Deadline: October 16, 2016

D. Micah Hester, PhD, Chief of the Division


The Division of Medical Humanities in the College of Medicine at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) seeks two dedicated, energetic individuals to join our team as full time, tenure-track faculty at the level of Assistant Professor. 

A faculty appointment in our department brings opportunities and expectations in all four of the core missions of an academic medical center: education, clinical service, scholarship, and service. Applicants should demonstrate clear interest and experience in ethics and humanities education across a variety of populations including undergraduate healthcare professional students, graduate medical trainees (house staff), clinical staff and faculty. These positions also carry the expectation of active participation in the clinical ethics consultation services at both an adult and a pediatric hospital. Experience, knowledge and interest in research ethics are pluses. Applicants should demonstrate capacity for successful and meaningful scholarship related to the fields of ethics and humanities. Both positions offer hard-money salaries and scholarly support although candidates who demonstrate the possibility of securing extra-mural funding (as a PI, co-I or consultant) will be considered favorably.

Established in 1982, the Division of Medical Humanities ( provides ethics education, consultation and other support throughout the institution and its affiliated partners, including Arkansas Children’s Hospital.  The Division is particularly proud of its many offerings by nationally recognized faculty in a broad range of medical humanities, including literature, history, art, and law.  Also, the university has several initiatives in neuroscience, data warehouse and bioinformatics, as well as personalized medicine that all require careful ethical and humanities considerations.  These and other initiatives provide vast opportunities for bioethics and humanities scholars to participate in substantive, meaningful work.

Referred to as a “well-kept secret,” Little Rock (the #1 small-to-medium sized city to live in the US according to Kiplinger Magazine in 2013) offers a rare balance of comfortable living, world-class arts and cultural events in the city, and easy access to Arkansas’ vast array of outdoor activities. Several vibrant neighborhoods in the city center balance historic southern charm with contemporary comfort. A short drive from downtown, city scenery gives way to the hills and valleys of Central Arkansas. Home to a thriving urban farming and local food movement, Little Rock was named one of five “Secret Foodie Cities” in the U.S. by Forbes Travel Guide in 2014. Little Rock fosters national and international cultural, academic and professional development as home several public and private universities/colleges including the Clinton School of Public Service, the UALR Bowen School of Law, as well as the numerous colleges of UAMS (including health professions, nursing, pharmacy, and public health),

Applicants must have a terminal degree in a humanities discipline, law, medicine, nursing, or other health profession, with a focus on or experience in bioethics/medical humanities.  Salary will be commensurate with rank and experience, in consultation with the AAMC’s national medical school salary survey for PhDs in bioethics.  Review of applications will begin in late October, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.  Applicants must be prepared to start no later than July 1, 2017. To apply, an applicant should send through email a cover letter, CV, three letters of recommendations, and a sample of scholarship to:

Carol VanPelt
Administrative Assistant
Phone:  501-661-7970

For any further inquiries about the positions, contact D. Micah Hester, PhD, Chief of the Division (email:; phone:  501-661-7973).

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