Tenure Track-Assistant/Associate/Professor of Learning Health Sciences

Website University of Michigan


All application materials must be submitted via email to the following email address:

All applicants should submit a cover letter, a vita, three representative publications, evidence of
teaching excellence if available, a research statement, a teaching statement, a diversity
statement, and three letters of recommendation.

Please direct inquiries about this position to the chair of our faculty search committee, Cheryl
Moyer (camoyer@umich.edu). Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with review of
applications to begin immediately.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Medical School’s Department of Learning Health Sciences seeks
qualified tenure-track faculty candidates (open rank) to broaden existing scholarship within the
school and the U-M community in the area of Anti-racist Data Science. Areas of research and
teaching may include, but are not limited to:

  • Racial bias and unintended racist consequences in data, algorithms, and
    technologies that enable healthcare;
  • Data-driven, anti-racist, health policy analysis regarding racial disparities in health
    insurance, healthcare access, quality, and safety;
  • Healthcare provider education and point-of-care informatics interventions to
    reduce healthcare providers’ implicit racial biases and enhance their structural
    competence; and
  • Community-driven, technology-enabled models of healthcare delivery that
    address racism as a social determinant of health and empower racialized
    communities in service/intervention design.

We especially welcome scholars who have demonstrated expertise in anti-racist research
methods, interdisciplinary scholarship experience, and a commitment to translating research into
practice. Given that this position may be filled by faculty candidates early in rank through later in
their careers, consideration will be adjusted accordingly regarding demonstrated expertise versus
commitment to a line of future research. Similarly, the position will come with rank-specific
resources (e.g. start-up package).

This position is part of a new faculty cluster at the University of Michigan focused on “Racial
Justice in Healthcare: Informatics and Data-Driven Approaches.” This cluster hire of five faculty
(one within each unit) will focus on using informatics and data science methods to detect,
understand, and reduce structural racism within healthcare, and racial healthcare disparities.
Faculty will he hired in the following units:

  • the School of Information;
  • College of Pharmacy, Department of Clinical Pharmacy;
  • University of Michigan Medical School, Department of Learning Health Sciences;
  • School of Nursing, Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences; and
  • School of Public Health, Department of Health Management and Policy.

There will be additional support for cross-school collaborations within the cluster. The clusters
are part of a university-wide faculty hiring initiative that seeks to hire at least 20 faculty members
over the next three years with a scholarly focus on racial inequality and structural racism.

The successful candidate should have demonstrated excellence in or strong potential for
peer-reviewed publication and external research funding, collaborative and interdisciplinary
initiatives, and for working with students from diverse backgrounds. Candidates are expected to
have completed a PhD or the equivalent in information, informatics health or biomedical
informatics, computer science, information science, or a related field.

What You’ll Do

Job duties include research, teaching, and service. Job responsibilities include but are not limited

  • Conducting scholarly research resulting in publications in peer reviewed journals,
    book chapters, edited books, books, and conference proceedings
  • Seeking outside funding to support their research
  • Teaching in DLHS’s academic programs, including the Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems (HILS) MS or PhD programs
  • Mentoring students for independent studies, master’s projects, and doctoral
  • Providing service to the school, University, and the broader academic community
    by way of committee work, journal editing, and other various opportunities

Who We Are

The University of Michigan Medical School Department of Learning Health Sciences (DLHS) is a
first-in-the-nation basic science department focused on the sciences related to learning across
multiple levels of scale (i.e. individual, group, organization, region, nation). DLHS works to improve
health in systemic ways by advancing the sciences that make learning effective, routine, and
efficient. A successful candidate will be committed to, and will directly contribute to, our goal of
revolutionizing learning and transforming health through a continuous cycle of learning and
feedback to improve health outcomes.

The Department is a basic science department in the University of Michigan Medical School,
home to vibrant research and teaching programs, with 25 core faculty and more than 25
joint/adjunct faculty FTE. We offer four degree programs: the Health Infrastructures and Learning
Systems Ph.D. and MS program, an online HILS MS Degree, and a Master’s in Health Professions
Education. In addition, we offer a Precision Health Certificate program and a professional
development program for working professionals, the Medical Education Scholars Program. The
Department is also home to the University of Michigan’s Clinical Simulation Center, offering
curriculum-based, hands-on, simulation-based learning to trainees and faculty throughout the

The Department is situated within the University of Michigan Medical School, founded in 1850
and one of the first major medical schools in the United States to admit female students and
students of color. The Medical School has 20 clinical and 9 basic science departments and
graduates approximately 170 physicians each year, 64% of which identify as female and 26.2%
are underrepresented in medicine. The Medical School is included under the umbrella of Michigan
Medicine, which is the academic medical center of the University of Michigan. Within Michigan
Medicine is the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI), a unit focused on developing
mechanisms for inclusion, diversity and cultural sensitivity among faculty, students, and staff at
Michigan Medicine. Michigan Medicine recently launched its Anti-Racism Oversight Committee
(AROC), a committee of leaders from around the institution tasked with developing and
recommending actions necessary to eliminate racism and inequities existing at Michigan

Founded in 1817, the University of Michigan has a long and distinguished history as one of the
first public universities in the nation. It is one of only two public institutions consistently ranked
among the nation’s top ten universities. The University has one of the largest health care
complexes in the world and one of the best library systems in the United States. With more than
$1.53 billion in research expenditures annually, the University has the second largest research
expenditure among all universities in the nation. The University has an annual general fund
budget of more than $2.3 billion and an endowment valued at more than $12.5 billion. The
University places a premium on the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, including a dedicated
Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (odei.umich.edu) that serves as a resource for schools,
departments, faculty, staff and trainees.

Required Qualifications*

  • Ph.D. or the equivalent in an area such as information, informatics health or
    biomedical informatics, computer science, information science, or a related field
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience with teaching at the graduate level
  • A strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and cultural diversity

Desired Qualifications*

  • A proven record in teaching and research, potentially including experiences that transcend
    traditional academic research

Underfill Statement

This position is posted as Assistant Professor/Associate Professor /Professor. The rank of the
selected candidate will depend upon candidate’s qualifications.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job
candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to
conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the
Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including
new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff
across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August
30, 2021. This includes those working or learning remotely. More information on this policy is
available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.


To apply for this job email your details to mgflores@med.umich.edu