Open-Rank Christian Studies Faculty Member, Program Chair, and Director of the Prison Seminary (Full-time, Residential)

Institution Name: 
University of the Southwest
Start Date: 
Fall 2020

Position Summary: The College of Arts and Sciences is seeking a qualified candidate for a full-time faculty position and program chair in the Christian Studies program. A full-time, residential faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences supports and advances the University’s mission by providing expertise and experience in the field of Christian Studies and promoting the academic achievement and personal development of students. The courses in the Christian Studies program are offered face to face and online for students working towards a degree in Christian Studies (in addition to students fulfilling core requirements in religion). Teaching on campus, online, and within the prison is required.

Essential Functions: '
1. Teach 24 semester credit hours each academic year. 12 credit hours must be at the Lea County Correctional Facility. Additional teaching at the Master’s and Doctoral level (online) may be offered. Some summer teaching should be expected.

2. Engage with administration and dean to manage courses and program development in the area of Christian Studies.

3. Bring practical, executive-level experience to the virtual classroom, the campus classroom, and the prison classroom.

4. Possess professional accomplishments that demonstrate creativity and energy, self-direction, and the ability to work with a highly motivated team.

5. Demonstrate an excellence in teaching and a willingness to teach using traditional and distance education technologies.

6. Meet/facilitate all scheduled classes/courses.

7. Respond to student phone and email inquiries within 24 hours (48 hours on weekends).

8. Plan, organize, and inform students of course content, texts, readings, assignments, attendance/participation, methods of evaluation/assessment, including grading scales.

9. Use both qualitative and quantitative assessment to enhance instruction, increase student achievement, and make data-driven decisions for continuous improvement.

10. Submit final course grades to the registrar’s office by the established deadline.

11. Facilitate/teach online courses in the Christian Studies program at the undergraduate and graduate level.

12. Use distance education learning platforms.

13. Encourage and support scholarly activity among students.

14. Use technology to enhance teaching, learning, and communicating.

15. Participate in and develop efforts to recruit and retain students.

16. Maintain a high level of professional ethics.

17. Ensure ADA compliance within classes assigned.

Other Responsibilities:
1. Will serve as the Program Chair of Christian Studies and Director of the Prison Seminary.

2. Assist in conducting program review, and plan, develop, and implement activities in support of the Higher Learning Commission or other agency accreditation guidelines with regard to student academic achievement (assessment) and student success on learning outcomes (institutional effectiveness).

3. Will ensure all classes for this program are properly staffed and scheduled.

4. Write the report on the Christian Studies program for program review.

5. Will ensure program meets the highest academic standards expected in this industry.

6. Will ensure all other instructors are teaching in line with program objectives, program and university requirements, and aligning with program outcomes.

7. Will serve as a liaison between University of the Southwest, the Lea County Correctional Facility, and the New Mexico Department of Corrections.

8. Performs other related duties as assigned

Contact Name: 
Dr. Danny Kirkpatrick, Dean of the College of Arts & Science
Contact Email Address: 
Contact Phone Number: 
(800) 530-4400
Address Line 1: 
6610 N Lovington Hwy
City State Zip/Postal Code: 
Hobbs, NM 88240