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Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship in Outreach, Recruitment and Engagement of Underserved Populations in Health-Related Research

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Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation (http://nursingandhealth.asu.edu) at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for up to two postdoctoral scholar positions in the area of Outreach, Recruitment, and Engagement of Underserved Populations in Health-related Research.

 Edson College offers a rich interprofessional research, mentoring, and teaching environment with unique and growing transdisciplinary PhD and PhD/DNP programs and centers encompassing health equity; health promotion and disease prevention; interprofessional practice, education, and research; mindfulness, compassion, and resilience; and, healthy and resilient aging. Postdoctoral fellows would have opportunities to work with faculty fully engaged in a variety of research programs aligned with these centers, who have outreach, recruitment, and community engagement experience that spans both traditional and non-traditional approaches, and who collaborate with a wide-ranging group of community and healthcare organizations with the ultimate goal of improving the economic, social, and cultural health and vitality of local, state, national, and global communities.  Edson College faculty collaborate across professions, other colleges, and universities and have current or recent funding from NIH, PCORI, the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, HRSA, Department of Defense, the Veterans Administration, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and several other local, regional, and national organizations. 

The postdoctoral scholars selected will join a cohort of 10-15 other postdoctoral scholars at ASU as part of the Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The goal of the program is to support the career development of outstanding Ph.D. recipients with great potential for advancing the ASU Charter into a future tenure track appointment at ASU. The program seeks applicants whose professional preparedness, experience, and accomplishments are informed by experiences working with and within groups historically underrepresented in higher education in the United States. Where pools of qualified applicants are strong, priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate, through prior actions and achievements, intentional and actioned commitment diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Examples of such contributions are research or creative activity focused on empowering underserved populations; teaching, mentorship, and service that increases equitable access; and inclusion in fields where historically excluded populations are underrepresented.

Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation has committed to provide individualized mentorship and career development to ensure each candidate is well prepared to succeed in a future tenure track appointment. Career development and community building will also occur through programmatic support at the ASU Graduate College’s Postdoctoral Affairs Office.

 About Arizona State University

 ASU is a large, comprehensive, research university and for nearly two decades, has transformed into the “New American University,” one dedicated to the simultaneous pursuit of excellence, broad access to quality education, and meaningful societal impact. By our Charter and Design Aspirations, we center inclusion and success as values that drive the enterprise; adopt inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning as ways to address society’s greatest challenges; and develop innovative partnerships to produce master learners across the lifespan. To learn more about ASU, visit http://www.asu.edu.


  • Fellowship duties will involve a combination of the following activities: grant development and writing; demonstrating and advancing an independent plan of research; teaching or co-teaching a course; and mentoring and peer mentoring activities. 


  • Create and implement an Individual Development Plan (IDP) in collaboration with mentor(s), complete with goals, expectations, and related timelines.
  • Participate in scheduled reviews to evaluate IDP progress including career development, career planning, and career readiness for a tenure track faculty position.
  • Attend ASU Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program activities along with other cohort members.

 Qualifications and Characteristics

 Minimum qualifications

  • PhD in nursing or health-related research area (e.g., public health, psychology, aging, health communication) from an accredited university.
  • Desire and commitment to working with underserved populations.
  • Prior research experience through involvement in research projects or research practica.
  • Evidence of effective communication skills through teaching or professional presentation experience and/or professional publications.

Desired qualifications

  • Evidence of an emerging program of research and scholarship through peer-reviewed publications and/or presentations.
  • Knowledge of and/or prior experience applying for grants or working on externally funded research projects.
  • Mentoring and/or teaching experience in the classroom, laboratory, or field sites.

 This position is located at the Arizona State University at the Downtown Phoenix campus. All postdoctoral fellowship positions are for one year. Options for an additional one or two years of funding or a transition to a tenure track position may be offered, depending on each fellow’s progress and training needs. Faculty tenure track appointments will require a process of review within the designated tenure home unit. 

 Applications and Inquiries

 Applications can be submitted online via http://apply.interfolio.com/85931. Application materials should include a curriculum vitae; a letter of interest describing how you meet the qualifications noted above; a diversity statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion will advance ASU’s Charter; and contact information for 3 references including email addresses. Application deadline is December 1, 2021.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

 Inquiries can be directed to David W. Coon, PhD (david.w.coon@asu.edu), Associate Dean for Research Initiatives, Support, & Engagement. 

 A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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