Jobs: University of Michigan Departments of Women’s Studies and History, Faculty position

History of Gender and Health. The University of Michigan’s Departments of Women’s Studies and History seek qualified applicants for a jointly-appointed assistant professor tenure-track, or professor at the rank of associate or full with tenure, in the history of gender and health. We seek candidates with scholarly expertise and teaching experience and interests in the history of gender and health in non-U.S. locations such as East Asia, Mexico, Central America, or Africa.  The ideal candidate will have demonstrated an ability to implement a multidisciplinary approach that includes history and women’s/gender/feminist studies. Related interests may include: science, technology, and society studies; sexuality studies; ethnic and/or area studies; environmental history; health care; or intersectionality.

This is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of September 1, 2019. Interested applicants are required to hold a Ph.D. degree prior to the appointment in women’s studies, history or related disciplines. Applicants must demonstrate evidence of excellence in both teaching and research.

Candidates should submit a digital application dossier via email attachment (in PDF format) to  Applicants should provide: • Cover letter addressed to Chair of the History of Gender and Health Search Committee • Curriculum Vitae • Statement of current and future research plans • Writing sample (no more than 25 pages) • Statement of teaching philosophy and experience (or a teaching portfolio containing such a statement) • Evidence of teaching excellence (i.e., student evaluations of teaching, course syllabi, teaching awards that can be part of a teaching portfolio) In addition, candidates should provide three letters of recommendation, which should be sent directly to from the signer’s (or credentialing service’s) institutional email address.  Deadline to apply for full consideration for the position is October 1, 2018. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on October 8, 2018, and will continue until an appointment is made.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

Jobs: Women’s Studies Lecturer III, University of Michigan

Women’s Studies Lecturer III Posting—Gender and Health

The Department of Women’s Studies in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan seeks applicants for a full-time (100%) Lecturer III position to begin January 1, 2019, pending final authorization.  This is a non-tenure track position with a university-year appointment.

Duties and responsibilities for this Lecturer III position are expected to include teaching courses in our Gender and Health major and minor. The lecturer will offer a mix of courses in Women’s Studies that will complement our existing strengths and contribute to our departmental mission. We are especially interested in applicants who can teach large lecture courses on women’s health as well as smaller seminars in specific areas related to gender and health.  In addition to teaching, the candidate’s responsibilities will include providing assistance with the outreach, program coordination, and advising for students who have declared a major or a minor in Gender & Health. The lecturer also will serve as the principal academic advisor for students with a major or a minor in Gender & Health. The selected candidate will work with the departmental leadership team to create programming that will build community and facilitate communication and sharing of information among our undergraduates. Additional departmental service responsibilities may be assigned.

We expect that a successful candidate will hold a PhD in Gender, Sexuality, or Women’s Studies or a related field, and have expertise in an area of Gender & Health.  The ideal candidate will demonstrate subject matter expertise and teaching excellence about gender, sexuality, race, class, and disability in relation to healthcare, health policies, and/or health activism. Candidates should have a commitment to teaching students about inequalities in health care systems. Demonstrated excellence in teaching and engagement with diverse student populations will be an important criterion in our selection process. We expect that the applicant will be a visible and engaged faculty member in the department. We are seeking a broad range of applicants with training or experience in the fields of Gender, Sexuality, or Women’s Studies.

Terms and conditions of employment for this Lecturer III position are subject to the provisions of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the University of Michigan and the Lecturers’ Employee Organization (LEO). This is a nine-month position (i.e., runs September 1 through May 31 each year), with salary paid over a 12-month period, and is benefits-eligible. The initial appointment will be for one academic year. The possibility of renewal is contingent on performance, department need, and future funding.

Please apply online (posting #160817 on Questions regarding problems with application upload to Candidates should submit a single attachment (in PDF format) to the online posting system with the following required materials:

  1. Letter of Application (no more than two pages)
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  1. Teaching Statement (includes teaching philosophy and experience in no more than five pages)
  1. Evidence of Teaching Excellence
  1. Two sample syllabi (from courses previously taught)
  1. Names and contact information of three recommenders who can comment on the applicant’s qualifications for this position. Letters are not required in the initial application submission stage.

The application deadline for full consideration is September 10th, 2018. We hope to extend an offer no later than, if not before, December 14, 2018.

Offers for this appointment are contingent on successful completion of a background screening.

Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. The University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Prizes: Spurgeon H. Neel Annual Award

The Army Medical Department Museum Foundation is pleased to sponsor the 2018 Spurgeon Neel Annual Award competition for the article of 5000 words or less that best exemplifies the history, legacy, and traditions of the Army Medical Department.

