Community-Based Participatory Research Faculty

Location
Austin, TX
Posted
Oct 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Department of Population Health - Dell Medical School - The University of Texas at Austin
Location: Austin, Texas
Open: Apr 27, 2017

Description
The Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin is seeking senior and junior community-based participatory faculty researchers in the Department of Population Health.

BACKGROUND

Dell Medical School's mission is to revolutionize how people get and stay healthy by:
  • Educating leaders who transform health care;
  • Evolving new models of person-centered, multidisciplinary care that reward value;
  • Advancing innovation from discovery to outcomes;
  • Improving health in our community as a model for the nation; and
  • Redesigning the academic health environment to better serve society.

As part of The University of Texas at Austin, one of the nation's leading research universities, the Dell Medical School (Dell Med) will pursue innovation in the re-design of healthcare delivery, excellence in healthcare research, and programs in interdisciplinary and inter-professional education.

Dell Med is the first medical school established in nearly five decades by a member of the Association of American Universities, an organization of leading public and private research universities. An extraordinary commitment of resources, both public and private, have been made to enable its development and success. DMS is partnering closely with the community and regional healthcare providers and payers to provide new models for health promotion, healthcare delivery, and clinical care for the community's underserved population.

Community-participatory research (CBPR) seeks to understand the world by trying to change it collaboratively through collective inquiry and experimentation grounded in experience and social history. CBPR uses an iterative process, incorporating research, reflection, and action in a cyclical process. To improve population health in Central Texas and address the social determinants of health, it is imperative that Dell Med effectively engages and equitably involves community members, organizational representatives, and researchers in all aspects of the research process to contribute their expertise and share decision making and ownership. Equitable partnerships require sharing power, resources, credit, results, and knowledge, as well as a reciprocal appreciation of each partner's knowledge and skills at each stage of the project, including problem definition/issue selection, research design, conducting research, interpreting the results, and determining how to use the results for action to advance community members' health.

JOB SUMMARY

Dell Med's community-based participatory research (CBPR) faculty will play a key role in engaging community members and key stakeholders in the designing, conducting and using collaborative research methods to improve the health of the residents of Central Texas. CBPR faculty investigators will collaborate with a variety of internal and external partners to apply participatory approaches to both quantitative and qualitative data collection and data analysis to enhance understanding of the relationship between the social and physical environmental determinants of health. Although we seek to advance the science of community-based population health, our ultimate goal is to translate that knowledge into health interventions, policies, systems and environmental changes that build upon and leverage community resources and strengths to provide immediate and long-term benefits to the community and measurably improve health.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Convene and engage community members, local experts, government, public and private partners, community-based organizations and other academic researchers in multi-disciplinary learning collaborations to improve the health vulnerable and underserved populations in Central Texas.
  • Engage community members and stakeholders as authentic partners of the research team in identifying priorities, designing research questions and methods, recruiting research participants, collecting data, interpreting results and translating knowledge into action to improve health.
  • Manage research projects including coordinating research team activities, managing budgets, reporting to funding agencies, hiring (with participation of partners) and supervising staff.
  • Provide expert consultation and build the capacity of other organizations and other Dell Med and UT-Austin researchers to use CBPR methods and techniques for community engagement and stakeholder input.
  • Disseminate research findings to the community, publish peer-reviewed articles, present research at local, state and national conferences and gatherings, etc.
  • Seek and gain external funding to sustain CBPR efforts.
  • Mentor more junior faculty, fellows, and students.
  • Participate in undergraduate and graduate student medical education as well as other relevant disciplines.
  • Participate in faculty governance.
  • Assume leadership roles in professional organizations and societies.


Qualifications
  • PhD, MD, or related doctoral degree - a focus on behavioral and social science or public health preferred
  • Eligible for a faculty appointment at the University of Texas
  • Experience with a wide range of community-based participatory research methods
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Strong and consistent record of publishing results of investigations
  • Experience mentoring junior faculty, fellows, and students as evidenced by the success in their career development
  • Strong teaching skills

SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
  • Knowledge and experience with multiple qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Well-documented speaking, teaching, and writing skills
  • Strength in acquiring and analyzing relevant data, collaborating where necessary with quantitative scientists (e.g. biostatisticians, epidemiologists)
  • Ability to communicate with others in a clear, understandable and professional manner in person and on the phone
  • Effective professional management skills, including the ability to plan, organize and schedule work in an efficient and productive manner, focusing on key priorities and meeting deadlines
  • Ability to interact with peers, executives, employees, and consultants in a manner that represents the Dell Medical School positively
  • Ability to build and lead high-performing teams; must be able to provide clear and accurate direction and guidance
  • Sound judgment in decision-making
  • Ability to learn and apply new information, knowledge and experiences in a timely manner
  • Flexibility and adaptability to change
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks and projects and to prioritize.


The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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