Visiting Professorship, China Health IT Academic Year 2012-13

Published on Thursday, May 24, 2012


Claremont Graduate University (CGU), in collaboration with the Kay Family Foundation, announces the establishment of the CGU Kay Visiting Interdisciplinary Professor (K-VIP) Program in Health Information Technology (Health IT). The program is designed to promote a China-US research and training collaboration in the emerging area of Health IT in China. The first Visiting Professor is being recruited for the Academic Year 2012-13.

Kay-CGU Visiting Professorship Program

The CGU K-VIP program will be established in recognition and support of the emerging need and opportunity for Health IT in China. Through a research, training and scholar-practitioner exchange, the Chinese government’s goal to create electronic health record (EHR) and regional health information networks throughout the country can benefit from and take advantage of lessons learned in the US. The CGU K-VIP program is a unique opportunity to begin building an academic‐based bridge in Health IT between the two countries.

Visiting Professor Position Description

The K-VIP will play a critical role in advancing research and training targeted toward China Health IT needs and opportunities, drawing upon US experiences. The position is expected to be filled for the 2012-2013 academic year, with up to 50% of the time in residency at CGU, which is located 30 miles east of Los Angeles in southern California.

During their appointment, the Visiting Professor from China is expected to conduct three activities:

  1. Initiate a research program relating to China Health IT,
  2. Provide guidance to a CGU graduate student practicum on China Health IT, and
  3. Facilitate exchange between their China host academic institution and CGU.

In support of the Visiting Professor, the K-VIP Program will include advisory consultations from the Kay Center Director, appointment of a graduate research associate, administrative support, and faculty participation from CGU’s School of Information Systems and Technology as well as other programs at CGU. The Visiting Professor will be hosted at the Kay Center for E-Health Research, an internationally recognized Health IT research center.

Performance & Compensation

The Visiting Professor is expected to complete a research project on Health IT in China, successfully co-conduct a CGU graduate practicum class, and facilitate exchange of students and practitioners in China and US. A review will be conducted at the end of the each of the two semesters (Fall, 2012, Spring, 2013). Reviews of progress will be on-going and aligned with program participation dates. Accomplishments will include, but not be limited to:

  1. Research proposal with some data collection – study completion expected Spring 2013
  2. Design a CGU practicum course to be co-taught in Spring 2013
  3. Initiate outreach to CGU and resident China institution students and professionals.
  4. Academic conference and journal submission of completed

Compensation will include stipend of up to $30,000 (September 2012-June 2013) for up to 50% residency during the academic year, inclusive of travel and associated living costs. An additional stipend of $5,000 is possible for the design and co-conduct of a graduate practicum on Health IT in China (see #2 above). The last ten percent (10%) of the stipend will be withheld pending successful completion of activities noted above. The resident China institution is encouraged to provide matching funds, such as release time for research, hosting events, and provision of students for research and clinic activities.

Selection Criteria

  1. Knowledge of Health Systems and Health IT. Health systems knowledge can include clinical, behavioral, and public health domains. Health IT knowledge can include electronic health records, regional health exchanges and public health informational systems. General IT technical, organizational and knowledge is also applicable.
  2. Demonstration of Applied Research and Teaching Skills. Research skills can include policy, organizational and technical research. It can also include specialized Health IT or general IT research experience. The Visiting Professor should have an advanced degree (PhD) and a research publication track record.
  3. Commitment of Resident China Institution. Cooperation of the Visiting Professor’s resident institution is important in establishing sustainable research and training programs. Cooperation can take several forms, ranging from providing release time, facilitating student exchange, hosting workshops in China, and developing collaborative research and training programs.
  4. Working knowledge of Chinese and English languages is expected.

Selection Process and Schedule

Interested candidates should provide a 1-2 page letter of interest and CV to the address listed below. Review will begin June 30, 2012 and continue until the K-VIP position is filled. The visiting appointment is expected to commence in Fall 2012 through June 2013.

Email Letter of Interest (with CV) to:

Thomas A. Horan, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Information Systems and Technology
Director, Kay Center for E-Health Research
Claremont Graduate University