Assistant or Associate Professor in Rural Latinx and/or American Indian Behavioral Health

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Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-08-13
Req: R-2057


270-NN - Assistant Professor

Business Title:

Assistant or Associate Professor in Rural Latinx and/or American Indian Behavioral Health

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Employee Type:

Faculty (+) (Fixed Term)

Job Family:

Faculty - Academic - Not OT Eligible

Position Details:

Assistant or Associate Professor in Rural Latinx and/or American Indian Behavioral Health

Summary of Duties:

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University (WSU) and the newly formed Department Community and Behavioral Health invites applications at an Assistant or Associate Professor level to apply for a tenure-track position focused on behavioral health equity in rural Latinx and/or American Indian communities. This full-time, 12-month tenure-track position will establish a program of research at our Tri-Cities Campus in Central Washington state. The faculty member also be a core faculty member of the PRISM Collaborative (, a group of NIH-funded faculty dedicated to community driven solutions to bring about behavioral health equity. The faculty member’s primary responsibility will be to develop a community-based program of extramurally funded research focused on behavioral health equity in rural Latinx and/or American Indian people. Other duties will include contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion curriculum development and delivery in undergraduate and graduate medical education, as well as efforts related to our College’s comprehensive Strategic Diversity Action Plan.

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is Washington’s premier community-based medical school comprised of faculty in four departments located across four campuses in Washington state. Washington state is home to approximately one million Latinx people (13% of the population) and 29 federally recognized American Indian tribes and other indigenous peoples. These groups are over-represented in rural communities in Washington. Our community-based medical school has a presence in these areas, including our Tri-Cities campus located in south central Washington, where 37% of undergraduates identify as Latinx.

The College has outstanding research programs focused on mental health, addiction, health equity, and rural health. Faculty at the PRISM Collaborative conduct research focused on improving substance use disorder treatment in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, improving mental health care for minority youth experiencing mental illness, and facilitating successful community re-entry of people with mental health problems after incarceration. Faculty are also actively involved in the Center for Rural Opioid Prevention, Treatment and Recovery, a collaboration between the colleges of Medicine, Nursing and our Cooperative Extension in the College of Agriculture. The College of Medicine is home to the Program of Excellence in Addiction Research, a large and dynamic research team focused on addiction treatment research; and one of the largest research centers in the U.S. focused on American Indian and Alaska Native health (Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health).

Position Details

The position is part of a university wide faculty cluster hire initiative in the scholarship and teaching about racism and social inequality, in particular, health inequality and health justice, in the Americas. The university is particularly interested in hiring scholars who are deeply connected to and integrated into the communities they serve, as a means to build on our strong tradition of engaged and applied scholarship at WSU. This position will work closely with our multidisciplinary team of scientists to conduct research with a primary focus on improving behavioral health in rural Latinx and/or American Indian populations. The successful candidate’s personal research focus is flexible but must relate in some way to advancing behavioral health in these communities. Areas of scholarship are open and might include, community-based prevention or intervention research, cultural adaptation and re-centering interventions, community-based participatory research methods, dissemination and implementation science, multi-level community-based intervention, and interventions that directly address social determinates of health and/or discrimination. Individuals with other relevant research interests relevant are encouraged to apply.

Establishing or continuing an externally funded program of research that results in publication in peer-reviewed journals, presentation at professional societies, and engagement with relevant community groups is expected. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to a robust and collaborative academic life, including participating in College of Medicine and university committees. Greater than 50% effort will be focused on research and scholarship with the additional responsibilities split between teaching and service. Classroom teaching is minimal and can be tailored to the candidate’s interests. This faculty member will be key to our college’s other essential diversity efforts include teaching and mentoring Latinx, American Indian, and other minority medical students, developing MD curriculum that embraces culturally informed care and preparing students for a multicultural workplace. Opportunities to assist in the development of our Medical Spanish curriculum are also possible. There are also opportunities for mentoring doctoral students in our prevention science, nutrition and exercise physiology, and other relevant programs (e.g., psychology, nursing, pharmacy) are also available.

The successful candidate will join a diverse, multi-disciplinary, collaborative group of faculty dedicated to health equity among racially and ethnically diverse groups and those who are underserved. The candidate will have access to mentoring from established investigators, who have successfully mentored early-stage investigators in obtaining extramural grants. The position will have access to resources made available through the PRISM Collaborative which include dedicated pre- and post-award staff, a biostatistician, and research staff with extensive community-based research experience. Additional mentorship and support will be available as part of this university-wide cluster hire program focused on health inequality and health justice.

