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Assistant Professor in Epidemiology

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School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Tacoma

Organization: School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Title: Assistant Professor in Epidemiology

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Epidemiology in the Division of Sciences and Mathematics within the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (SIAS). At the University of Washington Tacoma, we value excellence, community, diversity, innovation and access. 

This position primarily supports the interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences B.S. degree, with potential contributions to other majors at the University of Washington Tacoma, including those in the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership. Curricular responsibilities include adapting and teaching an existing course in epidemiology and offering community-engaged and research-focused capstone courses. The candidate will also develop upper-division courses in the candidate's field of expertise. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to create an inclusive classroom and laboratory environment, offer innovative undergraduate learning and research experiences, and mentor biomedical sciences majors interested in pursuing graduate study and careers in public health fields.  In addition, the candidate will be expected to actively seek extramural support to develop and maintain a productive, community-engaged research program involving our diverse group of undergraduates.  We expect the successful candidate to be an inclusive instructor who incorporates high impact practices in teaching, to mentor and create a sense of belonging for students in the classroom and laboratory. We especially welcome applicants representing diverse perspectives and approaches.  SIAS offers substantial opportunities to collaborate on innovative community-engaged and interdisciplinary research, teaching, and service.

The Tacoma campus of the University of Washington was established in 1990 with an interdisciplinary approach to education at its foundation. Our thriving downtown campus serves students with a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Faculty have access to the resources of a major research university, including an extensive library system, but work and teach within a small (~5000 students) campus setting. Consistent with our urban-serving mission, our campus provides a unique environment for the development of creative teaching, research, and community collaborations. The campus commitment to diversity is central to maintaining an atmosphere where students, staff, and faculty find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth within our campus and the broader community. For more information about UW Tacoma, visit

This is a full-time position with a nine-month service period and begins September 16, 2022.


We are seeking candidates in the general area of epidemiology, widely defined, who address health inequities in their research from the perspectives of marginalized communities. Impact of the candidate’s research may be evidenced by publications, community partnerships and engagement, or social impact. 

This position requires an earned doctorate (or foreign equivalent) in Epidemiology, Public Health, or another related field. A successful candidate in the final stages of their dissertation will be appointed on an acting basis.


To apply, please submit:

  • A detailed letter of interest delineating your interests, qualifications, and relevant teaching experience (two-page maximum).
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A statement describing your existing and planned research projects.  Please highlight any community partnerships and community-engaged scholarship, and include how you will involve UWT undergraduate students in your research program (four-page maximum).
  • A statement of your teaching philosophy, methods used (or that you intend to use), and high impact teaching practices you have (or will) incorporate. Also include a list of courses you have taught and existing UWT courses you feel qualified to teach (four-page maximum).
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (two-page maximum)(e.g., quantitative student evaluations, peer or supervisor teaching evaluations, a self-reflection on teaching effectiveness, or other evidence).
  • A summary of your commitment to diversity (two-page maximum) detailing (with examples) the following:
    • how your planned research will address health inequalities from the perspectives of marginalized populations;
    • your experience with, or plans for, mentoring/advising marginalized undergraduate populations in research;
    • teaching practices you have used, or plan to use, to promote inclusion and equity in teaching;
    • any evidence of, or plans for, training or professional development related to teaching marginalized student populations in STEM; and
    • any other aspects of your leadership, commitment, and experiences you wish to highlight, and how your experiences and previous work will contribute to the success of students from marginalized groups on our campus.
  • An article-length writing sample (e.g., a journal article for which you are primary author), and,
  • Names and contact information for three professional references, with letters available upon request.

Please submit all application materials through Interfolio. Application materials received via email, including letters of recommendation, will not be considered. Screening of applicants will begin on January 7, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, please contact Dr. Jim Gawel at


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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
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religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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