Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Professor

January 13, 2022
Rochester, Michigan

Assistant/Associate Professor for Environmental Health and Safety

The School of Health Sciences at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, invites qualified persons with a passion for Environmental Health and Safety to apply for a full-time tenure-track position at the level of Associate or Assistant Professor within our department of Public and Environmental Wellness, rank and salary dependent upon qualifications.

The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) faculty offers undergraduate (BS), graduate (MS) and dual (BS-MS) degree programs within the department of Public and Environmental Wellness (PEW). “Pursuing society’s big health challenges,” the PEW department provides an outstanding educational and research environment within which to create impact by “transforming students into leaders, connecting theory to best practices, and impacting the health needs of all people in diverse communities".

Translating knowledge and theory, our EHS programs ensure the use of best practices in identifying, evaluating and eliminating or controlling hazards, which expose people, property or the environment to danger or harm. While our programs are available fully online, we also offer well-equipped physical laboratories. Faculty areas of expertise and specialization include environmental standards and controls, industrial hygiene, industrial and robotics safety, electrical systems, construction safety, safety systems management, fire safety, biomechanics, and ergonomics, inclusive of EHS program leadership and development, within the broader context of public health and wellness.

The successful candidate is expected to initiate and maintain a successful program of research, scholarship, and service. The desired candidate will demonstrate a commitment to professional ethics in the pursuit of experimental, translational, and/or community-based research. Attainment of the CSP (Certified Safety Professional) or other professional designation or recognition is desired (e.g. CIH, CHMM). Candidates with experience and interest in continuous program improvement and accreditation, and leadership in academia, community engagement, and further program development, are especially encouraged to apply.

Creating and maintaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus is a strategic priority for Oakland University. To this end, we are seeking applications from individuals who are interested in and committed to supporting our Diversity Equity and Inclusion institutional values. It is the policy of Oakland University that there shall be no discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, height, weight, familial status, marital status, disability, creed, sexual orientation, veteran status or other prohibited factors in employment, admissions, educational programs or activities.

There are numerous opportunities to partner. We are supported by an exemplary Industrial Advisory Board offering a myriad of links to industry. We are located in Oakland County at the heart of Automation Alley within the greater Detroit region that specializes in automotive and transportation research, design, and in manufacturing. We enjoy collegial relationships within our School and across campus including fields of environmental and behavioral sciences, engineering, and business.

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all Oakland University students, faculty and staff.

Application Information: Apply using the Apply Now link on this posting. Position begins August 15, 2022. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2021, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Contact Dr. Tara Diesbourg at [email protected] with further questions.

The School of Health Sciences serves nearly 2000 undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and post-professional students in four thematic areas. In PEW, our comprehensive programs consist of undergraduate wellness and health promotion, undergraduate and graduate environmental health and safety, applied health sciences, and master of public health. In Interdisciplinary Health (IDH) sciences, we offer undergraduate degrees in nutrition and health sciences with concentrations in pre-health professions and holistic health. In Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, degree programs include medical laboratory science, histotechnology, radiologic technology, nuclear medicine, pre-clinical, pre-pharmacy, and pre-physician assistant sciences. In Human Movement Science, we offer the doctor of philosophy, the doctor of physical therapy, the master of exercise science programs and post-professional certificates, joined by the undergraduate exercise science degree that also offers unique clinical-focused specializations in pre- physical therapy, and orthotist and prosthetist assistant. Our beautiful platinum LEED-certified campus facilities and broad clinical and community-based opportunities offer an ideal supportive environment for students, faculty, staff, and partners to create and enjoy innovative learning, meaningful service, and vibrant research pursuits – in purpose for health.

Minimum requirements are a terminal academic degree (e.g. PhD, DSc) in a safety and environmental health related field such as public health, health sciences, engineering, applied or behavioral sciences. Persons who are ABD, planning to complete their doctoral degree by August 15, 2022 are eligible to apply.

Applications must include a CV, cover letter, unofficial transcripts, names and contact information of 3 professional references, a teaching statement, a research statement and a diversity statement that describes candidate’s interest or efforts in furthering diversity and inclusion, e.g., through mentoring, pedagogy, activism, faculty recruitment/retention, or research on issues related to diversity and social inequality.

Contact information for references will be requested in the Professional References section of the application and a link provided through which references can submit letters.

Oakland University is a nationally recognized doctoral university of high research activity located on 1,443 acres of scenic land in the cities of Rochester Hills and Auburn Hills in Oakland County, Michigan. The University has 142 bachelor’s degree programs and 138 graduate degree and certificate programs. Academics include programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education and Human Services, School of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Health Sciences, School of Medicine and School of Nursing. As an anchor institution in southeastern Michigan, Oakland University is committed to building ongoing and collaborative relationships with the surrounding communities. Community and civic engagement enhances the lives of our students and has a positive impact on our broader community.

Oakland University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

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Company Name:

Oakland University

Job Category:

EHS - Professor, EHS - Midwest region

Position Type:

Full Time


2 - 5 years


Doctorate Degree

Industry Segments

Academic/Educational sector