Alaska Pacific University (APU) invites applications for Assistant or Associate Professor of Religion/Cardinal Newman Chair of Catholic Theology. Candidates should have specialization in Catholic Theology with additional interests in Indigenous traditions and Ecumenical, Inter-Faith and Inter-Religious concerns.
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 doctoral- level degrees, with emphasis on Alaska-critical and globally relevant issues. Focused on competency development and cultural relevancy, the APU curriculum fosters high-level intellectual and practical skills, a wide-ranging knowledge of science, cultures, and society, and an active commitment to personal and social responsibility. APU’s transition into a Tribal university is underway with goals to honor Alaska’s Indigenous heritage, exemplify excellence, and prepare pathways for educational attainment and student success. The University is committed to growing innovative programs that are responsive to the workforce needs of Alaska, as well as growing Alaska Native and Alaskan professionals from within the state.
The Program Area
The Liberal Studies program offers a broad spectrum of core curriculum and specialized studies dedicated to developing cultural and historical perspective. The Liberal Studies Bachelor of Arts includes concentrations in Religion Studies, Literature, Philosophy, Writing, and Pre-Law. Other undergraduate degrees offered are BAs 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 and Environment, which also includes Outdoor Studies, Education, Marine and Environmental Science, and Environmental Public Health programs.
Duties of the Position
The contract carries a 9-month teaching load of 24 credit hours per year, typically 2-3 courses per year with release for Cardinal Newman Chair responsibilities. Assignments are focused on the undergraduate level, emphasizing religion and cultural studies. Course assignments are based upon the 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 service to the university and broader community.
As Cardinal Newman Chair of Theology, the position requires working with the Cardinal Newman Board and the Archdiocese of Anchorage to develop and lead community engagement on Catholic thought.
Rank and Salary
Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor. Salary and rank are dependent upon educational preparation and experience, with salary prescribed 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 religious studies or related field at time of appointment preferred. Candidates should be able to demonstrate expertise in a core competency area related to religious and spiritual competencies. Candidates should understand the unique history and trauma associated with western religion in Alaska. Candidates with experience teaching Alaska Native/American Indian students or working with Indigenous communities and with demonstrated expertise in both teaching and mentoring 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 (1) unofficial copies of all academic transcripts, (2) examples of teaching effectiveness and/or scholarship, (3) names of three references, and (4) a letter of interest describing how the applicant’s professional and pedagogical goals fit with APU’s dedication to experiential and project-based learning. Please submit materials to email@example.com. Please direct questions about the position to: Paul Twardock, Director of the Institute of Culture and Environment, firstname.lastname@example.org, 4101 University Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508. Completed applications should be received by October 13th, 2019, for full consideration.
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