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Assistant/Associate Professor - Center for Bioethics and Health Policy

Augusta University
Georgia, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Aug 25, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Institute of Public and Preventive Health (IPPH) and Center for Bioethics and Health Policy (CBHP) at Augusta University are actively recruiting a faculty member at Assistant or Associate Professor rank. The position is a full-time, tenure track starting on or before August 2022. 

The CBHP was established within the IPPH in 2016 with a goal to support and enhance clinical ethics consultation within the Augusta University Health enterprise; integrate educational programs in bioethics and health policy across Augusta University colleges and schools; inform local, regional and national health policy decision-making; and comprehensively conduct interdisciplinary research aimed at improving regional health and health care delivery. The successful candidate will have the skills to develop and teach courses across the field of Bioethics (e.g. clinical ethics and public health ethics). The Center’s current Strategic Research Plan (2021 – 2026) prioritizes three themes: Ethics and the Health Professions; Public Health: Ethics and Policy; and Community Engagement, Social Justice and Advocacy. Special consideration will be given to candidates with research interests within one or more of these broad areas.

The IPPH at Augusta University is an interdisciplinary and a dynamic research institute at a rapidly growing public university. The institutional mission of the IPPH is to improve health, reduce health disparities, and prevent injury and illness through research, service, leadership, and training.  The IPPH has a 5-year goal to triple the number of faculty supporting that mission and is aggressively seeking outstanding faculty who would like to assist in shaping the future of the IPPH as we strive to create one of the country’s top public health research institutes.    

In addition to an appointment within IPPH/CBHP, this position will also have an appointment, commensurate with experience, within an academic department in one of Augusta University’s nine colleges and schools. 

Expectations (% Effort) 

  • Teaching (40%) – Responsibilities include the development and teaching of courses within a new Bioethics and Health Policy Master’s program, the current MPH program and/or the individual’s academic departmental programs. Additional opportunities for teaching may also be available within Augusta University Health enterprise, Medical College of Georgia and across the Augusta University colleges. 
  • Research (55%) – The successful candidate is expected to maintain an active research profile in health ethics and policy, broadly understood; participate in collaborative and interdisciplinary research; seek external funding and exhibit potential to sustain a funded research program; publish in top-tier peer-reviewed journals; present at professional meetings; and mentor student research with the Institute’s established Summer Scholars Program. 
  • Service (5%) – Provide service to the Institute, home academic department, College, and University through participation in faculty meetings and/or committee service. Provide service through involvement in professional organizations, serving as a journal manuscript reviewer, and/or on peer-review panels for grant applications. Participate in multidisciplinary Clinical Ethics Committee meetings. 
  • Clinical (optional) – Candidates with significant prior experience in clinical consultation may be eligible to devote some effort toward ethics consultation at Augusta University Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. Such a candidate must be able to navigate complex ethical issues as they arise in the clinical setting and be adept at cross-cultural care, end of life/palliative care decision-making, and possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills. 

 Minimum Qualifications 

Applicants must have earned a doctoral degree in Bioethics, Philosophy, Theology, Public Health, Health Policy or a related discipline.  MD or JD applicants with a master’s degree/experience in bioethics or health policy are also encouraged to apply.  The applicant should also have: a successful track record of effective teaching in a university setting, ideally at graduate level; and an active research profile, including peer-reviewed publications. A history of successfully obtaining extramural funding is desirable.   

Additional Information

The Institute of Public and Preventive Health
IPPH was founded in 2012 as a multidisciplinary public health research institute. We currently have extramural funding of over $5 million per year. Located on the Health Sciences Campus of Augusta University, home of Georgia’s only public medical school, IPPH offers a unique opportunity for faculty interested in all types of public health and health policy research, and provides numerous opportunities for inter-disciplinary collaborations across the spectrum of the health professions in a vibrant multi-campus university. 

The University
Augusta University (AU) is one of the University System of Georgia’s four comprehensive research universities and is Georgia’s healthcare flagship institution with the nation’s eighth largest medical school, the state’s sole dental college, an integrated health system, and a new $150 million Cyber Center. A comprehensive set of undergraduate and graduate programs complements Augusta University’s healthcare emphasis. 

The Community

Located along the banks of the Savannah River, Augusta is Georgia’s second largest city. It is renowned internationally for its annual Masters Golf Tournament. Known as the "Garden City'', Augusta features picturesque and friendly neighborhoods, low cost of living, and many cultural and recreational opportunities. A growing and thriving city with a metropolitan area population of over 575,000, Augusta was recently ranked 22nd of the 367 U.S. metropolitan areas that Kiplinger's Personal Finance considered for its list of Best Cities for the Next Decade and is ranked by US News and World Reports as one of the top 100 best places to live. Augusta is a short drive from major metropolitan areas (Atlanta, GA, and Charlotte, NC), scenic destinations, including the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic coast, and historic locations, including the dynamic coastal cities of Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC. 

How to Apply

Candidate materials should include a letter of interest including a description of teaching and research experience and curriculum vitae. IPPH faculty positions are found at Upload application materials to Job ID # 217334. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by November 1, 2021. 

Equal Employment Opportunity

Augusta University is an equal employment, equal access, and equal educational opportunity and affirmative action institution. Augusta University is also a federal contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans. It is the policy of the University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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