Open Faculty Positions 2018-2019
Luther College is an undergraduate liberal arts college with a population of two thousand students located in Decorah, IA. Our faculty and students are highly engaged in academics and research, music programs, athletics, sustainability, and service. Founded in 1861 by Norwegian immigrants, Luther values its heritage, just as it values the diversity of its students, staff, and faculty, who hail from many faith backgrounds and heritages. Coming from 39 states and 74 countries, 11% of our students are domestic students of color and 8% are international students.
Our location in the beautiful driftless region of northeast Iowa offers a wealth of opportunities not often found in small towns. The economic vitality of the Decorah area is attributable to being a regional hub for outdoor recreation, two nationally recognized healthcare systems, top ranked schools, business, agriculture, specialty retail, dining, and tourism. In a scenic rural setting, we are an easy 70 mile drive to three urban cities including Rochester, MN, home of Mayo Clinic and an IBM major campus.
Luther College is committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty, with a focus on mentoring and providing development opportunities and support to new faculty cohorts. This support includes new faculty workshops, development and research funding, faculty mentoring groups, providing membership to National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), and opportunities through the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). Applicants from historically underrepresented groups, in particular ethnic, racial and gender groups are encouraged to become a candidate for the following positions. See additional details for each position and application requirements at https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com.
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: Luther College seeks an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and History (a shared appointment in our Departments of Africana Studies and History); this is a tenure-eligible position to begin in August 2018. Ph.D. in History at time of appointment preferred; exceptional ABDs will be considered at Instructor rank. Specialization is open, but teaching responsibilities will include a survey course in African-American history, at least one course of the US history survey sequence, and other courses in the instructor’s area of interest. The candidate will also participate in Paideia 111 and 112, the all-college interdisciplinary course for first-year students that includes writing instruction. Additional duties include student advising, committee and departmental work, scholarship and meeting with prospective students. Review of applications begins February 20, 2018 and continues until the position is filled. Luther College is participating in the ACM-Big Ten Academic Alliance Faculty Fellows Program for a Diverse Professoriate funded by the Mellon Foundation; candidates from backgrounds underrepresented in higher education and with doctoral degrees from “Big Ten” institutions are especially encouraged to apply for this position.
COMPUTER SCIENCE/DATA SCIENCE: Luther College seeks an Assistant Professor of Computer Science, a tenure track position, to begin in August 2018. A Ph.D. in Computer Science, Data Science, or related discipline by September 1, 2018 preferred; ABD in Computer or Data Science required. We are seeking a dedicated teacher who is committed to student engagement and learning in a private liberal arts setting. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach a broad range of courses; the ability to teach both introductory and advanced courses in computer science and data science would be beneficial. Additional duties include student advising, committee and departmental work, scholarship and meeting with prospective students. Review of applications begins February 12, 2018 and continues until the position is filled.
ECONOMICS: Luther College seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics. This is a one-year (2018-19 academic year) non-tenure track position to begin late August 2018. The successful applicant will be encouraged to apply for a tenure-eligible position the College expects to fill prior to the 2019-20 academic year. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. or expect to complete all requirements by fall 2018. The ideal candidate will be able to teach introductory economics and elective courses in the candidate’s field. Applicants with a background in macroeconomics or econometrics are especially encouraged to apply although strong applicants from all fields will be fully considered. Opportunities exist for funding to pursue scholarship. Review of applications begins February 28, 2018 and continues until the position is filled.
MOLECULAR/CELLULAR BIOLOGY: Luther College seeks applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, with expertise in molecular/cellular biology. This is a three-year (annual renewal) non-tenure track position to begin late August 2018. Opportunities exist for research funding to maintain or pursue scholarship during the academic calendar or summer months. Review of applications begins February 15, 2018 and continues until the position is filled.
POLITICAL SCIENCE: Luther College seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, with expertise in the field of Comparative Politics. This is a one-year, non-tenure track position to begin late August 2018. Ph.D. preferred; candidates who are advanced ABD will be considered. Teaching responsibilities will include Global Politics, Comparative Politics, and courses in the candidate’s geographic (outside the US) or thematic area of expertise: for example Latin American politics, or the politics of development. Review of applications begins February 22, 2018 and continues until the position is filled.