DEI Faculty Lead Applications Due March 29


Julie Perez

The Frances and Eisenberg and Family Depression Center seeks a dynamic and passionate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion scholar as faculty lead for our Center’s DEI efforts. Applications and nominations are due by March 29.

DEI at the Eisenberg Family Depression Center

Established in 2001, the Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg and Family Depression Center was the first program in the U.S. dedicated to bringing depression and bipolar disorders into the mainstream of research, care, community education and public discourse. Today, we’re focused on expanding the scope of mental health research to accelerate innovations that lead to improved outcomes across our communities and around the world.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical components of our broader Center-wide activities and initiatives. This position provides tailored support and dedicated expertise to investigators working at the intersection of DEI and mental health/well-being research, particularly investigators from underrepresented backgrounds.

The DEI faculty lead will fulfill a key leadership position and involve collaboration with our existing research cores and outreach and education programs, as well as unique activities based on our members' needs. This may include providing expertise, reviewing materials, developing resources, and identifying relevant events and speakers, among other activities to be determined.

Roles and responsibilities 

The roles and responsibilities of this position may include, but are not limited to:

  • Refine and guide implementation of a strategic vision for DEI that aligns with the needs of the Center, our members and current programming.
  • Provide strategic oversight and planning for current and future DEI-related activities and services.
  • Evaluate progress and accomplishments to date and make appropriate adjustments where necessary, as guided by evidence and feedback from participants and members.
  • Identify and connect members with relevant funding opportunities to advance research at the intersection of DEI and mental health/well-being.
  • Enhance our members’ ability to create competitive applications for funding opportunities at the intersection of DEI and mental health/well-being by providing technical and content expertise. 
  • Provide guidance and support on dissemination and publication strategies to ensure work is published in high-impact journals.
  • Represent the Center at high‐level institutional meetings.
  • Determine opportunities to partner with other groups/institutions, both on and off campus, to enhance the services provided by the Center.

This position will work in close partnership with our DEI staff leads, who provide administrative support and oversight of DEI activities, as well as Center leadership. The DEI Faculty Lead may also serve on the Center’s Executive Committee and faculty search committee. This is a compensated position.


  • Candidates should be committed to DEI principles and possess a deep understanding of DEI issues in mental health and well-being.
  • Display a passion for supporting research at the intersection of DEI and mental health/well-being and a commitment to supporting the work of underrepresented investigators, in particular. 
  • Must have a track record of publishing research at the intersection of DEI and mental health/well-being. 
  • Must hold an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent terminal degree, and have an active faculty appointment at the University of Michigan in good academic standing.
  • Must be a current or prospective Center member.

Application and nomination process

To apply, submit your CV and a brief letter of interest in one attachment (PDF preferred) via email. 

Letters of interest should address your specific interest in the position and summarize your areas of expertise directly relevant to the position. Underrepresented faculty are strongly encouraged to apply.

To nominate a potential candidate, submit their name and a link to their departmental faculty page via email. We will reach out to the nominee with further information.

Applications are due Friday, March 29, 2024. The final selection will be made by the end of April, with the appointment to take effect based on mutual agreement with the selected candidate.