Assistant Professor - Health Administration

POSITION: Assistant Professor with expertise in financial management of healthcare organizations and leadership (nine-month, tenure-track position) within the Department of Public Health, which offers both MPH and PhD degrees. This appointment begins no sooner than August 1, 2022. Minority and historically underrepresented applicants are encouraged to apply.

QUALIFICATIONS: Required: Earned doctoral degree related to leadership, management, systems in health services and organizations, in Public Health or closely related field (e.g., hospital administration); published research in refereed journals; demonstrated potential for or track record of obtaining extramural funding for research, consistent with rank; accomplishments relevant to discipline and commensurate with graduation date and/or rank; and effective interpersonal and communication skills.

Desired: Earned doctoral and MPH degrees from a school or program of public health accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH); work experience in public health practice; university teaching in areas pertaining to health systems and organizations  (e.g., strategic planning, organizational management and dynamics, legal and ethical issues, leadership, health care financing, health policy, and/or quality improvement); demonstrated ability to teach in the areas of financial management and organizational behavior and management. Knowledge of care models that integrate public health, social service, and health care sectors. Demonstrated understanding of payment reform models of value-based care and their implications on health equity, cross-sectoral collaboration, and organizational change management.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Establish and maintain an independent, extramurally-funded research program that results in refereed journal publications. Teach graduate courses that emphasize financial management of health programs and organizations (i.e., behavior and management), and other public health undergraduate and graduate courses as appropriate. Serve on departmental, college, and university committees to advance the Department of Public Health. Advise primarily graduate students and direct doctoral dissertations. Provide professional services for the department, college, university, and discipline, as appropriate.

UNIVERSITY: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville [UTK] is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. As a land-grant university, UTK is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement with society. In all its activities, the university aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate society. The university welcomes and honors people of all races, genders, creeds, cultures, and sexual orientations, and values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. The university intends that its graduates will promote the values and institutions of representative democracy, and be prepared to lead lives of personal integrity and civic responsibility. Visit for detailed information.

The Department of Public Health is one of eight departments within the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Our MPH has over 50 years of CEPH accreditation. Ours is a growing department, providing public health training and education at the MPH and PhD levels, with an expanding undergraduate presence. We have a history of strong and positive relationships with local public health organizations, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the workforce. Our MPH degree offers concentrations in Community Health Education, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, and Veterinary Public Health, with an online option. The UTK Public Health department also offers an undergraduate minor and a PhD in Public Health Sciences. 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.

Knoxville is situated in a valley between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cumberland Plateau, areas of great beauty and among the most bio-diverse in the U.S. Knoxville is a city of 200,000 offering many amenities of urban life. Knoxville has a beautiful and walkable downtown, active neighborhoods, and eclectic cultural activities, restaurants and shopping. In 2020 Livability  ranked Knoxville among the 100 best places to live and Apartment Guide cited Knoxville as the #1 city for pet owners. Conde Nast Traveler selected Knoxville as one of the top five Trending US Destinations for 2020. Knoxville is located within easy driving distance to Asheville, Atlanta, and Nashville. 

APPLICATION: Application review will begin October 1, 2021 and continue until position is filled. We will conduct initial interviews via videoconference and continue to review applications until the position is filled. Submit letter of application addressing the required and desired qualifications; curriculum vita; three manuscripts; diversity, equity, and inclusion statement; a teaching philosophy statement; and the names, mail and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to If you have any questions, please contact the Search Chair, Laurie L. Meschke PhD, 1914 Andy Holt Avenue (HPER 390), Knoxville, TN 37996, (865) 964-8368,

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

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