Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health and Society and Sociology Position: Vanderbilt University

Unit: Medicine, Health and Society

Position Type: Faculty

Location: Nashville, TN


Open Date: Dec 8, 2020

Close Date: Jan 8, 2021

The Department of Medicine, Health, and Society (MHS) at Vanderbilt University invites applications for a joint tenure-track Assistant Professor position with MHS and Sociology, to begin fall semester 2021. We seek an interdisciplinary scholar who will have an administrative  home in MHS and teaching and research duties in both MHS and Sociology. Field of specialization is open, with preference for an interdisciplinary social scientist, sociology PhD preferred, who quantitatively studies health disparities and inequities. We are especially interested in scholars whose concentration on health incorporates other research areas important to MHS and Sociology, including focus on racial and ethnic, and/or gender inequality and health; the health effects of racism; healthcare reform and its discontents; trends in firearm ownership and mortality; immigration; environment; and social movements. The ability to obtain external funding is highly desirable, as is the ability to teach advanced quantitative methods and causal inference to undergraduates and graduate students in MHS and Sociology. The university is home to a strong network of health and health policy researchers, and there are collaborative opportunities with multiple Arts and Science departments as well as in the School of Medicine. 


Vanderbilt expects excellence in teaching and in research. Ph.D. is required by August 16, 2021.

Application Instructions 

To apply, please submit: 1) a current cv; 2) a letter describing your research/teaching interests, professional experience, and interest in/fit with interdisciplinary units such as MHS and PPS, and 3) a diversity statement. Examples of scholarly writing and three letters of reference will be requested from semifinalists at a later date. These materials should be addressed to Professors Tara McKay and Jonathan Metzl, Co-Chairs, MHS Search Committee, and submitted via the Interfolio portal: ( ).

Applications will be reviewed immediately and continue until the position is filled. The priority submission deadline is December 31. Please contact Jonathan Metzl ( or André Christie-Mizell, <andre.christie-mizell@Vanderbilt.Edu>  with any questions.  

Vanderbilt University has a strong institutional commitment to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of faculty. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Vanderbilt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.