University of St. Thomas
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • Full Time

Full-time benefits including, but not limited to, medical, dental, vision, vacation, retirement plan, and tuition waiver.

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

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