Visiting Assistant Professor Medical Humanities, Narrative Medicine, History of Medicine and Science

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New College of Florida
Position Rank 
Visiting Assistant Professor
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November 10, 2018
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Visiting Assistant Professor

Medical Humanities, Narrative Medicine, History of Medicine and Science

New College of Florida invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities, field open. Ph.D. in an appropriate field with degree completed at time of appointment is expected. The goal for this position is to contribute a humanistic, qualitative, and historical perspective to a health cluster that includes new positions in Medical Anthropology and in Epidemiology and Global Health.  This position is renewable up to 3 years.

New College faculty collaborate with colleagues in their home disciplines and contribute to the college’s liberal arts curriculum more broadly, including established interdisciplinary areas in International Studies (Asian, Caribbean and Latin American, European); Environmental Studies; Gender Studies; Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and emerging clusters in Health, Human and Artificial Intelligence, Migration and Borders, Sustainability, and Visual and Performing Arts. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop courses that build upon scholarly expertise, contribute to a vibrant undergraduate liberal arts curriculum, and help define and explore Medical Humanities at New College. A joint-appointment in a related area is possible as appropriate.

Areas of teaching and/or scholarship might include: conceptions of health and illness; the history of science and medicine and/or broader histories of embodiment, magic, and/or the scientific revolution; medical knowledge and practices from regions beyond western Europe particularly the Americas, Africa, and/or Asia; the ethics of health choices and medical practices or technologies; the visual and/or material culture of medicine, health and embodiment; intersections of medicine with race and gender/sexuality; dis/ability and embodiment; LGBTQ health and embodiment; and law and bodily regulation.

About New College: Situated on the Gulf Coast of Florida and Sarasota Bay, New College is a nationally recognized, selective public honors college with a 10:1 student/faculty ratio. Students are intellectually independent and highly motivated. Undergraduate research/creative work has a central role in the curriculum, and a senior thesis/project is required of all students. Students receive narrative evaluations in lieu of grades. New College is committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching and research and encourages collaborative student-faculty scholarship. ( New College is embarked on a plan of growth across the college over the next several years. The successful applicant will join a significant cohort of new faculty enhancing Global issues, Sustainability, Human and Artificial Intelligence, and the Arts, and Health and Legal Issues.

Teaching and Scholarship Expectations: New College seeks teacher-scholars who will contribute to its liberal arts mission. The teaching load is two courses per semester plus sponsoring individual and group tutorials. In addition, faculty members provide academic advising, supervise independent study projects, sponsor undergraduate senior theses/projects, and serve on baccalaureate examination committees. The successful candidate is expected to establish and maintain a program of scholarly research or creative work. We are particularly interested in candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to innovative undergraduate liberal arts teaching.

Diversity Statement: New College is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty. Candidates from underrepresented groups, women, and those whose knowledge or skills support an inclusive culture and learning environment are especially encouraged to apply.

Application: Interested candidates should apply online at Please send the following documents in .docx or .pdf format to a letter of application, a current CV, and unofficial graduate transcripts. In addition, provide 1) a statement about teaching philosophy; 2) a statement regarding the candidate’s contributions or approaches to supporting an inclusive culture and learning environment; 3) A writing sample (published or unpublished); 4) and three brief course descriptions (300-500 words), one directed to students in their first or second year new to the field, and two topical courses related to the candidate’s expertise for advancing students. (New College faculty design their own class content and syllabi in consultation with colleagues rather than teaching courses from a general catalog.)

Applicants should send the names and contact information for three references. Deadline: We will begin reviewing files 10 November, and continue until the position is filled. Online interviews anticipated in December/January. According to Florida law, applications and meetings regarding applications are open to the public upon request. Applicants who need reasonable accommodations in order to participate in the selection process are invited to notify the chair of the search committee 48 hours in advance of a meeting. New College is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Institution.

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