Senior Lecturer and Director, Health Informatics and Health Information Management

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Senior Lecturer and Director, Health Informatics and Health Information Management

Seattle, WA
Open Date:
Oct 17, 2019

The Department of Health Services at the University of Washington seeks to fill a full-time faculty position as Senior Lecturer on a 12-month service period, with an anticipated start date in Summer 2020.

As a faculty member and Director of the Health Informatics and Health Information Management (HIHIM) Programs, the candidate will lead course and curriculum design and implementation (ensuring programs meet relevant accreditation standards and competencies); participate in budget preparation and strategic planning; oversee faculty recruitment, staff supervision and student mentoring; and teach (60% of role is teaching, 40% administration). Teaching experience in higher education in both campus-based and online delivery and professional work experience in one or more of the following is desired:

  • Informatics;
  • EHR and information systems;
  • Healthcare law, privacy and security;
  • Project management;
  • Quality improvement and management;
  • Data analytics and business intelligence;
  • Healthcare strategic leadership;
  • Healthcare policy;
  • Information governance; and/or
  • Clinical terminologies and classifications
  • Healthcare finance and revenue management

Three to five years’ managerial or consulting experience in health informatics and/or health information management and teaching program administration experience is preferred. Applicants should be active members of the health informatics and information management community, demonstrated through membership, leadership, and/or volunteer activity in professional organizations (such as AHIMA, AMIA, HIMSS, etc.).

As a member of the Department of Health Services, the candidate would be expected to regularly participate in Program and Departmental activities such as mentoring and providing career development for diverse professionals and students, seminar participation or guest speaking, orientation(s), program and department faculty meetings, graduation ceremonies, search committees, and relevant academic activities in the Department. University of Washington faculty members engage in teaching, research and service. This position is contingent on available funding.

HIHIM programs at the master’s and baccalaureate degree levels are UW self-sustaining programs, nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). At the baccalaureate level, the program prepares students for the RHIA credential of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). At the master’s level, the program prepares students for careers in health informatics, analytics and system leadership. The HIHIM programs’ mission is dedicated to serving our partners and customers by: providing educational excellence to prepare competent professionals; leading information governance initiatives; conducting research to advocate and improve health information and healthcare; fostering professional practice leadership; promoting diversity and respect; advancing the quality and integrity of health information; and applying technology to effectively deliver health information. The master’s and undergraduate programs are comprised of a highly diverse student population in race, gender, ethnicity, and educational background with a significant percentage of first generation students, who are seeking an initial professional career or a career change. The HIHIM Programs enjoy a strong collaborative relationship with the Master of Health Administration Program.


The Department of Health Services is a diverse department (60 faculty and 280 adjunct, affiliate and clinical faculty) with faculty expertise in social science, health promotion, social determinants of health, health economics, and health care systems. Successful candidates will have to opportunity to be affiliated with several centers within the department, including the Health Promotion Research Center, Northwest Center for Public Health Practice and the Center for Health Innovation and Policy Science. The President of the University of Washington has recently launched the Population Health Initiative, which aims to bring faculty from across the University together to address challenges in human health, social and economic equity and environmental resilience.

In addition to collaboration opportunities at the UW, there are opportunities for collaboration with other Seattle area resources (Seattle Children's Hospital, a national Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation at the VA, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute). Depending on the interests and qualifications of the successful candidate, an adjunct appointment may be considered with other UW departments or affiliate institutions. Lastly, the Pacific Northwest region is home to large Latino, American Indian, immigrant, and sexual minority communities, and many of our faculty have longstanding partnerships with organizations working in these communities.

Seattle, often cited as one of the country’s most livable and literate cities, is culturally rich, with growing racial, ethnic, and immigrant communities. The Cascade and Olympic Mountains offer a picturesque setting, and, along with Puget Sound beaches and waterways, Seattle boasts innumerable recreational opportunities. The temperate climate allows for year-round outdoor activities. Headquartered in Seattle are world-class companies such as Amazon, Costco, Expedia, Microsoft, Nintendo, Nordstrom, REI, Starbucks, and T-Mobile, among others. Not surprisingly, Seattle is considered one of the most desirable cities to live in the western hemisphere.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Department of Health Services and the UW School of Public Health are committed to a diverse academic community. We view diversity, equity and inclusion as essential to our mission, and we welcome applications from faculty who have demonstrated research, training and service experience in this area. For more information, please see the following website:

  • A doctoral degree or terminal degree in the field (or foreign equivalent) in health informatics, health information management, healthcare administration, business administration, education, or other related discipline.
  • The Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential is required for this position. Additional nationally recognized credentials are desired (CHPS, CHDA, CDIP, PMP, CPHQ, CPHIMS or EPIC or Cerner certification).

Application Instructions:

The University of Washington uses Interfolio’s Faculty search to collect all application materials. Applicants to this position will receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation (to be requested after initial screening of applicants), free of charge.

Please submit:

  • A letter of interest describing your professional work and teaching experience (workplace vs. academic setting, duration of course, grading)
  • A one-page diversity statement that describes your experience related to diversity, inclusion and equity
  • Curriculum Vitae

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2019. The position is open until filled.

To apply: Interfolio link

If you have questions please contact:

Holly Bergstrom, Manager of Faculty Human Resources – [email protected]

Department of Health Services, University of Washington




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Posted: 10/18/2019
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