University of Connecticut, Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Prevention

Position ID:UConn-CHIP-2019079 [#11858]
Position Title: Assistant or Associate Professor
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Area: Obesity Prevention
Appl Deadline: finished (2018/09/06, finished 2019/04/08, listed until 2018/11/04)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level for Fall 2019.  Applicants must have a strong track record of research related to the mission of the Rudd Center, which is to promote solutions to childhood obesity, poor diet, and weight bias through research and policy. Preference will be given to applicants whose research is focused on food marketing to youth. 

The Rudd Center is designed to be interdisciplinary; this is supported by having core faculty members belong to different departments at the University. Faculty are members to different departments, where they teach undergraduate and graduate courses. This position will be expected to teach in the department that best fits the individual’s expertise (e.g., Allied Health, Public Health, Public Policy, and Nutrition).  The home academic department for this appointment will be determined based on the expertise of the successful candidate.

About the Rudd Center:  Ranked as one of the top-performing non-profit organizations in childhood nutrition and health, the Rudd Center has a reputation as a leader in connecting science with policy to foster a healthier food environment for children and families. The work at the Rudd Center is inspired by the belief that every child, regardless of who they are, where they live, and what they look like, deserves the opportunity to eat healthfully. This is not the reality today. We are committed to interrupting this cycle of inequity by: conducting research to inform advocacy and policy; supporting evidence-based solutions; challenging the status quo; and holding the food industry, media, government, and others that affect the food environment accountable for their actions. For more information about research initiatives at the Rudd Center, please visit

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is entering a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut ( and the $1B  Bioscience  Connecticut (    investments   and   a   bold   new   Academic   Plan:   Path   to   Excellence ( We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for faculty positions in the Rudd Center. As a center within UConn’s Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP), the Rudd Center has access to a wealth of resources to support faculty research

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through extramural funding, high quality publications, impact as measured through citations, and national recognition as through honorific awards. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, development of innovative courses and mentoring of students in research, outreach and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.


Earned Ph.D. in psychology, public health, public policy, communications, nutrition, or related field; a proven record of excellence in teaching; demonstrated potential in establishing a successful research and scholarship, and a deep commitment to promoting diversity through their academic and research programs. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.


Assistant or associate professor appointment at current institution; a demonstrated record of external research funding; a demonstrated record of research on topics related to food marketing to youth; a collegiate style and respect for multidisciplinary collaboration; a strong scholarly record of peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals and presentations at major conferences; teaching experience as instructor of record for one or more undergraduate courses with documentation in a teaching statement that reflects a commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching; strong oral and written communication.


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2019. The successful candidate's appointment will reside at the Rudd Center in Hartford, with teaching responsibilities and faculty involvement at their home academic department in Storrs or Hartford.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Visit, Job ID# 2019079, to complete your application.  Please submit the following: cover letter, curriculum vitae; research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.); teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.); commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.); sample journal articles or books.  Additionally, please follow the instructions on Academic Jobs Online to direct three reference writers to submit letters of reference on your behalf.  Preference will be given to those who apply by November 1, 2018, however screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2019079).

For more information regarding the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, please visit the department website at


For more information regarding the Institute of Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP), please visit


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The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The diversity of students, faculty, and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural, and diverse community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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Further Info:
Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention
University of Connecticut
2006 Hillside Road, Unit 1248
Storrs, CT 06269-1248

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