Named in honor of Major General (Retired) Spurgeon H. Neel, first Commanding General of Health Services Command (now U.S. Army Medical Command), the award competition is open to all federal employees, military and civilian, as well as non-governmental civilian authors who submit manuscripts for publishing consideration.

The AMEDD Museum Foundation will present a special medallion award and a $1000 monetary prize to the winner, who will be notified in advance, at a Foundation-sponsored event early in 2019.

All manuscripts must be submitted to the AMEDD Museum Foundation, , by 30 November 2018. At the time of submission, a manuscript must be original work and not pending publication in any other periodical. It must conform to the Writing and Submission Guidance of the AMEDD Journal, and must relate to the history, legacy and/or traditions of the Army Medical Department. Manuscripts will be reviewed and evaluated by a six-member committee appointed by the President of the AMEDD Museum Foundation. The winning manuscript will be selected in December 2018.

Additional detail concerning the Spurgeon Neel Annual Award may be obtained by contacting Mrs. Sue McMasters at the AMEDD Museum Foundation, 210-226-0265.

Conferences: “Health History: Beyond Borders”, University of Auckland, New Zealand

“Health History: Beyond Borders”, 3-7 December 2019, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

We cordially invite members of the AAHM to attend the biennial conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine in December 2019. This conference will be located in Auckland, New Zealand. Whilst New Zealand is far removed geographically from the epicentre of many significant past medical developments, we believe it is important to view the history of health and medicine in a broad international perspective, with ideas and systems taking on different forms in different contexts. It is this intersection between the local and international which will form the major theme of our conference. We welcome papers from all areas of the history of health and medicine, including health systems, public health, indigenous health, mental health, women’s health, child health, biography, hospital history and nursing history. Call for papers will open in November 2018. For further information see our website:, or contact the conference convener, Professor Linda Bryder,

Fellowships: Mellon/ACLS Scholars and Society Fellowships

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce a new initiative to advance publicly engaged scholarship in the humanities. The Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society program, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will support humanities scholars who seek to partner with nonacademic organizations in their research and encourage innovation in doctoral education at their universities.

Inspired by the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program, which demonstrates the dynamic value of doctoral education by placing recent humanities PhDs in top nonprofit and government organizations, the Scholars & Society program will encourage faculty to explore connections between humanities research and broader society while in residence at a US-based cultural, media, government, policy, or community organization of their choice. The fellowships also provide resources and training that will enable fellows to incorporate best practices of public scholarship into doctoral education on their campuses. ACLS developed the program in consultation with academic and nonprofit leaders with extensive experience in the realm of publicly engaged scholarship.

“Just as ACLS strives to increase funding for core humanities research through a variety of fellowship and grant programs, we also recognize the urgent need to promote the broader circulation of that knowledge across all sectors of society,” said John Paul Christy, director of public programs at ACLS. “We look forward to supporting scholars who can be ambassadors for the humanities beyond their campus communities, and who will instill an ethos of reflective public engagement in their scholarship for years to come.”

The fellowships are open to faculty who hold tenured positions in PhD-granting departments or programs at universities in the United States. In the pilot year of the program, ACLS will award 12 fellowships for the 2019-20 academic year. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $75,000, plus funds for research, travel, and related project and hosting costs.

The goal of the fellowship year should be a major research project in the humanities or humanistic social sciences that treats a significant issue in society, such as democratic governance; technological change; racism and inequality; environmental change; economic exclusion; or migration and immigration, to name just a few possibilities. Fellows will select host organizations based on their capacity to advance their research.

Fellows will participate in two workshops over the course of the fellowship year. These workshops will encourage collaboration between scholars and organizations engaged in public scholarship and will support institution-building efforts to train humanities faculty and doctoral students who are interested in developing research agendas that have purchase both inside and outside of the academy.

Proposals must be submitted through ACLS’s online application system, which will begin accepting applications in late July. Further information about the program, including eligibility criteria and FAQ, is available online here. The application deadline is October 24, 2018.


Lectures: Online CME in the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

The Department of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins is proud to introduce new online Continuing Medical Education modules that provide a historical perspective on issues of relevance to clinical practice today.

