Job announcement: Hannah Chair in History of Medicine

Academic Posting in the Faculty of Health Sciences

Faculty of Health Sciences

Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine

McMaster University invites applications from historians who demonstrate an outstanding early record of achievement for a tenure track appointment as the endowed Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine.  McMaster University is a research-intensive university with a long standing reputation as Canada’s most innovative university.  The Hannah Chair will be based in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and will be cross appointed to the Faculty of Humanities.  The incumbent is expected to make a significant contribution to the research and educational mission of the university.  The appointment will be made at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank depending on the qualifications of the successful candidate.


The individual will fulfil the intent of the Hannah Chair endowment by developing scholarship in the history of medicine and encouraging medical students, as well as other health professional students in the Faculty of Health Sciences to be interested in the history of their discipline and be a resource to them.  The successful candidate will provide a regular lecture/rounds series in the history of medicine open to the wider university throughout the year, as well as acting as a resource to the MD Program Curriculum Committee and the History of Medicine Interest Group.


In the Department of History within the Faculty of Humanities, the successful candidate will be expected to teach one undergraduate course per year, commensurate with the cross appointment.  The individual will also participate in graduate supervision and education to further scholarship in the history of medicine.


Candidates should hold a PhD in History with demonstrated research productivity in the History of Medicine.  Candidates should submit a detailed statement of research, teaching and outreach interests, Curriculum Vitae and one sample publication.  They should also arrange for 3 letters of reference to be sent by the application deadline.  Applications received by September 1, 2013 will be assured of consideration.  The starting date of the appointment is negotiable, but is anticipated to be January 1, 2014.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian and permanent residents will be given priority.  McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff.  The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visual minorities, aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities and persons with disabilities.  Enquiries and applications should be sent via email care of:


Dr. Alan J. Neville
Associate Dean, Education
Faculty of Health Sciences
McMaster University, HSC 2E18
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON, L8S 4K1


Published in: on July 31, 2013 at 10:39 am  Leave a Comment  

Job Announcement: Wellesley College

While this position is obviously not history of medicine, I thought I
would post here in case any of you have colleagues/friends who might
find this appropriate.  Thanks. Susan

Job Title:    Assistant Professor—Women and Gender Studies

Position type:  Faculty

Department:  Women’s and Gender Studies

The Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Wellesley College invites
applications for a tenure-track, beginning assistant professor in
migration and transnationalism to start in the fall, 2013.  We seek a
social scientist (or training in a related field) whose research and
teaching utilizes qualitative or quantitative methods. Priority will
be given to scholars whose work is non-US based.  The successful
candidate will teach a 2/2 load that includes introduction to women’s
and gender studies, globalization and migration, global feminisms, in
addition to courses in the new faculty member’s specific area.
Demonstrated teaching ability, commitment to undergraduate women’s
education, and a developed research agenda are expected. Our
department is interdisciplinary, has its own faculty, and attracts a
large number of Wellesley students to its courses and major/minor.
PhD preferred (ABD considered). We are dedicated to building a
culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty. Candidates should through
their teaching, scholarship, or service demonstrate a commitment to
building a diverse community.

A statement of teaching and research interests should be included in
the cover letter;  CV, a writing sample and three letters of
recommendation are required (The online application will request
names/email addresses so that recommenders or dossier services may
submit the letters directly). Materials should be submitted through
the online application system at All
materials must be submitted by the closing date of November 15th to be
considered.   If there are difficulties submitting on line, please
contact  For more information on the
department, see:

Published in: on September 13, 2012 at 11:03 am  Leave a Comment  

Job announcement: National Library of Medicine

Preliminary Announcement
The National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, will be recruiting for the position of Chief of the History of Medicine Division.  The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the world’s largest medical library and a major organizational component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is responsible for collecting, preserving, and promoting the dissemination of information important to the progress of medicine and public health, both nationally and internationally.  The History of Medicine Division (HMD), a major component of Library Operations, NLM, (1) selects, acquires, processes, preserves, and gives access to rare books, manuscripts, archives, images, historical audiovisuals, and electronic materials in the field of biomedicine; (2) promotes scholarship in the history of medicine using the NLM historical collections; (3) develops and promotes the use of K-12 curriculum materials associated with exhibitions; (4) develops, promotes, and travels exhibitions to libraries across America; and (5) develops and promotes original scholarship to support innovative and interactive onsite and online exhibition and digital programs.  As Chief of the HMD, the incumbent directs and manages all activities of the Division.     
This is a Supervisory Historian, GS-170-15, position with a salary range from $123,758 to $155,500 including locality pay per annum.  For complete vacancy announcement information and application instructions, go to the NLM website at  Applications must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date of the announcement.
                                 NIH IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Published in: on April 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Job announcement: Wellesley Centers for Women

Search for the Executive Director

Wellesley Centers for Women

The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), an influential research institute with the goal of generating knowledge that can lead to positive social change, seeks an Executive Director. With an operating budget of over $7 million, an endowment of $32.7 million and a staff of 75, the Centers are recognized internationally for groundbreaking, rigorous research and scholarship that places women’s perspectives at the center of inquiry. Located at Wellesley College, one of the nation’s leading women’s colleges, the Centers benefit from a unique relationship with the College including student internship and employment opportunities, some collaborative teaching and research with Wellesley faculty, and financial support.

