Open Rank Associate Professor/Professor (Tenure-Track)

Seattle, Washington State
May 17, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Washington State University Health Sciences and the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine invite applications for an Associate Professor, a full-time, 12-month tenure-track position located in either Seattle or Spokane, WA. The faculty member’s primary responsibility will be to conduct a collaborative, extramurally funded program of research focused on Native health within the portfolio of the Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH).

IREACH includes a multidisciplinary faculty who conduct extramurally funded research in the areas of Native Health, Latino Health and Behavioral Health in vulnerable populations. IREACH is a unit with both core senior and junior faculty, and about 40 staff. It has its own fiscal unit and an in house editor and IRB coordinator. More about the work of IREACH can be found on their home page (

Position Details:
The majority of the successful candidate’s time, up to 90%, will be focused on extramural research. Academic service (5%) and teaching in the form of mentoring graduate students and post-doctoral fellows (5%) will make up the remaining effort. Classroom teaching is optional.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will have an existing extramurally funded program of research in one of the following areas:

•Latino/Hispanic health
•Native American health 
•Social determinants of health

The expectation is that the successful candidate will plan, obtain funding, and conduct research broadly related to one of the above areas. Publication in peer reviewed journals, presentation at professional societies, and engagement with relevant community groups is expected. The candidate will mentor graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Participation in college and university committees and contribution to IREACH service activities is expected.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Washington State University has comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance.  We offer excellent retirement programs and a generous leave program.

Minimum/Required Qualifications:

-An earned PhD in Public Health, Epidemiology, Medicine, or a closely related field and at least 6 years’ experience as an Assistant Professor or equivalent.

-Demonstrated experience conducting research in one or more of the following areas: Latino/Hispanic health, rural health, Native American health, agriculture and health, behavioral health/addictions in underserved populations, technology to improve health in underserved populations, social determinants of health, environmental health in underserved populations.

-Demonstrated record of external research funding

Preferred Qualifications:

-Demonstrated experience engaging community organizations and academic constituents.

-Demonstrated experience mentoring graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

-Demonstrated ability to interact with large groups and individuals at all work levels.

-Demonstrated sensitivity to and desire to promote diversity.

-Proficiency in the use of computers and software applications.

-Demonstrated high level organizational/multi-tasking competencies.

-Demonstrated experience engaging community groups in the research process.

The University
Founded as the people’s university in 1890, Washington State University fulfills that commitment by transforming lives through education, research, and community outreach. In 2015, the University celebrated 125 years of delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to citizens across the state, region, nation, and around the world. The state’s only land-grant institution and one of two public research universities, WSU provides a world-class education to nearly 30,000 students through its multi-campus, statewide locations and online. The University strives to ensure that higher education is accessible at an affordable cost—a decades-long WSU commitment to the state’s citizens. The University offers more than 200 undergraduate fields of study and 127 graduate and professional degree programs. Many academic programs win recognition nationally for excellence. WSU is one of just 108 public and private universities in the United States—out of more than 4,500—singled out for its “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University’s research agenda is focused on addressing challenges in health, sustainability, smart systems, national security, and opportunity and equity. WSU is a major driver of Washington’s economy, partnering with many of the state’s leading industries, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, and construction. The University is responsible for nearly 20,600 jobs statewide and generates an overall economic impact of more than $3.3 billion annually. The institution’s operating budget expenditures total nearly $2 billion annually.

The Area

Located on the Puget Sound in northwestern Washington, Seattle is a large city home to over 650,000 residents, as well as Fortune 500 companies and a lively performing arts and sports scene.  Known as the “Emerald City” due to the lush surrounding greenery, the city’s proximity to mountains and forest also make it an eclectic mix of urban and rural living. Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. It is the home to major philanthropic organizations, many institutions of higher learning, a large diversity of cultural events, restaurants, parks and recreational opportunities, and international corporations such as Amazon, Facebook, Starbucks, and Boeing.

IREACH’s office in Seattle is located in the middle of Seattle’s three major urban hot spots – South Lake Union, the Central Business District, and Capitol Hill – and is easily accessible from almost anywhere.  On-site perks include green space and patio gathering spots, complimentary citywide shuttle, EV charging stations, on-site showers/locker rooms, and bike storage. The Seattle office is linked to both the Spokane and Pullman campuses through a sophisticated videoconferencing system that makes attending meetings and even teaching classes possible at a distance


Located in the University District along the riverfront in downtown Spokane, WSU Spokane is the University’s health sciences education and research campus. The campus is home to the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, scheduled to welcome its charter class in August 2017. The University has relocated all of its health sciences disciplines and built new facilities on the campus in recent years. Among the new construction: an $80 million Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building and a $34.6 million Nursing Building. Nearly 1,500 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students pursue degrees at the 48-acre campus, which also houses programs offered by Eastern Washington University and is located just across the Spokane River from Gonzaga University.

Spokane is a major healthcare hub and the largest along the northern corridor of the United States between Minneapolis and Seattle. It offers the latest diagnostic and therapeutic care in all fields of medicine, and boasts four major hospitals, including Providence Health’s 644-bed Sacred Heart Medical Center. Complete with a rich cultural scene, historic neighborhoods, urban appeal, and easy access to four-season outdoor recreation, Spokane supplies a high quality of life for the nearly half million residents who live in the region.

Application Process:

Applicants need to apply online through WSU Human Resources at and be prepared to upload:

  • A cover letter addressing how you meet the qualifications for this position
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Minimum of three references: names and contact information
  • Three (3) recommendation letters will be requested of the finalist.

Review of applications will begin July 10, 2017. 

Finalist for this position will be subject to a background check as condition of employment.  Questions may be sent to the search committee liaison in an email to Emily Christensen at  Tenure criteria and other information is available in the WSU Faculty Manual at

Washington State University is an EEO/AA/ADA educator and employer.  WSU Health Sciences Spokane seeks candidates who are prepared to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.