Assistant or Associate Professor (Tenure Track)

Posted October 18th 2022

University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Houston, TX

Assistant or Associate Professor
Tenure-Track (Research, Non-Clinical)

Priority deadline for consideration is November 1, 2022. We will review applications beginning January 2023. Position open until filled.

McGovern Medical School seeks applicants for a faculty position in The John P. McGovern, M.D., Center for Humanities and Ethics at McGovern Medical School. Rank and compensation are based on qualifications and experience.

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 McGovern Medical School, the Center works closely with all six professional schools of UTHealth—schools of nursing, medicine, dentistry, public health, biomedical sciences, and biomedical informatics. Educationally, the McGovern Center addresses the dehumanizing forces in contemporary healthcare by studying and teaching forms of care and research that are ethically sound, spiritually informed, and culturally sensitive. The McGovern Center’s scholarship and research focus on contexts, experiences, power, meanings, and ethics in medicine and healthcare using the methods of the humanities and the interpretive social sciences.

UTHealth Houston 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.

Position Key Accountabilities and Duties
The successful candidate will devote the majority of their time to McGovern Center activities, including:

Research, publishing, and scholarship;
Teaching in medical school and residency programs, as well as in other schools in the health science center;
Leading various McGovern Center activities and programs;
Serving on institutional committees; and
Engaging in various community programs in the Houston area.
For the rank of Assistant Professor:

Ph.D. in bioethics or a medical humanities-related discipline
Experience teaching or description of pedagogical training and teaching philosophy
Evidence of ability to publish in academic venues
For the rank of Associate Professor:

Ph.D. in bioethics or a medical humanities-related discipline
Record of excellence in teaching medial/health humanities or ethics (or a related area)
Record of excellent scholarship as demonstrated in journal articles and/or books
Evidence of peer esteem
Evidence of significant professional service
The specific area of expertise is open, but we are looking for someone who can complement our faculty and who can offer a broad humanistic perspective on life in medicine and the health professions. Fields of interest include but are not limited to, bioethics (cultural, clinical, or empirical), medical humanities, health humanities, literature and medicine, history of medicine, social sciences and medicine (especially medical anthropology or medical sociology), and disability studies.

Interpersonal Attributes

Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to handle sensitive situations and communications
Excellent listening and comprehension skills
Dependable and reliable
Courteous and respectful
The anticipated start date for this position is September 1, 2023.

To apply, please visit

Initial applications should include a:

Cover letter;
CV; and
List of three references
More documents will be requested at a later stage.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Keisha Ray. (

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