Hamilton McKay Professorship in Biosciences and Human Health

Davidson College
Davidson, North Carolina (US)
February 27 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type



Davidson College (http://davidson.edu/) 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 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 integrity.

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. For additional information, see http://ci.davidson.nc.us/462/This-is-Davidson.

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 (www.opuspartners.net) 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 craig.smith@opuspartners.net. 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 mission.