Health Services – Assistant or Associate Professor (AA27206)

Position Overview

Organization: School of Public Health, Health Services

Title : Assistant Professor without Tenure, Associate Professor without Tenure

Search Number : AA27206

Position Details

The Department of Health Services at the University of Washington seeks to fill one full-time faculty position with a focus on Health Policy as an Assistant or Associate Professor (WOT*) on a 12 month service period, with an anticipated start date in fall 2018.

We are looking for individuals with a PhD degree or equivalent terminal degree in health policy or a related discipline, including but not limited to health economics, policy analysis, health services, health behavior, health promotion, economics, sociology, operations research, health care administration, and political science, social work, geography, gender studies, and cultural studies. We are especially interested in candidates with experience and interest in the effects of policies and interventions (at the federal, state, local, institutional, and payer level) on population health outcomes, access to health care and insurance coverage, costs and quality of care.

A strong interest in graduate-level advising, mentoring, and teaching in health policy is required. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated capabilities and/or potential in developing an externally-funded research program and a track record of peer-reviewed publication. We are especially interested to hear from candidates who also have experience working directly with legislative, agency, and community stakeholders in policy development. Faculty members in our department are expected to: (a) conduct an independent research program that complements department and University research initiatives, (b) participate in collaborative research programs as appropriate to his/her interests, (c) teach in the department’s educational programs (especially the PhD and MHA programs), and (d) mentor undergraduate, Masters and PhD students.

Applicants for this position should have policy-relevant research interests focused on improving the health of racial and ethnic minorities, immigrant populations, persons with lower socioeconomic status, rural communities, or sexual minorities in the United States. More specifically, we are interested in candidates with the following skills:

  • Experience working in collaborative interdisciplinary research teams.
  • Ability to establish and maintain research ties to underserved communities.
  • Experience in or potential for generating external grant funding (depending on rank).
  • Excellence in teaching, mentoring, student-centered research, and diversity issues in higher education and research.
  • Ability to involve undergraduate and graduate students in faculty-directed research and/or mentor diverse undergraduate and graduate students in independent research.


The Department of Health Services ( is a diverse department (60 faculty and 280 adjunct, affiliate and clinical faculty) with faculty expertise in health promotion, social determinants of health, health economics and policy, health care systems and management, and health informatics. This translates in turn to a broader range of degree offerings and students, as the department includes professional programs, terminal masters, and a doctoral program. For faculty in health policy especially, the presence of a strong MHA program in the department in addition to the MPH, PhD, and other degree programs broadens both teaching and research opportunities.

Overall, the School of Public Health is ranked 6th nationally, our MHA program is ranked 10th nationally, and much of our faculty take advantage of close ties to our outstanding School of Medicine, which is ranked 12th overall and 1st for primary care, and the 4th ranked Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Faculty in the department also benefit from strong opportunities for collaboration with colleagues both within the department and across the School and University engaged in health policy research. Overall, the UW is ranked 5th nationally among public universities for NIH funding, and much of this involves meaningful collaborations across departments and schools within the university.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to be affiliated with one or more centers in the department, including the newly launched Center for Health Innovation and Policy Science, the Latino Center for Health, Health Promotion Research Center, and the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. Significant health policy research also occurs in collaboration with the School of Pharmacy through their Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program, the Applied Public Policy Lab of the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, the School of Medicine’s Center for Health Workforce Studies, the Economic Policy Research Center in the Department of Economics, and the university’s interdisciplinary West Coast Poverty Center. The new UW President has also launched the Population Health Initiative to bring faculty across disciplines together to address challenges in human health, social and economic equity and environmental resilience. Depending on interests and qualifications of the successful candidate, a joint or adjunct appointment may be considered with other UW departments or affiliate institutions.

As one of only two R1 universities in the WWAMI region covering 1/3 of the United States, there are also outstanding opportunities for collaboration with local, regional, national, and international agencies, healthcare systems, and nonprofit organizations. Locally, Seattle is home to Seattle Children’s Research Institute, a national Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation at the VA, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, the Gates Foundation, PATH, Microsoft, Amazon, and Tableau, and is also home to expanding offices of Google and Mathematica Policy Research. 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 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:

Additionally, the University of Washington 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, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. University of Washington faculty members engage in teaching, research and service. This position is contingent on available funding.

*WOT denotes positions that do not confer tenure automatically upon appointment to the faculty. WOT faculty members have the same rights, responsibilities, and obligations as tenure-track and tenured faculty members at those ranks. Such a faculty member holds his or her appointment on a continuing basis. WOT faculty are eligible for consideration of tenure contingent upon University guidelines and meeting the Department’s criteria for tenure, as well as the availability of resources. Tenure in the department is at 50% for a 12 month position.

Application Instructions

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

  • A letter of interest describing your research interests and teaching experience
  • A 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
  • Four references and/or four letters of recommendation
  • Review of applications will begin March 19, 2018. The position is open until filled.
  • Send application materials via email to: Holly Bergstrom, Manager of Faculty Human Resources –

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.