Assistant Professor of Practice (2 positions)


There are two Assistant Professor of Practice faculty positions (twelve-month, non-tenure track) to teach graduate courses within the Department of Public Health in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s (UTK) College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.   

Primary teaching responsibility is in our brand new Distance Education (DE) Master of Public Health program, to be launched in Fall 2021, in collaboration with our DE program partner, NoodleTM. This exciting, dynamic, online distance education program will be designed to address the growing demand for Public Health trained professionals. The successful candidates will contribute to designing and delivering an agile educational experience through the development of online courses with the support of NoodleTM consultants.

The teaching load is four courses each semester and two courses in the summer.  The positions, based on areas of applicant’s expertise, will require teaching in multiple MPH content areas.  Possible topics include: epidemiology; biostatistics; assessment and planning; health systems, policy and leadership; or other public health courses, as appropriate.  See a full list of MPH foundation and concentration courses on our website (  Both positions will serve, as needed, on departmental, college, and university committees, and advise students.  Coordination of the online MPH Applied Practice Experience may be part of the responsibilities.

Minority and historically under-represented applicants are encouraged to apply.  Open to recent doctoral graduates. 

Department: The Department of Public Health is one of eight departments within the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Our MPH is in its 50th year of CEPH accreditation.  Ours is a growing department, providing public health training and education at the MPH and doctoral levels, with an expanding undergraduate presence. We have a history of strong and positive relationships with local public health organizations and workforce. Our MPH degree offers concentrations in Community Health Education, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, and Veterinary Public Health. The new MPH DE program will include concentrations in Community Health Education, Health Policy and Management and Veterinary Public Health.  We also have dual MPH degrees with Master of Science in Nutrition and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. The UTK Public Health department also offers an undergraduate minor and a PhD in Public Health Sciences. Our faculty are active scholars and recognized for their significant contributions to the field of public health. Our staff are experienced and helpful. Our students are diverse in their backgrounds and interests. As a department, we hold strong commitments to diversity, inclusion, and equity and strive to infuse and advance inclusion and equity into our curriculum, professional development opportunities, and day to day business operations. 


Required Qualifications: 

  • Earned doctoral degree in public health or related field.
  • Online teaching experience

Desired Qualifications:

  • MPH degree from an accredited school or program of public health
  • Experience or interest in coordinating public health internships
  • CHES, MCHES or CPH certification

Application Instructions

To Apply: Submit (1) a letter of application addressing the required and desired qualifications; (2) curriculum vita; (3) syllabus for an online course you have developed or that you would like to develop; (4) statement of teaching philosophy; (5) a diversity, equity and inclusion statement; and (6) a list of three references. 

Application review will begin February 1, 2021 and continue until the positions are filled.  Appointments begin as early as May 2021. We will conduct initial interviews via videoconference and will continue to review applications until the position is filled. 

For questions, contact (subject line: Assistant Professor of Practice Faculty Position) in care of:

Kathy Brown, PhD, MPH, CHES
Search Committee Co-chair
MPH Program Director
Department of Public Health
1914 Andy Holt Avenue (HPER 390)
Knoxville, TN 37996

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.