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Professor (Tenure-Track) and Center Director - Center for Anti-Racism and Community Health

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School / Campus / College: School of Public Health

Organization: Health Services

Title: Professor (Tenure-Track) and Center Director - Center for Anti-Racism and Community Health

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Position Description

The Department of Health Services at the University of Washington (UW) seeks to fill one full-time faculty position with a focus on Anti-Racism as a Full Professor (tenure-track) on a 12-month service period, with an anticipated start date as early as fall 2020.   

The position would serve as the Director for the Center for the Study of Anti-Racism and Health (ARCH).  The purpose of ARCH to provide a community of scholarship and activism – in the School of Public Health, across the University, and within the broader community – concerning interventions that can break down the societal and institutional structures of racism and, thus, to reduce future inequalities in health. 

We seek candidates with demonstrated experience in research, teaching, mentorship, and administration related to structural racism, its impact on health, and approaches to disrupt it.  The Director is expected to engage in both university and community service at the local, regional, national, and international levels and encouraged to establish their own research agenda, including how racism intersects with other social inequities.  

Favorable factors for consideration for this position include, but are not limited to:

  1. Experience leading collaborative, innovative and rigorous research on how to interrupt the structures that perpetuate racism and document the harms of structural racism on the health of communities, especially those that have been historically marginalized.
  2. Understanding and applying the concepts and philosophy of Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, Structural Racism, or other related frameworks or theories. 
  3. Experience generating external funding (from federal and state agencies, non-profit institutions, and/or private foundations) for research as a Principal Investigator.
  4. Experience working in collaborative, interdisciplinary research teams.
  5. A strong record of publications, presentations, and other media, such as, peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, technical reports, blogs, or Op-Ed pieces.
  6. Experience mentoring and teaching in higher education on topics related to structural racism and health, including mentoring diverse students in independent research.
  7. A history of activism related to structural racism, its impact on health, and approaches to disrupt it.
  8. Demonstrated administrative experience leading programs and initiatives in higher education.
  9. Experience working in partnership with communities in practice and/or research activities.

Faculty members in our department are expected to: (a) conduct an independent research program that complements Department, School, and University research initiatives and programs, (b) participate in collaborative research programs as appropriate to their interests, (c) teach in the Department's educational programs, and (d) mentor undergraduate, Master and doctoral students. In addition, the successful candidate would be expected to regularly participate in Program and Departmental activities such as mentoring and providing career development for diverse professionals and students, leading seminars, guest speaking, orientation(s), program and department faculty meetings, graduation ceremonies, search committees, and relevant academic activities in the Department. 


The Department of Health Services is a diverse department (60 regular faculty and 280 adjunct, affiliate and clinical faculty) with faculty expertise in health economics, health care systems, health promotion, social determinants of health, and social science.  Successful candidates will have an opportunity to be affiliated with several other centers within the department, in addition to ARCH, including the Center for Health Innovation and Policy Science, the Health Promotion Research Center, and the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.  The UW has a Population Health Initiative, which brings faculty from across the University together to address challenges in human health, social and economic equity and environmental resilience. The UW is also home to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, an independent population health research center that provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world’s most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them.

The University of Washington is a public research institution with a $3.4 billion endowment, It was founded in 1861 in the Pacific Northwest Puget Sound area. The Seattle campus, where ARCH is housed, comprises 703 acres in the University District approximately four miles north of downtown Seattle. UW also has two additional campuses, one is 37 miles to the south in Tacoma and the other 17 miles the north in Bothell. The School of Public Health, located on the Seattle campus, was established in 1970. The School has five departments: Health Services, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health, and Global Health, the latter established in 2006 in partnership with the School of Medicine. The UW has 140 departments within the various colleges and schools.  Depending on the interests and qualifications of the successful candidate, an adjunct appointment may be considered with other UW departments or affiliate institutions. This link provides the latest campus data on student and faculty diversity.

In addition to collaboration opportunities across the UW are opportunities for collaboration with other Seattle area institutions (Public Health – Seattle & King County, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, a national Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation at the VA, and Seattle Children's Hospital). The Pacific Northwest region is home to American Indian/Alaska Native, immigrant, Latinx, 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 and historically important 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. 

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Department of Health Services and the UW School of Public Health are committed to a diverse academic community. We view equity, diversity, and inclusion as essential to our mission, and we welcome applications from faculty who have demonstrated research, service and training experience in this area.  For more information, please see

Tenure Policy in the Department

The position we seek to fill is tenure-eligible; tenure in the department is at 50% for a 12-month position.


A doctoral degree (or foreign equivalent) in public health or another relevant field with a focus on structural racism.


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

  • A statement describing your interest in the position, including relevant leadership and mentoring experience, research interests and teaching history;
  • A one-page diversity statement that describes your experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as your potential to contribute to our diversity mission and commitment to being an anti-racist institution; and
  • Curriculum Vitae (including description of extramural funding)
  • Names and contact information for four references.  References will only be contacted after an initial screening of candidates.

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2020. The position is open until filled.

If you have questions please contact:

Holly Bergstrom, Manager of Faculty Human Resources –

Department of Health Services, University of Washington

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