Chair, Dept. of Medical History & Bioethics

Posted November 10th 2022

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health

Madison, WI 53704

Closing date
November 27th 2022

Chair of Medical History and Bioethics
UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Founded in 1950, the Department of Medical History and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has a longstanding tradition of excellence in its research and educational programs. A key feature of the department is its institutional setting as a humanities and social science unit in a top-tier research university and the nation’s first School of Medicine and Public Health.

The department’s 13 faculty engage in research, teaching, and service in the history of medicine and public health, clinical and research ethics, and public health ethics. Department faculty are leaders in their research fields and outstanding teachers of medical students, graduate students, and undergraduates. They also play essential roles in their service to the university, UW Hospital and Clinics, their fields, the state of Wisconsin, and beyond.

Many faculty hold joint appointments in academic units across campus focused on history, surgery, law, philosophy, and engineering, ensuring a breadth and depth of collaboration that enriches the research and educational experiences in the department.

The department’s research spans both medical history and bioethics to include the history and ethics of science, technology, and pharmacy, as well as medical sociology, population health, race and medicine, stem cell research, reproductive medicine, medical education, health disparities, agricultural and medical biotechnologies, and more. In addition, educational programs in the department serve all learners at the university.

The Chair will be an innovative leader in the health humanities with a record of excellence in the history of medicine and health, bioethics, or social medicine.

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent degree(s); substantial background and experience in administrative leadership, research, and teaching, including training programs for the full continuum of medical history and bioethics learners; and a strong academic background that would qualify for appointment as a tenured faculty member at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

An extended leadership profile, university and department overview, community details, and application links can be found at:

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