Dean of Christ College

Christ College is the honors college of Valparaiso University, a private, comprehensive Lutheran university and a Phi Beta Kappa institution. The College is a free-standing, interdisciplinary academic unit with ten full-time scholar-teachers who work closely with about 400 talented and motivated students, offering them the benefits of a highly selective liberal arts college. Christ College’s mission is to cultivate the intellectual, moral, and spiritual values of its students. The College is also the home of the prestigious Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, which hosts postdoctoral teaching fellows for two-year appointments as part of their preparation for careers at church-related colleges or universities in the United States.

As the College prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding in Fall 2017, it seeks a Dean to lead its unique community. To learn more about the 50th anniversary and other Christ College milestones, visit:

Christ College plays a critical role in maintaining the University’s mission to prepare students to lead and serve in both church and society. The next Dean will have the opportunity to collaborate with the faculty to articulate a vision for the College’s future, to innovate within a challenging curriculum, and in particular to play a critical role in the ongoing development of an exceptionally capable faculty. Accomplishing these ends will require a dean with outstanding communication, administrative, and interpersonal skills. As both leader of and model for the educational and scholarly community, the Dean will possess a PhD or equivalent terminal degree and a distinguished record of scholarship and teaching commensurate with an appointment to the Valparaiso University faculty with tenure. A PhD in a humanities, artistic, or related discipline is preferred. Candidates with a terminal degree outside the humanities should demonstrate a strong commitment to humanities education in word and practice. In addition, the new Dean will demonstrate:

• dedication to undergraduate education in the liberal arts tradition and to interdisciplinary pedagogy and scholarship;

• a commitment to working at a university engaged in issues in Christian higher education in the Lutheran tradition;

• an ability to foster creative innovations in curricular development, intellectual exchange, student recruitment, and fundraising;

• a commitment to promoting and supporting faculty and student scholarship; and

• a commitment to cultural, ideological, and theological diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds.

The Dean of Christ College of Valparaiso University will be in a position to shape the College, Valparaiso University, and church-related higher education nationally.

Additional information about the position, including a Leadership Profile, can be found at

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by September 8, 2017. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile and the names and contact information of five references. Candidate confidentiality will be respected and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Inquiries and application materials should be sent via email to the college’s consultants, Dennis M. Barden, Elizabeth K. Bohan and Alexis von Kunes Newton of Witt/Kieffer, at Questions also may be directed to the consultants through the office of Laurie Adams at 630-575-6152.

Valparaiso University does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to develop and support a diverse community. Its entire EEO policy can be found at:

Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds. In addition to strong academic qualifications and excellence in teaching, the University highly values experience in working across cultural and other significant differences.

Employment at Valparaiso University will require a satisfactory criminal background check.