Call for Applications: Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. Chair in Bioethics

The Kennedy Institute of Ethics (KIE) at Georgetown University is seeking an outstanding scholar to fill the Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. Chair in Bioethics.

The KIE is an academic ethics institute with an historical focus on bioethics, broadly conceived. Founded in 1971 with generous funding from the Joseph P Kennedy Jr Foundation, its mission is to promote original research and actively contribute to policy development and leadership, and also to provide programs for Georgetown University and the broader community.

The Institute has included founders of the field as well as next-generation leaders, whose expertise includes bioethical theory, health care reform, death and dying, research ethics, data privacy, reproductive ethics, disability studies, organ transplantation, and public health ethics. The Institute is a renowned resource for the University, the policy world and the global bioethics community, and is a proud leader of innovation and creativity in the field.

The KIE is home to Ethics Lab, a center for creative ethics education; the world-famous Bioethics Research Library; the highly-praised Intensive Bioethics Course, held in the summer for practitioners and professionals; and two leading journals: the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal and Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.

One of the founding gifts to Georgetown from the Joseph P Kennedy Jr Foundation was the Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. Chair in Bioethics. It was established to generate and transmit new knowledge concerning the ethical aspects of medical research and practice and to study the interface between biology and ethics with particular concern for persons with developmental intellectual disability.

The Successful Candidate

The successful candidate will be a pre-eminent scholar in the ethics of developmental intellectual disability. The candidate will have a distinguished and extensive record of internationally-recognized original research and publications engaging with the particular concerns of persons with developmental intellectual disability.

The position is open as regard to discipline but the successful candidate will

  • already hold a Full Professorship or be an Associate Professor on the cusp of promotion
  • have expertise in bioethics, including bioethical theory
  • have a substantial record of successful teaching, preferably with experience of collaboration, consultation and curriculum building
  • preferably have multidisciplinary training and dual degrees
  • preferably have experience of, or a proven interest in, advocacy for those with developmental intellectual disability.
  • preferably demonstrate an appreciation of international perspectives and concerns about developmental intellectual disability
  • demonstrate a strong interest in collaborating with the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics and with the Disability Studies Program, and in helping to build Georgetown’s new Emergent Ethics Network
  • demonstrate an appreciation of, and broad support for, the Catholic and Jesuit mission of Georgetown university

QualificationsApplication InstructionsEqual Employment Opportunity Statement

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer (new window) fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law (new window).

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please click here (new window) for more information, or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at (202) 687-4798. 

Application Deadline: November 15th, 2021.


Call for Applications