Hamilton McKay Professor in Biosciences and Human Health

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Hamilton McKay Professor in Biosciences and Human Health Davidson College () seeks an
outstanding teacher-scientist in the biosciences and/or a field
related to human health such as public health, health and
healthcare disparities, environmental health, healthcare economics,
bioethics, or aging to become the inaugural Hamilton McKay
Professor. Appointment to this endowed, tenured position is open to
candidates at the full or associate level. Davidson College's
departments of biology, chemistry, environmental studies, health
and human values, and psychology provide possible homes.
The Hamilton McKay Professor will be an educator and scholar who
will expand the College's curriculum in a field or fields relevant
to students who are committed to an excellent liberal-arts
education while also considering or preparing for careers in
health, wellness, and medicine broadly defined. This new member of
the Davidson faculty will be eager to engage across and beyond
campus - for instance with healthcare systems, other institutions,
community organizations in Charlotte or the Lake Norman area - as
part of a community interested in human health broadly construed
and eager to advance both knowledge and practice.
Davidson's outstanding faculty, students, staff, facilities, and
support for research, teaching, and learning provide an ideal
environment for educating students in alignment with the College's
primary purpose of assisting students in developing humane
instincts and disciplined and creative minds for lives of
leadership and service. The Hamilton McKay Professor will
advance Davidson's distinctive model of undergraduate liberal-arts
education, will extend the College's curriculum by defining new
spaces for undergraduate education and research, and will champion
and model Davidson's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Candidate Profile
The Hamilton McKay Professor will be someone who is committed to
excellence in undergraduate education in a residential liberal-arts
setting and who can inspire undergraduates to embrace research as a
central part of their education. S/he will be adept at opening up
new areas of study and at bringing colleagues together across
disciplinary lines and will be enterprising in fostering
relationships with nearby clinical or other community organizations
and with a range of agencies and foundations that fund research and
education in these fields.
This endowed professorship is well suited for those who wish to
continue or to revive a passion for inclusive teaching and training
of undergraduate students, including those who seek to pivot away
from focusing on graduate and postdoctoral training. The education,
mentorship, and impact provided by the inaugural Hamilton McKay
Professor will occur in the classroom, the lab, and the field.
Requirements for the role include a doctoral degree in an
appropriate field, evidence of excellence in teaching and research,
demonstrated commitment to the academic values of rigorous inquiry
and intellectual integrity, and the ability to convey a passion for
undergraduate education. Candidates will bring the teaching
and research accomplishments that merit tenure at the level of
associate or full professor. As do students, staff, and faculty,
the McKay Professor will embody Davidson's commitment to
Davidson College
Davidson College is a highly selective, independent,
residential, liberal-arts college located in Davidson, North
Carolina, that is consistently ranked in the top 10 such
institutions in the country. Its mission is to cultivate in
its students creative and disciplined minds and humane instincts
for lives of leadership and service. The College is leading the way
in reimagining the liberal-arts experience. Davidson faculty enjoy
a low student-faculty ratio, an emphasis on and appreciation of
excellence in teaching, and a collegial, respectful atmosphere that
honors academic achievement and integrity. Davidson is
strongly committed to educational excellence and
access. Through The Davidson Trust, Davidson became the first
liberal-arts institution in the nation to replace loans with grants
in all financial aid packages, giving all students the opportunity
to graduate debt-free. Among students, 25 percent compete in NCAA
Division I athletics or club sports, 25% are domestic students of
color, and a longstanding Honor Code is central to student life at
the College. With its 665-acre main campus and 110-acre lake
campus, the College anchors the town of Davidson.
Davidson's student enrollment is approximately 2,000. Its FY
2018 operating budget surpassed $150 million and its endowment
approached $730 million.
Davidson, NC
Founded after the College in 1879, the Town of Davidson is
designed for pedestrians and bikers creating a close-knit, walkable
community. Davidson is a growing town in the Greater Charlotte area
but remains committed to maintaining its unique small-town
character and values. Students can take a short walk from campus to
its historic downtown, which is lined with an eclectic array of
locally owned shops, galleries and restaurants, with The Village
Green at the center. The Green serves as the social hub for many of
the Town's annual events such as the Concerts on the Green music
series and provides Davidson College with a venue for its outdoor
events. Town favorite Summit Coffee was voted
Charlotte's best College hangout by Creative
Loafing magazine. Locals and students alike enjoy
the Saturday
Morning Farmer's Market full of fresh, local produce and
cooking tips from visiting chefs. The Davidson area features
several excellent K-12 schools. The Greenway trails cut
through and surround the Town for outdoor activity and relaxation.
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Known as the Queen City, Charlotte is a thriving metropolitan
area located just 19 miles south of Davidson with thriving arts,
professional sports, dining, nightlife activities, and diverse
ethnic communities. Settled in 1755, Charlotte is the largest city
in North Carolina with a metro area population of just below 2
million. Charlotte is the second-largest financial center in the
United States and is the headquarters for 10 Fortune 500 companies
including Bank of America, Lowe's, Goodrich Corporation, and
Chiquita Brands.
Davidson College has retained Opus Partners ()
to support this recruitment. Craig Smith, PhD, Partner, is
leading the search and is being supported by Marisea Rivera,
Associate. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations
should be submitted by email to .
Davidson's search committee, chaired by Vice President for
Academic Affairs, Dean of Faculty, and Professor of Biology Wendy
Raymond, will evaluate candidates promptly and confidentially.
Candidates wishing to be considered immediately should provide
their CV, a letter of introduction, and the names of three
references. Davidson is strongly committed to
achieving excellence and cultural diversity, and welcomes
applications from women, members of minority groups, and others who
would bring additional dimensions to the college's
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