For more information on these CME modules entitled “Professionalism in Historical Context” and “History of Global Health,” visit

Calls for Papers: Medical Narratives of Ill Health


Humanities special issue: “Medical Narratives of Ill Health”

The field of literature and medicine has been steadily growing over the past four decades, solidifying itself as a vital component of the medical and health humanities. The intersection of literature and medicine enriches how we view issues of health, disease, and care, particularly in how we value the individual’s narrative of health and ill health to help with diagnosis, treatment, and the relationship between the practitioner and the patient. In an attempt to wade through the difficult terrain of defining disease and health, Kenneth Boyd provides the following medical definitions (adapted from Marshall Marinker’s earlier work): “Disease […] is the pathological process, deviation from a biological norm. Illness is the patient’s experience of ill health, sometimes when no disease can be found. Sickness is the role negotiated with society” (Boyd, 1997). What Boyd reveals about these definitions is that one allows for the individual’s experience of ill health (illness), while the other two rely on others’ perceptions of ill health. Thus, he concludes, a clear definition of disease (and even sickness) is elusive: “to call something a disease is a value judgement, relatively unproblematic in cases when it is widely shared, but more contentious when people disagree about it” (Boyd, 1997). This contentious space has widened during the modern medical era (early nineteenth century to the present day), as medical reliance on technology favors an objective identification of disease. However, literary works, through both personal accounts and fictional scenarios, challenge this singular narrative of disease and ill health provided by the medical community.

For this special issue of Humanities, we seek to explore how literature from the early nineteenth century to the present day engages with and challenges modern medical authority when it comes to understanding disease, illness, and sickness. Papers for this special issue of Humanities should focus on narratives—fictional and/or non-fictional (such as medical realism, science fiction, pathographies, medical reports, etc.)—that explore the contentious space of disagreement between medicine, society, and the individual. Authors might consider topics such as: disease as metaphor; social vs. medical definitions of disease; patient agency and individual experiences of illness; challenges to medical technology’s presumed objectivity; representations of contagion and/or public health—or any other topics that relate to better understanding literary representations of disease, illness, and/or sickness.

Articles should be no more than 8000 words, inclusive of notes. The deadline for submission of articles to the guest editor is January 10, 2019: please email articles directly to Amanda M. Caleb at The deadline for final drafts is February 28, 2019, with expected puplication in early Summer 2019. Please consult the journal’s webpage for formatting instructions: 

Dr. Amanda Caleb
Guest Editor

Contact Info: Dr. Amanda M. Caleb, Misericordia University
Contact Email:

Calls for Papers: The Impact of Politics on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights


Volume 27 Number 54, May 2019

Submission deadline 31 October 2018

RHM is compiling a themed issue to be published in May 2019 on the impact of politics on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The purpose of the issue is to assimilate and highlight the consequences of and interconnections between political activities, systems or change on SRHR – whether at global, regional, state, or local levels, and at their intersections, especially in low- and middle-income settings.

The definition of politics is diverse and wide-ranging. Put succinctly by Lasswell in 1936, politics is about ‘who gets what, when and how’1, indicating its close association with power and influence. Politics has many facets. It can be an effective means of expanding evidence-informed action, representation, voice, agency, community engagement, co-operation, and opportunity for progressive change. Perceptions of politics can be negatively and emotionally charged; associated with ideology, dishonesty, self-interest, deceit and the unresponsiveness of institutions. Political activities and their impacts occur at different levels: they may be momentous global events, or they may take place locally, with effects at regional, national or local level. Politics may cause problems, solve them, or both, at the same time. Unintended and unforeseen consequences may result. People and population groups can be differentially affected by political actions in many ways: influencing laws and rights; determining war or peace; defining the distribution of information, wealth and health care; or shaping social cohesion2,3. Political decisions or expressions can have consequences impacting on the lives of individuals, including women and girls, and their ability to exercise and access SRHR. Institutions (such as multilateral organisations or non-government organisations) can also be affected, with changes to funding, established donor mechanisms, programmatic areas and capacity of organizations to engage with SRHR.

We live in a world of constant flux. The quickly changing political contexts of recent years have influenced SRHR discourse, access to rights, funding, services and lived experiences, and will continue to do so. In this call for papers, RHM will accept reviews, research articles, perspectives, commentaries and personal narratives which discuss and highlight positive, negative or mixed impacts of global, regional, national or local politics on SRHR. Submissions which make connections between these different levels will be of interest, for example, how global or regional politics can impact on the national and local. Papers submitted may identify political determinants of SRHR, document different forms of activism or resistance, explore interactions, trace pathways for change, or describe short term, intermediate, long term or ultimate outcomes.

