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Posted: Monday, May 3rd, 2021
JOB TITLE: Madeline Brill Nelson Chair in Ethics Education
DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 30th, 2021
LOCATION: OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care
Portland, Oregon
CONTACT: Laura Foran
TELEPHONE: 503-494-4466

The Madeline Brill Nelson Chair in Ethics Education will act as a leader in bioethics scholarship and education at OHSU and will work to further OHSU’s mission of teaching, research, patient care, outreach, and public service.



The Chair will serve as a mentor for faculty that teach bioethics at OHSU. This includes the OHSU Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Public Health, and Pharmacy, as well as in over 80 ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship programs. The Chair will provide expertise and guidance in developing bioethics curricula, implementing those curricula across the professions, and weaving ethics into daily learning efforts of students, residents, and practicing professionals. The Chair will also occasionally mentor and teach ethics to community health care professionals across the state of Oregon.

In addition to mentoring faculty at OHSU, the Chair will also collaborate in teaching the Daniel Labby Senior Clinicians’ Seminars and participate in OHSU-sponsored conferences (e.g., the annual statewide Kinsman Bioethics Conference).


The Chair will have an active research program related to the field of bioethics. Research can be conceptual, normative, or empirical. The Chair will share research findings with the broader community through participation in the Center for Ethics in Health Care’s scholarly programs, publishing academic papers in peer reviewed journals, and submitting and presenting papers at local, regional, national, and international meetings.

Scholarly activity will also include the development of innovative educational and curricular materials for application of bioethics across professions and the continuum of care settings. The Chair will guide the translation of theory and research in bioethics into practical usefulness in teaching and patient care.  As OHSU faculty, the Chair will fulfil all requirements for the ethical conduct of research and comply with all rules, regulations, and requirements of the University.


The Chair will dedicate administrative service to the Ethics Center, and should they secure additional FTE, the appropriate academic department.  This service will include:  participating in fund raising activities for the Center for Ethics, serving as an Associate Director in the Center for Ethics and member of the Center’s Executive Committee, and participating in Ethics Center recruitment. The Chair will lead planning of the statewide annual Kinsman Bioethics conference, the Bioethics Study Group, and organizing the Madeline Brill Nelson Speaker Series. The Chair will partner with Center faculty in expanding collaboration with other ethics scholars in Oregon and beyond.


The Chair must hold a doctorate in a relevant field with at least a masters in ethics (or equivalent). The academic rank of the applicant must be associate or full professor.

The Chair must be an outstanding leader and experienced mentor. The Chair must possess the ability and vision to transform theoretical ideas into practical application, both within an organization and in the community at large. The applicant must have at least five years of practical experience in areas such as clinical ethics, organizational ethics, teaching ethics, or research ethics.  The applicant must be able to demonstrate outstanding skills in team and program management. They must be capable of nurturing relationships that empower individuals and organizations to address sensitive and challenging processes.  In addition, Chair attributes must include excellence in process facilitation, decision-making, and conflict management.

The Chair will provide services as assigned by their supervisor which further OHSU’s missions.  This 0.5 FTE position is under the general supervision of the appropriate academic department or division and the direct supervision of the Director, Center for Ethics in Health Care.  Notably, the Chair position includes full-time administrative support.  The Director will assist the applicant in seeking additional FTE in clinical, research, or administration services depending on both the applicant’s potential and external departmental affiliations.  OHSU provides equal opportunities to all individuals without regard to race, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military service, or any other status protected by law.

Apply for the Madeline Brill Nelson Chair in Ethics Education


For questions, please contact the Center for Ethics in Health Care

               Ph: 503-494-4466



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