Community-Based Health and Social Disparities Research
University of South Carolina
The Department of Psychology invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of
Assistant Professor for candidates whose research programs focus on health and social disparities (e.g.,
physical health, psychological well-being). We seek candidates with experience in community-based
prevention and intervention research who will (a) be competitive for national funding initiatives, (b)
contribute to USC’s priority on health-focused research, and (c) complement the university’s mission to
address the health and welfare of state residents. Qualifications include a promising record in original
research, a commitment to quality teaching, and a doctoral degree or satisfactory progress toward
completion of a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field.
We seek a scholar with expertise in community-engaged health disparity research to understand
interactions between individual and environmental factors that can affect health and disparities in health.
The Assistant Professor will be expected to build a strong research program investigating the role of
social, cultural, policy, or environmental influences on psychological well-being and health. Specific
responsibilities include (1) creating research collaborations with community settings to investigate health
disparities and related social conditions, (2) seeking and obtaining external funding for community-based
research, (3) offering research and learning opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students.
The University of South Carolina's main campus is located in the state capital, close to mountains and
coast. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated the University of
South Carolina as one of only 73 public and 32 private academic institutions with “very high research
activity”. The Carnegie Foundation also lists USC as having strong community engagement. The
University has over 29,500 students on the main campus (and over 44,500 students system-wide), more
than 350 degree programs, and a nationally-ranked library system that includes one of the nation’s
largest public film archives.
The Department of Psychology has three Ph.D. programs: clinical-community psychology, experimental
psychology, and school psychology, with interest areas that cut across programs - child and family issues,
cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, developmental processes, drug abuse and addiction,
psychopathology, prevention and community-based intervention. For additional information, visit the
department web site.
Electronic application submissions are preferred and should be e-mailed to ude.cs.xobliam|vretwel#ude.cs.xobliam|vretwel with
Assistant Professor Search in the subject line. Paper submissions may be sent to: Community-Based
Health and Social Disparities Search Committee Chair, University of South Carolina, Department of
Psychology, Columbia, South Carolina 29208
For full consideration, all application materials must be received no later than October 1, 2012 and should
include a letter of application, curriculum/research vita, and three letters of recommendation. Additional
materials that demonstrate educational, academic, and work experience should accompany the
application package. For further information about this position please contact Associate Professor and
Search Committee Chair Bret Kloos at ude.cs|soolk#ude.cs|soolk.
The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities and
women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or
employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex,
national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.