Postdoctoral Scholar

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

Job posting number: #7092399

Posted: January 17, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

University of South Florida
College of Public Health
Postdoctoral Scholar
Position Description

POSITION SUMMARY: In 2014, USF COPH developed an integrated and applied college core curriculum. This curriculum, which consists of History and Systems of Public Health, Population Assessment I and II and Translation to Practice (12 credits) replaced the traditional foundational core (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, Environmental Health and Social and Behavioral Sciences.). Today, this curriculum is offered in multiple formats (online, in-person, and in hybrid format) to more than 300 students a year. As part of this program, students also complete an applied practice experience, and integrated learning experience and must pass the Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam.

USF now aims to lead the way in training postdoctoral fellows to develop, teach and implement foundational core curriculum that exceed the expectations of the Council of Education in Public Health accreditation requirements and bridge the gap between theory and practice. This unique training opportunity will allow two Postdoctoral Fellows the opportunity to work with faculty focused on translational sciences and the science of teaching and learning, to further their skills as educators, while helping to train the next generation of public health professionals. Through this opportunity, post-doctoral fellows will be focused on teaching and scholarship, working to design, implement, and study effective teaching modalities.

Under general supervision, the incumbent is expected to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues in an environment that promotes innovation, teaching, learning, and service to diverse student population. The incumbent will work directly with the Director of the Masters Programs, the COPH Core Course Faculty and a team of Teaching Assistants. The Fellow will be expected to teach 2-3 graduate level foundational core courses per semester, as assigned. The incumbent must maintain subject matter currency; develop and revise academic curriculum; use computer and other multimedia platform technologies; participate in college and discipline-specific professional activities. The Fellow must also demonstrate sensitivity to students with diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds and students with disabilities.


Minimum Qualifications: Doctoral degree in public health, social/behavioral sciences, epidemiology, or a closely related field to be earned prior to hiring date and documented teaching experience (may be as a teaching assistant or in another instructional capacity). The applicant will be working with the college foundational core curriculum. A strong record of teaching is required. As this curriculum is practical and applied in nature, a defined interest in the application of foundational public health content into practice is imperative.

Preferred Qualifications: Certified in Public Health (CPH) certification. Teaching focus including master’s level foundational core, epidemiology, biostatistics, public health education, public health theory, health policy, environmental health, global health, or other related fields. A publication record in peer-reviewed journals of recognized excellence; Unique skillsets in practice/policy development, social marketing, health education, epidemiology, quality improvement, implementation science, health literacy, translational research, and/or new technology; Enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring graduate students.


Must be SACS credentialed. The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to collaborate with COPH faculty in the enhancement and implementation of the College foundational core curriculum. Specifically, the post-doctoral fellow will work directly with the Director of the Master’s Programs in using evaluation materials to update foundational core curriculum and in designing, implementing and evaluating new teaching methodologies. The fellow will also be responsible for teaching sessions of these courses including in-person and/or online sections of courses. Courses include History and Systems of Public Health, Population Assessment I and II and Translation to Practice. The Fellow will work with the Director and Core Faculty to evaluate curriculum and make revisions as necessary. The Fellow will also work to assist in the development of presentations and manuscripts to disseminate findings in the empirical and pedagogical literature. Opportunities also exist for the Fellow to teach additional graduate and undergraduate courses in their subject area.

The postdoctoral fellows will have the opportunity to provide mentorship and support for master’s level students and core course Teaching Assistants. The Fellow will help to mentor graduate students in facets of course management. The Fellow will also assist in the development of and participation in seminars to guide students in career planning, preparation for the Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam, and similar programming.


The postdoctoral fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with COPH faculty to design, develop and implement studies to guide educators in better understanding the science of teaching and learning and meeting the unique needs of 21st century learners. Support for professional conferences and other dissemination activities will be provided.


The Fellows will be expected to teach 2-3 graduate level foundational core courses per semester, as assigned. Fellows will be located in Tampa, Florida. Travel may be required. This assignment may include teaching at other campus sites, day or evening classes, large classes, distance learning and using multiple teaching methodologies.

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