Jackson Family Chair for Baylor in Latin America


Jackson Family Chair for Baylor in Latin America to support the Latin America Signature Initiative described in Illuminate.

University Initiative

Baylor University is actively searching for four endowed chair positions. The faculty who fill these new positions will provide leadership to one or more Signature Initiatives described in the University’s Illuminate strategic plan, which aspires to position Baylor among the nation’s most active research institutions and is accompanied by a $1.1B Give Light fund raising campaign. The Jackson Family Chair described below is one of these positions.

Position Summary-Jackson Family Chair

Baylor University is accepting applications and nominations for a tenured Professor engaged in research at the interface of water and human health to fill the Jackson Family Chair. We seek outstanding mid-career or senior-level applicants conducting interdisciplinary fundamental or applied research that complements and strengthens resident expertise in public, global, and environmental health, and water sciences, on the Baylor campus. The successful applicant will also have a passion for Latin America and be able to articulate a vision for how select aspects of their academic work will benefit communities in this geographic region.

The position comes with substantial resources, including endowed funds, ample space, and start-up funding. There is also the possibility for a joint appointment with a basic science department at Baylor College of Medicine. Such links will also provide the candidate access to additional core facilities and patient-oriented samples or big data from the renowned Texas Medical Center.

Job Responsibilities

The successful candidate will have a record of producing impactful peer-reviewed publications, gaining competitive federal grants, and playing a key role in national and international leadership in an area that links environment and health. The individual will also be expected to contribute to graduate and undergraduate education.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD
  • Strong publication record
  • Strong track record of securing independent, peer-reviewed federal research grants
  • Successful mentorship of students earning a terminal degree
  • Graduate and undergraduate teaching

Statement about Baylor Research in Water and Public Health

As part of Illuminate, the University-wide research initiative and strategic plan, Baylor University is actively creating endowed faculty positions to recruit outstanding researchers, enhance interdisciplinary research opportunities, and promote collaborations across departments and colleges. This position represents just one aspect of Baylor’s ongoing commitment to expanding research, scholarship, and service in Latin America, building on decades of successful partnerships in the region, specifically in areas of health, water, and the environment. The Jackson Endowed Chair in Water and Health will have the opportunity to collaborate with many Baylor faculty working on federally-funded projects in water and public health disciplines. Some examples include:           

  • Department of Statistical Science: Development of data-driven methodology to enhance water and wastewater treatment, such as forecasting water quality variables; system monitoring for fault detection and isolation; and robust data smoothing and filtering for control integration. Spatial-temporal modeling of groundwater in agricultural and urban regions of importance; forecasting vertical lake profiles of dissolved oxygen; and modeling dissolved organic carbon in river networks
  • Department of Public Health: Epidemiological assessments of health issues and contributing factors; multidisciplinary research that examines integrated impacts of environmental, social, and behavioral factors (integration of the Socio-ecological Model and Social Determinants of Health); translational research; and community-based participatory research (CBPR) that engages members of underserved populations as research and intervention partners
  • Department of Environmental Science: Bioaccumulation, toxicology and risks of aquatic contaminants; ecology, chemistry and toxicology of harmful algal blooms; energy-water nexus; advanced water treatment; environmental implications of nanotechnology; wastewater-based epidemiology; and environmental public health practice
  • Department of Biology: Freshwater science to inform policy; waterborne tropical diseases; aquatic entomology, especially disease vectors; nuisance and harmful algal blooms; conservation of threatened and endangered aquatic plant and animal species; wetland restoration and management; climate modeling and global change biology; aquatic ecosystem thresholds in response to anthropogenic stressors; ecological statistics and computational biology

Statement about BU

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, consistently listed with highest honors among The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For.” The University is recruiting new faculty with a deep commitment to excellence in teaching, research and scholarship. Baylor seeks faculty who share in our aspiration to become a tier one research institution while strengthening our distinctive Christian mission as described in our strategic vision, Pro Futuris, and academic strategic plan, Illuminate. Baylor offers over 40 doctoral programs and has more than 17,000 students from all 50 states and more than 85 countries.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

Inquire or apply at endowed_chairs@baylor.edu.


Office of the Vice Provost for Research

Kevin Chambliss, Ph.D.