Open Faculty Positions Fall 2018

Decorah, IA is located in the beautiful driftless region of northeast Iowa.
Commensurate with credentials and experience with full benefits
Mar 12, 2018
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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

BIBLICAL STUDIES:  Luther College seeks Visiting Instructor or Assistant Professor in Biblical Studies. This is a one-year position to begin late August 2018, with the possibility of renewal up to a term of three years. Ph.D./Th.D. preferred at time of appointment; exceptional ABDs will be considered (Instructor rank). Teaching experience required. Specialization may be in Hebrew Bible or New Testament; an emphasis on gender-related or global approaches is welcomed. The successful candidate will have enthusiasm to teach introductory biblical studies courses and other undergraduate courses in biblical studies and religion. We are seeking a candidate who enriches our current faculty’s interests and expertise and who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their teaching, research, and service. Teach five sections of introductory biblical studies, and two additional courses designed according to interest and college need. Active engagement in scholarship and advising also expected. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Applications received by March 27, 2018 will be given full consideration.

NURSING:  Luther College seeks applications for an Assistant Professor of Nursing, with expertise in behavioral health and/or gerontology.  This is a three-to-five year (annual renewal) non-tenure track position to begin late August 2018, with the possibility that the successful candidate will be invited to apply for continued terms.  Teaching responsibilities include behavioral health didactic, behavioral health clinical coordination and clinical teaching, and gerontology.  This teaching load is spread over the fall and spring terms and is geographically located in Rochester, Minnesota with clinical teaching at Mayo Clinic Rochester and Federal Medical Center.  Academic advising responsibilities are expected after the first year of teaching. A Master’s degree in nursing is required; Doctoral degree is preferred.  Successful applicants will demonstrate potential for excellence in college teaching and a commitment to the liberal arts. Position requires clinical nursing experience; experience teaching baccalaureate nursing is preferred. Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in Iowa and Minnesota or ability to obtain by time of hire is required. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

SOCIOLOGY:  Luther College seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology. This is a one year position to begin late August 2018 in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work; a longer-term position may be possible based on college need. Ph.D. is preferred by September 1, 2018; ABDs will be considered (instructor rank). Specialization is open but teaching responsibilities will include Research Methods and Social Statistics courses, and other courses in the instructor’s area of interest; criminology courses would be a plus. The teaching load is 7 courses, spread over the Fall, January, and Spring terms. The successful candidate should demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence in a private liberal arts setting. The sociology program seeks to offer students a broad-based curriculum by faculty with diverse research interests. We seek a teacher-scholar who is well versed in the fundamentals of the discipline and is interested in inclusive and innovative pedagogy. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Applications received by April 2, 2018 will be given full consideration.