Adjunct Faculty - Midwifery (#20-009)


Department of Midwifery Mission and Equity Statement

General Description: Bastyr University, a private regionally accredited institution, is accepting applications for an adjunct faculty position in the Maternal Child Health Systems (MCHS) program of the Department of Midwifery in the School of Natural Health Arts and Sciences at its Kenmore campus, 15 miles north of Seattle, Washington. The program focuses on preparing experienced birth professionals for advanced work in maternal-child health systems improvement, through planning, implementation, and evaluation, using a social and reproductive justice lens. The majority of the Research Design, Evaluation & Application 1 (RDEA 1) course occurs online; all of RDEA 2 occurs online. The online teaching can be carried out from any location convenient to the instructor.

Specific Description: The Department of Midwifery is presently seeking an experienced instructor to teach the RDEA 1 and RDEA 2 courses for the Maternal-Child Health Systems program. This integrated series of courses introduces students to the principles and methods of both quantitative and qualitative research design. The first course in the series focuses on research design, epidemiological data, basic biostatistics, and an introduction to bioethics. In course 2, students learn to assess research articles, grey literature, and guidelines. The course instructor prepares the syllabus for each quarter, manages the Canvas online learning platform, facilitates four or five online synchronous classes per quarter, conducts office hours as needed, and carries out the evaluations and grading. The ideal candidate would be able to teach both these courses.

Course Descriptions:

      Research, Design, Evaluation & Application 1 (Summer 2020)

      Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify major public health problems related to the childbearing year and measure them in terms of magnitude, time, place, person and their associated risk factors using a health equity and social justice lens.
  2. Differentiate between basic methodologies for answering research questions relevant to the childbearing year.
  3. Calculate basic descriptive and analytic epidemiologic measures.
  4. Implement methods for data cleaning and documentation for epidemiologic data sets.
  5. Recognize potential bioethical and legal issues in both descriptive and analytic research studies.
  6. Identify, retrieve, and assess the applicability of vital records and other publically available survey data to monitor the health of communities during the childbearing year. 

Research, Design, Evaluation & Application 2 (Fall 2020)

Learning Objectives:

  1. Assess research and data critiques.
  2. Generate research critiques.
  3. Evaluate the contribution of “gray/grey literature” to research.
  4. Craft literature syntheses.  

Work schedule: 9 credits over 2 sequential academic quarters with a cohort of 6 to 12 students.  

  • Summer Quarter: 6 credits (1/2 day onsite first week of quarter in July; the rest online)
  • Fall Quarter: 3 credits (entirely online)

Instructor Qualifications


  • Master’s level credential or higher from a regionally accredited university in a field with an emphasis on research methods in reproductive and maternal health (e.g., midwifery, nursing, public health, social work, sociology, medical anthropology, etc.)
  • Two years or more of demonstrated teaching experience with students learning basic research methods.
  • Strong academic writing skills in the English language
  • Experience teaching, mentoring, or precepting adult students
  • Access to and relevant skills with computer, internet, email
  • Evidence of anti-racism coursework/workshops and advocacy/activism regarding social justice issues in maternal-child health    OR
    • Willingness to complete Department of Midwifery social justice online course as soon as available after hiring


  • Relevant skills with Canvas online learning technology (or willingness to learn)

Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Summer quarter begins in early July 2020, but preparation for Summer Quarter will begin in June 2020. Interested persons should refer to job #20-009 when submitting a letter of interest, curriculum vita, description of teaching philosophy and experience, plus three references with contact information to Please, no phone calls or mailed application packages. For more information, please visit

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Special Note: All applicants must prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of a position offer. Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. Any applicants requiring special assistance during the application process should contact the Human Resources department by phone (425) 602-3087 or fax (425) 602-3058 or email