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The goal for each member of the University of the Southwest’s campus community is to consistently live the principles of the mission of the University. The USW mission is as follows:
University of the Southwest is a Christ-centered educational community dedicated to developing men and women for a lifetime of servant leadership by emphasizing individual faith, responsibility, and initiative.
Teaching at the University of the Southwest adheres to belief in God, in the Bible as the inspired Word of God, in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and in the separation of church and state.
University of the Southwest strives for excellence in academic curriculum, campus life programming, and student activities in a supportive educational community where freedom of thought and expression is honored and the demonstration of faith in acts of service is encouraged.
At University of the Southwest, students are instructed and mentored by faculty and staff who demonstrate Christ-centered values and maintain an environment where students can live and work cooperatively, valuing the multiples cultures from which they come; and
As a community of initiative, University of the Southwest challenges graduates to become enterprising members of our society contributing to the common good by advocating and participating in the productive commerce of free enterprise, the constitutional privilege of self-government, and the practical contributions of community service.
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.
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.
Engage with administration and dean to manage courses and program development in the area of Christian Studies.
Bring practical, executive-level experience to the virtual classroom, the campus classroom, and the prison classroom.
Possess professional accomplishments that demonstrate creativity and energy, self-direction, and the ability to work with a highly motivated team.
Demonstrate an excellence in teaching and a willingness to teach using traditional and distance education technologies.
Meet/facilitate all scheduled classes/courses.
Respond to student phone and email inquiries within 24 hours (48 hours on weekends).
Plan, organize, and inform students of course content, texts, readings, assignments, attendance/participation, methods of evaluation/assessment, including grading scales.
Use both qualitative and quantitative assessment to enhance instruction, increase student achievement, and make data-driven decisions for continuous improvement.
Submit final course grades to the registrar’s office by the established deadline.
Facilitate/teach online courses in the Christian Studies program at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Use distance education learning platforms.
Encourage and support scholarly activity among students.
Use technology to enhance teaching, learning, and communicating.
Participate in and develop efforts to recruit and retain students.
Maintain a high level of professional ethics.
Ensure ADA compliance within classes assigned.
Will serve as the Program Chair of Christian Studies and Director of the Prison Seminary.
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).
Will ensure all classes for this program are properly staffed and scheduled.
Write the report on the Christian Studies program for program review.
Will ensure program meets the highest academic standards expected in this industry.
Will ensure all other instructors are teaching in line with program objectives, program and university requirements, and aligning with program outcomes.
Will serve as a liaison between University of the Southwest, the Lea County Correctional Facility, and the New Mexico Department of Corrections.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Education, Practical Experience and Skills Required:
PhD in Practical Ministry or Chaplaincy preferred; a PhD or EdD in a related Christian Studies field considered. Teaching expertise must include practical ministry, leadership, and hermeneutics.
Ability to work in a structured prison environment.
High level of technological competency.
Skilled at communication.
Possess a variety of work-related skills (e.g., time management skills, collegiality, collaboration, task completion, strong written/oral/technology skills, etc.).
Ability to develop and enhance undergraduate and graduate programs.
Ability to multi-task, embrace change, organize, and prioritize.
Possess effective interpersonal skills.
About University of the Southwest
University of the Southwest is a fully accredited Christ-centered interdenominational university with a total enrollment of more than 1000 students. USW is located in sunny southeast New Mexico (Hobbs, NM). USW offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, including both online and ground offerings. We offer a residential campus environment with a dynamic intercollegiate athletic program. As member of the Red River Athletic Conference, our students have earned accolades in both academics and athletics. We have a vibrant campus life. USW is a member of the CCCU. More information about our programs and our campus can be found on our website at www.usw.edu.