Knox College seeks applications for the inaugural Daniel J. Logan Professor of Peace and Justice to begin Fall 2021

  • Full Time
  • Illinois, US
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Knox College seeks applications for the inaugural Daniel J. Logan Professor of Peace and Justice to begin Fall 2021. The Logan Professor will serve as director of the newly established Peace and Justice Program and provide leadership in an area of longstanding significance to the institution.

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The Peace and Justice Studies Program is new to Knox, but it is deeply connected to a tradition of wrestling with the issues that are at the core of the program—equity and equality; empowerment and agency; intellectual, financial and social freedom. We’ve been activists since the beginning. Knox has historic involvement in peace and social justice: abolitionism, the muckrakers, and our commitment to educating students of all races, genders, and economic backgrounds. Our nationally lauded Peace Corps Preparatory Program and innovative KnoxCorps reflect our continued leadership in these areas.

The program is being initiated at Knox at a moment of tremendous necessity. The program invites us to debate, analyze, and empathize with ideas that are different from our own. It demands that we dig into and understand conflict and violence. And it challenges us to help our students to learn from and build on past efforts to shape strategies for today’s issues.

The Peace and Justice Studies Program at Knox will distinguish itself by ensuring that our students not only have the historical knowledge and theoretical context of various movements, but the practical experience to translate that understanding into effective action. This too is rooted in the Knox ethos. We believe in active and experiential learning as an essential component of development and growth. We work in the field. We start out building strong foundations in the methods and practices involved in social change, and go on to apply what we’ve learned in the classroom to real-world problems. Whether it’s an internship, summer work, or off-campus studies, all of our students complete some sort of active learning experience.

It is essential that students have the opportunity to engage with communities and change agents, both past and present, to ensure that our students

  • understand deeply, in ways that are not possible from afar;
  • learn to work collaboratively, to do with communities, not for them;
  • develop perseverance, the grit that chipping away at complex issues require; and
  • grow the capacity to both lead and follow, listen and contribute, push and be patient.

The Peace and Justice Studies minor consists of a first course that introduces students to broad theoretical frameworks on justice and responses to conflict and violence; a methods course that takes students through several peace and justice movements, and concludes by asking students to design their own campaign to address a particular issue; and several electives—some that are modifications of existing courses, and others that will be developed. Students who minor in Peace and Justice Studies are required to immerse themselves in a more robust activity, requiring them to truly take their learning from ideas to action.

Our curriculum is collaborative. Peace and justice studies brings together professors from economics, political science, educational studies, religious studies, history, and more—sometimes, even in the space of a single course. It’s no surprise that the peace and justice perspective is applicable to everyday practice in a variety of disciplines. Our students are able to pose questions about agency and justice in the arts, sciences, social sciences, and more. They are already working in areas ranging from environmental justice to education reform, from civil rights to wealth inequality, and from gender equity to gun violence.

Our alumni are on the front lines of social justice work. Ismat Kittani ’51 helped establish the Honor Code as a Knox student and went on to become president of the United Nations. Susan Deller Ross ’64 is founder and director of the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic and has testified before congress on women’s rights issues. Steve Gibson ’88 founded the first integrated sexual health services and community center to fight the AIDS crisis in San Francisco. Kirstin Eidenbach ’98 founded an organization dedicated to bringing systemic change to Arizona’s prison systems. Luella Williams ’06 is director of an organization that leverages the power of sports to help young people in underserved communities succeed.

Daniel J. Logan Professor of Peace and Justice

The Peace and Justice Studies Program at Knox College invites applications for a full-time, open-rank faculty position as the inaugural Dan J. Logan Professor of Peace and Justice to begin Fall 2021. Knox is an independent, selective liberal arts institution with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and a distinguished history of graduating social activists. The ideal candidate will have roots in under-resourced communities, experience working actively in peace and justice fields, and strong skills in engaging students in both the classroom and the field. Individuals involved in activist work are especially invited to apply.

The ideal candidate will have roots in under-resourced communities, experience working actively in peace and justice fields, and strong skills in engaging students in both the classroom and the field. Individuals involved in activist and scholarly work that engages anti-racism, environmental justice, indigenous rights, global feminisms, peace and non-violence, civil society, or restorative justice are especially invited to apply.

The successful candidate will help shape a new, interdisciplinary program, and, as program director, will have both academic and administrative responsibilities. In addition to teaching at introductory and advanced levels, the candidate will cultivate and oversee student internships and other experiential learning opportunities, a key component of the program. The candidate will be expected to work collaboratively with other campus programs and departments, as well as develop off-campus opportunities for students. Candidates should have:

  • a passion to serve undergraduate students;
  • strong organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation;
  • ability to convey a vision of the program’s strategic future to the people served and their families, as well as to college staff, trustees, volunteers, donors, and legislators;
  • skills to collaborate with and motivate undergraduate activists and other outside agencies/activists.

Qualifications: Ph.D. or appropriate terminal degree in the social sciences, religious studies, international studies, peace and conflict resolution studies, journalism, or related field. The position may be configured differently for a candidate with other compelling qualifications.

Candidates should submit:

  • a cover letter addressing how the candidate’s teaching, work, and other experiences has served as preparation to direct a peace and justice studies program at a diverse liberal arts college;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of teaching philosophy and research interests;
  • three confidential letters of recommendation.

Submission via Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/71392

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