Lehigh University, Population Health - College of Health

Position ID:Lehigh-PopHealth-9HITASSOCFULL [#22146, 23-HE-POHE-9]
Position Title: Health Innovation and Technology
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Health Informatics or Bioinformatics
Appl Deadline:none
Position Description:    

The College of Health (COH) at Lehigh University invites nominations and applications for the Ellen and Vincent Forlenza ’75 Endowed Chair in Health Innovation and Technology to begin August 2023. The successful candidate for this prestigious faculty position at the rank of associate or full professor will be considered for tenure at initial appointment.

The COH seeks a scholar whose research drives innovation in technology and/or data science towards translational improvements in health outcomes and health equity. Examples of research foci include clinical decision-making, precision interventions,and/or health policy planning. Examples of enabling digital health expertise include:

* Engineering of health-related sensors, devices, and diagnostics; * Health data science including statistical analysis, machine learning and/or simulation; * Mobile health (mHealth), telehealth, and home health platforms

Applicants must possess an earned doctorate in a relevant field, such as but not limited to bioengineering, computer science, data science, environmental health, epidemiology, global health, medicine, public health, public policy, and the social and behavioral sciences. We welcome candidates from academia, government, non-profit, and private sectors. The successful candidate will advance research that drives innovation in technology and/or data science towards translational improvements in health outcomes and equity. They will engage with communities of end-users, including those in underserved or marginalized populations, to design, adopt, and assess health technology that advances health equity. They will create research partnerships with community and health system partners. They will actively pursue federal, foundation, and/or private sector support for research projects. They will be central to university-wide efforts to advance grant-funded team science.

The successful candidate will engage in teaching and mentorship at undergraduate and graduate levels within their areas of specialization. They will be central to college-wide efforts to advance educational offerings in digital health.

At the core of the COH is a commitment to foster positive change in the communities where we live and work by promoting health equity. The mission of the COH, the newest of five colleges at Lehigh University, is to understand, preserve, and improve the health and well-being of domestic and global populations and communities with data-driven and community-focused research and education in three primary areas: population health, community health, and health innovation & technology. Our strategic plan identifies the core areas of research distinction in which the COH will continue to grow faculty expertise. We intend to build a team of scholars with collective expertise in technology/data science and community-based participatory research in order to collaborate with communities of users to develop and apply health technologies that will reduce health disparities. We are committed to developing a particular, though not exclusive, focus on marginalized communities in the Lehigh Valley, as well as Indigenous communities locally, nationally, and globally. The COH offers undergraduate majors in Population Health, as well as Community and Global Health, and graduate degrees including a Master in Public Health, and an MS and PhD in Population Health. As our faculty grows, the COH will add an undergraduate major and minor in Biostatistics/Health Data Analytics, a suite of graduate degrees in Digital Health (certificate, MS, PhD), as well as a Community Health track within our existing doctorate. The distinctive experiences of undergraduates and graduate students in the COH include an innovative curriculum, robust experiential learning opportunities, and integrated career and professional development. The COH is host to three research institutes: the Institute for Indigenous Studies, the Institute for Health Policy and Politics, and the Children’s Environmental Precision Health Institute. COH faculty also may participate in the three research institutes based in Lehigh’s College of Engineering: the Institute for Functional Materials and Devices, the Institute for Data, Intelligent Systems, and Computation, and the Institute for Cyber Physical Infrastructure and Energy. The COH is located in the Health, Science, and Technology (HST) Building, Lehigh University’s newest, state-of-the-art research facility, which opened in January 2022. The innovative, flexible, and sustainably designed facility will advance Lehigh University’s research innovation in STEM. The innovative design of the building encourages interdisciplinary collaboration; develops functional neighborhoods that create a model of intensity and productivity; and engages the campus community by bringing the public into the building.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Fullest consideration will be given to those candidates whose materials are received by 10/15/2022.

Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, and contact information for three references. A letter of interest that addresses the candidate’s qualifications for this position is welcome, but not required. References will be contacted and letters of recommendation requested for finalists only. Applications for the associate or full professor position must be submitted at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/22146.

For additional information, please email INCOHFAC@lehigh.edu and indicate “Ellen and Vincent Forlenza '75 Endowed Chair” in the email. Dr. Ilene H. Nagel and Charles Kaler of Education Executives are assisting the search committee with this search and can be reached at lehigh.forlenza@edexsearch.com.

Founded in 1865, Lehigh University has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. Recognized among the nation's highly ranked research universities, Lehigh offers a rigorous academic community for nearly 7,000 students. Lehigh University has some 5,000 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, and about 550 full-time faculty members. Lehigh University is located in Bethlehem, PA., a vibrant and historic area. Over 820,000 people live in the Lehigh Valley, which is in close proximity to New York City and Philadelphia. Interested applicants are invited to visit the COH website and President Helble’s message on Research and Excellence.

Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital or familial status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. We are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Lehigh University is committed to a culturally and intellectually diverse academic community and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service, to this mission. Lehigh University is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award for promoting the careers of women in academic sciences and engineering and is among institutions of higher education recognized for excellence in diversity with the INSIGHT into Diversity HEED Award. Additional information about Lehigh’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is available here. Lehigh University provides competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, including domestic partner benefits. More information about Work/Life Balance for Faculty can be found here. Lehigh University supports dual career efforts for following spouses/partners of newly hired faculty.

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