Alaska Pacific University (APU) invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor of Health Sciences with demonstrated teaching or professional experience and desire to work on the development of healthcare-related programs and curriculum to meet the needs of Alaska, with emphasis on the needs of Alaska Native people and rural communities.
APU is a small, private liberal arts university known for experiential and project-based learning. The university campus is in Anchorage, Alaska, a diverse city and home to more than 300,000 residents. APU offers a unique set of bachelors, master’s and doctoral- level degrees, with emphasis on Alaska-critical and globally relevant issues. Focused on competency development and cultural relevancy, the APU curriculum fosters high-level intellectual and practical skills, a wide-ranging knowledge of science, cultures, and society, and an active commitment to personal and social responsibility. APU’s transition into a Tribal university is underway with goals to honor Alaska’s Indigenous heritage, exemplify excellence, and prepare pathways for educational attainment and student success. The University is committed to growing innovative programs that are responsive to the workforce needs of Alaska, as well as growing Alaska Native and Alaskan professionals from within the state. APU was recently awarded a 5-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand curriculum and student participation in three programs that integrate an Indigenous One Health pedagogy—health sciences, nursing, and environmental public health.
The Program Area
APU currently offers a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences which serves as a foundation for work in the healthcare field and for graduate study in health sciences. The program is housed in APU’s Institute of Health & Wellness, along with other health-related and behavioral health programs. The programs utilize diverse delivery formats and are grounded in principles of cultural safety and cultural competence. The faculty member hired for this position will be join the team working on curriculum development in the health sciences. A complementary appointment in a primary science or public health discipline will be considered if appropriate to the candidates experience and credentials.
Duties of the Position
The position includes a 9 to 12-month contract, typically teaching 3-4 courses semester, with course release for supporting a Federal grant dedicated to expanding Indigenous One Health programming as project coordinator. Course assignments may fall within the content areas of healthcare, public health, and/or foundational disciplines in the sciences. All faculty are encouraged to develop professional expertise or scholarship in their chosen field, and faculty are expected to participate in outcomes assessment, curriculum development, advising, student activities, and other services to the university and broader community.
Salary is dependent upon educational preparation and experience and is proscribed by a university-wide salary range. APU is a non-tenure college; faculty are eligible for multiyear appointments after initial contracts.
Date of Position
Summer or Fall 2020
Earned doctorate in biology, chemistry, physics, physiology, medicine, nursing, public health, or related field at time of appointment preferred. Candidates should be able to demonstrate expertise in a core competency area related to healthcare. Successful candidates include those with proficiency in university teaching and mentoring as well as curriculum and program development. Candidates with an understanding of Tribal health systems, experience teaching Alaska Native/American Indian students, and/or working with Indigenous communities preferred.
Please complete the Application for Employment – up through the “How did you hear about us?” section as well as the Background Check forms. The rest of the form may be skipped as education and experience will be included in your Curriculum Vitae (CV). The Equal Opportunity Self Report is optional. Please upload your CV (in a .txt, .doc, or .pdf) at the end of the application form. Additional documents noted below should be emailed to email@example.com. If your CV exceeds 4 MB, please include it with the other documents.
In addition to a CV, interested candidates should send: 1) a letter of interest describing how the applicant’s professional and pedagogical goals fit with APU’s dedication to experiential and project-based learning; 2) a summary of teaching experience; 3) a statement of teaching philosophy; and 4) names and contact information of three references. Please submit materials to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please direct questions about the position to Dr. Stephanie Morgan, Director of the Institute of Health & Wellness, Alaska Pacific University email@example.com, 4101 University Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508. Completed applications should be received by February 1, 2020 for full consideration.Apply Online