Associate or Full Professor and Co-Director

Washington State University
Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 16, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Medicine, Primary Care
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Salary Band
Commensurate with Experience
Employment Type
Full Time

Notice of Vacancy

Associate or Full Professor and Co-Director

Washington State University (WSU) Health Sciences and the Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine invite applications for a dynamic and engaged Associate or Full Professor passionate about community health and health equity. This full-time, permanent 12-month, tenure-track position is administratively located in either Seattle or Spokane, WA. The faculty member’s primary responsibility will be to co-direct and participate in a collaborative, extramurally funded program of research focused on health research with Indigenous populations within the portfolio of the Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH). The faculty member will work both on existing programs, grants, and centers; and will be fully supported to develop new areas of research aligned with his or her interests, as well as continue working on their ongoing research.

This successful candidate will, over time, assume responsibilities for and oversee the scientific, administrative, and fiscal matters within IREACH with the other faculty co-director. The position will require daily interactions with all the IREACH units described above. The position will work closely with our multidisciplinary team of scientists to conduct research with a primary focus on improving health in Native, rural, and other underserved populations. The successful candidate’s personal research focus is flexible but must relate in some way to advancing public health, population science, or reducing health disparities in our priority populations. Specific areas of need within IREACH include advanced quantitative research methods and study design; neuroepidemiology (including cognitive function, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and brain imaging); social epidemiology; practice-based research, food sovereignty and food systems, biomarkers for disease susceptibility and trajectory; and implementation science. The expectation is that the successful candidate will obtain funding and conduct research broadly related to one of the above areas. However, individuals with other research interests relevant to the IREACH mission are encouraged to apply.


Publication in peer-reviewed journals, presentation at professional societies, and engagement with relevant community groups is expected. Our faculty typically mentor graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early career faculty. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to a robust and collaborative academic life, including participating in College of Medicine and university committees, and in IREACH service activities. Classroom teaching is not required or expected but may be negotiated if desired.

Most of the successful candidate’s time – up to 90% – will be focused on extramural research. This time can represent a combination of independent, collaborative, or cross-disciplinary scholarship through both internal and external grant funding. The remaining time (up to 20%) comprises grant writing and service. If mentoring or teaching are undertaken, these activities will be considered academic service. Occasional travel (< 10%) is required. IREACH faculty engage in both on- and off-site work.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. WSU has comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. We offer excellent retirement programs and a generous leave program. IREACH is offering a generous recruitment and start-up package.

Required qualifications include an earned PhD in Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Nursing, Medicine (i.e., an MD), or in another field relevant to public health research at the time of hire, and current appointment at the Associate or Professor rank at an academic institution of higher learning. To be considered for the rank of Associate or Full Professor and Co-Director, you must; demonstrated experience conducting research in Native health, rural health, behavioral health/addictions, health technology, social determinants of health, environmental health or similar disciplines aligned with IREACH’s mission. Demonstrated extensive administrative skills and experience with fiscal and budgetary matters. Have at least 5 years’ experience working with underserved populations, preferably American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, or rural populations. Demonstrated high level organizational and multi-tasking competencies while also being flexible; demonstrated ability to interact with large groups and individuals at all work and community levels; demonstrated experience writing successful grant applications. A track record of external research funding, preferably NIH. Proficiency in the use of computers and software applications. For a Professor level, additional requirements include demonstrated academic and research merit at the Associate Professor or Professor level including success in securing extramural funding for research within IREACH’s target populations, as evidenced by publication record, and in teaching and in service to the profession.    

Preference is given to applicants that have demonstrated experience mentoring junior faculty, and/or postdoctoral fellows; demonstrated experience bringing together community organizations and academic constituents; demonstrated experience engaging community organizations in the research process and demonstrated sensitivity to and desire to promote health equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Applicants should apply online through WSU Human Resources: and submit a letter of application describing their skills/knowledge/expertise relevant to the required and preferred qualifications, a CV, and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications begins November 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Direct inquiries via email to Eric Irvin, IREACH Associate Director at

IREACH is one of the largest units dedicated to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander health in the United States. Recent new areas of inquiry and active research include Hispanic/Latinx and rural health. IREACH also houses an emerging practice-based research network of 200 primary care facilities around the state that serve rural, American Indian, and other underserved populations. Comprising about 85 faculty, post docs, and staff members. IREACH supports a multidisciplinary faculty who are conducted exciting, innovative extramurally funded research. Our 16 faculty and post docs come from public health, economics, demography, epidemiology, biostatistics, sociology, psychology, public health, public administration and management, and internal medicine. We have a strong community engagement team and have worked with more than 150 partners of all kinds in 17 states. IREACH is organized into units lead by master’s or doctoral-level leaders as follows: Fiscal/Administrative, Outreach and Engagement; Methods and Study Design; Communication; and IT. Especially important for conducting rigorous, culturally informed research is the IREACH Methods and Study Design unit comprised of 3 epidemiologists, 1 demographer, and 3 biostatisticians. In addition, IREACH has an in-house editor and a dedicated IRB/compliance coordinator. Our research portfolio includes community-based work on Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, COVID-19, substance use, maternal/child health, and many other health inequities. The total active IREACH research portfolio exceeds $85 million dollars. More about the work of IREACH can be found on our home page (

The Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences is a unique department within the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine that aims to prepare insightful and compassionate physicians. Designed to ensure faculty unity and continuity across a range of clinical disciplines and specialties, members of the department work to establish educational goals, plan, and teach course content and conduct research.

Washington State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action educator and employer.


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