Health and Humanities Assistant Professor

Four courses per year, beginning undergraduate to graduate level. Usual advising, committee, and other non-teaching duties. PhD required. This position is one of several new faculty appointments in the humanities made possible by support from the Mellon Foundation. These interdisciplinary appointments seek to bridge humanities-based inquiry with other disciplines by applying its traditional principles to new fields of study, through using new approaches to examine traditional areas of research, and by exporting principles of critical inquiry across the humanities and the academy more broadly.
Through this tenure-track position in Health and Humanities, Emory University wishes to add to its strengths in interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching. Candidates must have research programs that study health, illness, disability, disease, the provision of health care, the health sciences, or medical technology from a humanities-based perspective. Broad fields of interest appropriate for this position include but are not limited to: cultural, historical, or philosophical studies of medicine, nursing, or public health; studies of race, gender, sexuality, and social justice in health care; literary and artistic explorations of health and illness; disability studies; studies of discourse and narrative; and the ethics of the health professions.
The successful applicant will have a tenure home in a particular humanities department, but will be expected to collaborate with and benefit from different departments, centers, and schools (especially the many health-related schools) within the University. This position is open to scholars across the humanities, including African American studies, area studies, art history, film and media studies, history, all literature and language departments, religion, philosophy, science and technology studies, and women’s, gender and sexuality studies. Review of applications begins December 1, 2012, and applications received before December 15, 2012, will be given full consideration; finalists will be invited for campus visits beginning in February 2013. Applications should include a cover letter that addresses the position description and describes research plans, c.v., writing sample, teaching portfolio, and three confidential letters of reference. Referees should send their letters by email attachment, and should write the name of the applicant in the subject line of the email. Nominations are invited. Applications, letters of reference, and nominations should be emailed to Dr. Mark Risjord, Search Committee Chair at
Emory University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks applications from women and minorities.