This is an exciting opportunity to direct a highly motivated and committed community of researchers, and to ensure that WCW continues to push the boundaries of understanding and have significant impact in the public sphere. A successful Executive Director will build on the strong leadership of Susan McGee Bailey and chart a course for the future that will heighten the Centers’ visibility; increase revenues through new and existing donor networks, research grants and contracts; and attract and retain top-notch researchers. The Executive Director will also spark innovative thinking about how to create fresh synergies between WCW and Wellesley College, two world-class entities that share a commitment to research, education and the empowerment of women.

The position calls for a creative, deft, consultative leader with excellent strategic, communication and fundraising skills. Distinguished scholarship and a terminal degree in a relevant discipline are expected, as is experience in an organizational leadership role. Demonstrated passion for women’s issues is essential. The Executive Director reports to the Provost of Wellesley College and is guided by a 27 member advisory board, the Wellesley Centers for Women Board of Overseers. The Board of Overseers includes two members of the Wellesley College Board of Trustees, which has final authority over the Centers. For more information on the Centers, please view this website.

Please direct inquiries, applications and nominations to Sheryl Ash and Rebecca Swartz at Isaacson, Miller. Candidates should provide a C.V., letter of interest, and reference list electronically to 4148@imsearch.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . All replies will be held in strict confidence. Wellesley College is an EO/AA educational institution and employer.

Published in: on December 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Job Opening at Harvard Divinity School

Dear Colleagues,

I recently received an announcement of the following position.  This is the complete information I have, so please direct all inquiries to the contact address given on the webpage.

“Harvard Divinity School is pleased to announce a junior, tenure-track appointment in Science and Religion recently endowed by Richard T. Watson.  We are currently inviting applications to this position and would welcome your assistance in our search by nominating potential candidates or making known the open position when appropriate.  In keeping with Harvard’s commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action, we are especially interested in learning of qualified minority or women candidates for the position.”

The website is:

Monica H. Green

Professor of History

Arizona State University, Box 874302

Tempe, AZ  85287-4302


Published in: on March 31, 2010 at 7:13 am  Leave a Comment  

Job Announcement: National Institutes of Health

Joseph J. Kinyoun, MD (1860-1919): Historical/Archival Research Project

The Office of History and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious
Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are looking
for an early career historian to work on the recently discovered papers of
Joseph J. Kinyoun.

Kinyoun was a key figure in the history of late 19th and early 20th century
American life sciences. From his base in the Marine Hospital Service
(MHS), in 1887 Kinyoun, then a young MHS physician trained in the new bacteriological
methods, set up a one-room laboratory in the Marine Hospital at Stapleton,
Staten Island, New York, commonly regarded as the forerunner of the NIH and
NIAID. Kinyoun called this facility a “laboratory of hygiene” in
imitation of German facilities, and to indicate that the laboratory’s purpose was to
serve the public’s health. Within a few months, Kinyoun had identified the cholera
bacillus in suspicious cases and used his Zeiss microscope to demonstrate it to
his colleagues as confirmation of their clinical diagnoses. “As the
symptoms . . . were by no means well defined,” he wrote, “the examinations
were confirmatory evidence of the value of bacteria cultivation as a
means of positive diagnosis.” Kinyoun went on to play major roles in other epidemics,
notably of bubonic plague in San Francisco. He helped to establish scientific
infectious disease control and microbiology in the U.S.

The goal of the project is two-fold: 1) to assemble in a systematic
manner the major repository for primary sources related to Kinyoun and his work; 2) to
develop Web-based exhibits on Kinyoun, his career, and his life and
times. The historian would be supervised by Robert Martensen, MD, PhD and David
Cantor, PhD, respectively Director and Deputy Director of the Office of NIH
History & Museum. The incumbent would also work closely with History Office
Archivist Barbara Harkins and Hank Grasso, who is responsible for Museum
interpretive materials. At NIAID, the incumbent would work with David M.
Morens, MD (OD/NIAID).

The incumbent will be expected to present his/her findings in public
presentations (including the 125th anniversary of NIAID and NIH in 2012) and
to publish his/her findings in appropriate venues, such as the American
Journal of Public Health. She/he would participate in the active seminar program of
the History Office:

The appointment would be for two years, subject to review after the first 12
months. Support would be based on the IRTA scale for post-doctoral
appointments and be provided by NIAID. The successful applicant should have
their PhD or equivalent by the time he/she takes up the appointment.



Send the following materials via email to David Cantor, PhD –

1. Your full name and contact information
2. A statement setting out your qualifications for undertaking this
project, and
how you see an historical/archival project on Kinyoun advancing historical
scholarship. The statement should be no more than 2 pages in length (single
3. Your curriculum vitae
4. Names, addresses, and affiliations of two people who will provide

Send the following materials via regular mail to David Cantor, PhD:

5. Graduate transcripts.
6. Letters of reference NOTE: Please inform the two references who will
in support of your application that they may submit their letters
initially via
email to David Cantor, but that these letters must be received before the
deadline, and that hard copies on institutional letterhead stationery must
follow for your application to be considered.

Please send documents to the address listed below:

David Cantor, PhD.,
Kinyoun Project
Office of History,
Building 45, Room 3AN38 | MSC 6330
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-6330

Published in: on February 26, 2010 at 9:56 am  Leave a Comment