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Professor and Department Chair - Environmental Health Sciences

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Environmental Health Sciences
Union: Non-Unit Exempt
Categories: Faculty

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Description

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences ( at the University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks a dynamic senior scholar to lead its Department of Environmental Health Sciences and develop its future planning and direction.

The duties of the chair include developing and implementing academic and scholarly activities for the department, planning finances and budgets, and supervising faculty, staff, and students in the department. In dialogue with colleagues and stakeholders across the university, the chair will implement the department’s strategic vision.

The chair will promote excellence in the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs. The chair’s responsibilities are classified as professional duties requiring leadership and mentoring of faculty, administrative expertise to include vision, long term and short-term planning, decision-making and coordination of instruction and advising of students, and other aspects of the daily operation of the department. The chair represents and advocates for the department at the school, university and community levels.

In addition to maintaining a strong research program in their chosen area, the chair will develop and teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses in public health and environmental health sciences, and advise graduate students enrolled in MS, MPH and PhD programs.

Candidates are expected to have or obtain competitive research funding and engage in collaborative research with faculty from the department, the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, other departments on campus, the University's Medical School, and/or Baystate Medical Center.



Candidates should:

(1) have an earned a doctoral degree in environmental health sciences or a related discipline,

(2) be a tenured associate or full professor with credentials and experience that are appropriate for a senior level appointment at UMass,

(3) have administrative experience that demonstrates potential for success as a department chair, including managing individuals,                mentoring, and having a strong interest in community engagement,

(4) have a commitment to the education of the department’s diverse student population, and to promoting diversity and inclusion.  

The successful candidate for this position should be internationally recognized for their contributions in an environmental health-related discipline, must have a strong record of extramural funding, evidence of independent and collaborative research accomplishments, demonstrated interest and ability in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and a record of peer-reviewed publications commensurate with experience and rank. A record of success in securing program-related funding is highly desirable.

Candidates with research specializations that complement ongoing work in the department are preferred (environmental epidemiology, exposure sciences, risk assessment and management, global health, toxicology, environmental justice) although any aspect of environmental or occupational health will be considered. Preference will also be given to individuals with prior experience working in a program accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.


Additional Information

Salary and rank commensurate with qualifications. The position carries an administrative stipend and summer additional compensation. The University offers an attractive benefits package.

Information for prospective faculty:


Application Instructions

Evaluation of applications will begin on September 6, 2022 and may continue until a suitable candidate pool has been identified. Anticipated start date is September 2023.

Interested candidates should provide:

1) a cover letter including a statement on the candidate’s commitment to diversity and inclusion,

2) curriculum vitae,

3) statement of research expertise and future goals,

4) statement of teaching philosophy,

5) diversity statement that discusses past or future contributions to inclusive excellence in the areas of research, teaching, and/or          outreach,

6) contact information for three to five (3-5) professional references (to be contacted only with subsequent permission from the candidate; no letters are needed at the time of application).

Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.

For questions about the application process, please contact Ms. Carey Simos (


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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