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Assistant/Associate Professor

Apply now Job no: 508530
Position Type: Faculty Full-time (Tenure/Tenure Track)
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: Bouve College of Health Sciences

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

The Bouvé College of Health Sciences has over 200 faculty members, with approximately 2,000 undergraduate and 2,400 graduate students. It is the leading national model for education and research in the health, psychosocial and biomedical sciences and supports the University’s mission of educating students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment and creating and translating knowledge to meet global and societal needs.

The School of Community Health and Behavioral Sciences is comprised of two departments: Applied Psychology and Health Sciences. The Department of Applied Psychology houses Ph.D. and Masters programs in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology as well as a Masters program in Applied Behavior Analysis and undergraduate minor in Health Psychology. Faculty research translates psychology principles to applied settings, including the design, evaluation, and delivery of interventions aimed at reducing risk and enhancing protective factors in children, youth, and families, and building resilient schools and communities. These activities are conceptualized in an ecological model centering on social justice within culturally diverse contexts. Research activities conducted by Applied Psychology faculty include close to 21 ongoing studies funded by more than 10 external sources.  


The Department of Health Sciences is an interdisciplinary department. We provide a world-class education in a broad range of public health and clinical careers that promote the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and populations in culturally diverse contexts. We are committed to evidence-based research and research translation to eliminate health disparities. Our department is a unique, transdisciplinary setting that incorporates teaching, learning, and serving, in a rapidly evolving, multicultural environment that includes perspectives based on diversity by race, ethnicity, class, ability, language, gender, sexuality, age and nationality. The Department has over 40 faculty and offers a CEPH-accredited undergraduate program in Health Sciences, three masters programs (MS in Exercise Science, MS in Health Informatics, and CEPH-accredited Masters in Public Health), and two doctoral programs (PhDs in Population Health and Personal Health Informatics). The Department is home to approximately 600 undergraduate majors in the Health Science B.S. and 300 graduate students. It is playing a central role in expanding public health programs. Health Sciences faculty collaborate with scholars in the Institute of Health Equity and Social Justice Research, John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, Institute of Race and Justice, the Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Health in Justice Action Lab.

About the Opportunity:

The Departments of Applied Psychology and Health Sciences at Northeastern University seek candidates for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position who will focus on racial disparities, racism, or social justice in health, education, and wellness. In keeping with Northeastern University’s ongoing tradition of interdisciplinary collaboration, the successful candidate will be jointly appointed in the Departments of Applied Psychology and Health Sciences. Ideal candidates will contribute to teaching and research around health disparities and social justice based in race/ethnicity and one or more of these intersectional areas: social class, gender, abilities, immigration status, or other structural inequalities leading to the inequitable distribution of resources for public health and health care. We are interested in hiring a scholar who is conducting cutting edge research to close the disparity gap. It is expected that this individual will take an interdisciplinary-team, scientist-practitioner approach, through partnerships with scholars and professionals in related disciplines such as public community health and health sciences. Although the area of specialization within psychology is open, the ideal candidate will contribute teaching and mentorship to one or more of the existing graduate programs in the Department of Applied Psychology. Candidates should have expertise in, or a commitment to, working with diverse student populations in a culturally diverse work and educational environment.

Our tenure and promotion process values collaborative research and teamwork. Hires will be mentored for success, with mentoring teams and group guidance. In addition, a strong and effective faculty development strategy is part of the Northeastern institutional mission. The ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development office works in conjunction with the Office of Research Development (ORD), the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI), the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR), and University Decision Support (UDS) to provide programs and trainings to further develop and support a thriving faculty.

At Northeastern University, we embrace a culture of respect, where each person is valued for their contribution and is treated fairly. We oppose all forms of racism. We support a culture that does not tolerate any form of discrimination and where each person may belong. We strive to have a diverse membership, one where each person is trained and mentored to promote their success.


The successful candidate will teach a variety of classes, in their area of expertise, to undergraduate or graduate students in one or more of the programs within the Department of Applied Psychology as well as the Department of Health Sciences. Responsibilities are inclusive of: (a) leading an active line of externally funded research; (b) mentoring students at all levels (e.g., serving on capstone and dissertation/thesis committees); (c) teaching courses in both departments, and (d) providing service within and beyond the university.  Qualified candidates must have expertise in, or a demonstrated commitment to, working with diverse student populations and/or in a culturally diverse work and educational environment.


Minimum qualifications include: (a) earned doctorate in Applied Psychology (e.g., Behavior Analysis, Clinical, Counseling, School), or a related field required by the appointment start date;  (b) evidence of a robust research portfolio and demonstrated extramural funding (or the promise to secure such funding); (c) documented teaching expertise and effectiveness (if available).  Candidates for the rank of Associate Professor should have a strong track record of scholarship commensurate with rank, including peer-reviewed publications and a demonstrated ability to secure external funding for research, and teaching. 

Preferred Qualifications:

Desirable qualifications include licensure and/or certification in one’s field (e.g., BCBA, LP, NCSP) if applicable, but not required.


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Additional Information:

Please include a letter of interest, CV with names and contact information for 3 professional references, and statements on (1) teaching, (2) research, and (3) diversity. For questions about the position please contact Robin Codding (, Search Committee Chair. Application review will begin January 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. 


Successful faculty at Northeastern will be dynamic and innovative scholars with research and teaching excellence and a commitment to contributing to improved equity, diversity, and inclusion. Thus, strong candidates for this faculty position will have the expertise, knowledge, and skills to build their research, pedagogy, and curriculum in ways that reflect and enhance this commitment. Please indicate how your expertise, knowledge, and skills have prepared you to contribute to this work with written statements addressing the following prompts:

Research statement:

Please describe the focus of your research, including the questions you have identified, the funding you have received to support the work (if applicable), the results you have discovered, and the products of these efforts. Please also describe any research you have undertaken with students, with the external community, and/or with individuals from marginalized groups. Finally, please outline the research directions you foresee pursuing in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences.

Teaching statement:

Please summarize your past instructional and/or mentorship experiences, your pedagogical philosophy, your plans/goals for teaching in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences (including existing and proposed courses), and your strategies for teaching and mentoring a diverse cohort of undergraduate and graduate students.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity statement:

Please describe your experiences incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching, and service as well as your future plans for fostering a diverse and inclusive academic environment as a faculty member in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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