Social Justice - Oriented Bioethics Faculty
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
Founded in 1977, BSJ recently changed its focus to social
justice-oriented bioethics, adopting a new name and mission in
- 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
- To research the nature of bioethics and enhance its
applications to the pursuit of equitable, inclusive, and just
- 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
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
The successful applicant’s duties will be based on an effort
distribution that includes research, teaching and
- 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,
- 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 will primarily be in curricular activities led by the
Center for Bioethics and Social Justice in MSU’s College of Human
- 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
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
- Demonstrated evidence of high-quality instruction and mentoring
at the undergraduate or graduate education levels.
- Evidence of strong potential for securing extramural
Preferred Candidates will have:
- Established record of scholarly publications.
- Experience teaching bioethics to medical students.
- Demonstrated evidence of effective institutional and
- Demonstrated evidence of engagement with broader publics
- Demonstrated evidence for securing extramural research
Required Application Materials
- A cover letter describing your interest in this position and
- A statement addressing how your contributions to diversity and
inclusion will advance MSU’s commitment to inclusive excellence. (1
- A curriculum vitae.
- One or two examples of your recent written work, published or
Applicants should apply on-line at https://careers.msu.edu/ and search
for posting #744676
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