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Manchester seeks candidates for endowed Peace Studies professorship

Gladdys Muir

Position: Muir Professor of Peace Studies 
Department: Peace Studies Program 
Campus: North Manchester, Indiana 

Job Responsibilities and Duties: The Peace Studies program invites applications for the position of Gladdys Muir Professor of Peace Studies at the Associate Professor or Professor rank depending upon qualifications. This is a full-time, tenure track position that will begin in Fall of 2017. The program seeks a person with a strong commitment to, and demonstrated excellence in, undergraduate teaching and interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Manchester University is home to the world’s first undergraduate peace studies program, established in 1948.  The program is grounded on commitments to nonviolence, the promotion of human rights, and an international system congenial to just peace.  It is coordinated by a council of faculty from across the academic disciplines.  

Essential Job Functions:

  • Teach eighteen semester hours per academic year (typically six courses), including courses for program majors and for the University’s general education program. This includes a January term course which may be taught as an off-campus travel course.
  • Teach upper level courses in the candidate’s area of specialization, as well as introductory courses in peace studies and conflict resolution.
  • Serve as an academic advisor and actively participate in faculty governance, including meeting attendance at college and departmental levels as well as committee meetings.
  • Pursuance of an active research agenda.
  • Serve as co-editor of the Journal of Religion, Conflict, and Peace.
  • Maintain professional effectiveness, including an active interest in scholarship; intellectual integrity; professionalism; cooperation in all phases of the academic program; incorporation of current best practices in teaching; and above all, a vital interest in student learning.
  • Meeting assigned classes at the scheduled locations and for the scheduled durations
  • Directing and attending non-class activities, as appropriate
  • Participating in faculty governance, including attending meetings—full faculty, division, department, and committee—and fulfilling attendant responsibilities
  • Developing course syllabi
  • Administering examinations and assessing student learning
  • Working in a professional, collegial and team-oriented manner with the University community
  • Maintaining compliance with policies and procedures in the Faculty Manual 


  • Ph.D. by time of appointment in peace studies or a related field
  • The disciplinary specialization for this position is open but we particularly encourage applications from scholars with a commitment to strategic peacebuilding within the context of interdisciplinary teaching and research. Areas of specialization may include, but are not limited to, nonviolent conflict transformation, strategies for creating and supporting quality peace, restorative and transitional justice, interpersonal and community dispute resolution, and sustainable development. 
  • Interest in teaching in the First Year Seminar program (a writing-intensive course on topics of the instructor’s choosing) is desirable.
  • Teaching experience strongly preferred
    Demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary approaches and undergraduate liberal arts education
  • Effective presentation skills
  • Effective organizational and administrative skills
  • Ability to deliver course content and to assist students in understanding course content
  • Ability to evaluate student writing and to provide effective feedback
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with students, faculty, staff, and administrators
  • Ability to adapt to changing teaching and learning environments and content-delivery methods
  • Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues, in the best interests of the students
  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities, meet deadlines, and respond to students’ legitimate needs in a timely manner
  • Ability and willingness to work with students of all skill levels and academic backgrounds
  • Ability and willingness to perform clerical work for oneself, as necessary
  • Basic leadership, budgetary and supervisory skills
  • Proficient in spoken and written English
  • Basic computer proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, e-mail and internet use

Work Schedule: Onsite classes are generally scheduled between 8 AM and 5 PM.  Some classes, seminars, events and/or meetings may be scheduled in the evening or on the weekend.

What We Offer: We offer competitive pay and the opportunity to serve in a dynamic educational environment committed to graduating persons of ability and conviction. We are consistently ranked as an Honor Roll Great College to Work For by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

To Apply:  We seek a candidate with a commitment to working effectively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Submit transcripts, three letters of recommendation, CV, teaching philosophy, and evidence of effective teaching to:

Apply online by visiting: http://www.manchester.edu/ohr/apply/faculty/

Due to limited attachment space, please upload a cover letter and curriculum vita/resume only.  Email transcripts, teaching philosophy, evidence of effective teaching, and three letters of recommendation to jnsteele@manchester.edu.  

Manchester University is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants who further diversify our faculty and staff are warmly welcome.