Florida First

Mission Statement

The mission of the FLORIDA FIRST Health Science Brigade is to transform institutional culture at Florida State University to generate a self-sustaining scientific community dedicated to inclusive excellence.

What is Florida FIRST?

Funded with a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund’s Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program, Florida State University's FIRST program (Florida FIRST) supports the diversification of FSU faculty by recruiting new tenure-track assistant professors. The FLORIDA FIRST Brigade implements a systems-level approach to support individual faculty research and career development (micro), within their cohort and collaborative networks (meso), that can be replicated through sustainable changes to university culture (macro).



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About the Position

The FIRST program is supporting the hiring of 6 early-stage tenure-track faculty.  The new hires of The FIRST Cohort will hold a primary appointment in one of the Equity Research Corner centers in addition to their tenure-track appointment in departments appropriate to their research


  1. College of Nursing 
  2. College of Medicine 
  3. Department of Psychology 

Research Centers


  • Candidates must have a terminal degree (e.g., PhD. or M.D) in a relevant field (e.g., anthropology, nursing, public health, psychology, sociology, social work) relevant to the two domains of The FLORIDA-FIRST BRIGADE (mental health; chronic disease prevention and management). 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to excellent teaching with diverse student populations.
  • Candidates should provide a (1) cover letter indicating the program area(s) in which they wish to be considered, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a research statement, (4) teaching statement, (5) a statement of their contributions and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and (6) up to three peer-reviewed papers.

Apply to be a Florida First Assistant Professor