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Melvin Simon Chair in Philanthropy

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Position Details

Title Melvin Simon Chair in Philanthropy
Appointment Status Tenure Track
Department IUPUI Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Position Summary

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, located in Indianapolis, Indiana seeks a colleague to join the faculty of the first school of its kind. This is an open rank and open discipline search. The School is particularly interested in research on the following areas/disciplines: sociology (especially organization theory); ethics of philanthropy; social entrepreneurship, and/or philanthropic fundraising, but there is also a broader interest in excellent research and teaching that will advance the field. The incumbent will conduct research and facilitate the translation of new knowledge into improved practice; create a thriving intellectual community to attract outstanding students to research and research-informed practice; expedite the assimilation of new findings to provide direct instruction to practitioners; and share emerging knowledge with practitioners worldwide through conferences, specialized training and publications.

The search for this position begins in July 2017 and will remain open until filled. This position is a ten month open rank tenured or tenure-track faculty position. Candidates should have a significant record in the area of philanthropic research, preferably in one of the areas listed above, though any relevant research with broad impact is highly valued. The incumbent can be a senior professor with an established record in philanthropy or an emerging scholar with a promising research agenda. Regardless of the rank, the faculty of the school will look for an excellent scholar who will thrive in our collegial community, engage in building the field of philanthropic studies, and demonstrate an interest in engaging current and future practitioners.

Located on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy builds on the strength of thirty years of research, training and outreach activity. Collaborating closely with the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the IU School of Liberal Arts, among others, the Lilly Family School’s twenty core and over thirty affiliate faculty members draw on an expansive and collegial community of scholars and practitioners from a multiplicity of disciplines devoted to the serious study of philanthropy. Degree programs include the Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. degrees in Philanthropic Studies. The School hosts eight chairs in various areas of philanthropy, a robust executive education arm through The Fund Raising School, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute and the Lake Institute of Faith and Giving. The School’s Research Department is known for researching Giving USA and The Philanthropy Panel Study among many other projects.

The duties of the Melvin Simon Chair in Philanthropy will include teaching and mentoring students as well as conducting research, publishing, and providing service to the School, campus, and the field of Philanthropic Studies. The school has a preference for teaching of required and elective philanthropy courses and expanding the research agenda generally, but ideally in one of the areas above.

IUPUI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution M/F/D. IUPUI is an urban-located research campus with an international reputation for its leadership in community engagement. With a concentration in the health sciences, it confers more professional degrees than any other campus in Indiana and is one of the state’s two leading institutions for externally funded research. Valuing candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving the conditions in higher education for under-represented students, the School encourages candidates from under-represented groups to apply.

The search will remain open until the position is filled. Candidates are expected to review the School’s website and faculty roster for insights into the interdisciplinary nature of philanthropic studies and the ways in which many disciplines contribute to an understanding of philanthropy, civil society, and nonprofit organizations worldwide.

Basic Qualifications

A Ph.D. is required but the disciplinary field is open and may be in sociology (especially organization theory); ethics of philanthropy; social entrepreneurship, and/or philanthropic fundraising or other related fields. Teaching and research experience in philanthropic studies or related area of interest is required.

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Additional Qualifications
Salary and Rank
Special Instructions
For Best Consideration Date
Expected Start Date 08/01/2018
OAA # IN-CPHL 16005

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Reference 1
  2. Letter of Reference 2
  3. Letter of Reference 3