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Faculty and Chair for Community Transformation

Department: MCUTS Program
Location: Memphis

Union University seeks a qualified individual for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position within the Community Transformation program for its Memphis College of Urban and Theological Studies campus to begin Fall 2021. This position also serves as the Chair for the Community Transformation program. Rank assignment commensurate with education and experience.  

Union University is a private, coeducational liberal arts-based university offering bachelorís, masterís and doctoral degrees. The campus is located in Jackson, Tenn. (80 miles northeast of Memphis) with additional campuses in Germantown, Hendersonville, and Memphis, Tenn. Union University currently enrolls about 3,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 48 states and 15 countries. Union University stands as a national leader among colleges and universities in promoting a Christian worldview and a Christ-centered approach to education. Union is consistently ranked among the nationís premier Christian universities and has been recognized as a top tier institution each year since 1997 by U.S. News & World Report, which also recognized Union at a national level for undergraduate teaching excellence.

Position Description:

  • Chair the Community Transformation program and provide administrative support and development of the programs degree programs including certificate, associate, and bachelor programs in Entrepreneurial Leadership and Nonprofit Management
  • Coordinate the ongoing assessment of degree programs and recommendations related to new programs and the continuation of existing programs.
  • Serve as the primary advisor for students in their two bachelor programs.
  • Teach 7 courses in their field (with a one-course load reduction for administrative duties).
  • Participate in department, college, and university-wide committees as part of ongoing institutional service.
  • Remain current in the field and engaging in ongoing publication and professional development.
  • In consultation with the Dean, the faculty member will recruit and vet adjunct instructors for their program.
  • Evaluate all adjunct instructors on an annual basis.


Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a terminal degree in theology or a doctorate in business is preferred. MBA candidates will be considered if they have extensive work experience and be conversant with the intersection of faith and work. ABD candidates in theology will be considered but must be within 1 year of completion of their doctoral dissertation and continued employment will be contingent on their completion of the degree.  

The candidate can be either a theologian working in the area of Faith, Works and Economics (FWE) or someone in business who has a clear understanding of/experience in the intersection between faith and work. The candidate will affirm an understanding of FWE, that supports work in under-resourced communities, which is focused on wealth development, job skills training, financial stability, and education within a private sector, free-market system. They will affirm MCUTS approach to community development which places an emphasis on training local churches and church leaders to impact their community by instilling in their congregations the theological value of work and that helps train congregations to move past emergency assistance programs to develop comprehensive work and skills-based programs. 

Successful candidates must be professing Christians who are active members of a local church, enthusiastically support Union Universityís Identity, Mission, and Core Values, and articulate a Christian worldview in their work and life

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