Director, Georgia Prevention Institute

Augusta, Georgia
Salary package highly competitive
May 20 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Department of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG), Augusta University (AU) invites nominations and applications for the Director of the Georgia Prevention Institute (GPI). The successful applicant may also be offered an Endowed chair position based on qualifications. GPI, currently holding >$13 million extramural funding, has over a thirty-year history of interdisciplinary research programs in areas including obesity, cardiovascular diseases, behavioral medicine, stress and mental health, cancer, diabetes, fitness, health disparities, nutrition, kidney diseases, lung diseases, and substance abuse in both children and adults. GPI Faculty follow several longitudinal population cohorts from childhood, adolescence to adulthood.  AU-MCG is seeking an exceptional individual with an international reputation and national visibility by virtue of publications, sustained NIH and other federal, foundation and industry support, positions on editorial boards, NIH study sections and other leadership positions. The research expertise of qualified applicants may be within or complementary to the existent research expertise that includes molecular genetics, genetic epidemiology, exercise physiology, health psychology, nutrition supplementation, aging, omics, cardiology, clinical trials, and community-based participatory research. Experience in human research is required. Experiences in thematic or programmatic research projects are preferred.


The successful applicant for this position will provide leadership toward the achievement of the highest possible level of excellence in research, education, and service of the GPI. This individual will be expected to maintain their own research as well as lead the division, its faculty, and staff.    Major responsibilities include 1) Divisional strategic planning; 2) Foster the growth of current faculty and establish needs for the next decade. 3) Enhance team science; 4) Manage GPI budgets; 5) Promote integration within the Department of Medicine, across MCG/AU, and throughout the region as well as national collaborations. This is an outstanding opportunity for a leader in human research to shape the growth of a well-recognized and well-funded interdisciplinary team in preventative medicine and public health. Candidates must hold an MD, PhD, DrPH, combination and/or equivalent, and must be eligible for tenured faculty appointment at the full professor level in the Department of Medicine.


MCG, Georgia’s only public medical school, has a long tradition of excellence in education and clinical care and is the founding school of AU, one of four research-intensive universities in the University System of Georgia.  AU is comprised of the following colleges:  College of Allied Health Sciences; Dental College of Georgia; The Graduate School; College of Nursing; Hull College of Business; College of Education; College of Science and Mathematics; Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; School of Computer and Cyber Sciences; and MCG.


Founded in 1828, MCG is one of the nation’s first medical schools, the 8th largest in the nation for total enrolment, and has helped enhance healthcare in Georgia and beyond through education, discovery and service.  MCG has 22 academic departments, 922 medical students, 510 residents training in 47 programs, 897 faculty members, 125 postdoctoral fellows, and 773 staff members.


Augusta, a charming Southern city and home of the world-renowned Master's golf tournament, is a superb place to live with a low cost of living and a short drive to both the Georgia/Carolina mountains and the Georgia/Carolina/Florida coast.  The AU is adjacent to Evans, GA, which is the number one place to live in the U.S. according to Money Magazine. Salary and fringe benefits package are highly competitive. 


Nominations and other inquiries related to this position can be directed to the search committee co-chairs. Applications (including full CV and letter of research interest/career plans) may be submitted electronically to AU Executive Search c/o Sharon Wingard, Executive Search Consultant, Augusta University:


The final candidate will be required to provide proof of completed academic degrees in the form of original transcripts.  Those candidates trained by a foreign institution will also be required to provide an educational/credential evaluation.

Augusta University is an AA/EEO/Equal Access/ADA Employer.

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