The Medical Humanities Program at Montclair State University is seeking an instructor to teach one section of the undergraduate course MEDH 301 Medicine, Literature, and Illness. The course meets in person; the university is located in northern New Jersey not far from Manhattan. Prospective candidates should have a Master’s degree or higher in Medical Humanities, Narrative Medicine, or a related field. Please submit a CV and brief cover letter to Jeff Gatrall (email@example.com) asap. Interviews will begin immediately. BIPOC are encouraged to apply.
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As for the syllabus, instructors are free to design the course as they like. We do provide advice, templates, sample syllabi, etc. as needed. They don’t have to reinvent everything! I’m working on my own syllabus and hope to have it finalized over the next couple days. I’d be happy to share it. (I’m teaching the other section of the course.)
Here’s the catalog description—this, too, is all flexible. Most instructors incorporate perspectives and applications from the field.
Prerequisite(s): MEDH 204 or approval of the Medical Humanities Program Director. This course explores how writers portray the experience of illness in works of fiction, drama, and poetry. Students will read a selection of such classics as Shelley’s Frankenstein, Tolstoy’s Death of Ivan Ilyich, Mann’s “Death in Venice,” Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, and Camus’s The Plague. The course also investigates the fundamental role that narrative plays in our understanding of health and illness. Students will examine nonfiction ranging from patients’ memoirs and advocacy narratives to the embedded narratives in the files, charts, and other records resulting from the clinical encounter. The course will explore a range of subjects over which both literature and medicine have a stake, including representations of disease and dying, the nature of madness and depression, medical authority and patients’ rights, and the importance of empathy in the treatment of illness. Cross listed with MLLT 301. 3 hours lecture.