Assistant Professor, Mental Health Law and Policy

  • University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, Department of Mental Health Law and Policy
  • Sarasota, FL, USA
  • Sep 23, 2021
Full time Health Sciences/OT/PT/Kinesiology Law & Criminal Justice Medicine & Dentistry Public Administration & Policy Social & Behavioral Sciences

Job Description


About the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences: The College of Behavioral and Community Sciences prepares students to improve the quality of life, health and safety of diverse populations. It is home to one of the country's largest behavioral health research and training institutes and offers programs at all three USF campuses.

About the Department of Mental Health Law & Policy:  As the state and the nation's systems of health care, social service, civil and criminal justice continue to change, the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy is uniquely positioned to address the parallel changes in research and training needs. Our faculty conduct research on critical and emerging issues surrounding the funding, delivery, and outcomes of behavioral health services as well as issues arising in public health and civil and criminal justice systems.

About the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Campus: The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus provides high-quality instruction and scholarly activity in a personalized learning community that prepares successful leaders and responsible citizens. The campus serves more than 2,000 students annually and is community-engaged and committed to the values of diversity and inclusion. The faculty believe a personalized approach to learning makes all the difference, and the focus is on students every step of the way: their discoveries, their growth, their dreams.

The Department of Mental Health Law and Policy (MHLP), College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida (USF) invites applications from qualified candidates to fill a 9-month tenure-earning faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor to be located on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with rank.

The successful candidate is expected to have, or to demonstrate the potential for, an independent program of research focused on behavioral health services, with a research focus in one or more of the following areas:
- Public sector mental health and substance use services, policy, and financing
- Implementation science and behavioral health
- Integration of behavioral and physical healthcare
- Underrepresented populations and disparities in behavioral health services
- Behavioral healthcare and telehealth
- Prevention, health promotion, and early intervention in behavioral health
- Behavioral health issues within the adult/juvenile justice systems
- Global behavioral health
- Trauma-informed care
- Veterans' behavioral health
The department values community-engaged research. Accordingly, applicants with demonstrated contributions to professional outreach related to behavioral health services who are interested in developing collaborative research partnerships with University colleagues as well as local, state and federal agencies are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate is expected to teach and be an active mentor within undergraduate and/or graduate programs.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

The successful candidate must hold a doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, EdD, DrPH, DSW) by the time of faculty appointment and have a demonstrated record of published research in areas consistent with the mission of MHLP.

These include a strong publication record related to the foci of this position, demonstrated success or potential in obtaining external funding related to behavioral health services and policy research, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a record of collaborative work with both academic and community partners. A strong background in research methods and/or statistics is desired, along with experience teaching at undergraduate or graduate levels.

Application Details

To apply please visit the USF Careers website at:

Job ID: 28526

About the Application Process: Applications will be considered starting immediately and continue through the application deadline of November 1, 2021. Applicants should submit a CV, three letters of recommendation, up to five representative publications or manuscripts, and a cover letter detailing their research and teaching experience.  Applicants must apply through the on-line USF employment application system. Applicants will use the on-line portal to complete an application and include a CV, cover letter, letters of recommendation, and representative publications or manuscripts.

The College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at USF celebrates diversity and inclusive excellence in alignment with our Principles of Community. We believe our future success as an institution requires that we attract and retain a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer. All job decisions at USF are made without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.


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Application Deadline

November 1, 2021