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Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow
Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date Posted 03/29/2021
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Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

Apply now Job no: 495636
Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University

About Drexel

Drexel is a comprehensive global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, and a major engine for economic development in the region. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

Job Summary

For Academic Year 2021-2022, the Dornsife School of Public Health Department of Community Health & Prevention Postdoctoral Fellowship will focus on education in public health. The goal is to provide exposure to public health in a university setting with an emphasis on teaching.

This postdoctoral appointment at Drexel University is a 12-month training position which may be renewed for a second year by mutual agreement. The fellowship will focus on preparing the trainee for a full-time career in academic public health through developing teaching expertise and through mentorship by seasoned faculty members.

The postdoc fellow will develop and teach public health courses, serve on a departmental committee, and conduct scholarship resulting in publication of articles that reflect the fellow’s area of interest, such as teaching and learning in public health or public health communication. The postdoc will present their work at seminars, read relevant literature, and meet regularly with faculty.

Mentoring will be provided by Janet Fleetwood, PhD, MPH, Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Community Health and Prevention. In addition, a small team of faculty with outstanding teaching skills from across the department will form a mentoring team to provide additional fellowship support.

The postdoc fellow will also benefit from access to a diverse community of highly-respected
academicians on an urban campus in a vibrant city. Fellows will be invited to join regular working group meetings plus career development workshops aimed at junior career academicians and will be provided with mentoring support. Fellows will also be part of the network of post-doc fellows in the Dornsife School of Public Health and across Drexel University.

Fellows will be encouraged to develop funding proposals to support their time beyond the fellowship. Fellows may be considered for appropriate non-tenure track and tenure track faculty positions as they open, but time in the post-doctoral fellowship role would not count toward tenure should the fellow be hired into a tenure track position.

Essential Functions

  • Develop and teach undergraduate and master’s level courses to public health students, including Public Health 101 and courses related to the Fellow’s area of expertise. Drexel is on the quarter system. The teaching load is two courses per quarter for each of three quarters. Each course is 30 hours of instruction (18 units total per academic year, comprised of six 3-credit courses). Courses may be taught throughout the year including summer quarter as assigned by the chair.
  • Develop expertise in multiple teaching modalities, including face-to-face, online synchronous, online asynchronous, and hybrid.
  • Participate in training programs to develop pedagogical expertise.
  • Serve on one departmental committee by mutual agreement with the department chair, which might include the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee or the Department Initiative on Racism and Structural Inequities.
  • Conduct research on public health education or related issues, publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Attend and present novel work at one conference per year.

Required Qualifications

  • A PhD in Public health, such as social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, history, ethics of public health, applied health, health economics, health communications or any related discipline ids required.
  • At least 1 year of related experience is required.
  • Candidates must have completed all requirements of the doctoral degree from an accredited educational institution and provide a copy of their diploma or final transcript by the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Applicants are invited from any discipline related to public health, such as social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, history and ethics of public health, applied health, health economics, or health communications.
  • A bachelor’s or master’s level degree in a public health field is desirable, but not essential.
  • Teaching experience as an instructor or teaching assistant in a higher education environment is highly desirable.
  • Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


  • University City

Additional Information

  • This position is classified as exempt with a salary grade of I. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure,

Special Instructions to the Applicant

  • Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Advertised: Mar 25 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Apr 25 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

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