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Teaching Assistant Professor in Public Health

Teaching Assistant Professor in Public Health

Kansas State University Olathe ( invites applications and nominations for a new Teaching Assistant Professor in Public Health (non-tenure track). This position will be a 12-month appointment with approximately 50% teaching and 50% administrative responsibilities including service, with future potential for flexible distribution among responsibilities. This position reports directly to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research at the Olathe Campus.  The position is housed within the School of Applied and Interdisciplinary Studies at Olathe. The faculty at K-State Olathe is particularly interested in individuals with demonstrated experience in collaborating broadly and working as a team member across disciplines. Highest consideration will be given to candidates who possess a strong background in teaching, research, and professional service as it relates to public health and/or the public health industry, especially those with expertise in the areas of infectious diseases, One Health, epidemiology, and/or public health practice that would support programming ( It would also be preferred that this expertise synergizes with current Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and Master of Public Health (MPH) program faculty interests in infectious disease, epidemiology, public health, and/or food safety ( The successful candidate may be considered for appointment at the rank of ancillary professor within other academic departments at Kansas State University, and where appropriate, membership in specialized university centers, such as the Center for Outcomes Research and Epidemiology (CORE) in the CVM ( and the Master of Public Health program as a faculty member (

The Successful Candidate Will:

     Provide graduate-level instruction (approximately 50% teaching commitment) that aligns with academic priorities at the Olathe and Manhattan campuses of Kansas State University.  The primary focus will be existing and/or future courses related to Public Health with emphasis on specialized topics associated with the MPH degrees offered at Olathe.  Therefore, experience in public health practice would be ideal.  A background in epidemiology or infectious diseases for applications in practice would also be appropriate for this position.

             Provide program administration (approximately 50% of the position), including:

                   Collaborating with the Master of Public Health Program Director at the Manhattan Campus to operate and evaluate the program, developing                    curriculum in cooperation with the faculty, identifying internship opportunities, creating program reports for internal partners and external                          stakeholders, coordinating course scheduling, and ensuring Council on Education for Public Health accreditation compliance.


                   Supporting current programming that is relevant to workforce development through innovative approaches to the changing demands of                            higher education and growing industry/government/academic partnerships that bridge education with research and translational                                        opportunities.


     Assist with the design and execution of new courses responsive to the demographics of the potential student population that may be at the local, national, or international level, using face-to-face, online, or hybrid course delivery methods, that lead or support graduate degrees and/or certificates.  There will be a particular emphasis on the student population who are working professionals in the public health industry and other health-related industries, including contract research organizations.

     Supervise and advise graduate students and/or serve as Major Professor or committee member on graduate student supervisory committees.

     Recruit prospective graduate students to the K-State Olathe graduate programs in Public Health; recruitment activities may include the delivery of a topic-based seminar or webinar each semester and attendance at recruitment events that may occur after 5 p.m. on weekdays or on occasional weekends

     Provide input on instructional needs and staffing (e.g., joint hires across university departments, industry experts and adjuncts); evaluate performance and benchmark curricular content in alignment with K-State academic policies and standards; report regularly on graduate student status, including progress toward degree completion.

     Act as a liaison for K-State Olathe academic programs and faculty, serve on campus and university committees related to academic and student issues, and represent the campus within the university and in private/public sectors as appropriate.

             Be a team member in the community of support and supervising services related to student admissions, enrollment, retention, success, and                    career advising.

            Be expected to travel between the campuses in Olathe and Manhattan, Kansas, as well as within the greater Kansas City area as part of the                   responsibilities of the position.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University has set a visionary goal to be recognized as a Top 50 Public Research University by 2025. In support of this goal, the Olathe campus was launched in April 2011 and is the third and newest campus of Kansas State University. Olathe is located in Johnson County and the Kansas City metro area. The campus embodies a unique vision jointly developed with regional community, government, industry and university stakeholders for higher education partnership in an urban, innovative, industry centric and knowledge-based environment. The campus is a strategic partner of the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle. The Kansas City metro area has a diversity of industries ranging from trade, transportation, utilities, professional and business services and health and education. Major companies include Cerner, Garmin, Merck, John Deere, Burns and McDonnell, and Black & Veatch, as well as major health and food companies in the Animal Health Corridor stretching from Kansas to Missouri. The $1.2 billion National Bio and Agro Defense Facility (NBAF) is also being constructed at the Manhattan campus adjacent to the K-State Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) and will further strengthen partnerships, regional growth and economic development.

The Olathe campus has a mandate in research and graduate education and currently offers eight programs at the master’s and doctoral levels in horticulture, veterinary/biomedical sciences, and adult education. Growth of educational offerings at the campus will continue to evolve to meet workforce and industry demands through a variety of credit and non-credit bearing programs that address technical as well as transferable skills. Faculty and instructors at K-State Olathe represent a combination of resident and non-resident, full and part-time experts and adjuncts from the industry/government sectors. There are ten laboratories in research areas currently including sensory and consumer research, food safety, and post-harvest physiology of fruits/vegetables.

 Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university established the Office of Diversity, led by the associate vice provost for diversity and a dedicated staff. Additionally, each college has a designated Diversity Point Person to provide insight and guidance. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

     Must possess an MPH or MSPH and PhD or DrPH (or equivalent) in a discipline relevant to public health, and evidence of research or teaching experiences in an academic and/or industry setting.  Two public health degrees are not required. DVM and DNP will be considered.

     All candidates must demonstrate peer-reviewed publication and professional presentation.

     Must have proven success as a teacher and educator in developing curriculum, delivering coursework, and assessing course outcomes and program impact.

     Must demonstrate success as a collaborator and ability to build coalitions with a range of diverse individuals and stakeholders to achieve institutional and regional growth.

     Must have strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

             Prior administrative or leadership experience.


             Experience and skills in working with public health data (e.g., epidemiology, disease surveillance, social determinants of health)

             Proven ability to mentor and ensure the success of graduate-level students from academic and industry sectors in diverse programs and                          disciplines.

      Demonstrated leadership and teamwork skills, commitment to shared governance, ability to work with diverse constituencies within the  university and corporate/government/community sectors, and effective managerial, interpersonal and communication skills.

      Demonstrated interest in professional education relevant to public health.

      Evidence of innovations in teaching and learning through different course delivery modalities and technologies.

      Demonstrated ability to foster diversity and promote a collegial and constructive environment based on open communication, team building, and effective management.

Other Requirements:

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

How to Apply:

All correspondence will be considered in confidence, and nominations and inquiries are encouraged.

Interested candidates should submit a detailed cover letter that includes specific information relevant to the applicant’s ability to meet the qualifications (3-5 pages), a statement of teaching interests and goals, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references (title, mailing address, phone and email). Application materials must be submitted online to be considered:

Nominations and inquiries should be sent to Roberta Robinson at or call (913)307-7316.

Questions regarding the specifics of the position can be directed to Dr. Paige Adams, Search Committee Chair, at

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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