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Cummings Foundation One Health Professorship
Tufts University

Date Posted Oct. 19, 2023
Title Cummings Foundation One Health Professorship
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Political Science - International
    International Relations/Foreign Service

Established in 1933 as the first exclusively graduate school of international affairs in the United States, The Fletcher School faculty is multi-disciplinary, with a focus on preparing tomorrow’s leaders with a global perspective. The School undertakes research and prepares masters and doctoral students to use the latest political, business, economic, and legal thinking, among others, to generate pragmatic policies or make executive decisions that will successfully shape global events. Tufts University is a world-renowned research university dedicated to the creation and application of knowledge.


The Fletcher School seeks to hire for a faculty position in Global One Health Diplomacy to occupy the inaugural Cummings Foundation One Health Professorship.  To maximize the integrative, interdisciplinary benefits of the Professorship, it is expected that the holder will collaborate closely with faculty in other Tufts University Schools


The term “One Health” captures the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health. A one health approach mobilizes multiple sectors and communities at varying levels of society to work together to tackle threats to health and ecosystems.  “Global One Health diplomacy” is the work of a professional based in an intergovernmental, governmental, or non-governmental organization (not-for-profit or for-profit) tasked with achieving the goals of one health through negotiation and conflict resolution, political and legal analysis, communication and advocacy, good governance and human rights promotion, capacity-building, and community engagement. 

The holder of the Cummings Foundation One Health Professorship would work closely with Fletcher faculty in relevant disciplines (including law, diplomacy, environment, and global governance), as well as faculty from across Tufts University who have expertise in health sciences.  The successful candidate would have a track record of inter-disciplinary research and collaboration, expertise in aspects of global health policy, security, governance and sciences, and practical experience in global health diplomacy.  Preference may be given to candidates with professional or research experience in Africa. 


The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching, research, and graduate student research supervision, and will engage in service to The Fletcher School as well as to the broader community. The Fletcher School’s faculty is multi-disciplinary, with a focus on preparing tomorrow’s leaders with a global perspective. The successful candidate should be prepared and eager to participate in this School-wide interdisciplinary dialogue.  The successful candidate should also be prepared and eager to work with colleagues across Tufts University to build a vibrant cross-School global One Health program.


The Fletcher School undertakes research and prepares master’s and doctoral students to use the latest legal, political, economic, business, and other analytical tools, to generate pragmatic policies and make decisions that will successfully shape global events.  In addition to its flagship Master’s in Law & Diplomacy (MALD), The School also offers a Master in Global Affairs (MGA), a Master of International Business (MIB), a Master or Arts (MA), a Master of Laws in International Law (LLM), a Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Public Policy (MS), a Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA), a Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP), a Master’s in Global Business Administration (GBA), and PhDs in International Relations and Economics and Public Policy.  



Candidates must:

·      Possess a doctoral degree or a professional degree in a field of study relevant to Global One Health Diplomacy. A relevant field of study for this purpose may include international relations, political science, law, history, health sciences or related fields;

·      Have a minimum of 5 years of academic and/or professional experience.

The ideal candidate will also:

·      Demonstrate a track record of scholarship in the research and study of the policy dimensions of human health, animal health and/or environmental health;

·      Possess substantial experience in developing and implementing programs related to Global One Health Diplomacy. Preference may be given to candidates whose experience includes work in Africa;

·      Demonstrate a proven capacity to develop and lead the realization of a strong interdisciplinary, cross-School, policy-oriented research agenda in the field of one health.

·      Have teaching experience at the graduate level and to an internationally diverse body of students.


Application Instructions

Candidates should submit the following:

1.      Cover letter, which should include a personal statement outlining your qualifications and particular interest in the position;

2.      Statement of relevant research and professional experience, including concrete descriptions of plans for research as well as your particular interest in the position;

3.     Teaching statement, focusing on approaches to disseminating knowledge .Teaching evaluations, if available, may also be provided;

4.     Curriculum Vitae;

5.     List of at least three references;

6.     Diversity Statement. 

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on November 24 and will continue reviewing until the position is filled.  Applicants from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. 


Applications can be submitted via Interfolio at  Inquiries about the position should be addressed to search committee chair Professor Ian Johnstone at 


All offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a background check and meeting the University’s current COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

For more information about The Fletcher School at Tufts University, please visit:

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