Joint-Appointment/University Associate Appointment

The “Joint-Appointment” and “University Associate” appointments are two different ways individuals interested in rural health issues can contribute to the mission of the Center for Rural Health (CRH). Each of the appointments will have an enhanced relationship with the CRH, which ideally will lead to new projects and initiatives to improve rural health in the state of Arizona and beyond. This interaction could take the form of guest lectures, mentoring, advising, research, grant writing, or service.

The CRH anticipates that these appointments will help stimulate interaction between the appointee, the CRH, The University of Arizona (UofA), and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health to enhance its teaching, research and service missions. Access to highly qualified people who complement the skills of the CRH, university faculty, staff and administrators is a cost-effective way of enhancing our programs. For the appointee, it will enable him/her to access the CRH faculty, resources, and expertise within the CRH.  The CRH will feature appointees on its website and in other Center communication mediums highlighting their new relationship with the Center.

Appointment types and definitions:

Joint-Appointments are awarded to individuals who currently hold a faculty appointment in other college/units in The University of Arizona, and have the potential to contribute to the mission of the CRH, and MEZCOPH. It is expected that the responsibilities held by the “Joint-Appointments” will include some combination of the following: teaching on a periodic basis (broadly defined to include advising, mentoring and curriculum development); collaborative research with CRH colleagues; and other duties as determined by the Director, CRH. The appointment will be reviewed annually and the appointee will be notified of any changes.  Joint-Appointments are initiated at the Center level and submitted to the Division Director, Community, Environment & Policy, and the Dean, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health for approval. If approved, an official letter will be sent from the Dean, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, advising the appointee of their appointment.

University Associate appointments are awarded to individuals such as unpaid faculty, principal investigators, visiting scholars, special committee members, approved guests, and others who are regularly engaged in activities that directly support the University’s teaching and research mission. It is expected that the responsibilities held by the “University Associate” would include some combination of the following: participation in grant writing, guest lectures, service, and use of talents that significantly benefit the CRH, and other duties as determined by the Director, CRH. The appointment will be reviewed annually and the appointee will be notified of any changes. “University Associate” appointments are initiated at the Center level and submitted to the Division Director, Community, Environment & Policy, and the Dean, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health for approval. If approved, an official letter will be sent from the Dean, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, advising the appointee of their appointment.

What are the benefits of the appointment program for “University Associates”

University Associates are eligible for email accounts, library privileges, bookstore and event ticket discounts, and the option to purchase a UA CatCard, parking pass and campus recreation membership during the period in which they are in active status. Details of this type of appointment will be further outlined in the appointment approval letter from the Dean, MEZCOPH.

Procedure for requesting an either a Joint-Appointment or University Associate appointment:

  1. A Letter of Interest requesting and justifying the appointment should be received from the applicant in addition to a copy of his/her curriculum vitae/resume. The request must clearly state the type of appointment requested (Joint-appointment or University Associate), and explain in detail, your interest in rural health and how the proposed appointment is intended to benefit the Center for Rural Health.
  2. A completed Center for Rural Health Joint-Appointment/University Associate Appointment Application Form.
  3. A current photo (The photo will be used to highlight you on our Center website.)
  4. Additional University of Arizona forms will be required by those requesting a “University Associate” appointment and will be sent to the requestor via email to complete the process.
  5. Mail or email completed package to the address below.

You can download the application form here: Joint-Appointment/University Associate Appointment Application Form.

For additional information please contact:

Sharon Van Skiver
Administrative Associate

Center for Rural Health
1295 N. Martin, Rm. A219GG
PO Box 2452177
Tucson, AZ 85724
E-mail: sharonv@email.arizona.edu
Tel: (520) 626-5823