The University

Founded as the people’s university in 1890, WSU fulfills that commitment by transforming lives through education, research, and community outreach. 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 offers more than 200 undergraduate fields of study and 127 graduate and professional degree programs. 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. The University is responsible for nearly 20,600 jobs statewide and generates an overall economic impact of more than $3.3 billion annually.

The Campus, College, and the Department

The Health Sciences campus located in Spokane Washington is home to the Elson S Floyd College of Medicine, the College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy. Nearly 1,700 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students pursue degrees at the 48-acre campus. The College of Medicine is Washington’s premier community-based medical school and is committed to the vision that WSU, as the state’s land-grant institution, should train physicians to serve all of Washington. The mission of the College is to: develop practical solutions to challenging problems in disease prevention, health care access and delivery; train health care providers who will work in Washington and help alleviate a shortage of providers, especially in rural and under-served areas; and conduct significant and innovative health research. The College of Medicine graduated its inaugural class in 2021 and offers graduate degrees in medicine, nutrition and exercise physiology, and speech and hearing sciences. The College also has campuses in south central Washington (Tri-cities Campus), near Portland Oregon (Vancouver Campus), and in the Seattle metro area (Everett Campus).

Immediately after its founding the college adopted a Diversity and Inclusion Policy. In February 2021, the College adopted a comprehensive Strategic Diversity Action Plan and established the Office for Diversity, Health Justice, and Belonging to strengthen the commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and ensure progress across all offices, units, and departments. Animating and sustaining the initiatives outlined in the policy and Strategic Diversity Action plan enables the College of Medicine to achieve its mission by promoting diversity and inclusion among students, faculty, and staff. In so doing, the college enriches education, research, clinical care and service activities and improves access to quality care for all communities in Washington and beyond.

The faculty home for this position will be the new Department of Community and Behavioral Health. This department contains many highly productive senior scholars, and a dynamic cohort of junior scholars all dedicated to improving community and behavioral health, with a particularly focus on behavioral health equity. Our faculty are located throughout Washington by design, so they are embedded in the communities they serve.

The Area

The successful faculty member will be responsible for developing successful scholarship, teaching and service dedicated to our Tri-Cities campus and also work closely with faculty located in Spokane and other campuses. WSU Tri-Cities is located in Richland, which, along with Kennewick and Pasco, make up the Tri-Cities. The campus draws from a regional population of approximately 290,000 and is expanding its reach both nationally and internationally. The growing campus is home to more than 1,800 undergraduate students, 90 full-time faculty and 250 adjunct faculty, many of whom are full-time researchers and scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory or local science and engineering firms. Thirty seven percent of undergraduates and 20% of graduate students identify as LatinX. WSU Tri-Cities is proud to be the most culturally diverse campus within the WSU system and to be a state-designated Veteran Supportive campus.

It is the third largest metro area in the state where the major economic drivers of the region are agriculture, STEM research, and tourism. The areas surrounding the Tri-cities are primarily agricultural and the area is home to the Washington wine industry. With more than 300 days of sunshine, the Tri-Cities offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation and a variety of other entertainment venues. The Tri-Cities serves as the healthcare hub for Southeastern Washington. Population statistics show approximately 40% of households identify as non-white and greater than 30% of all households are monolingual Spanish speaking.

The Spokane campus is located in the University District along the riverfront in downtown Spokane, WSU Spokane is the University’s health sciences education and research campus. The University District is also home to programs offered by Eastern Washington University and is located just across the Spokane River from Gonzaga University and the University of Washington, Spokane Campus. Spokane is the second largest city in Washington and the largest urban area between Seattle and Minneapolis. Spokane is home to a major medical center, as well as the economic hub of Eastern Washington.

Required Qualifications:

An earned doctorate in psychology, public health, social sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy or other relevant field to behavioral health at the time of hire to be eligible for rank as an Assistant Professor. To be considered for the rank of Associate Professor, you must currently be at the rank of Associate Professor or demonstrate 6 years or more at the assistant professor rank.

Demonstrated experience or interest in conducting research in partnership with Latinx and/or American Indian behavioral health.

