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Chair, Department of Social Studies of Medicine

McGill University

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at McGill University is inviting applications as part of a search for the position of Chair, Department of Social Studies of Medicine. A tenure stream position at the Associate or Full Professor level may be available for the selected candidate.

The Department of Social Studies of Medicine is a multidisciplinary department with three core disciplines – anthropology, history and sociology – that investigates issues emerging from medicine, biomedical research, public health and health policy. It has a strong tradition of excellence in research and teaching. The Department is currently comprised of 10 full-time members and 19 associate members.

The successful candidate is expected to:
- have an internationally recognized research program.
- have an engaging vision for the Department that builds upon existing areas of strength and collaboration and expands to connect with new research domains and strategic initiatives within the Faculty and across the University.
- have the drive and leadership skills to realize that vision.
- provide strategic guidance and support to the Osler Library and the Maude Abbott Medical Museum.
- promote a collaborative and inclusive environment conducive to research and teaching excellence.
- provide leadership in the recruitment, development and mentoring of diverse faculty to achieve their full potential.

The Department is proud to host a respectful, multi-disciplinary and inclusive work setting in its multiple areas of activity, which includes the training of a diverse group of students. A record of experience applying equity, diversity and inclusiveness competencies will be considered an asset. Candidates would benefit from a working knowledge of both English and French.

Applications must be submitted through the McGill Careers website at:

The following supporting documents are required:
- a cover letter and curriculum vitae
- statement of research and educational contributions (combine all documents in a single pdf)
- the names and contact information of three referees

Use a personal email address when creating an account in Workday to submit your application. Do not use or email accounts to apply.

Date of publication: Monday April 26, 2021
Closing date for applications: Wednesday May 26, 2021

McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.

At McGill, research that reflects diverse intellectual traditions, methodologies, and modes of dissemination and translation is valued and encouraged. Candidates are invited to demonstrate their research impact both within and across academic disciplines and in other sectors, such as government, communities, or industry. McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health-related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, or that may have had an effect on their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self-identify. It further seeks to ensure the equitable treatment and full inclusion of persons with disabilities by striving for the implementation of universal design principles transversally, across all facets of the University community, and through accommodation policies and procedures. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, this email or phone at 514-398-2477. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.