Company Name:

University of Tennessee


Knoxville, Tennessee

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Associate/Full Professor

Work Setting:

University/4-Year College

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Education:


Date Posted:

September 12, 2019

Betsey R. Bush Endowed Professor in Behavioral Health

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) College of Social Work is seeking a highly regarded scholar to fill the position of Betsey R. Bush Endowed Professor in Behavioral Health in its Center for Behavioral Health Research (CBHR). This endowed professorship offers an outstanding opportunity for an experienced behavioral health researcher to pursue their program of research full-time, with significant potential for collaboration with creative colleagues and doctoral students. This hard-money, 9-month tenured faculty position offers a highly competitive salary with excellent fringe benefits.

It is an exciting time to join the College of Social Work and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s campus, a time of possibility and change. The College is under the leadership of a new Dean, Dr. Lori Messinger, and a new Chancellor, Dr. Donde Plowman, who together embrace a vision of the College as a national leader in engaged scholarship and a strong collaborator across the university and the country. The person hired in this position would work with these leaders and the faculty, staff, and students to develop the agenda for research for the next chapter of our College.

The successful candidate is a respected researcher with a strong record of scholarly accomplishment, including a sustained record of funding from NIH, NSF, and/or other external funders. The applicant’s area of research should fit under the broad category of behavioral health. Preference will be given to researchers who demonstrate interdisciplinary research experience.

The Betsy Bush professor will serve as a mentor for junior faculty and PhD students, so we are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in creating a diverse, dynamic research and training environment. We would also prefer a colleague who is a collaborative, team-oriented leader, with an interest in engaging faculty and researchers within the college, the Social Work Office of Research & Public Service, across UTK, and in other institutions nationally and internationally.

To be considered for this outstanding opportunity, qualified candidates will have:

  • Doctoral degree in social work, psychology, medicine, public health, sociology or other behavior health-related field.
  • Professional qualifications for appointment to full professor. 
  • An established, active program of research related to behavioral health care.
  • A strong record of scholarly accomplishment, including a sustained record of external funding.
  • Evidence of strong commitment to continuing his/her programs of research.
  • Evidence of commitment to mentoring junior faculty and post-doctoral fellows who are developing programs of externally-funded research.
  • An articulated understanding of diversity and inclusive excellence in scholarship, and evidence of commitment to creating an inclusive, supportive climate.

Candidates meeting preferred qualifications will have:

  • Graduate degree in Social Work
  • History of a commitment to collaborative and interdisciplinary research efforts.
  • Experience leading team-based research groups.

The Center for Behavioral Health Research (CBHR) conducts a broad spectrum of behavioral health studies of at-risk children, adolescents, adults, families, and communities. The CBHR’s research incorporates faculty, staff, and students from a variety of disciplines at UTK and other universities. Since its founding in 1988, the CBHR’s work has been largely funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Other funders include the Health Resources and Services Administration, The W.T. Grant Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and other private foundations and donors.

With over 500 students enrolled in undergraduate, MSW, DSW, and PhD programs in Knoxville, Nashville, and online, the College is preparing highly qualified social workers to address areas of need across the state, the country, and the globe. The UTK Master of Social Work program was ranked 22nd out of all public institutions in the nation by US News and World Report. Grounded in social justice, the College faculty, staff, and students are committed to education, scholarship, and service that together move the needle on the social and economic problems that disproportionately affect vulnerable and marginalized populations.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is the state’s flagship, land grant campus and an R1 institution. Our campus is nestled next to the thriving downtown Knoxville neighborhood, which offers an array of local restaurants, shopping and entertainment just a short walk from campus. Knoxville enjoys the charm of a small Southern city with opportunities and activities that range from green energy initiatives to thriving cultural, music, and outdoor recreation scenes. Knoxville’s diverse culture brings events such as Asian Festival, Knoxville Opera` Rossini Festival, Hola Festival, numerous music festivals and artists, and Dogwood Arts Festival. We are home to Knoxville Museum of Art, East Tennessee History Museum, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and UT Knoxville’s Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History. Citing both affordability and quality of life, U.S. News and World Report ranked Knoxville among the best places to live. Numerous lakes and rivers surround the city, and Knoxville is located less than one hour from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The search committee invites letters of nomination or expression of interest. Applications should include a letter of interest, CV, a one page research statement, one or two representative papers, and a list of three professional references. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by October 11, 2019, though review will continue until the appointment is made. All inquiries and materials should be submitted to

Office of the Dean

The University of Tennessee

College of Social Work

402 Henson Hall

Knoxville, TN 37996-3333

(865) 974-6693

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status.

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