Michigan State University — Social Justice – Oriented Bioethics Faculty Position

The Center for Bioethics and Social Justice (BSJ) at Michigan State University announces a faculty position in social justice-oriented bioethics.  This will be a tenure system assistant professor position, on an academic year (9 month) appointment. Salary is competitive. The appointment will begin August 15, 2022. We are particularly interested in candidates who will contribute to MSU’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive university.

Founded in 1977, BSJ recently changed its focus to social justice-oriented bioethics, adopting a new name and mission in 2021:

  • To educate health professionals with skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to contribute to a world in which health practices are equitable, inclusive, and bolstered by conditions of social justice.
  • To research the nature of bioethics and enhance its applications to the pursuit of equitable, inclusive, and just healthy societies.
  • To engage researchers, clinicians, policymakers, and communities around shared interests in the attainment of a healthier and more just world.

With a brand-new mission in place, BSJ is seeking a researcher who has a passion for social justice-oriented bioethics to join us in building BSJ to reflect its new mission.

Research is an important and integral component of the College of Human Medicine. It informs and transforms our teaching and clinical environment into one where knowledge is used and disseminated but also where knowledge is produced by discovery. Research keeps us on the leading edge of medicine and active as participants in advancing the prevention, control, and treatment of diseases.

As a community-based medical school, one goal of the College of Human Medicine is to conduct collaborative, multidisciplinary and multi-community research that takes advantage of our unique distributed campus system. Our focus is on both clinical research that can be practically applied, as well as the critical research in the basic science departments affiliated with the college on mechanisms underlying human diseases and their integration. 

BSJ resides in the College of Human Medicine (the College) at Michigan State University. The College uses the Shared Discovery Curriculum— a cutting-edge curricular model which eschews traditional disciplinary courses to instead integrate all necessary science education, and prioritize immersion in clinical experience across the curriculum. BSJ is tasked with developing and teaching bioethics as well as general oversight to ensure bioethics content integration.

The successful applicant’s duties will be based on an effort distribution that includes research, teaching and outreach/service.

Research:

  • All faculty members in the College of Human Medicine are expected to generate extramural funding to support their research and to regularly communicate outcomes to their professional communities via peer-reviewed publications in quality journals, and other acceptable forms of peer-reviewed scholarship (abstracts, presentations, etc.). 
  • Desirable areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: social determinants of health, health equity, social justice, health disparities, mental health, disability studies, public health, health policy, health services research, neuroethics, research ethics, or clinical ethics.

Teaching:

  • Teaching will primarily be in curricular activities led by the Center for Bioethics and Social Justice in MSU’s College of Human Medicine. 

Outreach/service:

  • Outreach can take a variety of forms, including hosting meetings with local community groups, facilitating campus dialogue around bioethics and social justice, or presentations to health professionals and public audiences.
  • Active participation in professional service and in institutional service. 

Minimum Qualifications
Successful Candidates must have:

  • PhD, MD, DO, JD, or other terminal degree in bioethics or related field, so long as it includes a research concentration in bioethics.
  • Demonstrated evidence of high-quality instruction and mentoring at the undergraduate or graduate education levels.
  • Evidence of strong potential for securing extramural funding.

Desired Qualifications:
Preferred Candidates will have: 

  • Established record of scholarly publications.
  • Experience teaching bioethics to medical students. 
  • Demonstrated evidence of effective institutional and professional service 
  • Demonstrated evidence of engagement with broader publics
  • Demonstrated evidence for securing extramural research funding.

Required Application Materials

  • A cover letter describing your interest in this position and your qualifications. 
  • A statement addressing how your contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance MSU’s commitment to inclusive excellence. (1 page limit)
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • One or two examples of your recent written work, published or unpublished.

Applicants should apply on-line at https://careers.msu.edu/ and search for posting #744676

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MSU is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer

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