Director, Institute for the Medical Humanities
The mission of University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) is to provide scholarly teaching, innovative scientific investigation, and state-of-the-art patient care in a humane learning environment. Led by Provost and Dean of Medicine, Danny O. Jacobs, MD, MPH, the organization’s energy is palpable with renewed conversation about the contributions of the medical humanities to both academic and clinical missions.
Since its founding in 1973, UTMB’s Institute for the Medical Humanities (IMH) has brought together historians, philosophers and scholars in literature, religious studies, jurisprudence and other humanities disciplines to offer their perspectives on health, illness and related topics. The IMH value to UTMB extends beyond the medical curriculum to the graduate school, which offers the only PhD in medical humanities in the U.S. IMH’s activities extend further to faculty development, support for research ethics, and beyond UTMB’s borders to the new generations of health-care practitioners, research scientists, graduate students and health-care leaders.
UTMB invites applications and nominations for the next Director, Institute for the Medical Humanities. The next Director will drive and oversee the research and scholarly activities of the faculty members within the Institute; strategic planning and financial stewardship; mentorship and faculty development; and promote collaboration with local colleagues, national colleagues, and beyond – driving endeavors that cultivate critical intelligence, thoughtful analysis, and the careful illumination of value to the matter to human health is indispensable to an academic medical center.
Reporting to the Chair, Preventive Medicine and Community Health, the Director will have an unparalleled opportunity, being immersed in an academic medical center, to strategically expand the IMH faculty and to advance the Institute. Under the new Director’s leadership, the Institute will continue to be a dynamic force in facilitating crucial collaborations that stimulate new innovations in research and patient care while simultaneously attending to the underlying historical, humanistic, and moral values at the root of medicine and other health professions.
The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For priority consideration, please apply by May 31, 2017. Applications should include a detailed curriculum vitae and a letter of interest that highlight the applicant’s personal vision and relevant leadership experience. To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations and applications should be submitted electronically (PDF files) in confidence, to:
Bernard Godley, MD, PhD, MBA, Senior Client Partner, Academic Healthcare Practice
Tonika Lam, PhD, Senior Associate, Academic Healthcare Practice