Augsburg University invites nominations and applications for the BERNARD M. CHRISTENSEN DISTINGUISHED UNIVERSITY CHAIR IN RELIGION AND VOCATION.
Beginning July, 2020.
Augsburg University seeks a nationally and internationally recognized leader in Christian theology and practice to be the third Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation. Bernard M. Christensen was President of Augsburg College from 1938-1962, and five tensive "lessons" sum up his legacy to the institution and shape the work of this Chair:
Christian faith liberates minds and lives
Diversity strengthens vital communities
Interfaith friendships enrich learning
The love of Christ draws us to God
We are called to service in the world
The University seeks a creative and visionary leader who will steward the vocation 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 addition, the Chair will advance the university-wide priorities of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, research, speaking, and service. Finally, working from the robust Lutheran theological and intellectual traditions, the Chair will engage wider Lutheran, ecumenical, and interfaith communities locally, nationally, and internationally.
In addition to meeting the general qualifications outlined above, the Chair has more specific responsibilities that may include:
Steward the conversation about vocation, personal and institutional, within the university among faculty, students, administrators, and staff
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 two courses per year, including required courses, as well as direct the Christensen Scholars' Seminar, a year-long seminar on vocation involving ten stipended upper-division undergraduates from across the university
Work in collaboration with the Office of Vice President for Mission and Identity to advance the university's mission with the faculty
In collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Mission and Identity and the Chief Inclusion Officer, work across the university's Centers of Commitment to advance institutional commitments to justice, inclusion, equity, and diversity
Plan the Christensen Symposium, the first convocation of each academic year, which pursues one of Christensen's "five lessons"
The Christensen Chair will include competitive salary commensurate with credentials and experience. Rank and tenure are open and negotiable. An operational fund supports the Chair's scholarship and travel, including presenting at academic conferences and representing the university at meetings, conferences, and consultations. While the Christensen Chair is a university chair, its holder will have a departmental "home" appropriate to academic interest. The Christensen Professor reports directly to the President and the Provost and works collaboratively with the Vice President for Mission and Identity.
Augsburg University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees to approximately 3,400 students of diverse backgrounds. With a student/faculty ratio of 12:1, 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. 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 values the diversity of persons, perspectives, and convictions. Critical thinking, rigorous analysis, and open discussion across a full range of ideas lie at the heart of the University's mission as an institution of higher learning. Essential to the University in living out its mission of educating students be "informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders" is that our foundation be one of diversity, inclusion, equity, and intercultural competency.
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 Theater district are just a few blocks away. In addition to its Minneapolis campus, Augsburg has a site 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 Central America and southern Africa.
Please send applications and contact information, including a letter addressing the position's key roles, 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 1, 2019; the position will be announced in early 2020, and will begin in July, 2020.
Christensen Chair Search Committee Office of the President Augsburg University 2211 Riverside Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55454
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 and persons of color are particularly invited to apply.
Augsburg University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees to more than 3,500 students of diverse backgrounds. The student-faculty ratio is 13:1 and is characterized by strong teaching in small classes.
The University's Mission
Augsburg University educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. The Augsburg experience is supported by an engaged community that is committed to intentional diversity in its life and work. 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.
Located in the heart of the Twin Cities, Augsburg’s main campus surrounds Murphy Square, the oldest park in Minneapolis. The University of Minnesota West Bank campus and the University of Minnesota Fairview Medical Center are across the street from Augsburg, with the Mississippi River and the Seven Corners theatre district just a few blocks away.
The 23-acre campus consists of a mix of historic and newer buildings that reflect the contemporary needs of the academic pr...ograms. Augsburg’s newest signature academic building, the Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion, opened for classes January 8, 2018. In addition to its Minneapolis campus, Augsburg has a location in Rochester, Minnesota, and maintains international sites and staff in Mexico, Nicaragua, and Namibia.