February 19, 2024

The University of Michigan, College of Pharmacy is proud to be part of M-PACT, the Michigan Program for Advancing Cultural Transformation, an initiative that will broaden and diversify the perspectives and issues addressed through biomedical and health science research. 

University-wide, the program will recruit and hire 30 new tenure-track assistant professors across 11 schools, colleges, and units, with the aim of achieving greater inclusive excellence in the health sciences. The College of Pharmacy will hire two of these new scholars over the next two years.

Positions are open to aspiring tenure-track faculty whose research, teaching, or service activities demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion. For example, that could be research that examines how a particular disease or drug therapy affects populations such as pregnant women or children that have been underrepresented or not included in previous studies, explains Daniel L. Hertz, Pharm.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacy at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. Researchers conducting work that directly impacts underserved populations are also encouraged to apply. 

New faculty will receive formal mentorship, guidance on available resources, and connections to networks of faculty who will welcome them into the research community and support their success, with support continuing through the tenure review process. The program's ultimate goal is to create a cohort of outstanding faculty who will be important participants in the units’ efforts toward cultural transformation and inclusive excellence at the University of Michigan.

Hiring this cohort of scholars is supported by a $15.8 million grant from the National Institutes for Health Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (NIH FIRST) initiative and a $63.7 million university investment. For the College of Pharmacy, this investment significantly expands our hiring capacity and supports our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The College looks forward to incorporating evidence-based practices and policies that M-PACT will share to help enhance equity and inclusion in ways that improve the effectiveness of our research, teaching, and service. 

Our Department of Clinical Pharmacy is accepting applications from eligible scholars through August 31, 2024. The posting for the position is available here. For complete eligibility requirements, please see the M-PACT website. All applications for the position must be submitted through the M-PACT site. Researchers who already have a tenure-track position at another institution are not eligible to apply. An announcement about the search for the College of Pharmacy’s second M-PACT hire will be made at a future date.