Alaska Pacific University (APU) invites applications for Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Religion Studies and Cardinal Newman Chair of Catholic Theology. Candidates should have demonstrated expertise in one of the Catholic theological disciplines as well as a commitment to the study of Indigenous, Ecumenical, and Interfaith understandings.
APU is a small, private liberal arts university, known for experiential and project-based learning. The university campus is in Anchorage, Alaska, a diverse city and home to more than 300,000 residents. APU offers a unique set of bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate level degrees, with emphasis on Alaska-critical and globally-relevant issues. APU embraces competency development and cultural relevancy throughout the curriculum, fostering high-level intellectual and practical skills, wide-ranging knowledge of science, cultures, and society, and an active commitment to personal and social responsibility APU’s campus sits adjacent to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) on the Alaska Native Health Campus. APU and ANTHC have formed a strategic partnership, with the aspiration of moving APU towards Tribal University status, growing innovative programs that are responsive to the workforce needs of Alaska, as well as growing Alaskan and Alaska Native professionals from within the state.
The Program Area
The Cardinal Newman Chair of Catholic Theology is established as an endowed professorship through a collaboration between APU and the Archdiocese of Anchorage. The position provides leadership for community engagement on Catholic thought as well as Indigenous, Ecumenical, and Interfaith understandings. The faculty position is part of the Liberal Studies program area. The program area offers a broad spectrum of core curriculum and specialized studies dedicated to developing cultural and historical perspective. The Liberal Studies B.A. includes concentrations in Religion Studies, Literature, Philosophy, Writing, and Pre-Law. Other undergraduate degrees offered through Liberal Studies are in Alaska Native Governance, Creative and Professional Writing, and Sustainability Studies. At the graduate level the Master of Arts Program (MAP) is designed for individuals pursuing advanced learning through individualized, self-directed contract learning. Liberal Studies is part of the Institute of Culture & Environment, which also includes Outdoor Studies and Marine & Environmental Science programs.
Duties of the Position
The contract carries a 9-month teaching load of 24 credit hours per year (typically, 2-3 courses per semester with some release for Cardinal Newman Chair responsibilities). Teach assignments are focused on the undergraduate level, emphasizing world religions, ethics, critical thinking, and other explorations of spiritual and cultural studies. Course assignments are based upon expertise and needs of the degree programs. Responsibilities also include mentorship and advising for students. All faculty are encouraged to develop scholarship or creative work in their chosen field. Faculty are expected to participate in outcomes assessment, curriculum development, university committees, as well as other services to the university and broader community.
Rank and Salary
Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor. Salary is dependent upon educational preparation and experience, and is proscribed by a university-wide salary range. APU is a non-tenure college; faculty are eligible for multi-year appointments after initial contracts.
Date of Appointment
Earned doctorate in religion studies or related field at time of appointment. Candidates should be able to demonstrate expertise in a core competency area related to Catholic theology, with additional interest or expertise in Indigenous, Ecumenical, and Interfaith understandings. Candidates who can teach across a broad cross-section of religion, ethics, and cultural studies are preferred.
Application Process & Deadline
Please complete the Application for Employment – up through the “How did you hear about us?” section as well as the Background Check forms. The rest of the form may be skipped as education and experience will be included in your Curriculum Vitae (CV). The Equal Opportunity Self Report is optional. Please upload your CV (in a .txt, .doc, .docx, or .pdf) at the end of the application form. Additional documents, noted below, should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your CV exceeds 4 MB, please include it with the other documents.
In addition to a CV, interested candidates should send:
- a letter of interest describing how the applicant’s professional and pedagogical goals fit with APU’s dedication to experiential and project-based learning;
- unofficial copies of all academic transcripts;
- if available, examples of teaching effectiveness and/or pedagogy;
- names of three references.
Please submit materials to email@example.com. Please direct questions about the position to Professor Paul Twardock, Director of the Institute of Culture & Environment, Alaska Pacific University, firstname.lastname@example.org, 4101 University Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508. Completed applications should be received by February 5, 2018, for full consideration.Apply Online