Utah State University

Assistant Professor - Health and Wellness Extension Specialist

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 months ago(9/25/2021 6:48 PM)
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E Eccles Jones Coll of Ed & Hum Svs
Kinesiology & Health Science
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits.


The Department of Kinesiology and Health Science at Utah State University (USU) seeks an Assistant Professor to serve as a Health and Wellness Extension Specialist. We are seeking applicants with research and teaching expertise in health education and promotion with a focus on current public health issues (e.g., mental health and wellness, suicide prevention, physical inactivity, and other public health crises). Expectations for this position include a 65% role assignment in Extension to develop and extend statewide outreach education and applied research on health/wellness topics, coordinate programs with Extension county faculty, and conduct research. There is also a 30% teaching role assignment in a Masters of Public Health (MPH) program and a 5% role assignment in service.


The position will be housed on the USU Logan Campus and includes statewide responsibilities. This is a 12-month, tenure-track, full-time benefited position beginning July 1, 2022. Review of applicants will begin November 10, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. This position is eligible for H-1B sponsorship.


Inquiries may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Steve Hawks (435-797-5101; steve.hawks@usu.edu).



Position Responsibilities for Extension

  • Provide high-quality leadership to Extension activities that enables people throughout the state to improve their lives and communities.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with community-based Extension faculty, campus faculty, and others to build Extension programs to build Extension programs that promote health and wellness through disease prevention, health promotion, nutrition and physical activity. The HEART initiative is an example of a collaborative USU Extension program.
  • Disseminate information about nutrition, physical activity, health and related topics to diverse audiences including public agencies, health professionals, Extension colleagues, researchers, public audiences, and others using diverse teaching techniques and delivery strategies.
  • Publish health and wellness-related research in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.
  • Provide leadership for interagency partnerships, addressing state and federal public health priorities.
  • Communicate documented impacts and public value of Extension programs to stakeholders.
  • Successfully secure funding to support outreach and research programs.
  • Develop expertise in the disease prevention, social determinants of health, and population-based health fields while developing a solid professional reputation with peers, both in Utah and nationally.

Position Responsibilities for Teaching

  • Pre-tenure: Teach one course per year in the department MPH program. Post-tenure: Teach one course per semester.
  • Serve as a faculty advisor for students in the MPH program as assigned.
  • Participate in ongoing curriculum development and improvement of teaching skills.

Position Responsibilities for Service

  • Provide college, university, professional and community service.
  • Serve on promotion/tenure committees and other department/college/university committees.
  • Serve on search comittees for off-campus Extension faculty.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate by August 1, 2022 in public health, community health, health promotion, health education or a closely related field.
  • Evidence of the ability to develop and maintain a research program that can be supported by extramural funding.
  • Evidence of the ability to conduct community-oriented research and apply research results to real-world situations.
  • Evidence of the ability to be an effective teacher and mentor.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to collaboration and collegiality among peers and constituents.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Post-doctoral research experience and a history of obtaining extramural funding.
  • A consistent and impactful publication record.
  • Previous university teaching experience with positive evaluations.
  • Familiarity with the national Extension system and/or USU Cooperative Extension System.
  • Knowledge of or experience with community-based education, including Extension.
  • Masters of Public Health (MPH) or similar degree with CPH, CHES, or MCHES certification.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1) A curriculum vitae to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

2) A cover letter directly addressing the position qualifications to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

3) Contact information for three professional references to be entered in the Candidate Profile


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

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with education and 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


Department Highlights

The KHS Department provides a dynamic, high quality, program of education and training in Kinesiology and Health Science. Our campus-based and off-campus graduate programs provide, MS, MEd, MPH, and PhD degrees to students who teach, provide community leadership, work in industry, or conduct research. In addition to academic degrees, there are numerous research laboratories that provide resources for conducting exceptional research (https://khs.usu.edu). More than 1,000 undergraduate and 90 graduate students are currently matriculated in our programs. 


Extension Highlights

Utah State University Extension provides research-based programs and resources with the goal of improving the lives of individuals, families, and communities throughout Utah. USU Extension operates through a cooperative agreement between the United States Department of Agriculture, Utah State University, and county governments. Program areas include: Health and Wellness, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Gardening, Home, Family, and Food, and Utah 4-H and Youth.


College Highlights

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) is home to eight departments and is committed to providing the best learning opportunities and educational research in the state of Utah. Our programs are strengthened by an on-campus elementary laboratory school and five stand-alone centers, including the Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence. The college offers clinical services to the community across the human lifespan and provide students with real-world service and research opportunities. These are a few of our college’s numerous achievements:

  • Our graduate programs are ranked #1 in all of Utah and #32 in the nation according to the U.S. News and World Report.
  • We are ranked 12th in the nation in total research dollars.
  • Our college has placement rates at or above 94% for certified graduates seeking employment in special education, elementary education, speech-language pathology, audiology, and 18 secondary education fields.

We are committed to providing the best learning opportunities and educational research in the state of Utah.  The college and USU are committed to providing research support to faculty, which includes proposal development and grant management support, startup funding, faculty research orientations, grant-writing workshops, and seed funding programs to develop and strengthen new research programs.

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 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. 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 here.


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.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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