Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Divine Word College, A Roman Catholic Seminary College located in Epworth, IA, invites applications for a Department Chair position in Interdisciplinary Studies. We seek a broadly trained sociologist with a proven record of teaching, serious commitment to scholarship, and a minimum of three years of administrative experience. The College is particularly interested in candidates who can provide leadership in strengthening/restructuring our existing programs in intercultural studies. The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers a bachelor’s degree in intercultural studies, a minor in intercultural studies, an associate of arts degree in Interdisciplinary studies, and an associate of arts degree in intercultural studies. Faculty in the Department also contribute courses to the College’s core curriculum.

Divine Word College is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty in our multicultural environment. Many of our students are international, representing over twenty countries. We, therefore, encourage applications and inquiries from candidates of minority backgrounds who will enrich and contribute to the cultural diversity of the college.

A Ph.D. in sociology from an accredited institution of higher education is required. Candidates should be able to teach core courses in sociology with emphasis on culture, research methods, and social stratification focusing on race, gender, class and other forms of inequality. The Chair will model current best practices in teaching that include effective use of teaching technology and our course management system (Populi).  The Chair will teach two courses per semester, in addition to performing administrative responsibilities that include: determining faculty teaching schedules; cultivate a quality faculty through mentoring and effective annual evaluation; assure continuous improvement of the programs in the Department through program review and assessment of student learning; provide leadership and collaborate with faculty in developing new courses;  encourage and facilitate faculty professional engagement; recruit and supervise adjuncts; organize student advisement; plan and manage the department budget; work collaboratively with the other chairs and the administration; understand and promote the mission and core values of the College; and support the College’s Strategic Plan. The successful candidate is expected to be familiar with, and demonstrate a commitment to, the Mission of the College as well as to the values and traditions of Catholic higher education.

Applicants should send a copy of their current curriculum vitae; a letter describing teaching and research interests, administrative and other professional experiences; a sample of scholarly writing; a statement of teaching philosophy; and contact information (name, phone, email) of three references. 

Review of applications will begin on March 6 and will continue until the position is filled. Send all application materials to: Additional information about the College is available at: www.

Divine Word College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.