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

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

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:

  1. Cover letter;
  2. CV; and
  3. List of three references

More documents will be requested at a later stage.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Keisha Ray.

For more information about the McGovern Center, visit our website.

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.