The Department of Medical Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites applicants for a Bridge to the Faculty" position. The position involves an initial two-year appointment as research associate, and a successful postdoctoral associate with department approval will have the opportunity to transition to tenure-track faculty status in the 2023-2024 academic year. The expected start date as research associate is August 16, 2021. The successful candidate must have completed the Ph.D. or Ed.D. within the past five years, no earlier than August 1, 2016 and no later than August 1, 2021.


The Bridge to the Faculty program is an initiative to diversify the faculty by attracting and retaining promising individuals from groups that have been historically underrepresented in health professions education. In addition to mentorship within the Department of Medical Education, the research associate will participate in a cohort-based mentoring experience through the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity, where they will have the opportunity to meet other Bridge to the Faculty Scholars.


We seek to recruit a research associate seeking a career in health professions education, whose area of specialization engages the core instruction domains in DME's graduate programs (health professions education scholarship, instruction and assessment, curriculum design and evaluation, and educational leadership). A variety of disciplinary backgrounds prepare candidates for this kind of work, including but not limited to educational psychology, cognitive psychology, sociology, teacher education, anthropology, and related fields. The capacity to connect these fields to matters of race and ethnicity in the health professions is valued. Direct experience in medical education or other health professions education is desirable but not required.


UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO. Located in the heart of one of the most vibrant cities in the United States, UIC is a comprehensive urban public research (R1) university with a diverse student body and a strong tradition of support for difference and equality. Part of the University of Illinois land grant higher education system, UIC is among the nation's top five most diverse campuses; it is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).


THE DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL EDUCATION (DME) at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine is the oldest continuously operating department of medical education in the world, with a strong commitment to scholarship and leadership in the field. The work of DME faculty involves instruction, research, and service in the fields of health professions education, humanities, healthcare ethics, and Latinx career development and support though the Hispanic Center for Excellence. Its core instructional efforts involve students in programs leading to the Ph.D., M.H.P.E. (Masters of Health Professions Education), M.P.S.L. (Masters of Patient Safety Leadership) and M.D. In the area of health professions education, the department engages in research, teaching, and service in such areas as curriculum design; program evaluation; instructional methods; assessment, measurement, and psychometrics; and others. For additional information about the department, go here.


QUALIFICATIONS. A Ph.D. or D.Ed. is required and must be in hand by August 1, 2021.


TO APPLY. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For full consideration, applications should be received by Monday, February 1, 2021.


Applications should include:

1. A cover letter that includes information concerning how the applicant will further the university's goal of building a culturally diverse educational environment.


2. A complete curriculum vitae that includes the names and email addresses of three academic references.


3. Statements of teaching philosophy and scholarly agenda, of no more than one page each.


4. A writing sample, such as dissertation chapter, published article, or article submitted for publication.


Please address inquiries to Professor Timothy F. Murphy at


The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans.


The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The University of Illinois requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. Any offer is contingent on University of Illinois System's evaluation of any documented findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University's Board of Trustees and are made contingent upon the candidate's successful completion of any criminal background checks and other pre-employment assessments that may be required for the position being offered. Additional information regarding such pre-employment checks and assessments may be provided as applicable during the hiring process.