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Associate Professor, Psychosocial & Community Health

Posted: 10/26/2018 (Employment)

Location: Seattle, WA

Open Date: Oct 19, 2018

Population Health Faculty Position
UW School of Nursing & School of Public Health
Public Health – Seattle King County
Department of Psychosocial & Community Health, UW School of Nursing
Department of Health Services, UW School of Public Health
Faculty Position – applicants must qualify for a rank of associate professor appointment at UW

The University of Washington’s Department of Psychosocial and Community Health in the School of Nursing and Department of Health Services in the School of Public Health seek to fill a full time Population Health Faculty position to lead UW’s collaborative population health-related work with Public Health—Seattle & King County. With a collaborative spirit and working alongside community partners, the faculty will develop and generate evidence regarding population-level innovations for the local early-childhood intervention Best Start for Kids Initiative in King County. The faculty person in this position will help build a new model for advanced education where students will be matched directly with the Public Health – Seattle & King County work with Best Start for Kids. This new model is expected to be a pathway for program evaluation so that evidence to practice can happen at the community level.  The faculty in this position will focus on extending the collaboration and partnership across the community and with the UW School of Nursing and School of Public Health. EnvironmentThere is an urgent need for better early childhood and youth interventions to enable all children to achieve their full potential. This faculty position will help further bridge multiple UW schools, departments and resources while leveraging a strong and growing partnership with Public Health—Seattle & King County to address the Population Health Initiative’s grand challenges at a local level. It will also build upon the Academic Health Department relationship established between Public Health—Seattle & King County and UW School of Nursing and UW School of Public Health.The new faculty member will work closely with Public Health—Seattle & King County and be based in the School of Nursing’s Department of Psychosocial and Community Health, with an adjunct appointment in the School of Public Health’s Department of Health Services. This unique and funded position will be a hire of the UW School of Nursing and School of Public Health, with the Deans of both schools assuring substantial mentorship for the hired faculty and both Deans reviewing the faculty’s progress. The hired faculty will be charged with working closely with Public Health—Seattle & King County leaders, staff, and their partners to develop innovative solutions to the three population health grand challenges outlined by the UW Population Health Initiative:

  • Strengthening community resilience and capacity – Strengthening the interdependent institutions and systems of local, national and international communities in the context of the natural and built environment in which they exist, thereby increasing their capacity to prepare for, respond to and recover from disruptions to the systems that support thriving human populations.
  • Bolstering healthy starts for children, adolescents and families – Addressing the health and well-being of children, beginning with a mother’s prenatal health and extending through a child’s adolescence to maximize cognitive, physical, emotional and social development.
  • Nurturing brain, behavior and capability development – Achieving emotional, psychological and social well-being by growing opportunity and access, supporting motivation, self-determination and behavior change, and by improving prevention, recovery and cures for mental illnesses.

In working closely with leadership of Public Health-Seattle & King County, this new faculty will facilitate connections among faculty, students, and county practice partners to evaluate and generate evidence related to innovative county efforts in early intervention and other prevention services. This faculty will engage as an active partner in these efforts, facilitate student opportunities, lead research activities, and identify research questions for colleagues and practice partners.This is a 9-month service period, tenure track position.Anticipated start date: September 16, 2019


Applicants should be interested in networking with multiple stakeholders, generating opportunities to help advance prevention systems across sectors in the county, leading and writing grants, and facilitating practical research and evaluation opportunities for students. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated capabilities and/or potential for generating externally-funded research and a track record of peer-reviewed publications.

This position requires a doctoral degree in public health, nursing, or a related discipline, including but not limited to public health policy, health services, implementation science, maternal and child health, health equity, and community-based participatory or practice-based research.  We are especially interested in candidates with experience and/or interest in public health agencies and/or prevention systems, cross-sector research collaborations, complex system evaluation, academic-practice partnerships, and innovative field experiences with and for students.

The ideal applicant will demonstrate a commitment to promoting health equity, partnerships, as well as evidence of transdisciplinary research that complements King County, Washington’s innovative efforts to create environments focused on prevention, health equity, and early intervention for families. More specifically, we are interested in candidates with the following skills:

  • Experience establishing and sustaining collaborative interdisciplinary research teams.
  • Ability to establish and maintain ties to underserved communities.
  • Experience in generating external grant funding.
  • Excellence in mentoring and research.
  • Ability to involve undergraduate and graduate students in faculty-directed research and/or mentor graduate students in independent research.
  • Strong emphasis and dedication to Best Start for Kids.

Application Instructions

To be considered for this position, please submit the following:

  • A letter of interest describing your research interests and teaching experience
  • A one-page diversity statement that describes your potential to contribute to the inclusive excellence and diversity mission of the department and university, as well as our commitment to being an anti-racist institution
  • Curriculum Vitae

For preferred consideration, application materials are due by December 1, 2018.

Position open until filled.

Send application materials via email to:

Butch de Castro, PhD, MSN/MPH, RN, FAAN (Chair of Search Committee)

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Professor, Department of Psychosocial & Community Health

University of Washington School of Nursing

Box 357260

Seattle, WA  98195

(206) 543-6819

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Deadline: 12/01/2018

Location: University of Washington