Full Time Faculty for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program: MLK Legacy Studies Specialization Coordinator



Job description

Union Institute & University, a national nonprofit university for adult learners offering programs leading to bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees, is seeking a full-time faculty position in the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Studies Specialization associated with our Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program. The primary responsibility will be the intellectual, programmatic, and administrative leadership of the Martin Luther King Legacy Studies, which is unique in the world. Additionally, matching academic preparation and expertise, the successful candidate will teach one or more courses each semester in one of the four Ph.D. program concentrations (Ethical & Creative Leadership, Public Policy & Social Change, Educational Justice & Equity, and Humanities & Culture). This position requires a Ph.D. in the humanities, social sciences, or related discipline, evidence of an active and productive research agenda, and excellent college or graduate teaching experience. Strong preference for a scholar who has actively engaged in social activism, community organizing, or advocacy experience aimed at racial, economic, gender, migratory, and/or climate justice.

Union Institute & University’s Ph.D. Program in Interdisciplinary Studies is designed for working/professional adults and is offered in a low-residency format that combines face-to-face residencies with a variety of approaches to distance instruction. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary study, with a strong attentiveness to social justice, creativity, and engaging difference. The low-residency, distance format of the program does not require Cincinnati residence. Faculty are expected to attend a week-long residency in early January and early July in Cincinnati. We encourage applications from historically under-represented groups as well as individuals who have had experience with diverse student populations.

Teaching and professional development responsibilities

The MLK Legacy Studies Specialization, founded in 2007, is centered on expanding, deepening, and challenging the legacy of thought and work of those who took part in, wrote about, and contributed to struggles for freedom and justice in years past and in our current time of troubles.

The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active research agenda accompanied by regular publication; to teach foundational and advanced seminars at the doctoral level; to be involved with dissertation advising; and to serve on program and university committees. Participation in professional scholarly organizations, advocacy groups, or organizations reasonably related to their field of scholarship and doctoral program goals is also expected.

The candidate will have a Ph.D. in the humanities, social sciences, leadership studies, public policy or related discipline with demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship, research, and teaching. Preference will be given to candidates with prior graduate teaching experience and a publication record commensurate with graduate teaching who are able to chair doctoral dissertation committees and whose research/teaching interests include one or more of the following areas: social movement theory & practice; Black, Latino/a/x, ethnic, Indigenous, and/or LGBTQIA+ histories; Afrofuturism; and “lived theology.”

Applicants should demonstrate evidence of experience in academic program design, program leadership and resource development. Particular attention will be paid to those applications that evidence scholarly knowledge of and direct engagement in freedom and justice movements in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Union Institute & University is a private, non-profit university, founded in 1964, accredited by the regional Higher Learning CommissionThe University is an Equal Opportunity educator and employer. We are committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourage applications from women, racial and sexual minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Union Institute & University does not discriminate based on national origin, race, color, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, genetic information, pregnancy, and Uniform Services or veteran status or any other characteristic prohibited by law, in its educational programs and activities, employment, daily operations and admissions policies, in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and university policies. No retaliation shall be initiated against any person who makes a good faith report of a violation.

How to apply

Application materials should include an application letter, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for at least three references. Review of applications will begin on July 1 and will continue until the position is filled. We expect the position to begin on September 1.

Letters of recommendation may be requested at a later date in the search process. In addition, candidates selected for further review will be asked to submit a summary or examples of teaching evaluations, a conference paper or (preferably) published work. No references will be contacted without prior notification. Finalists will be asked to deliver an online presentation to the Ph.D. community.

Since 1964, Union Institute & University has redefined higher education by placing learners at the center of their own education. Whether you are returning to complete an unfinished degree, seeking an advanced degree to further your professional development, or fulfilling a lifetime goal, Union has an academic program to match your needs, your schedule, and your aspirations.