The primary aim of the Recruitment Core will be to recruit and support two mid-level or senior faculty members with established health equity research programs to fill gaps in institutional expertise, and to support the mission of SHERC. As such, the Recruitment Core is responsible for designing and conducting effective and viable recruitment strategies to attract diverse pools of qualified applicants, including members of historically underrepresented groups, to consider positions at NAU. To do this, the Recruitment Core will work closely with Priscilla Mills, Assistant Vice President for the Center for University Access and Inclusion and the Equity and Access Office, as well as developing position announcements that point to the merits of NAU’s Diversity Strategic Plan. This plan prioritizes our institutional commitment to becoming increasingly diverse, and communicates the opportunities that exist on our campus for faculty and scholars to contribute to our efforts. We will ensure that our campus culture is welcoming and supportive of diversity by measuring the effectiveness of the initiatives described above through the design and implementation of qualitative and quantitative data gathering processes. These evaluation methods will assess the experiences of senior and junior faculty as well as scholars identifying as members of historically underrepresented groups. Such processes will allow us to remain informed about the needs, concerns, and experiences, of our faculty and scholars, whom we intend to support and retain as valuable contributing members of our campus community. We also aim to 1) support the new hires in establishing collaborative and independent health equity research programs at Northern Arizona University; and 2) incorporate the new hires into SHERC as collaborators, mentors, and leaders.
The specific aims of this core are as follows:
Aim 1: Recruit two mid-level or senior faculty members with established health equity research programs to fill gaps in institutional expertise, and to support the mission of SHERC. The goal of this aim is to recruit two mid-career or senior faculty members in the disciplines of epidemiology, clinical /translational science, health economics, health informatics, and/or health services research to fill gaps in institutional expertise, and to support the mission of SHERC. It is expected that these faculty will have track records of independent research support that includes current or recent (within the last two years) funding from NIH.
Aim 2: Support the new hires in establishing collaborative and independent health equity research programs at Northern Arizona University. New faculty members will have the opportunity to work closely with the Community Engagement Core (CEC) to develop relationships with our community partners, and will have the assistance of the Office of the Vice President for Research in establishing contacts with our regional public health partners. These new faculty will also have full access to all of the other Core facilities and resources at NAU and within the Research Infrastructure Core of SHERC.
Aim 3: Incorporate new hires into the SHERC as collaborators, mentors, and leaders. New faculty in SHERC would also have the opportunity and be encouraged to collaborate with researchers of Institutes and Centers across campus, including the Pathogen and Microbiome Institute, the Center for Bioengineering Innovation, the Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research, and the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society. Eventually, we hope they will assume leadership roles as Core and Project Leads for SHERC.
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