Fr. Ferree Chair of Social Justice

Position Posting

The University of Dayton (UD) seeks an outstanding educator and scholar in the Catholic social tradition to serve as the Fr. Ferree Chair of Social Justice (“the Ferree Chair”). This is an exceptional opportunity for a distinguished scholar to advance interdisciplinary teaching and research in the Catholic social tradition that addresses issues of social justice.

The Ferree Chair joins UD at an important moment in its history. Eric F. Spina became the 19th president of UD in 2016. President Spina has spent his first two years bringing the historically collaborative community together through a strategic visioning. That vision calls on the University of Dayton to become a university “committed to the common good” and identifies the Catholic social tradition as a major theme in the integration of learning and scholarship across the University. In addition, it calls for UD to pay special attention to opportunities where teachers and scholars addressing the Catholic social tradition, human rights, and sustainability can work together to advance the common good. See udayton.edu/vision. The Ferree Chair will play a critical role in implementing this vision.

Description of the Fr. Ferree Chair of Social Justice

The Ferree Chair will work across the University to generate, advance, and sustain influential scholarship, teaching, and community engagements (local, national, and international) that advance social justice in pursuit of the common good, in alignment with the missions of the Society of Mary and the University of Dayton. The Ferree Chair is a distinguished position providing a visionary teacher-scholar the opportunity to lead innovative, high impact scholarly research, curricular and pedagogical initiatives, and community-grounded collaborations that advance social justice in pursuit of the common good. The Ferree Chair should bring national visibility to the University’s commitment to the common good, helping to position the University as a leader in this arena.

The Ferree Chair will play a critical role in developing collaborations across the University to promote the integration of the Catholic social tradition into the undergraduate and graduate curriculum and the scholarly life of the University. Of particular importance to the Ferree Chair is stimulating and building productive interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations among the University’s faculty, students, and staff.

The Ferree Chair will give special attention to opportunities for productive collaboration with University centers, institutes, and other endowed chairs, which provide significant resources and partnerships. These include the Human Rights Center, home to the to the nation's first undergraduate human rights studies program and host of the biannual Social Practice of Human Rights Conference and the Oscar Romero Human Rights Award; the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community which builds partnerships for both comprehensive community building and as a context for connected learning and scholarship; and the Hanley Sustainability Institute which advances the University’s commitment to sustainability through a cross-disciplinary collaboration among the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, School of Education and Health Sciences, School of Business Administration, the University of Dayton Research Institute, and within the community. The Ferree Chair will also draw upon the partnership of numerous other endowed chairs in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and the professions.

The Ferree Chair will work to advance connections between the University and regional, national, and international networks of scholars, centers, and institutes working in the Catholic social tradition.

The Ferree Chair is a tenured faculty position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. Tenure will be held in an academic department and may be appointed jointly in an appropriate school, department, center, or institute, contingent on the approval of the provost and associated dean(s). The Ferree Chair will receive support for a graduate assistant, a full-time administrative assistant, and substantial funds for research, programs, and initiatives commensurate with its responsibilities.

Responsibilities for the Fr. Ferree Chair of Social Justice

The major responsibilities of the Ferree Chair:

  1. Teaching: Teach one course each semester that utilizes Catholic Social Tradition as a major resource.
  2. Research: Pursue scholarly research and publication in Catholic social tradition. A special focus will be to dialogue with the disciplines of the social sciences or the professions. The Ferree Chair would normally present an annual lecture on his or her research agenda.
  3. A University Resource: Serve as a faculty resource to the University’s centers, such as the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community, Human Rights Center, Hanley Sustainability Institute, and the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives; and assist in the integration of the Catholic social tradition in the curriculum, culture and practice.
  4. Partnership with groups outside the University utilizing the Catholic Social Tradition: Stimulate partnerships with other Catholic universities, centers, organizations and Catholic communities of discourse and practice that utilize Catholic social tradition to address important social issues.
  5. Engaging the Fr. Ferree Legacy of Social Justice: Engage Fr. Ferree’s legacy of social justice in light of contemporary social thought and critical issues facing our society, particularly those requiring institutional or structural transformations.
  6. Accountability: The Ferree Chair will report to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Chair will develop and implement a five-year plan, coordinating with the Dean and Provost on a semi-annual basis to set goals and priorities. An annual report of accomplishments will be submitted to the Dean as part of an annual review process.
 

Qualifications

REQUIRED

  • Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in one or more of the academic disciplines or departments represented in the University. 
  • A record of research, teaching and service sufficient to warrant appointment as Associate Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, or one of the professional schools at the University of Dayton.
  • A record of excellence in teaching and research with substantial focus on the Catholic social tradition and social justice to aid in the formation of students and faculty in the Catholic social tradition.
  • Because of the position’s role in aiding in the formation (which is considered ministerial in nature) of students and faculty in the Catholic Social Tradition and Social Justice, the candidate must be a practicing Catholic.

In addition to the above requirements, appointment at the rank of Professor requires a record of research, teaching, and service commensurate with the criteria for promotion to the rank of Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences or one of the professional schools at the University of Dayton.

PREFERRED

  • Successful record of innovative, high-impact scholarly projects that advance social justice; especially projects consonant with Fr. Ferree's concern for the institutional or structural dimensions of social justice.
  • Successful record of collaborative interdisciplinary research and leadership.
  • Successful experience integrating the Catholic social tradition into academic programs and campus culture.
  • Research and teaching agendas that are in dialogue with the social sciences or the professions.
  • Successful experience collaborating with organizations external to the university, including local, national and international networks addressing the Catholic social tradition.
  • Successful experience relating the Catholic traditions of social justice to other traditions and discourses of social justice and to analyze critically their anthropological, social, and epistemological dimensions.
  • A record of research, teaching and service sufficient to warrant appointment as Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Dayton, based on the University’s tenure and promotion criteria.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.
  • Effective presentation skills.
  • Record of advancing diversity in higher education.
  • Expressed willingness to engage with the Catholic and Marianist educational values of the University of Dayton.

Application Process

A complete application consists of the following:

  1. Cover letter addressing how the applicant fulfills the required qualifications and, as appropriate, the preferred qualifications.
  2. Curriculum Vitae.
  3. Contact information for at least three references. References will not be contacted until the committee has narrowed the pool and secured permission from the candidate.

To apply please go to: http://jobs.udayton.edu/postings/27968. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2019.

Nominations may be sent to Paul Vanderburgh, Ferree Chair Search Committee Co-Chair, at pvanderburgh1@udayton.edu.

To learn more about the Fr. Ferree Chair of Social Justice and a complete list of qualifications and responsibilities, visit the website.