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Posted: Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Chair of the Department of Medical Humanities

Monday, April 8th, 2013
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Springfield, Illinois, United States

Pam Amitai
217 545 1384

Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois, seeks a leader in medical humanities education, research/scholarship, and professional service for the position of Chair of the Department of Medical Humanities. 


The SIU Department of Medical Humanities offers a curriculum designed to provide medical students with core knowledge in the humanities, emphasizing application of the content and methodologies of humanities disciplines to the practice of medicine.  These humanities disciplines include: ethics, health policy, medical history, medical jurisprudence, psychosocial care, and religious studies. SIU School of Medicine is a respected leader among community-based medical programs and an internationally recognized leader in medical education.


Located in the capital of Illinois, this multi-disciplinary department is part of an established medical school with a dynamic and collaborative learning and research environment that is internationally known for its medical education innovations and dedication to problem-based learning.  Department faculty, through their teaching, research and service, draw upon expertise in such areas as health policy, law and medicine, ethics, psychosocial care, religious studies, and medical history and literature to foster dialog on health, health care, and the human condition.  In addition to contributing to the education of medical students, residents and physicians, the Department is a key contributor to the school’s new M.D.-M.P.H. concurrent degree program and serves as the medical school home for one of the oldest and most robust M.D./J.D. dual-degree programs in the country.  The Department seeks a candidate who can build upon a successful school social mission and develop individual and collaborative educational and research initiatives which would help improve the health of the people of central and southern Illinois and beyond.


Highlights of the position and the area include:

  • 12-month faculty appointment (established as a tenure-tracking position; however, candidates seeking a non-tenure faculty position will also be considered).
  • A highly competitive salary and excellent benefits package.
  • Great work/life balance in a “Top Places to Live” community.
  • Family-oriented communities, excellent schools, and affordable housing.
  • Easy access to metropolitan amenities in Chicago and St. Louis.


Qualifications:  M.D., Ph.D., J.D., or an equivalent terminal degree is required.  The successful candidate must have experience that demonstrates readiness for leadership in the medical school setting.  Ideally candidates will have demonstrated experience teaching medical students, health professions students, or small group teaching in other higher education settings and whose research focuses on health inequities and social determinants of health in rural and underserved U.S. communities.


For full consideration:  All interested persons should apply to this position and submit a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae or resumé, and current list of professional references online at



Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Southern Illinois University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.  

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