Deadline: June 19, 2016

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The Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University and Spectrum Health System seeks candidates for a renewable fixed term assistant professor position in bioethics, with a specialized focus in clinical ethics consultation. 50% of this position will be contracted to Spectrum Health System (SHS) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where faculty offices will be located. Responsibilities will be evenly divided between MSU and SHS, as follows:

MSU responsibilities (50%): Provides leadership for the Center for Ethics Social Context of Clinical Decisions curriculum at the CHM Grand Rapids campus, working with other faculty in the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences for curricular development, evaluation, revision and teaching. Will be working in conjunction with part-time faculty who will be assisting with the Grand Rapids curriculum. In addition, the candidate will be expected to develop research and scholarly projects in bioethics, independently or in collaboration with other faculty, and provide assistance with other Center for Ethics programs as other responsibilities allow.

SHS Responsibilities (50%): In collaboration with the Spectrum Health Clinical Ethicist Advisor, will be responsible for all clinical aspects of the Ethics program focused on ethical issues related to the delivery of care in collaboration with multiple disciplines within the health system. Exercises independent judgment in the assessment, diagnosis and initiation of selected protocols/procedures. Actively serves in role as BioEthics Consultant in partnership with members of the Ethics committee.

This annual year (12 month) position is available immediately. The initial contract will be for 2 years, and is renewable.

Applicants must have an earned doctoral degree in a discipline relevant to bioethics, have experience in providing clinical ethics consultation services, possess the entrepreneurial skills needed to assist with developing and sustaining a robust outreach program, and demonstrate proficiency in college-level teaching.  We are particularly interested in candidates who will enhance faculty diversity and inclusion.


Education – Terminal degree (PhD, DBe, ThD, DMin, MD, DO, DNP) with advanced training in ethics at least at the Master’s level.

Experience – Substantive training and experience in providing clinical ethics consultations. Successful experience in hospital policy development and providing health care ethics-related training to health care professionals preferred.

To view this posted position, visit the MSU Applicant page  Select posting  #3226.

To submit an application, create an MSU Faculty/Academic Profile at  Review of applications will begin May 23, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

Candidates will need to provide the following:

A cover letter describing their interest and qualifications, to address the three key areas of the position: clinical ethics service, teaching, and research, including mention of potential collaborators and scholarly goals.
A Curriculum Vitae
List of research funding or service contracts
A List of three referees with contact information. At least one of these must be from someone familiar with the candidate’s clinical ethics training or experience.
Two examples of the candidate’s best recent written work, published or unpublished

For additional information, please contact:
Karen Kelly-Blake

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