Faculty openings

Professor of the Practice/Associate Director Position

Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion


The Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs seeks an accomplished scholar and administrator, who will be appointed Professor of the Practice at the Keough School and serve as the Institute’s Associate Director. The Ansari Institute (https://ansari.nd.edu/) was recently established to study religion around the world and serves as a center of public deliberation and education through research, teaching, outreach, and interaction with religious communities and the public worldwide. The Ansari Institute examines the roles that religions play in the public sphere and in crucial sectors such as health care, education, and the economy. It also actively promotes exchanges among religious traditions while focusing on the distinctive contributions religions make to the common good.


Working in close coordination with the Director of the Institute, the Professor of the Practice/Associate Director ensures ongoing academic and programmatic excellence through development and implementation of curricular and research initiatives, designing and implementing public events and activities, and overseeing administration of the Institute.  The Professor of the Practice/Associate Director will work with the Director to manage the Institute’s annual budgeting, grant writing, communications, publications, faculty relations, and student advising, in collaboration with several staff in the Keough School Dean’s Office, including the Associate Director for Finance and Administration, the Director of Communications and Marketing, the Academic Advancement Director, and the Program Director for Events.


The Professor of the Practice/Associate Director contributes to the academic mission and curricular programs of the Ansari Institute and the Keough School through teaching and mentoring. The Professor of the Practice/Associate Director will be expected to teach up to two courses per year in the area of his/her expertise, depending on experience and program needs. The duties also will include contributing to student mentoring and advising students who are focusing on global religion in their undergraduate or graduate program of study. As a member of the Keough School faculty, the Professor of the Practice/Associate Director will also serve on faculty committees at the School.


The Professor of the Practice/Associate Director will hold a non-tenured faculty appointment as a member of the special professional faculty at the Keough School. Rank will be determined based on experience. Required qualifications include a Ph.D. or equivalent, background in religious studies, theology, or a related field; in-depth knowledge of a non-Christian religious tradition; experience in fostering inter-religious engagement, particularly in a higher education setting; significant experience in program administration, preferably in an academic setting; a demonstrated record of success in teaching; and a commitment to the mission of the Ansari Institute, the Keough School, and the University of Notre Dame.


All applicants are required to submit a letter of interest and a C.V. Junior applicants (ABD, postdocs and assistant professors) should also arrange for the submission of three letters of reference. All application materials should be submitted through the Interfolio/Notre Dame online application system: http://apply.interfolio.com/57220. Inquiries may be sent via email to:

Prof. Thomas Tweed

Director, Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion

Chair, Professor of the Practice/Associate Director Search Committee

Keough School of Global Affairs

University of Notre Dame



Applications must be submitted by November 30, 2018. Review of applications will begin December 5, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and those candidates attracted to a university with a Catholic identity. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).


The University of Notre Dame supports the needs of dual career couples and has a Dual Career Assistance Program in place to assist relocating spouses and significant others with their job search. The University is also a member of the Greater Chicago Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.


This appointment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Applicants will be asked to identify all felony convictions and/or pending felony charges. Felony convictions do not automatically bar an individual from employment. Each case will be examined separately to determine the appropriateness of employment in the particular position. Failure to be forthcoming or dishonesty with respect to felony disclosures can result in the disqualification of a candidate. The full procedure can be viewed at http://facultyhandbook.nd.edu/university-policies/background-check-procedure-for-prospective-faculty/