring commitment to inclusive excellence. A recipient of the STEMM Equity Achievement (SEA Change) Institutional Bronze Award, UCI is a federally recognized Asian American Native American Pacific Island Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). The ADVANCE program for Equity and Inclusion in the Office of Inclusive Excellence offers several resources for recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce, including the Chancellor’s ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Academic Diversity, Dependent Care Travel Awards, and participation in the Faculty Success Program through the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. UCI offers competitive salary and attractive benefits packages, including a housing assistance program for new faculty members.

UC Irvine is one of ten campuses of the highly regarded University of California system. With over 37,000 students, 1,500 ladder-rank faculty members, a highly ranked School of Medicine, and over $500 million per year of extramural grant funding, our campus offers a wealth of opportunities for research collaboration and is ranked among the top 10 public universities in the US by Forbes (#1), Money (#6), and U.S. News & World Report (#9). In addition, the 2019 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings placed UCI 1st for offering an inclusive, supportive learning environment. Compensation is competitive with the nation's finest universities and includes priority access to on-campus for-sale faculty housing. UC Irvine is located four miles from the Pacific Ocean and 45 miles south of Los Angeles. The area offers a pleasant year-round climate, numerous recreational and cultural opportunities and one of the highest-ranked public school systems in the nation. The UCI campus offers a unique housing environment for faculty, with well over a thousand homes within walking distance from campus, the best public schools in California are found in the City of Irvine, and world famous beaches and open space preserves are easily accessible.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UC Irvine conducts institutional reference checks for candidate finalists to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer of appointment into Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e., assistant, associate, and full). The institutional reference checks involve contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct.

To implement this process, UC Irvine requires all candidates of Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e., assistant, associate, and full), to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into AP RECRUIT as part of their application. If the candidate does not include the signed authorization to release information with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e., assistant, associate, and full), will be subject to institutional reference checks.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.