Professor of Irish History and Core Fellow

(Open Rank Faculty)

The University of St. Thomas (UST) (www.stthom.edu) is a private Catholic university committed to the liberal arts and the religious and intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education. UST is located in Houston’s diverse and vibrant Museum District and Innovation Corridor near the Texas Medical Center and the downtown central business district. UST has an enrollment of approximately 3,700 students, including over 2,700 undergraduate students. UST is recommended as one of the best colleges in Texas and is included in the The Wall Street Journal’s list of America’s Best Colleges 2024.

UST is seeking a full-time Open Rank Faculty Professor of Irish History to join the endowed William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies and the UST Department of Core Fellows. The position will be a dual appointment in Irish Studies and UST’s Department of Core Fellows in History. Candidates also will be asked to teach in various areas of History, International Studies and courses in other disciplines depending on the candidate’s expertise. Although not required for the position, proficiency in and the ability to teach Irish language and culture would be received positively.

The Center for Irish Studies offers an interdisciplinary minor and a graduate concentration within the Master of Liberal Arts Program. These courses are focused on Irish history, literature, politics, arts, language, and culture. Core Fellows form the nucleus of the permanent teaching faculty dedicated to the undergraduate Core Curriculum, which operates as a distinct department in the Division of Liberal Studies.

· Learn more about the Center for Irish Studies here: https://www.stthom.edu/Academics/Centers-of-Excellence/Center-for-Irish-Studies/Index.aqf.

· Learn more about the Core Fellows here: https://www.stthom.edu/Academics/Core-Curriculum/Department-of-the-Core.aqf

Applicants should be qualified to teach courses in Irish history and provide evidence of a scholarly agenda directly related to the history of Ireland and the Irish diaspora. Applicants should also share the Core’s vision of and commitment to a classical liberal arts education in the Catholic Tradition in a way that embraces the thought of St. John Henry Newman and Josef Pieper.

A record of teaching excellence is required. Candidates are expected to demonstrate competence to teach undergraduate and graduate students in Irish history and culture, the Irish diaspora and contemporary Ireland, as well as other areas of history, and preferably more than one discipline (such as politics, political science, International Studies and the Irish language).

A background in the liberal arts or great books is highly desirable for prospective Core Fellows. Although we prize excellence in teaching above all else, we believe that good teaching must be informed by ongoing independent scholarship. Therefore, prospective members of the Core Fellows must demonstrate a serious research agenda.

Educational and Experience Prerequisites:

1. A conferred Ph.D. in History, Irish History or related fields is required by the contract start date of August 1, 2024.

2. Experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students (preferred)

3. Competency, experience and willingness to teach in person and in an online teaching environment (i.e., Zoom, Teams, Blackboard, Microsoft 365 Sharepoint)

Application Process: At the time of application, interested candidates should submit:

1. A Cover Letter that directly addresses the applicant’s qualifications to teach courses in the Irish Studies minor and graduate concentration in the Master of Liberal Arts Programs and the Core Curriculum (history and other disciplines)

2. A comprehensive Curriculum Vitae

3. Evidence of teaching effectiveness and commitment to teaching excellence (i.e., peer review of teaching; student and administrative evaluations)

4. Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts

5. A statement demonstrating an understanding of the university’s Catholic mission. This statement should include a thoughtful, substantive reflection on the candidate’s dedication to UST’s mission as expressed particularly in UST’s Mission Statement and, generally, in Ex corde ecclesiae. Further guidance on this reflection can be found here: https://www.stthom.edu/Offices-and-Services/Human-Resources/Index.aqf#FacultyEmployment

References: Candidates selected for on campus interviews will be asked to provide three professional letters of recommendation addressing the candidate’s teaching abilities and effectiveness in courses with 30 students or more per class or section.

Deadlines and other requirements: This position will remain open until filled. The committee will begin reviewing applications on January 30, 2024. All applications and required materials and references must be submitted to UST’s Human Resources Department through stthom.applicantpro.com. Materials also should be submitted via email directly to Lori Gallagher, JD, Director of the William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies, at gallagl@stthom.edu.

Start date: The start date for the contract is August 1, 2024. Teaching is projected to begin for the Fall 2024 term on Monday, August 19, 2024.

Inquiries about the Irish Studies program should be directed to Lori Gallagher, JD, Director of the William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies, at gallagl@stthom.edu. Inquiries about the Core Fellows should be directed to Dr. Martin Lockerd, Associate Division Dean of Liberal Studies, at martin.lockerd@stthom.edu.

The University of St. Thomas is An Equal Opportunity Employer


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