Adjunct Faculty - Midwifery - Professional Focus D: Integrating Culture and Social Justice Maternal-Child Health (#20-033)


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. All of Professional Focus D occurs online. Synchronous classes are scheduled for the evenings (5-7pm Pacific time). 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 Professional Focus D: Integrating Culture and Social Justice in Maternal Child Health for the Master of Arts in Maternal-Child Health Systems program during Winter quarter of 2021. This course explores the complexities and relevance of heritage and culture to the rights and needs of health care consumers and the ability of health care systems to be responsive and collaborative. Students will investigate the extent and impact of health inequities, diverse perspectives and culture safety in their own communities as they apply the concepts from concurrent courses. The course instructor prepares the syllabus for each quarter, prepares and manages the Canvas online learning platform, facilitates four or five online synchronous classes per quarter, conducts office hours as needed, carries out the evaluations and grading, and participates in faculty meetings as necessary.


Department of Midwifery Mission and Equity Statement


Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI) Academic Commitment: Bastyr University believes that inclusive diversity is essential for achieving academic excellence and creating a profoundly enriching university experience. Our faculty and staff are committed to achieving our mission by educating students to be future leaders that bring the natural health arts and sciences to people from all backgrounds. Promoting an educational environment that allows students, faculty and staff to develop their talents while experiencing a sense of community, we expect campus members to engage in respectful communication, behaviors and thoughtful self-reflection, increase their understanding of cultures and empower people who are disenfranchised, marginalized or oppressed. In so doing, the University pledges to prepare our students (and support faculty and staff) to recognize and appropriately respond to health inequities that affect multiple communities. This involves infusing DEI knowledge, skills, and practices in all academic programs, clinical training and patient services. In all, Bastyr University is dedicated to the welfare of our students and patients as well as to promoting equal opportunity and access in education and health care.

In alignment with Bastyr’s DEI commitment, applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged.


Course Descriptions:

Major course learning objectives include, but are not limited to, the following:

1.             Define and discuss key terminology, including limitations and alternatives

2.             Explain the potential barriers to a successful health promotion project in multicultural context

3.             Describe at least five strategies that can overcome the barriers to a successful health promotion project in a multicultural context

4.             Recognize the breadth of explanatory models that multicultural populations may employ to explain health and illness

5.             Understand the changes in attitudes and the actions that western-based health practitioners must take to bridge cultural differences and develop trusting relationships with multicultural clients and populations.

6.            Differentiate models, theories, and theoretical frameworks of health promotion

7.            Define five common models for health education

8.            Describe the basic health inequities as they apply to major multicultural populations in the U.S.

9.            Describe the basic health care disparities in multicultural populations in the U.S.

10.     Identify a major limitation of the Affordable Care Act in the elimination of health care disparities.

11.     Understand the role of microaggressions in the ability/willingness of a cultural group to participate in a health promotion plan

12.     Examine the ways that perceived gender and the enforcement of a gender binary affect the health and wellbeing of childbearing people.

13.     Analyze and compare the ways that gender identity and expression may be sources of power and privilege for some and sources of marginalization and violence for others.

14.     Identify the responsibility of leaders to promote and facilitate a culture of inclusion that meets the health needs of multicultural communities.

15.     Define eight sources of information for assessing need within target communities or populations.

16.     Develop a basic Needs Assessment centered on your focus cultural community

17.     Compare and contrast the varied levels of change that Health Promotion Projects may seek.

18.     Define the components of a successful health promotion project

19.     Consider how a Needs Assessment is incorporated into a successful health promotion plan.


Work schedule: 2 credits over an 11-week quarter, with a cohort of 4-12 students (for students, 2 credits equates to roughly 22 hour of “contact time” with the professor and 44 hours of “study time” over the course of an 11-week quarter, or roughly 6 hours of work and instructor contact per week).


Instructor Qualifications


·   Preferred Master’s level credential or higher from a regionally accredited university in a field with an emphasis on public health, public administration, social justice, advocacy, leadership, and/or reproductive health (e.g., midwifery, nursing, social work, sociology, medical anthropology, etc.)

·   Two years or more of demonstrated teaching experience with students.

·   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. Winter quarter begins in early January 2021, but preparation for Winter Quarter will begin in November 2020. Interested persons should refer to job #20-033 when submitting a letter of interest, curriculum vita, description of teaching philosophy and experience, plus a diversity statement Please, no phone calls or mailed application packages. For more information, please visit


Bastyr University is an equal opportunity institution. We do not discriminate in matters of employment or participation in programs, services or benefits on the basis of gender, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, individuals with disabilities, genetic information, or veteran status. Our programs, services and facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Please don’t hesitate to contact to request or discuss a special accommodation due to a disability.

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 or an accommodation due to a disability during the application process should contact Human Resources at (425) 602-3087 (phone), (425) 602-3058 (fax) or