Assistant Professor (SSRI); College of Social Sciences Health Policy Initiative

Apr 04, 2022

This tenure-track faculty position will oversee a portfolio of extramural grants/contracts, including evaluation activities related to a collaboration between the College of Social Sciences, Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) and the State of Hawai'i Med-QUEST Division, Department of Human Services. The project leverages health claims and related data, including but not limited to: clinical, public health, and social determinants of health to advance research and inform policy. Duties include conducting applied research on health and/or healthcare policy, program evaluation, and/or implementation science. The position will lead health-related evaluation projects with a team of graduate research assistants and undergraduate interns that informs local and national health policy. Please learn more about our work at:


Title: Assistant Professor (Social Science Research Institute and/or relevant area/field)

Position Number: 85586

Hiring Unit: College of Social Sciences, Social Science Research Institute 

Location: Manoa Campus

Date Posted: March 31, 2022

Closing Date: Continuous - application review begins May 1, 2022 

Salary Information: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Monthly Type: 9 Month

Tenure Track: Tenure

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Temporary/Permanent: Permanent

Other Conditions: To begin August 1, 2022 or January 1, 2023, subject to position clearance and availability of funds. A tenure track appointment with the Social Science Research Institute. Continuous recruitment. Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Position fully funded by extramural funds for three years; instructional duties will be covered by extramural funds for this period. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Serve in the Social Science Research Institute to carryout healthcare-related evaluation projects;
  2. Conduct applied research on health and/or healthcare policy, program evaluation, and/or implementation science;
  3. Publish in scholarly peer-reviewed academic journals and disseminate findings to stakeholders;
  4. Lead health-related evaluation projects with a team of graduate research assistants and undergraduate interns that informs local and national health policy;
  5. Teach undergraduate or graduate courses on quantitative analysis, program evaluation, implementation science and/or mixed methods research, as needed;
  6. Conduct service and outreach in congruence with the College of Social Sciences’ mission;
  7. Other duties as assigned by the SSRI director.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. A Ph.D. in psychology, public health, economics, sociology, or related fields from an accredited college or university or foreign equivalent. ABDs will be considered but all degree requirements must be completed prior to date of hire. ABDs must also submit a letter from their committee chair attesting that dissertation and all degree requirements will be completed prior to date of hire;
  2. Demonstrated ability to conduct research relevant to health policies and/or evaluation;
  3. A Demonstrated record of research achievement (scholarly peer-reviewed publications, grants) commensurate with time in field;
  4. Ability to teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses.

Desirable Qualifications

  1. Demonstrated ability to communicate research and/or evaluation findings to a wide range of audiences;
  2. Demonstrated ability to manage projects while supervising staff, graduate and/or undergraduate students;
  3. Demonstrated ability work in teams in multi-cultural settings;
  4. Demonstrated ability to manage public health or healthcare claims data;
  5. Demonstrated knowledge of health disparities and/or healthcare systems;
  6. Experience mentoring and/or advise students in the applicant's area of expertise.

To apply: Electronic applications only to and search for Position Number 85586, JOB# 2022-00401 to submit an application.

Include a cover letter stating how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications, a curriculum vitae, transcripts, teaching evaluations if available, and at least two examples of applied research products (e.g. reports, scholarly peer-reviewed manuscripts, etc.). Have three references send letters of reference to Official academic transcripts will be required prior to employment. Application materials will not be returned. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.


Jack Barile;

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Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.

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Accommodation Request:  The University of Hawai'i complies with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the EEO coordinator directly.  Determination on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.  For further information, please refer to the following link:

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

The University of Hawaii requires all new employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions may be granted for medical condition(s) or a sincerely held religious belief. Applicants should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. 

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