The Department of Justice and Peace Studies (JPST) at the University of St. Thomas is seeking creative and energetic candidates with proven leadership skills to teach at the undergraduate level while serving as department chair. The position begins on September 1, 2013 and is open rank. Experienced scholar-practitioners who welcome the challenge of leading a well-established program into an exciting new period of development are especially encouraged to apply.
The JPST department recently completed an extended process of strategic planning aimed at consolidating its role within a Catholic university that combines commitment to liberal arts with strong professional training. (Report is available at http://www.stthomas.edu/justpeace/files/jpst-str.plan.pdf .) The department has just launched three new skillset-based concentrations in conflict transformation, public policy analysis and advocacy, and leadership for social justice. Sustaining these and other new initiatives will require administrative leadership capable of publicizing the department and attracting new students. Candidates must be enthusiastic about this vision, since a key part of evaluation will focus on success at growing and developing the department in accord with these plans.
The JPST department prepares students to work for cooperative social change in a world of diverse cultures and worldviews. A distinctive feature of our department will continue to be its pedagogy of experiential and engaged learning, which we call the “Circle of Praxis” that integrates theory and action as well as descriptive and normative analysis. While candidates must be prepared to teach broadly in the field of justice, peace, and conflict studies, training and experience in conflict transformation will best complement the expertise of current faculty. Ability to teach occasional courses in one of our partner departments (e.g., one of the social sciences) will be helpful.
Core administrative responsibilities for the JPST department chair correspond with those of any department chair at the university, including personnel management and faculty development, budgeting and reporting, assessment and curricular oversight, all while serving as a liaison, advocate and interpreter of the department vis-a-vis diverse units within the university. In addition, the JPST chair is expected to oversee the wider, public, programmatic activities of the department, such as arranging for speakers and other events, and to promote the department among partner organizations and individuals in the community.
Established in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is located in the major metropolitan area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, and is Minnesota’s largest private university. Its 11,000 students pursue degrees in a wide range of liberal arts, professional, and graduate programs.
Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good, and seeks to develop individuals who combine career competency with cultural awareness and intellectual curiosity. The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.
The University of St. Thomas has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion, to equal opportunity policies and practices, and to the principles and goals of affirmative action. In that spirit, the University welcomes nominations and applications from a broad and diverse applicant pool.
To receive consideration, a candidate must have completed a terminal degree. The ideal candidate will hold a doctorate in a graduate program of peace and conflict studies, with experience in both teaching and on-the-ground peacebuilding. In order to advocate for the department among diverse university constituencies, strong candidates should be conversant with Catholic social teaching.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample(s), and evidence of teaching ability, as well as letters of reference or the names of those who will be submitting confidential letters of reference. Candidates will be notified before any confidential references are contacted. Position is open until filled. For more information, please contact Gerald Schlabach, Profesor of Theology and Chair of the Department of Justice and Peace Studies, at (651) 962-5332 or firstname.lastname@example.org .