We seek talented faculty who are passionate about teaching and learning and who will help us realize our vision. As a private institution, Aurora University expects faculty to be involved in the lives of students through mentoring, student support, enrollment initiatives, and other activities related to the college experience. To facilitate this highly interactive faculty/student relationship, the typical teaching load is three 4 credit-hour courses per semester and student advising is supported by professional staff. Evidence of successful teaching, or a strong potential for successful teaching, is required for all positions. Undergraduate faculty share in the delivery of the general education program, most often by teaching within the university's interdisciplinary core.
ETHICS: Joe Dunham Endowed Professorship (Tenure Track or Tenure Appointment)
(Applications submitted by 30 November 2020 will receive full consideration)
This search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc.
To arrange a confidential conversation about this position, please contact the senior consultant managing the search, Dr. Scott Flanagan (email@example.com). This position is opened until filled. Review of applications will begin the week of November 9; to be given fullest consideration, please submit materials by Monday, November 30.
Nominations and application materials (as indicated below) should be sent to:
The Joe Dunham Distinguished Professorship in Ethics honors an individual who believed deeply in the transformative power of education. Joe Dunham spent more than four decades as a member of the Aurora College community. He was a dedicated and remarkable teacher, the kind of teacher students remember long after graduation. He was more than a professor of philosophy and religion. He was a mentor to colleagues, a guide to students and a confidante to those in need. Joe officiated at weddings and provided comfort to the campus community in times of grief. He and his wife, Ida, opened their home to students and faculty, extending the warm hospitality that has been part of the university’s culture for more than 125 years.
Aurora University seeks talented faculty who are passionate about teaching and learning. In addition to the normal responsibilities of a professorship, two areas of attention are of particular importance in honor of Joe Dunham: excellence in classroom teaching, and the willingness and ability to serve as a mentor to students.
Teach a typical instructional load. The normal teaching load at Aurora University is 12 credit hours per semester. The teaching load for this position is negotiable. The successful candidate will be able to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses.
Actively engage in the lives of students through mentoring, student support, enrollment initiatives, and other activities related to the college experience.
Teach courses on ethics and inspire the campus community to adhere to the highest standards of integrity through programs encouraging ethical conduct.
Contribute to educational and cultural opportunities to AU students and the community-at-large through public programs highlighting the centrality of ethics in our private and public lives.
Participate actively in the life of the university through curriculum development, engagement in institutional service, and scholarship.
Requirements and the Ideal Candidate
A PhD degree is required; a doctorate in Philosophy, Ethics, or Theology is strongly preferred.
Evidence of successful teaching, or a strong potential for successful teaching, is required. Experience teaching at a smaller, private institution is highly preferred, as is a track record of teaching excellence and a strong commitment to student success.
The faculty member must be able to contribute to the university’s liberal arts core.
Expertise with teaching students enrolled in professional programs such as nursing and social work is strongly preferred.
In imitation of Joe Dunham, the successful candidate must be involved with students outside of classes by mentoring them.
All benefit-eligible faculty positions offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, life, long term disability, a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA, and tuition remission.
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the 21st century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the greater Chicago area.
Aurora University (AU) is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. It is committed to helping students discover what matters and build their life around it.
AU is a private, nonprofit, independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It offers more than 45 undergraduate majors — such as nursing, social work, business administration, criminal justice and psychology — and a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degrees that include social work and business administration. Degree programs are grounded in real-world experiences and are led by experienced, dedicated faculty members, nearly 140 of whom are full-time. The student/faculty ratio is 18:1.
Almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students take classes on two main campuses — Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin — as well as the nearby Orchard Center in Aurora and the Woodstock Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Online classes are also available. The Aurora University campus is located 40 miles west of Chicago.
AU has 24 NCAA Division III teams competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Midwest Lacro...sse Conference, Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. About 700 student-athletes compete in sports. AU has a rich history and tradition of success across the spectrum of sport offerings. From conference championships to NCAA Championship appearances to academic awards and community service, student-athletes and staff continue to bring excitement and a sense of pride to Aurora University and all of the Spartan fans across the country. At AU, we firmly believe that intercollegiate athletics should promote the character development of participants, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote civility in society. Toward these ends, we strive to adhere to fundamental values such as respect, civility, honesty and responsibility. Student-athletes and staff are always expected to operate with the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in mind.
Founded in 1893 in Mendota, Illinois, as Mendota Seminary, the institution soon changed its name to Mendota College. By 1911, it had outgrown its facilities and the following year changed its name to Aurora College and moved to Aurora, where its students could take advantage of a thriving business environment and easy access to Chicago. In 1985, Aurora College changed its name to Aurora University to better reflect the magnitude of its academic offerings. Seven years later, Aurora University and George Williams College traditions blended when the two institutions entered into an affiliation agreement that paved the way for a merger eight years later. In 2010, the Woodstock Center opened to meet the needs of students in McHenry County and surrounding communities.