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Assistant or Associate Professor of Peacebuilding

Eastern Mennonite University
Harrisonburg, Virginia

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Eastern Mennonite University, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, seeks to hire a multidisciplinary cohort of faculty to advance the university’s strategic goals for inclusive excellence, striving to be more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds to apply. As a vibrant university renowned for its peace and justice emphases, EMU is dedicated to enhancing racial justice and social change, and we provide opportunities for faculty collaboration across disciplines and communities. Candidates must have a strong commitment to high quality teaching and be enthusiastic about mentoring and advising students, particularly those from underrepresented/underserved populations. In addition to teaching excellence, successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to scholarship and to service, both on and off campus. More details about EMU’s cohort hiring initiative are available at this link.

POSITION: Full-time Assistant or Associate Professor in a tenure-track faculty position for Peacebuilding 

The peacebuilding emphasis at EMU focuses on education for understanding relational and structural situations of violence and injustice, and education for professional practice that works toward conditions for sustainable peace with justice. Peacebuilding is embodied at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) and EMU through such things as care for and repair of relationships, leadership for constructive change, working across social and political boundaries (e.g. race, class, gender, religion, etc.), healing harms, and addressing systemic and structural violence.

The faculty position in peacebuilding will provide peacebuilding experience and expertise to CJP graduate education and training efforts, undergraduate peacebuilding, and programs across the university as needed. The faculty member will join faculty members at CJP and throughout the university collaboratively working for excellence in peacebuilding education through distinction in teaching, strong scholarship, and practical experience in the field.  


Preferred candidates will 

  • Hold a A Ph.D. or other terminal degree in peacebuilding, conflict resolution/conflict transformation, or closely related discipline (e.g., sociology, social justice studies, criminology, law with specialization in peacebuilding). ABDs with teaching experience may be considered.
  • Have practical experience and expertise in conflict transformation and peacebuilding. The applicant will have familiarity with a range of practical applications, and expertise in several areas of applied practice (such as negotiation, mediation, facilitation, training, process design and delivery, trauma and resilience practices, arts and participatory theater, and other skills) and will demonstrate effective advising and support of students who plan to engage in practical peacebuilding work.
  • The strongest candidates will demonstrate knowledge of and have teaching experience in social justice factors in peacebuilding work, including but not limited to racial justice and critical theory, LGBTQ+ justice/queer theory, gender justice and feminist theory, and environmental justice. Ability to speak to peacebuilding theory and practice at the relational, institutional, systemic and structural levels is necessary. 
  • A minimum of three years of teaching experience at the university level or teaching/training adults is required. Strongest candidates will have experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students.
  • Candidates bringing theory and practice in war to peace transitions, reconciliation processes, research methods and analysis for peacebuilding action, practical skills and processes for conflict transformation, monitoring and evaluation and others are welcome. 
  • Facility with participatory, engaged pedagogical practices and teaching hybrid, online, and in-person formats is desired. 
  • EMU is integrating trauma-informed & resilient pedagogical practices into its learning environments. Candidates with experience in this area should feature this in their application materials. 


The faculty member will 

  • Teach courses and support the practice-based degrees offered at CJP including the Masters in Conflict Transformation (MACT), Masters of Restorative Justice (MARJ) and Masters in Transformational Leadership (MATL) programs, and teach select graduate or undergraduate courses in other programs at the University.. 
  • Share advising and supervision for graduate students along with curriculum development and other administrative duties for the content areas of strategic peacebuilding and conflict transformation/resolution in the graduate program. 
  • Contribute to the professional education (training) programs hosted by CJP by providing input on the development of courses and programs that support practitioners. They may also engage those programs in a training/teaching capacity. 

POSITION DETAILS: Nine-month contract, 24 semester hours per year. Salary determined by education and experience. EMU uses a tenure with post-tenure review contract system. 

APPOINTMENT DATE: Positions begin mid-August 2022. EMU reserves the right to fill the position at any time or keep the position open.

INQUIRIES: Application review begins November 1, 2021.  Select applicants will be asked to respond to questions relevant to EMU’s faith-based mission. The cover letter should include information on how the candidate’s experience will contribute to the university’s mission, especially its strategic goals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Application materials, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts (unofficial acceptable) and contact information for three professional references should be submitted here. Informal inquiries may be directed to Dr. David Brubaker, Dean of School or Social Sciences and Professions at [email protected].

Eastern Mennonite University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. EMU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. EMU conducts criminal background investigations as part of the hiring process.

EMU seeks faculty who show promise of or have demonstrated 

  • teaching excellence in a Christian liberal arts environment,
  • a commitment to ongoing scholarship, and
  • familiarity with and respect for Anabaptist/Mennonite Christian faith practices.

EMU pursues creativity, innovation, and excellence in all educational programs and invites students to follow Christ’s call to witness faithfully, serve compassionately, and walk boldly in the way of nonviolence and peace.


A leader among faith-based universities, Eastern Mennonite University emphasizes peacebuilding, sustainability, experiential learning, and cross-cultural engagement. Founded in 1917 in Harrisonburg, Virginia, EMU is an educational institution of Mennonite Church USA. EMU serves students of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds and confers undergraduate, graduate, professional and seminary degrees.

Through 41 majors, 37 minors, two pre-professional programs, 15 teacher education programs/licensures, and four associate degrees, EMU educates students to serve and lead in a global context. A cross-cultural program providing immersion in another culture has long been a requirement for all students. Our community challenges students to pursue their life calling through scholarly inquiry, artistic creation, guided practice, and life-changing cross-cultural encounter.

Professors mentor students to encourage growth in their faith in a caring community, to broaden their worldview through study and relationship-building, and to work collaboratively to reach new academic heights. EMU grads are serving and leading all over the world.


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