University of St. Thomas

Director of St John Paul II Institute

St. John Paul II Institute

The University of St. Thomas (UST), a private Catholic University committed to the liberal arts and the religious and intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education, located in Houston, Texas, near the vibrant central business district, Texas Medical Center, and museum district, is seeking applicants for a full-time Director for St. John Paul II Institute and Associate or Full Professor position in the St. John Paul II Institute. This new hire will work with the present Director and assume the duties of Director over the next year. This position reports directly to the Executive Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Target starting date of July 1, 2022.


The mission of the Institute is to promote the understanding of the thought and life of JP2 in the context of Polish history and culture Its programs include graduate MA and Certificate programs (on line) and an undergraduate minor. It also includes Polish studies minor.

The Director is responsible for

· Promoting the Institute and raising funds for its sustainability

· Recruiting and managing students and adjunct faculty

· Course development and resource acquisition

· Leading and teaching study abroad trips in Poland

· Coordinating contacts with Polish scholars and Institutions

· Cultivating contacts for fund raising efforts

· Teaching classes on John Paul II

Qualifications: PhD degree in philosophy or Theology required with expertise in the works of Karol Wojtyla and John Paul II;

A member of the Catholic Church in good standing is required.

Applications for this position should include the following materials: a letter of interest, transcripts, a statement concerning the mission of Catholic higher education in light of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and three letters of reference submitted by recommenders.

The University of St. Thomas is committed to hiring faculty who can help it not only fulfill its integrated mission – the formation of the whole person for flourishing in this life and the next – but also advance it in new ways. The University’s Catholic identify in the center of this mission, a Catholicism expressed for our own age by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Pope St. John Paul II’s Ex Corde Ecclesiae. The University asks all candidates applying for this position to consider these documents to ensure their professional goals and practices can align with them.

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer


For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.


To apply for this job email your details to lshill@stthom.edu

About University of St. Thomas

Company Mission:

Our founding was inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, a 2,000-year-old practice of uniting faith and reason to explore the world. As a Catholic university, we develop future leaders of all faiths looking to make a positive impact on the world. And, we are the only academic institution in Minnesota to be designated a “Changemaker Campus,” meaning social innovation, entrepreneurship and caring for the common good are built into everything we do. Our three campuses in St. Paul, downtown Minneapolis and Rome, Italy, offer unique learning and living opportunities.


Full time benefit eligible position including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, vacation, retirement 403b plan, and tuition remission