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Introduction

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Development

 Taipei Medical University is undergoing a period of rapid expansion and internationalization. We are building on our core, the medical colleges and our three hospitals, while developing programs in the Humanities, the Social, Psychological, Natural Sciences, as well as in Law, Engineering and Management. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is to develop research and pedagogy in those fields that traditionally fall within the scope of Arts and Sciences, as well as in Jurisprudence. Moreover, we attempt to cultivate an inter-disciplinary esprit, as evidenced, for example, by our integration of the scientific and the philosophical study of consciousness. 

  Two of our Graduate Institutes have already been established, and a third will be established in 2016. The two existing Institutes focus on social science and law. The third will be dedicated to the psychological and cognitive neurosciences. Our Brain and Consciousness Research Center (BCRC), which was formally established in early 2015, is already conducting multiple lines of collaborative research with the Departments of Radiology, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Nuclear Medicine at Shuang Ho Hospital. BCRC is the platform upon which the third Institute will be established.  

 As we move rapidly toward formal establishment of that Institute, our Ministry of Science and Technology (Taiwan's National Science Council) grant for the "nurturing of young scholars" provides us with a vehicle for involving students from Taipei Medical University, along with students from many other universities throughout Taiwan, thereby ensuring that in 2016 not only will we have faculty in place, we will also have a cohort of students who are prepared to be fully engaged in the Institute's main, interdisciplinary, research mission. 

  We are also developing an Arts and Humanities Center that will be formally established during the Fall of 2015. In fact, programs sponsored by the faculty members involved in developing this Center began in 2013, including a university-wide undergraduate course. Plans include expansion of the Arts and Humanities curriculum, book publication, as well as the sponsoring of workshops, lectures, and other events.

 Currently the College’s Main Office is on the 3rd floor of the Hsing-Chun Building, while Institute and Research Center offices are distributed among several buildings on the TMU campus and the Shuang Ho Hospital Campus. During the Spring of 2015, construction of a Humanities and Social Science Building will begin. We anticipate moving most of our offices into that building before the end of 2016, though the BCRC offices and laboratories will remain in Shuang Ho Hospital. 

  All of our faculty members are researchers and instructors. We take it as a fundamental principle that faculty must have a mastery of their area of specialization and be able to clearly express what they know. These are basic to both research and teaching. But ours is a research institution, which we take to mean, among other things, that research and pedagogy are symbiotic.   We seek to hire and cultivate faculty who are able to carry out creative research and, to the greatest extent possible, introduce their students to the world that is coming—not the world of the past. 

  Knowledge is the most fragile of things. Those of us who work either directly or indirectly with the medical sciences know this all too well. Dogma is not the business of a university. We recruit faculty and students who realize the fragility of knowledge and who reject academic dogma.   Universities must always tilt toward the future. 

  During this period of rapid growth and internationalization, we strongly encourage and welcome applications for faculty positions from persons of any nation. If your area of expertise is in any one of the core Humanities or the basic Social, Natural, and Psychological Sciences (including Law), if you have already demonstrated the ability to publish internationally, and if you have university-level classroom experience, please send your CV and a cover letter to Ms. Tiffany Weng (tiffanymy@tmu.edu.tw). Our university is an equal opportunity employer that offers competitive salaries for international faculty along with an excellent health care package; moreover, we can provide many unique opportunities for inter-disciplinary research, especially those that involve medical professionals.

 

 

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