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Associate Professor or Professor and Chair (EXPIRED)

Department of Bioethics and Humanities, University of Washington

Job category Senior faculty / Tenured, continuing or permanent
AOS Open
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Seattle, Washington, United States
Start date October 2023
Job description


The University of Washington School of Medicine is seeking candidates for Chair of the Department of Bioethics and Humanities. The Chair will guide the mission and vision of the Department, which is dedicated to social justice in health and healthcare, as well as clarifying, studying, and teaching issues of moral importance in health care, population health, and biomedical research. The position is full-time and tenured with appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor commensurate with experience. The anticipated start date is October 1, 2023. This full-time, tenured position has an annual service period of 12 months [July 1-June 30]. 

The Department of Bioethics and Humanities was originally launched in 1964, as a Department of Biomedical History. The current department’s faculty excel in teaching, research and community service, and represent diverse scholarly fields, including medicine, genetics, philosophy, public health, health services, medical sociology, religious studies, education, and other areas. The Department’s interdisciplinary nature is evidenced by collaborative partnerships with UW Schools of Medicine, Law, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Social Work, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences.  Specific areas of interest of the faculty include ethical implications of genomic research, community-based participatory research, social justice and access to healthcare, neuroethics, global perspectives in bioethics, social inequalities and disparities in health, medical errors, and palliative/end of life care. The Department offers a Master’s degree in Bioethics (14 graduate students in 2020-2021) and a Minor in Bioethics (97 undergraduate students declared in 2020-2021), dozens of classes and several online training programs.

University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.


The base salary range for this position will be $16,250 - $26,250 per month ($195,000 - $315,000 annually) commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.

Other Compensation:

Other compensation associated with this position may include an administrative salary supplement for administrative service as chair.


Applicants must have a PhD (or foreign equivalent) in a bioethics-related discipline. An MD (or foreign equivalent) or JD is also acceptable. Applicants must also have demonstrated academic leadership skills and a robust, well-recognized research program in a bioethics-related discipline.

Application Instructions

Please submit an application (including a cover letter, diversity statement, and CV) through Interfolio. The committee will begin reviewing applications on December 1, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled. 


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint (http://www.washington.edu/diversity/diversity-blueprint/). Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (https://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/FCG/FCCH24.html#2432).

Privacy Notice

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Disability Services

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or [email protected].

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Information

Under University of Washington (UW) Policy, University-compensated personnel must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For more information, please visit https://www.washington.edu/coronavirus/vaccination-requirement/.

How to apply
Application type Online
Please submit an application (including a cover letter, diversity statement, and CV) through Interfolio. The committee will begin reviewing applications on December 1, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled.
Web address to apply https://apply.interfolio.com/115787
Deadline for full consideration: December 1, 2022, 12:00am PST

(applications under review)

Hard deadline No deadline specified (applications considered on an ongoing basis)
Web address for more information http://depts.washington.edu/bhdept/
Contact name Juliette Piboonvaranggoon
Contact email
Time created November 4, 2022, 8:37pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date May 2, 2023, 5:13pm PST
Expired on May 2, 2023, 5:46pm PST
Last updated July 3, 2023, 3:00pm UTC
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