McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) seeks applicants for a tenured position at the rank of professor to serve as Director of The John P. McGovern, M.D. Center for Humanities and Ethics (McGovern Center). Compensation is based on qualifications and experience. The McGovern Center was established in 2004 to examine moral, spiritual, and cultural aspects of medicine and the health sciences. Housed in McGovern Medical School, the McGovern Center collaborates with all six health professional schools of UTHealth, delivering quality ethics and humanities education, programming, and scholarship.
Position Key Accountabilities
The successful candidate will be an accomplished scholar in medical humanities. This person will direct the teaching and scholarship in the McGovern Center, as well as service initiatives to UTHealth. The Director will be highly organized and an effective communicator. Additionally, the Director will be responsible for managing the budget of the McGovern Center, and she or he will be charged with looking for ongoing funding opportunities. While the specific area of expertise is open, the McGovern Center is seeking a candidate with demonstrated leadership abilities, who offers a broad humanistic perspective on medicine and health care, and who will bring a creative vision of the future of humanities and ethics in the McGovern Center. The candidate is expected to provide vision and leadership for diversity and inclusion initiatives for the McGovern Center.
PhD in a humanities discipline
Holds rank of professor at current institution
10+ years experience teaching ethics and humanities to medical students
Publication of at least two scholarly monographs and peer-reviewed scholarship in Medical Humanities
In addition to a PhD in a humanities discipline, an MD
Experience directing a medical humanities program
Intellectual vision consistent with the mission of the McGovern Center
Evidence of excellence in scholarship, both in one’s discipline-specific field and in medical humanities more generally
Evidence of excellence in teaching (awards, etc.)
Experience in collaborating with senior leadership in university administration
Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2021. The anticipated start date is Sept. 1, 2021
Internal Number: 2000024R
About McGovern Center for Humanities & Ethics
The McGovern Center was established in September 2004 as an integral part of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). While housed in the Medical School, the Center works closely with all six professional schools at UTHealth—schools of nursing, medicine, dentistry, public health, biomedical sciences, and biomedical informatics. Educationally, the Center addresses the dehumanizing forces in contemporary health care by studying and teaching forms of care and research that are ethically-sound, spiritually-informed, and culturally sensitive. The Center’s scholarship and research focuses on social contexts, personal experiences, power differentials, existential meanings, ethics, and professional formation using the methods of the humanities and the interpretive social sciences.
UTHealth is situated in the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical center, and adjacent to safe walkable neighborhoods like Rice Village (home of Rice University). Houston is the nation’s fourth largest city, with ample intellectual, cultural, artistic, and gastronomic attractions. As one of country’s major energy producing regions, the Houston area is also exper...iencing a growing concern and interest in environmental studies and in ethical issues of climate change and health.
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