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Assistant, Associate or Professor, Rehabilitation and Health Sciences (RHB) PhD Program

Assistant or Associate Professor
04 Jun 2024
04 Jun 2024
Lexington, KY
United States
University of Kentucky


The Rehabilitation and Health Sciences (RHB) PhD Program in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at the University of Kentucky (UK) is currently accepting applications for a full-time 11-month appointment, tenure-eligible faculty member at a rank determined by qualifications in the Special Title Series to begin employment at the Lexington campus with a negotiable start date. We invite you to become part of a dynamic program to meet research and instructional needs.

Our well-established, nationally respected program is multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional and includes faculty and students from disciplines such as Athletic Training & Clinical Nutrition, Physician Assistant Studies, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Communication Sciences and Disorders, including Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology, as well as those with related backgrounds and interests, such as music therapy, massage therapy, and kinesiology/exercise physiology. Our faculty have research programs that span from the basic sciences to community engagement. The distribution of effort of this position will be approximately 55%-70% instruction, 15-35% scholarship/research, and 10-15% service.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Terminal academic doctoral degree (i.e., PhD or similar terminal degree) in a relevant field

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated excellence in teaching with potential for course management and design

  2. Expertise in content related to any of the research areas in the RHB PhD Program

  3. Record of scholarly work including original research with the potential for extramural funding

  4. A history of interacting effectively with diverse people and communities


The Department for academic appointment will be determined based on background and qualifications of the applicant.

Applicants must value the University of Kentucky’s mission and share its commitment to inclusive excellence, education of the whole person, and the building of a just society. The University of Kentucky and the College of Health Sciences are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring that all students, faculty and staff operate in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where individuals of all backgrounds, identities and perspectives can feel secure and welcome.

Candidates should apply online at with a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest outlining how your research/scholarship will enhance or synergize with those of the College and leverage partnerships within the institution or UK Healthcare. In your letter of interest, please also describe how your past or current teaching, scholarship, mentorship, and/or community service have supported values of diversity and inclusivity articulated in the College's diversity and anti-racism statements: Our Mission - University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences (

Questions should be directed to the search committee chair, Nick Heebner, Ph.D.  College of Health Sciences, Wethington Building, 900 S. Limestone Street, Lexington, KY 40536-0200, or Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Upon offer of employment, successful applicants must undergo a national background check and pre-employment drug screen as required by University of Kentucky Human Resources. Visit the University's website and see for yourself what makes UK the perfect place to work, which includes a comprehensive benefits package (

About the Rehabilitation and Health Sciences PhD Program

The RHB PhD program is designed to produce leaders in the rehabilitation and health sciences. Our goal is to prepare capable researchers and educators with the ability to advance knowledge through research and scholarship with broad understanding of the health sciences, expertise in their discipline and skills to fulfill leadership positions in academia or field of their choosing. The RHB PhD Program offers a unique multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional program which can be taken through distance learning. The qualified candidate will join the multi-disciplinary faculty who serve with distinction as many are recipients of national, regional and university awards for research, teaching, leadership, and service. Our faculty are funded at the state and national levels including NIH, DOD, VA, DOE, and HRSA awards and receive support through the Office of Research. Our diverse research portfolio places a high value on translational and interdisciplinary science. The College of Health Sciences is home to state-of-the-art research laboratories (wet & dry) and maintains strong collaborative ties with other colleges across campus. In addition, the College houses the Undergraduate Research Program including the University of Kentucky Undergraduate Research Certificate giving the opportunity to work with highly talented undergraduate researchers from within and outside the College.

The qualified candidate will have access to several significant resources including the College’s state-of-the-art teaching and clinical facilities and a newly approved Health Education Building (HEB). Clinical, Educational and Research resources available within the College and the University of Kentucky include among others: the Center for Muscle Biology, the Sports Medicine Research Institute, the Human Performance and Biomotion labs, the Center for Telehealth Education and Outreach (CTERO), the SoTL Faculty Learning Community, the UK’s Center for Clinical Translational Sciences (CCTS), the Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network (KARRN), the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC), the Rodent Behavioral Core, the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, the Unite Research Priority Area, and our UK Human Development Institute.

About the University of Kentucky


Founded in 1865 as a land-grant institution, UK, a research-intensive university, is nestled in the scenic heart of the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. Recently ranked as one of the safest, most creative, and “brainiest” cities in the nation, Lexington is an ideal location to experience the work-life balance the University strives to provide its employees. Visit the University's website and see for yourself what makes UK the perfect place to work. As an Equal Opportunity Action Employer, we strive to foster a community where individuals of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. Further questions regarding equal employment opportunity (EEO) should be directed to Christa Jennings, HR & Faculty Administrator at