Director, Practice Based Research Network
Open Rank Associate or Full Professor (Tenure-Track)
Washington State University (WSU) Health Sciences and the Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences (DMECS) of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine (ESFCOM) invite applications for an Associate Professor or full Professor to serve as the Director of its Practice Based Research Network (PBRN), a full-time, 12-month tenure-track position located in Spokane, WA or Seattle, WA. The faculty member’s primary responsibility will be to develop, expand and direct the PBRN and to participate in a collaborative, extramurally funded program of research. The PBRN Director will lead a team of multidisciplinary faculty who conduct extramurally funded research in the area of rural health. Considerable interactions with tribal clinics and research partners is expected. A research team, including biostatisticians, quantitative and qualitative data analysts, grant and contracts management, and administrative support, are available.
The Director will oversee the research and fiscal network activities for the PBRN. The position will include travel to practices and communities throughout Washington State. The position will involve engaging in research projects that cross-cut topics and methods, and vary in scope. This position presents opportunities to collaborate with fellow researchers in ESFCOM and across the WSU campuses, with expertise in a variety of research methods and technologies and community members with a passion to help people in their local rural communities.
The expectation is that the successful candidate will plan and obtain a portfolio of extramural funding to support this position. The position also requires that the candidate contribute to academic life, including participating in ESFCOM, DMECS, and university committees and contributing to IREACH, ESFCOM, and DMECS service activities, including mentoring graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Classroom teaching is not required or expected, but may be negotiated if desired.
As a faculty member you are expected to participate in all required DMECS faculty development opportunities and to monitor your WSU issued email account for official college communications.
A start-up package is negotiable to support transitioning into this position. Publication in peer reviewed journals, presentation at professional societies, and engagement with relevant community groups is expected.
Program Leadership and Vision
• Serve as the leader and key spokesperson for PBRN.
• Ensure projects and programs align with the PBRN mission.
• Build and maintain relationships with clinicians, practice staff, health care facilities, and community members of the PBRN.
• Provide leadership and direction to the PBRN Community Advisory Council, including project identification and advocacy for the Community Advisory Council and community-engaged research.
• Understand rural primary care health and services delivery issues and successes.
• Establish and maintain communication and promote collaboration within WSU and other organizations.
• Promote the work of the PBRN within ESFCOM, DMECS, WSU, and local, national, and international foundations and organizations.
Research and Program Development
• Create innovative, testable interventions with the research team and community members that work to provide sustainable solutions for practices and communities.
• Actively discern and promote research that addresses health concerns of community members, clinicians, and practice teams within the PBRN.
• Regularly seek funding opportunities, develop research questions, and prepare grants and proposals for studies and programs that address health topics relevant to rural communities within Washington state.
• Identify opportunities to collaborate with teams across departments, local organizations, and academic institutions across the country to conduct research and disseminate findings and tested interventions.
• Work to engage medical students and graduate in community-based research projects.
• Ensure projects meet regulatory, fiscal, and funder requirements.
Training and Mentorship
• Provide professional development and research mentorship to junior faculty and research staff in ESFCOM and DMECS.
Travel is required.
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.
Founded as the people’s university in 1890, WSU 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 College and the Department
The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is Washington’s premier community-based medical school. It is named after the university’s late president, Elson S. Floyd. Dr. Floyd believed that Washington State University, as the state’s land-grant institution, should train doctors to serve all of Washington. The mission of the School is to: Develop practical solutions to challenging problems in disease prevention, health care access and delivery; Train primary care physicians who will work in Washington and help alleviate a shortage of doctors, especially in rural and under-served areas; and Develop a strong research component, with faculty members who work on innovative projects, sharing what they know with students in classroom and research settings.
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.
The department’s primary focuses include:
• Delivering the MD program
• Fostering scholarship
• Providing service to the university and community
• Serving as the academic home for clinicians and researchers
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.
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 Seat