RA Professor Position in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Dear Colleagues

Please forward this postdoc opportunity to potential candidates.  More can be learned about this position at: https://jobs.etsu.edu/postings/15914.  Questions can be directed to me.


The Ballad Health ETSU Strong BRAIN Institute (SBI) seeks a nontenure-track research assistant professor interested in conducting innovative multidisciplinary research on the prevention and mitigation of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), broadly defined. The SBI is the innovation of the BRAIN Trust, a talented and dedicated group of researchers comprised of 14 faculty and department chairs from all eight ETSU academic colleges. The SBI is made possible by a generous five-year gift from Ballad Health. The initial appointment is for one year, and renewable for at least a total of five years, depending on the availability of funding.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on a variety of ACES-related research initiatives developed by multiple interdisciplinary collaborations, with the potential for overseeing new research and extramural funding initiatives. There will also be opportunities for the candidate to serve as Principal Investigator of his or her own projects and grant submissions.

The goals of the SBI are to 1) promote the awareness and empirical study of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), 2) promote the development and dissemination of evidence-based practices that prevent, reduce, or mitigate the negative effects of ACEs on health and health disparities, and 3) promote a trauma-informed citizenry and workforce in the Appalachian Highlands region and beyond. You will report to the Director of the SBI and manage a physical SBI presence on the ETSU main campus. The SBI is housed administratively under the ETSU School of Graduate Studies.

We’re looking for a self-starting team player to fit our highly productive, but widely spread-out group. Our common interest is a commitment to the goals of the SBI, so we are looking for someone who can help coordinate us as we pursue our multiply varied externally-funded endeavors.

ETSU is surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains, and is located in Johnson City, Tennessee, which contributes to a metropolitan statistical area of 200,000 residents. The area enjoys a mild climate in both summer and winter, and boasts numerous waterways, parks, trails, and resorts for year-round recreational activities. The area has been ranked as a desirable place to live by several national publications. In 2016, Johnson City was ranked by Kiplinger magazine as one of the “10 Least-Expensive Cities for Living in the USA,” and among the top five retirement destinations in the country.

ETSU is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all of our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. Successful candidates should have a demonstrated commitment and contribution to fostering and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Position is contingent upon sufficient funding.


Wallace E. Dixon, Jr., Ph.D.

Chair and Professor of Psychology

Director, ETSU/Ballad Health Strong BRAIN Institute            

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, TN  37614 

(423) 439-6656