Utah State University

  • Professional Practice Extension Assistant Professor, Health & Wellness

    City Utah County
    Posted Date 3 months ago(10/24/2019 5:02 PM)
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
    Job Locations
    Category (Portal Searching)
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Job Classification
    Southern Region
    Advertised Salary
    Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
  • Overview

    Utah State University Extension invites applications for a Professional Practice Extension Assistant Professor position in Utah County, UT. This position is a non-tenure track, fiscal year 12- month/year appointment. Extension faculty develop, provide, evaluate, and coordinate research-based educational programs for youth and adults.  Extension faculty also recruit, train and supervise volunteer leaders and serve as a liaison between local clientele, other resource agencies, and Utah State University administrators, faculty, and programs. This faculty member will have Utah county, regional, and University responsibilities. The initial focus of this position will be prevention of opioid misuse. The faculty will join four other HEART (Health Extension: Advocacy, Research, and Teaching) faculty located in counties across the state. The HEART Initiative focuses on current public health issues in the 9 counties and throughout Utah (e.g., Opioids, mental health and wellness, suicide prevention, and other pressing public health crises). To learn more about current HEART efforts, please visit the HEART website located here: https://extension.usu.edu/heart.

    The estimated start date for this position is January 1, 2020


    • Develop, implement and evaluate health & wellness programs for adults and youth, including teachers, parents, and students.
    • Conduct needs assessments of community and state needs.
    • Serve as a liaison between the Health & Wellness needs of the state (i.e., Opioid Initiative, suicide prevention, and other pressing public health crises), Extension, the local community and national efforts.
    • Serve and collaborate with other Extension and University personnel, community and government agencies, and stakeholders.
    • Pursue internal and external funding to support Extension programming for substance abuse and prevention efforts, as well as public health needs facing various regions.
    • Document impacts and produce scholarly publications based on Extension programming.
    • Support the civil rights mandate of Utah State University Extension.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    Minimum Qualifications:

    • A Bachelor's degree and significant professional experience in a health-related field including health education, health promotion, public health, social work, sociology or similar
    • High degree of self-motivation
    • Ability to work independently and as an engaged and collegial team member
    • Ability to communicate effectively in English
    • Ability to travel throughout area of responsibility consistent with university policy
    • Ability to work nights and weekends as required
    • Strong organizational, time, and project management skills
    • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
    • Strong computer and technology skills

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Master's degree or equivalent in social work, public health, health education and promotion, sociology or a related field.
    • Experience delivering professional development or related adult education courses.

    Demonstrated ability in:

    • Effective use of social media and marketing
    • Program development, and/or delivery
    • Adult and/or youth education
    • Grant writing
    • Academic publications
    • Web design and project management
    • Knowledge of public health campaigns, opiate reduction strategies, and health communications.
    • Experience working with a land-grant institution.

    Content knowledge in:

    • Opioid reduction strategies and initiatives
    • Substance abuse prevention, treatment, or recovery
    • Health & wellness programming
    • Certified Heath Education Specialist or Substance Abuse Education Specialist

    Required Documents

    Along with the online application, please attach:

    1)Resume to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile

    2)Cover Letter to be typed/pasted during the application process


    **Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

    Advertised Salary

    Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


    Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

    College/Department Highlights

    This position will be housed in Utah County (Provo; https://www.utahvalley.com/#111111)

    Utah State University (http://www.usu.edu) is Utah's Land-Grant Institution with an approximate enrollment of 28,000 students. Through the Extension system (http://extension.usu.edu/), the University extends research-based information across the state. Extension faculty support elected officials and citizens in all 29 Utah counties. This network of on-campus and regionally placed faculty serve the adults and youth of Utah by disseminating evidence-based information and programming.

    University Highlights

    Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, four regional campuses, two USU Eastern campuses, and 28 centers throughout the state. USU offers 162 undergraduate majors, 153 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2018 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 30 national Universities and the 5th best public national university in the nation. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at: https://www.usu.edu/about/at-a-glance/.


    A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


    The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region. Additional information about Logan can be found at: http://www.loganutah.org/visitors/about_logan/index.php.


    USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement (https://www.usu.edu/president/missionstatement/). USU is an AA/EO employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law. Learn more at https://equity.usu.edu/. USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program. Additional information can be found at: http://www.usu.edu/provost/faculty-life/dual-career-assistance.cfm.



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