Augsburg University seeks a nationally and internationally recognized leader in interfaith learning and leadership to be the inaugural El-Hibri Endowed Chair and Executive Director, [email protected] This endowed position aims to promote a commitment to interfaith leadership that includes knowledge of the world’s religious and humanist traditions, skills in interreligious competence and communication, and sensibilities such as curiosity, humility and civility.
The University seeks a creative and visionary leader who will steward interfaith initiatives of an institution that is guided by “the faith and values of the Lutheran church” and committed to educating students to be “informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders.” In this context, Augsburg is deeply committed to enhancing interfaith leadership on campus and nationally. Importantly, this commitment to interfaith leadership is a priority in Augsburg’s current strategic plan. In addition, the Chair and Executive Director will advance the university-wide priorities of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, research, speaking, and service. Finally, positioned within the university’s Division of Mission and Identity, the El-Hibri Chair and Executive Director will engage interfaith communities locally, nationally, and internationally.
Interfaith engagement is a core aspect of Augsburg’s academic mission and reflects the religious and secular diversity of our campus and surrounding community. Augsburg has committed itself to the belief that religious diversity can be a constructive force serving the common good. To help further that belief, we have established [email protected]: An Institute to Promote Interfaith Learning and Leadership. The Institute’s early work, under the leadership of the Rev. Mark Hanson, illustrates the many ways in which our commitment to interfaith learning and leadership can shape our work on campus and in the wider community. The El-Hibri Chair and Executive Director will lead a strategic planning process that strengthens, integrates, and extends the institute’s work on campus and beyond.
In addition to meeting the general qualifications outlined above, the Chair has more specific responsibilities that will include:
Provide executive leadership for [email protected], including strategic planning, staff supervision, budget management, and program oversight.
Steward the conversation about the importance of interfaith learning and leadership within the university among faculty, students, administrators, and staff, with an emphasis on the intersectionality of religious pluralism and social issues such as racial justice, health care, and science
Develop resources and convene conversations concerning interfaith leadership for businesses, community and religious organizations, and other academic programs and institutions
Be of counsel to the President, Vice Presidents, and Regents
Pursue excellence in scholarship, teaching, speaking, and service within the university and beyond
Function as a thought-leader among faculty and staff
Teach as appropriate, as well as direct the Interfaith Scholars’ Seminar, a year-long seminar on interfaith involving ten stipended upper-division undergraduates from across the university
Work in collaboration with other leaders of the Division for Mission and Identity to advance the university’s mission with the faculty, staff, and students
In collaboration with colleagues in the Division for Mission and Identity and the Vice President for Inclusion, work across the university’s Centers of Commitment to advance institutional commitments to justice, inclusion, equity, and diversity
Work with faculty colleagues to develop curricular resources concerning interfaith leadership for degree and credential programs across the university
Plan public programs that extend interfaith learning, understanding, and relationships
The El-Hibri Chair and Executive Director will include competitive salary commensurate with credentials and experience. Rank and tenure are open and negotiable. An operational fund supports the Chair and Executive Director’s scholarship and travel, including presenting at academic conferences and representing the university at meetings, conferences, and consultations. While the El-Hibri Chair and Executive Director is a university-wide position, its holder will also have a departmental “home” appropriate to academic interest. The El-Hibri Chair and Executive Director reports directly to the President.
The El-Hibri Endowed Chair and Executive Director will have a terminal degree in an appropriate academic discipline and will have extensive experience in administrative leadership, teaching excellence, and scholarly work.
Augsburg University is a residential urban institution of 3500 students located near downtown Minneapolis, with ready access to the enormous range of cultural and artistic events for which the Twin Cities are known. Among the distinctive features of Augsburg University are its deep dedication to civic and community engagement, robust undergraduate research programs, and a strong belief in the integration of liberal arts and professional studies across all programs. The university’s commitment to the local neighborhood and the world is enhanced through the work of four signature Centers of Commitment: the Christensen Center for Vocation, the Center for Global Education, the Sabo Center for Citizenship and Democracy, and the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work.
Augsburg’s commitment to diversity is reflected in the student body: for the past four years, students of color comprised more than 56 percent of the incoming first-year class. With approximately 1,000 students living on campus, Augsburg engages students in a wide range of co-curricular activities, including NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics. At both undergraduate and graduate levels, students actively engage in international travel and intercultural experiences that broaden their view of the world and deepen their engagement in it.
Augsburg University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees to approximately 4,000 students of diverse backgrounds. With a student/faculty ratio of 15:1, the university focuses on close personal interaction with faculty and experiential education opportunities on campus and in the community. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings.
Augsburg’s main campus is located in the vibrant Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, one of the most diverse areas in the Twin Cities. The University of Minnesota West Bank campus and one of the city’s largest medical complexes are adjacent to Augsburg; the Mississippi River and the Seven Corners Theatre district are just a few blocks away. In addition to its Minneapolis campus, Augsburg has a branch campus in Rochester, the fastest growing city in Minnesota and headquarters of the Mayo Health System. In addition to these locations, Augsburg owns and operates international sites in Mexico, Guatemala, and Namibia, and has a partnership with the Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem, Palestine.
Augsburg University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color or any other protected class. Successful candidates will have demonstrated abilities working in an academic community committed to intentional diversity, inclusivity and equity, and have experience teaching and learning with marginalized communities. Candidates are thus encouraged to highlight skills and experiences that demonstrate intercultural competence. Women, persons of color, and candidates from diverse faith traditions, are particularly invited to apply.
Please send applications and contact information (via electronic submission, preferably in Microsoft Word or PDF format), including a letter addressing the position’s key roles (with particular reference to the candidate’s perspective on and experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives), a curriculum vita, and the names and contact information for three professional references (who will be contacted only after consultation with the candidate) to the Office of the President. Review of nominations and applications will begin November 15, 2021; the position will be announced in early 2022; and will begin in July, 2022. If you wish to mail your applications, the appropriate mailing address is listed below.
El-Hibri Chair and Executive Director Search Committee
Office of the President
2211 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454
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