Wednesday, November 17, 2010
POSITION TITLE: Research Associate (Limited Term). DEPARTMENT: Faculty of Law.
TERM: 1 year (with possibility of renewal). Start date immediate. SALARY: $60,000-$73,600 (depending on qualification) plus UT benefits. SUPERVISOR’S TITLE: Professor / Canada Research Chair.
PURPOSE: The Research Associate (Limited Term) provides research and management support in the execution of the supervisor's role as Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy. Reporting to Colleen M. Flood, a CRC Chair in Health Law and Policy, who is also the outgoing Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute for Health Services and Policy Research, the Research Associate (Limited Term) is expected to provide research services and manage the research portfolio of the Chair. He or she will be required to maintain positive and continuous interactions with people with whom the Chair has contact, including senior officials in national and provincial organisations that conduct work related to health law and services/policy.
QUALIFICATIONS: Formal Education: Candidates must hold a law degree and/or post-graduate education in health policy and/or political science and/or economics or equivalent combination of education and experience. Project Management certification an asset. Experience: Experience in a university setting as well as experience in preparing manuscripts or research grants an asset. Experience working with multiple strict deadlines and multiple priorities. Other: Must possess excellent communication skills in both oral and written form. Should demonstrate ability to successfully negotiate and organize complex tasks. Experience and proficiency using various software programs (Excel, Word, Outlook, Access and Power Point) and use of OECD and other health services/health policy databases.
DUTIES: Management of the Chair’s research agenda and research assistants (between two and five students). This includes meeting regularly with the Chair to discuss research agenda content, allocation of tasks to research assistants, meeting with RA's to discuss their tasks, and reviewing output from RA's. Development of presentations and speeches: The Chair must often present her work at various research and decision-making conferences and events and the Research Associate (Limited Term) will sometimes be required to help in the development of papers, presentations, power point slides and speech notes. Proofreading and editing of articles, book chapters, and assisting with the research and writing of opinion pieces; minute taking at colloquia and research workshops, etc. Conducting primary research, such as literature reviews and synthesis and legislative analysis, particularly in the areas of public/private financing, comparative health law and policy, governance and accountability, wait time management, regulation of quality and safety, etc. Event Management: Oversees the coordination of details concerning the arrangement of events including: developing budgets and agenda, producing and sending invitations, booking the venue, arranging catering, transportation, security, equipment, and any other required details. These duties are accomplished through constant contact; the incumbent reports directly to the Chair.
Challenges and Difficulties may Include: Being flexible enough to meet tight deadlines and organizing priorities to accommodate new, urgent matters at short notice. Working longer hours in the lead-up to events and meetings. Some travel is required (approximately 5%). Outcome/Consequence of Error: Deadlines for writing (books, articles, opinion pieces, etc) must be met or funding is at risk. Research assistants must be properly managed to ensure quality and timely delivery of research work. Event management is key to ensuring continued funding of research agenda. Budget planning is key to ensure financial success of events and research projects. The incumbent will provide direct support to the Chair. The travel and work itinerary of the Chair will require that the incumbent work and supervise staff and students independently much of the time.
Please send a letter of interest plus c.v. and a list of references to Bryan Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org), ph. (416) 978 5210. Applications should be received by 5pm January 15, 2011.
Hat Tip Ed Richards
Sunday, November 14, 2010
The Catholic Church is holding a week- long conference to help its priests and bishops learn to distinguish when a person needs psychiatric or other medical care from when a person needs an exorcism. The goal is not necessarily to revive the practice of exorcism but to identify those who need a medical rather than spiritual intervention so that appropriate medical care can be arranged. The NYT reports:
The rite of exorcism, rendered gory by Hollywood and ridiculed by many modern believers, has largely fallen out of favor in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States.
There are only a handful of priests in the country trained as exorcists, but they say they are overwhelmed with requests from people who fear they are possessed by the Devil.
Now, American bishops are holding a conference on Friday and Saturday to prepare more priests and bishops to respond to the demand. The purpose is not necessarily to revive the practice, the organizers say, but to help Catholic clergy members learn how to distinguish who really needs an exorcism from who really needs a psychiatrist, or perhaps some pastoral care.