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Research Assistant Professor (Rural Health)

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND

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Social Sciences, Anthropology & Archaeology
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Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Information: Compensation and Appointment

Position: Research Assistant Professor

Remuneration/Salary:   Offering competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications.

Details:  This position is a twelve (12) month non-tenure track special appointment with the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS), Center for Rural Health.  Academic appointment is with the Department of Population Health.

BenefitsIncludes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, and tuition waiver. Optional benefits are available: supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans. 

UND also offers an employee tuition waiver and a variety of professional development opportunities.

Find out more about UND's great benefits and perks here!


The Center for Rural Health (CRH) connects resources and knowledge to strengthen the health of people in rural communities. The Center is located at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks. For over 40 years, we have worked with the public and private sectors expanding a circle of partners to develop creative solutions to critical health issues.  Our approach is multi-disciplinary, as we create solutions to complex challenges.  The Center for Rural Health works with communities, healthcare organizations, healthcare providers, policy-makers, researchers, tribal nations, and rural health stakeholders.   Much of our research is based on collaborative models with an emphasis on community-based participatory research with an effort to build local capacity in research and service implementation.

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Job Summary The Center for Rural Health, (CRH), UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences is seeking to fill the position of Research Assistant Professor (non-tenure). The successful candidate should understand and have experience with rural health including the environmental context shaping it (conditions, trends, solutions) along with the dynamics of rural communities. The CRH in its over 40-year history has determined that a rural health system and population health do not exist in isolation from the broader community and to improve rural health one needs to be cognizant of its relationship with the community. With that understanding, a successful candidate would be expected to contribute to the work of CRH community development/engagement programs such as the State Office of Rural Health, Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility program, Health Workforce development, and other areas.  Much of CRH research is based on collaborative models with an emphasis on participatory research which can in turn build a level of local capacity in a research and service implementation process. Thus, there is a need for health services research experience and skills that align to provide direct application to benefit not only our academic understanding of rural health (contribute to the literature), but also community-focused health services (research that can improve system operations and population health).

Duties & ResponsibilitiesThe ideal candidate for this position will have the education, skills, talent, and experience to achieve the following:

    Obtain grant funding for research and community development projects with priority to initiatives addressing rural health (including population health, health equity, and health care delivery).Serve as lead investigator in the planning, organizing, and implementation of research on rural health related topics utilizing research methodologies and techniques in collection and analysis, and reporting of data, results, and interpretations primarily in rural health topic areas.Plan, direct, and coordinate activities of designated grants/projects to ensure that goals and objectives of the project are accomplished within prescribed time frames and funding parameters.Work with rural communities, rural health systems, and rural health stakeholders on health research and project development.Actively participate in program development and collaborate with faculty and staff in the development of relevant research projects. Develop linkages between CRH research/evaluation efforts with community development activities fostering collaboration. Work together with other agencies and departments in the development of interdisciplinary research teams. Publish journal articles and additional research products as relevant in peer reviewed journals. Work with existing programs and staff in the department to train and assist teams through the journal publication process to increase capacity. Actively participate in information dissemination including newsletter articles, in-house publications, posters, and oral presentations pertaining to research efforts. Participate in sponsored workshops and conferences to present research findings.Serve with other department members, school of medicine faculty, and university colleagues on committees and participate in other campus community opportunities. As requested, assist with other teaching activities that may include lectures to students and. serve on thesis and dissertation committees. Be an active and productive member of the School of Medicine & Health Science and the University faculty.
Minimum Requirements
    Ph.D. in public administration, public health, health services research, health policy, sociology, cultural anthropology, nursing, educational research, or health economics. Will consider other Ph.D. with related qualifications and experience. Minimum one year experience in quantitative data management, research methodologies, and utilization of statistical programs including SPSS or similar.Successful completion of criminal history record check

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications
    Knowledge and experience conducting community based participatory research, especially with vulnerable populations or rural communities. Demonstrated expertise in working with rural communities in health equity.Knowledge and experience in grant program management, grant writing, and records of obtaining grant funding.Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills in English.Experience disseminating information and presenting information to diverse audiences. Publication record in the areas of rural health and/or health equity.
To Apply

Must apply online and application must include the following materials:

    Letter of interest detailing research and rural experience, as well as academic goals.Current curriculum vitaeNames and contact information for three professional references.Provide one writing sample.

Review of applications will begin January 9, 2022.  Position is open until filled. Start date is negotiable; however, job is open for immediate occupancy once hire process is complete.

Additional InformationThe University of North Dakota is committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment that respects, acknowledges and celebrates diversity and individual differences. Successful applicants for this position will demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion through interest or past experience, as well as the ability to work and collaborate in a diverse, multicultural, and inclusive setting.

The University of North Dakota (UND) is a public research University established as a Land Grant University in 1883. Founded with a strong liberal arts foundation, UND has grown into a prominent scientific research university, classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity. UND was recently ranked among the top 100 public and top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report and is widely regarded as among the top universities in the American Northern Plains region. Currently, the University boasts 200+ fields of study with nearly 15,000 students.

UND is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a vibrant college town of over 50,000 people located on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. Grand Forks boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, and annual events throughout the year. Ranked as one of the top 5 Best Small College Towns, and America’s Best Hockey Town, Grand Forks offers stellar quality of life without the metropolitan hassles.

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veterans’ Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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