Examples of relevant topics in SRHR related to contemporary political events include:

  • The shift towards right-wing and/or populist politics occurring across many countries and regions
  • The power of the #MeToo social media movement against sexual assault and harassment
  • Reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule prohibiting US funding to foreign organizations that offer abortion services or information
  • Demographic transition in China and its U-turn from a harsh one-child policy, to plans for boosting birth rates
  • The recurrence of widespread violence in Congo, with rape and sexual abuse used to intimidate in a context where lack of public services and transgressions of SRHR committed in the wake of the war in the 1990s remain unaddressed
  • The role of political activism and civil society in Senegal, with documented successes in the control of HIV/AIDS, despite its low-income status as a country
  • The rise in popularity of right wing politics in Costa Rica after the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that gay marriage should be legalised
  • Protests in Iran by women against compulsory covering of their heads in public

The relevance of today’s politics on SRHR is clear, but not always well-documented. In this RHM collection, we aspire to compile and generate a diverse range of perspectives and evidence to inspire debate, inform intervention and effect change that will lead to better lives for people. Politics will determine whose SRHR are protected, when universal health care and respect for rights can be realised, and how it will be achieved.

We would like to remind potential authors of articles that in addition to our regular calls for themed papers, RHM also accepts other papers related to SRHR on an ongoing basis. Some of these may later be brought together or listed as key topics. We accept a wide range of article types, from full research reports to short personal perspectives, letters and book reviews. Please see instructions for authors at:


  1. Lasswell H. Politics: Who Gets What, When, How. London, Whittlesey House, 1936.
  2. WHO. Sexual health, human rights and the law. June 2015.
  3. Miller AM, Gruskin S, Cottingham J, Kismödi E. Sound and Fury ‒ engaging with the politics and the law of sexual rights. Reproductive Health Matters, 2015; 23: 46, 7-15, DOI: 10.1016/j.rhm.2015.11.006
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Jobs: Chief Curator, Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum

Chief Curator
Department: Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum
Position ID: #6800


The Dittrick Medical History Center (center) is dedicated to the study of the medical past through a distinguished collection of rare books, museum artifacts, archives, and images. The Dittrick originated as part of the Cleveland Medical Library Association (est. 1894) and today functions as an interdisciplinary study center within the College of Arts and Sciences of Case Western Reserve University.

The goal of the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum is to promote historical scholarship in and understanding of the history of medicine and the health sciences, in order to heighten awareness and appreciation of the achievements of Case Western Reserve University in these areas. This is achieved through the collection, preservation, exhibition, and scholarly use of artifacts, books, manuscripts, and images of medical science and health care. The center supports CWRU’s active medical, undergraduate, and graduate academic programs in the history of science, technology, medicine, and medical humanities and bioethics.

The Chief Curator supervises and directs all aspects of the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum and provides the initiative and leadership to effect the integration of the Dittrick Medical History Center into the life of CWRU, so that this unique facility is consistently a distinguished asset to the University and the community.


  • Design and oversee construction and installation of interpretive museum exhibitions, both in gallery space and online. (15%)
  • Develop the Dittrick collections through the acquisition of significant historical materials that foster understanding and appreciation of the history of medicine and the health sciences. (10%)
  • Conduct a program of scholarly research and publish results. Promote and facilitate teaching and researching at the center. Pursue scholarship in the history of medicine and medical technology. Provide professional leadership in the field of medical museology. (10%)
  • Develop work plans, evaluate needs and resources, set priorities, supervise their implementation and administration, and allocate resources for their most effective and efficient use. Plan future direction of the center. Develop, design and approve policies and procedures. (5%)
  • Provide broad oversight of departmental fiscal planning and budget. Ensure account records are maintained properly and oversee all expenses through ERP Financials. Administer agency accounts for the Friends of the Dittrick Medical History Center. Administer special projects agency account(s). (5%)
  • Supervise staff and student employees. Set goals for performance and deadlines. Organize workflow and ensure employees understand their duties or delegated tasks. Monitor employee performance and provide constructive feedback and coaching. Lead and motivate staff. (5%)
  • Oversee collection development and collection management, including documentation, conservation and storage. Provide for care, preservation, and access to collections. (5%)
  • Develop and direct a program of lectures for the Dittrick. Oversee the funding, administration, and publicity for these lectures. (5%)
  • Assume a leading role in publicizing CWRU’s legacy of achievement and innovation in biomedical science and technology, through the website, exhibits, and publications of the center, as well as a spokesperson on television and radio, and in print media. Direct the development and management of websites for the center and the Cleveland Medical Library Association. (5%)
  • Make recommendations (in association with Cleveland Health Sciences library staff) to the Cleveland Medical Library Association Board of Trustees for the expenditure of funds to enhance the Allen Memorial Medical Library and the center. (5%)
  • In collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences’ development team, solicit and raise funds for special projects, including exhibits, room renovation, storage renovation, lectures, etc. (5%)
  • Represent CWRU at regional, national, and international meetings. (5%)
  • Establish and direct liaisons with the leadership of local, national and international medical community. Participate in the activities of various organizations; Medical Museums Association, European Association of Museums of the History of Medical Sciences, American Association of the History of Medicine, The Archiviest and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences, and the Ohio Academy of Medical History. Serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Medical Library Association. (5%)
  • Effect and direct creative synergistic partnerships of the Dittrick with local, regional, and international institutions such as; Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Western Reserve Historical Society, Ohio Museums Association and the Northeast Ohio Intermuseum Council. (5%)
  • Collaborate with CAS Development Office in planning and facilitating use of the Ditrrick and Allen resources for special functions, dinners, receptions, and conferences. Develop programming for alumni of the university. Provide venue for events and programs of CWRU Alumni Affairs Office and SOM Office of Alumni Affairs. Coordinate with central and CAS Development Offices in hosting fund raising receptions for the college. Solicit prospective donors. (5%)
  • Share responsibility for the physical and aesthetic development of the Allen Memorial Medical Library building. Liaise with university Plant Services and outside contractors in renovations made to the building. Oversee renovations of the Allen Memorial Library space. (5%)


