Job ID: 221313

Assistant Professor in Structural Racism and Health Equity in Substance Misuse, Cluster Hire (tenure-track)

Tufts University

  • Sep. 14, 2023
  • Assistant Professor in Structural Racism and Health Equity in Substance Misuse, Cluster Hire (tenure-track)
  • School of Arts & Sciences: Community Health
  • Tufts University
    Medford, MA
  • Open until filled
  • September 2024
  • Assistant Professor
  • Public Health/Biostatistics/Epidemiology
    Health Services/Research & Policy
    Community Health

The Department of Community Health in the School of Arts and Sciences (A&S) at Tufts University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the field of substance use/misuse at the rank of Assistant Professor to start September 1, 2024. Priority research areas include the impact of structural racism and other forms of discrimination on the development of substance use/misuse, access to and quality of substance use/misuse services, and/or the development and implementation of broad-based solutions and interventions to mitigate negative health outcomes associated with the substance use/misuse at individual, community, or population levels. The ideal candidate will contribute to a growing research portfolio focused on health equity across the life span. The candidate will have opportunities for collaborative research across A&S departments and Tufts centers, as well as with the School of Engineering, the School of Medicine, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the Jonathan Tisch College for Civic Engagement.

Our department and university are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are interested in applicants who, through their leadership, community service, lived experience, teaching, and/or research will contribute to our mission of being an inclusive and anti-racist institution. All candidates should address, across their materials, how they will promote those priorities in their professional career.

The position includes research, teaching, and service with a 9-month appointment. In addition to maintaining an active research portfolio, the successful candidate will teach and advise undergraduates in the department. Other responsibilities include participation in department, school, university-wide, and national professional service.


Candidates are expected to have a doctoral degree in public health or a related field by the start date of employment. All qualified candidates in areas of public health and social/behavioral sciences are encouraged to apply. A successful candidate will have a strong record of scholarly achievement and a track record of (or potential for) securing extramural funding. The candidate will build and maintain a vibrant and independent research agenda; commit to fostering an environment of inclusion and collegiality; contribute to our diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice initiatives; and collaborate with faculty within and beyond the department. In addition, a successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and advising undergraduate students and working with a diverse student population. We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit a cover letter; a C.V.; a statement of research accomplishments and future plans; a statement of teaching philosophy and experience; teaching evaluations (if available); copies of two representative scholarly works; and three confidential letters of recommendation directly to Interfolio. All application materials must be submitted via Interfolio at

Questions about the position should be directed to Laura Pinkham, Department Administrator, by email

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. For further information about the Department of Community Health, please visit our website:

The Department of Community Health

The Department of Community Health in the School of Arts and Sciences is a popular, and innovative undergraduate program. The department seeks talented and energetic applicants who wish to join a growing tenure stream faculty.

The Department of Community Health embraces diversity and inclusion across multiple dimensions, such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, and socioeconomic status. The department has many productive collaborations across schools and departments. We also have strong partnerships with many of the major Boston teaching hospitals, community health centers, and community-based organizations. Our faculty has diverse research interests and has secured funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, PCORI, and private foundations. 

Our campus overlooks the city of Boston in an intellectually and culturally vibrant and diverse environment, with endless prospects for collaborative research. The department and faculty research labs are located at the Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex (CLIC), a state-of-the-art building designed to cultivate, facilitate, and sustain interdisciplinary collaborative research, teaching and innovation among faculty, students, and community partners.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a background check.

  • Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research, and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally, and globally. Tufts University has also committed to becoming an anti-racist institution and prides itself on the continuous improvement of diversity, equity and inclusion work. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in, and disposition for, positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students. Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff and fostering their success when hired. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. See the University’s Non-Discrimination statement and policy here If you are an applicant with a disability who is unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, please contact us by calling the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 617-627-3298 or at Applicants can learn more about requesting reasonable accommodations at

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