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Falk Chairperson in Socially Responsible Business & Assistant or Associate Professor

Chatham University
Gibsonia, PA, USA

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  • Gibsonia, PA, USA
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    Falk Chair in Socially Responsible Business

    Chatham University is seeking a faculty member at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank to serve as its Falk Chair in Socially Responsible Business. This 12-month position reports to the Director of Sustainability Programs in Chatham's nationally recognized Falk School of Sustainability & Environment, with a secondary reporting line to the Director of Business Programs in the School of Arts, Sciences & Business (SASB).

    The ideal candidate has a compelling vision and significant practical experience in advancing sustainability with a particular focus on the private sector. This endowed chair is the focal point for expanding the Falk School's external relationships with business at a regional and national scale, as well as with other stakeholders focused on the sustainability transition within the private sector. These mutually beneficial partnerships enrich our undergraduate and graduate programs in sustainability through experience-based learning opportunities for students and timely insights from practitioners in the dynamic fields of sustainability.

    The selected candidate will:

    • Bring greater visibility to Chatham University's standing as a premiere institution for educating the next generation of sustainability leaders.
    • Provide thought leadership both on and off campus regarding business sustainability best practices.
    • Develop experiential capstone programs, certificate programs and engagements for undergraduate and graduate students to promote skills development.
    • Teach graduate and undergraduate courses in fields related to sustainability and the private sector.
    • Collaborate with Falk School and SASB faculty to facilitate cutting edge business sustainability course content and practical advising objectives.
    • Generate ideas for leveraging the full potential of the living, learning laboratory of Eden Hall Campus to benefit Chatham and surrounding communities.

    Recruitment for this position is guided by a search advocate whose role is to foster a diverse and inclusive candidate pool. The search committee will utilize non-biased interviewing and evaluation techniques in the selection process. A review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

    Chatham University strives to promote multicultural awareness, understanding and competencies within our community. We actively work to build and sustain an engaged, inclusive, diverse, and equitable campus culture, which in turn promotes employee and student satisfaction, retention, and success, both individually and collectively.

    Responsibilities & Duties:

    • Serve as the focal point for Chatham University's programs and partnerships related to sustainable business.
    • Teach 12 credits per academic year in courses such as Sustainability Assessment & Reporting, Corporate Social Responsibility, Green & Social Innovation, Corporate Finance, and Sustainable Supply Chain Management.
    • Guide the academic advising process regarding critical sustainability knowledge, skills, and abilities in demand in the workplace.
    • Supervise and support student capstone projects and theses.
    • Perform service to the University, such as appointed and elected committee work.
    • Perform service to the profession and community, such as board memberships, executive officer positions, steering committee work, or other collective efforts that foster Chatham's reputation as a thought leader in sustainable business.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Academic Training: PhD or other terminal degree in a field related to sustainable business including, but not limited to, sustainable business administration, economics, law, supply chain management, marketing, renewable energy, corporate finance, data analytics, or corporate social responsibility.
    • Professional Practice: At least three years of professional experience in the private sector with duties related to sustainability or related fields.
    • Faculty Experience: University-level teaching experience, in a traditional classroom or practice-based setting, in sustainability or related subjects.
    • Experience working with faculty, staff and students with diverse backgrounds, identities, and perspectives.
    • Commitment to contributing to an inclusive and equitable campus community and region.
    • A high degree of emotional intelligence, excellent listening skills, cultivated patience for collaborative processes, and a positive, solution-oriented attitude regarding conflict and disagreement

    Renewal and promotion follow Chatham standards for administrative faculty and will focus on cultivation of a professional practice, rather than traditional academic scholarship.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience as an Assistant or Associate Professor in a higher education institution.
    • Experience developing partnerships that connect educational institutions with private sector business in mutually beneficial collaboration.
    • Knowledge of and experience with the intersection of social justice issues and environmental sustainability in either professional or academic settings.

    To Apply:

    Chatham is committed to developing an inclusive campus community and encourage applications by members of historically underrepresented groups.

    Candidate materials should detail how one's professional and teaching background have supported the success of first-generation college students and individuals from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented.

    Interested candidates should visit and follow the instructions to complete the application process. To ensure full consideration, applications should include all of the following:

    • Cover letter addressing the qualifications of the position
    • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    • Statements addressing the value of (1) Student-Professional Collaboration and (2) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    • Contact information for three professional references
    All documents should be uploaded in the "Resume" section at the same time at the time of application.

    Chatham University offers competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package, including tuition remission for qualified employees and their dependents.

    Chatham University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Persons of color, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Chatham University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.

    About Chatham University:

    Founded in 1869, Chatham University has an enrollment of over 2,200 students across over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence: sustainability & health, the arts & sciences, and business & communications. Chatham has consistently been named a College of Distinction and a "Best College" by U.S. News & World Report, and-as the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson (Class of '29)-is perennially ranked as one of the greenest colleges in the United States by Sierra Magazine and the Princeton Review.

    Chatham University


    About Chatham

    Founded in 1869, Chatham University is a fully coed institution with an enrollment of over 2,200 students and over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence: health & sustainability; business & communication; and the arts & sciences. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson ’29, and is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been selected as one of the Top 50 Green Colleges by The Princeton Review; ranked in the top five nationally for sustainability achievements in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS); and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places "contributing to Pittsburgh's transformation into a destination for green living."

    Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opened in 2014 the world's first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus. Consistently ranked as a best college by U.S. News & World Report in the Regional Universities North category, Chatham consists of the School of Health Sciences; the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment; the School of Arts, Science & Business; and the School for Continuing & Professional Studies.

    Accreditation The University is accredited by the:

    · Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

    · Pennsylvania Department of Education

    · Pennsylvania Department of Education Teacher Certification Program

    · Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

    · Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant

    · American Chemical Society

    · American Psychology Association

    · Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

    · Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

    · Council for Interior Design Accreditation

    · Council on Social Work Education

    · International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education

    · Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council


    Mission Statement Chatham University prepares its students to build lives of purpose, value, and fulfilling work. Through professional skill development and liberal arts learning, Chatham prepares its graduates to be informed and engaged citizens in their communities; to recognize and respect diversity of culture, identity, and opinion; and to live sustainably.

    Student Life Students at Chatham University immerse themselves in academics, co-curricular activities, and city life here in Pittsburgh, PA. At Chatham University, you’ll find an academic and social environment where everyone, from professors in the classroom to strong alumnae/alumni networks to fellow students, cares about your future. The Office of Student Affairs at Chatham is committed to assisting students in becoming active members of the campus community through a variety of programs and services. Student Affairs staff members are here to help Chatham students stretch their imaginations, learn about themselves, discover the world, and achieve their aspirations. Chatham University has a lot in store for students outside the classroom.

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