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Semler Endowed Chair for Medical Ethics

Marian University, a Catholic and Franciscan institution of higher education, invites applications for the prestigious position of the first Semler Endowed Chair of Medical Ethics. Duties will consist of teaching, scholarly research and presentations, and providing expert consultation on medical ethics issues for the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) and the School of Nursing (SON). Marian University is starting the first osteopathic medical school at a Catholic University in the nation. The position will report to the Vice President and Dean of the COM.

The ideal candidate will have an earned doctorate degree with five years of academic teaching experience, demonstrated scholarly productivity, and a distinguished record of leadership in the medical ethics field are required. A strong Catholic background, senior academician, with university experience at the professor or associate professor level is required. The chair will support the university’s Catholic mission and Franciscan values both at the university and in the community. Strong communication skills both written and verbal are an important attribute for the successful candidate.

Specific duties include:

-Develop medical ethics curriculum, provide instruction, design competency assessment tools, and perform course supervision in the COM and SON.

-Teach an ethics course for the university undergraduate programs.

-Consult in ethical issues for the university and its community partners.

-Provide academic scholarly activities to include

-Presentations at regional, national, and international meetings

-Research and publication in peer reviewed journals, periodicals, and books

-Consultations on medical ethics issues with hospital and clinic partners in the COM and SON clinical education network

-Contributions to the Center for Organizational Ethics on educational research initiatives concerning ethical thought and practice in ethics education

-Internal support of interdivisional ethics curriculum planning and specialty seminars, facilitation of campus discussion of ethics issues and participation in the university Ethics Bowl activities

-Collaboration with medical ethics professionals in other academic institutions and

-Participate in advancement and development activities

For more information about Marian University and the College of Osteopathic Medicine visit

For best consideration submit a CV with a statement of teaching philosophy to Marian University Human Resources, 3200 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis, IN 46222; electronic submissions to Professional references will be requested after initial screening. Applications will be received until position has been filled.

Marian University is An Equal Opportunity Employer