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

Demonstrated experience writing and publishing peer-reviewed manuscripts for scientific journals.

Preferred Qualifications:

A doctoral degree in a health-related field including but not limited to PhD, DrPH, MD (or DO/MBBS), PsyD, or Ed.D and Evidence of research focused on rural, Latinx and/or American Indian behavioral health in the form of papers, presentations, grants and/or other scholarly outputs. Preference will be shown for applicants at the Associate Professor rank who have established program of independent research focused on rural, Latinx and/or American Indian behavioral health as evidenced by a papers, presentations and externally funded grants.

Demonstrated high level organizational and multi-tasking competencies while also being flexible.

Demonstrated experience bringing together community organizations and academic constituents.

Demonstrated experience engaging community organizations in the research process.

Demonstrated sensitivity to and desire to promote health equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Proficiency in the use of quantitative (e.g., SPSS, STATA, R) and/or qualitative software (e.g., NVio, Dedoose).

Experience writing and obtaining extramural funding from federal agencies (e.g. NIH,).

Additional Information:

Area/College: Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Department Name: Department of Community and Behavioral Health
City, State, Zip: Richland, WA 99354
Department Link:

Monthly Salary:

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. Funding for start-up is available.

FTE: 100%
Tenure Track: Yes

Screening Begin Date: September 11, 2021
Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.
Application Instructions: Applicants should submit a letter of application describing their skills/knowledge/expertise relevant to the required and preferred qualifications, a CV, research statement and contact information for three (3) professional references.
Required Documents:

1. Letter of application

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. Research Statement

4. Contact for three (3) professional references

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

12 Month

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or


Working at Washington State University

Founded as the people’s university, WSU embraces its land-grant heritage, seeking to transform lives through education, research, and community engagement and service. The University has been delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to the state, region, nation, and the world for nearly 130 years. WSU enjoys productive partnerships with major industries in the state, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, technology, and construction. The colleges at WSU Health Sciences Spokane have formed robust partnerships across the state of Washington, both with large medical centers and hospitals, as well as a variety of rural and community hospitals and clinics.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

Diversity Profile: Washington State University

As a land-grant institution, diversity, equity, and inclusion serve as core values and beliefs of Washington State University (WSU). At the university, college, or department level, WSU is committed to fostering open, proactive dialogue to create a more inclusive culture at all its locations including the five physical campuses and its online Global Campus, as well as its 39 Extension offices, four research centers, and 25 small business development centers.

Core Belief

WSU is committed to achieving an ethical and socially just society for all. Instituting social change on a large scale begins at home with system-level policies that actively promote equity. The University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout every aspect of its statewide system. We strive to create a climate that enables underrepresented students, faculty, and staff to thrive in communities that foster a sense of belonging in a culture of inclusion. The ultimate goal? Creation of institutional culture in which inclusion and equity are the norms, a model that helps move the world toward a place in which all people are treated with dignity and respect.

Core Value

Equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Promotion of an ethical and socially just society through an intentional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

WSU’s core ideology can be found in its System Strategic Plan. 

WSU’s Student Body

WSU's student body statewide is ethnically diverse: 31 percent of our students are underrepresented minorities, and first-generation students represent nearly 33 percent of the total enrollment. About 15 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington and about 7 percent are international students. System-wide enrollment reached a record 31,607 students in fall 2019.

Associate Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Recently Announced

Dr. Lisa Guerrero was recently named associate vice provost for inclusive excellence. Guerrero has been an active advocate for diversity and inclusion since joining the WSU faculty in 2004. She is currently a professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies in WSU’s School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. She will maintain her faculty position, while serving as associate vice provost in a half-time appointment.

Dr. Guerrero will provide leadership to academic affairs in implementing WSU’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. She will help to identify and implement best practices and evidence-based approaches in faculty hiring, tenure and promotion, research support, faculty retention, teaching and mentoring, and curriculum planning. One of her first areas of responsibility will be to oversee the Racism and Social Inequality in the Americas faculty cluster hire program for Fall 2021.

Representative Affinity Groups

Representative affinity groups within the Washington State University system include the following:

WSU Resources and Offices

WSU Human Resource Services supports a climate of integrity and equity that actively reflects open, respectful dialog. Additional resources are available on the Human Resource Services website.

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