The Director of the Michigan State University Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences (hereafter, “the Center”) is a nationally recognized scholar who provides intellectual and administrative leadership for the Center and who recruits the best new talent. The Director possesses a compelling vision for future growth, experience in acquiring external research funding, administrative experience and a strong record of publication. He/she supports the unit’s resources including faculty, research and scholarship, teaching and outreach. The Center Director reports to the Dean of the College of Human Medicine.
The Center Director is responsible for:
Providing the intellectual direction and infrastructural capability to ensure growth
Maintaining and expanding the Center's capacity to attract external funding for unit-level research
Setting unit priorities for research collaborations including bench-to-bedside interdisciplinary research partnerships
Providing leadership and mentoring for scholarship that furthers the Center’s mission
Providing incentives for cross-disciplinary collaboration both within and outside the institution
Ensuring effective development and delivery across all CHM communities of an integrated social context of clinical decisions undergraduate medical education curriculum
Ensuring the Center’s leadership position within local, state, national and international arenas
Leading the Center in addressing current and future bioethics dilemmas
Supporting outreach and engagement designed to expand knowledge and increase awareness of bioethics issues affecting patients, families, and the health care system
Promoting informed dialogue and democratic deliberation in the development of bioethics public policy
Coordinating expertise to inform bioethics-related legislation at the state and federal level
Working with college and university development to ensure a strong sustained program capable of attracting significant gifts
The Center includes a strong core of intergenerational faculty who produce innovative and influential scholarship across a wide range of significant issues in local and global contexts. Core faculty members aim to understand social, ethical, policy and practice challenges in precision medicine, in advances in neurosciences and their clinical applications, in big data research methods and biobanking, in clinical ethics consultation, in shared decision-making, and in addressing the social determinants of health. To respond to the rapidly expanding bioethics landscape, and also to meet its many teaching responsibilities, the Center highly values collaborative support from within as well as outside of the university.
Recent developments in medicine and health in the field of “omics” and genome editing as well as in neuroscience create ever more challenging bioethical considerations and highlight the need for a robust Center for Ethics. It has a key role in development of the College of Human Medicine’s Shared Discovery Curriculum, ensuring that students graduate with a deep understanding of the social context in which health care is practiced. In keeping with the mission of the Center, a number of programs have been created to further community understanding and involvement in bioethics. Center faculty work to establish and maintain international partnerships that build connections and collaborations with the broader bioethics community. (Please visit the Center website for more information:http://bioethics.msu.edu/).
Minimum Requirements (Amended)
The successful candidate must have a PhD, MD, MD/PhD or JD with a proven track record of excellence in bioethics and academic impact. Applications are encouraged from ethicists, medical humanists and social science scholars who actively conduct research in interdisciplinary areas of biomedicine and life sciences. Teaching opportunities will exist for the successful candidate.
Required Application Materials
Required materials include a current CV; a cover letter that includes the applicant’s (a) vision for a center of this kind (no more than 2 pages) and (b) experience and qualifications pertinent to the position (no more than 1 page); and a list of at least three references (references will not be contacted without prior notification to the applicant).
Special Instructions (Amended)
Applications and required materials must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University applicant tracking system at http://careers.msu.edu.To be included in the initial review process, applications must be received by April 1, 2020, though the position will remain open until it is filled. For more information, contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Christopher H. Contag, Department of Biomedical Engineering, firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “Center Director”.
The College of Human Medicine has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and encourages candidates from underrepresented groups. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College of Human Medicine’s distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and value diversity and inclusion as essential to achieving excellence.
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