Perform other duties as assigned.


Department: Contact with the Dean and Associate Dean of Development and External Relations in the College of Arts and Sciences. Daily contact with Archivist/Museum Registrar and Photographer and Image Collection Manager. Contact with various professors using the Dittrick collections.

University: Contact with the Director and librarians of the Cleveland Health Sciences Library, special events coordinator, University Library director and collection development librarian, plant services staff, SOM Director of Communications and Director of Alumni Relations, SOM administration and faculty, and staff at various university departments.

External: Contact with the Cleveland Medical Library Association Board of Trustees. Contact with Dittrick Medical History Center volunteers. Contact with museums and national scholars, donors to collections, collectors of medical antiques, granting agencies, medical/historical groups, school groups and the general public.

Students: Contact with graduate and undergraduate students.


Direct supervisory responsibility for the Archivist/Museum Registrar, the Photographer and Image Collection Manager and student employees.


Experience: 5 or more years of experience in special collections, museums, or related experience with administrative responsibilities.

Education/Licensing: PhD in History of Science, Technology or Medicine or related discipline required. Museum studies course work desired.


  • Intellectual capacity for, as well as interest in, the history of medicine as demonstrated by completion of PhD in history of science, technology or medicine.
  • Capability to translate complex information into compelling oral and written presentation, as well as museum gallery exhibitions and online exhibitions, so as to communicate effectively to internal and external audiences and constituencies.
  • Knowledge and conversancy with professional museum standards, practices, and procedures, ranging from collections management to ethical standards of the field.
  • Outstanding management and interpersonal skills; commitment to nurture and motivate staff; ensure staff have opportunities for professional development.
  • Full professional knowledge of the history of science, technology, and medicine, and their social and cultural context, with specific expertise in individual area of scholarly pursuit.
  • Knowledge of research techniques used in examining and evaluating written, pictorial, and artifactual records.
  • Skill in synthesizing and communicating the projects of research using a variety of techniques and media, and to a variety of audiences, ranging from scholarly to general public.
  • Knowledge of exhibit concepts, planning, and implementation.
  • Knowledge of issues and methods of collections documentation, storage, and conservation.
  • Knowledge of a variety of management concepts and techniques coupled with skill in managing and leading staff to implement goals and assure appropriate and equitable treatment of staff.
  • Familiarity with key software, including PastPerfect (for collections management), PowerPoint (for presentations and exhibitions), Microsoft Excel (for accounts), and PeopleSoft (Enterprise Resource Planning and Human Capital Management).
  • Reading knowledge of French or German preferred.
  • Ability to meet consistent attendance.
  • Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.


General office working environment. No adverse conditions.


In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.


CWRU offers a flexible benefits package including tuition waiver for employees and dependents; Respond in confidence, including salary history:, human resources job code #6800.

Web usability testing National Library of Medicine

Aline from User Happy is conducting usability testing for the National Library of Medicine (NLM). They produce websites for online exhibits on different topics related to the History of Medicine. The NLM is interested in learning more about how they can improve the user experience for historians./researchers. The testing takes about 45 minutes and can be conducted online remotely or in-person at my office at JHU Eastern 1101 East 33rd St, Suite E30, Baltimore, MD 21218 for local participants. Participants would be compensated for their time. We are aiming to complete the testing by May 31st, 2018. Interested participants may email me directly:

Please feel free to call or email me with additional questions.

Thank you,