Research Assistant Professor, Rural Health

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States

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Social Sciences, Anthropology & Archaeology
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Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Research Assistant Professor, Rural Health
    Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States
    Full-time Faculty
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          • Offering competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications.
          • Exempt.
          • Full-time hours per week.
          • Work location may be negotiable, home department is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
          Purpose of Position

          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).

          Additional information can be viewed at:

          Duties & Responsibilities

          The 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.
          • 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:

          1. Letter of interest detailing research and rural experience, as well as academic goals.
          2. Current curriculum vitae
          3. Names and contact information for three professional references.
          4. Provide one writing sample.

          Review of applications is underway. Position is open until filled. Start date is negotiable; however, job is open for immediate occupancy once hire process is complete.

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