Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics
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Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics
Department of Ethics and Business Law
Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas
The Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas invites applications for the Barbara and David A. Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics to begin Fall, 2015. David A. Koch is the former President and Chairman of the Board of Graco, Inc. located in Minneapolis Minnesota, and a longtime benefactor of the University of St. Thomas. The mission of the Koch Chair is to institutionalize and advance the role of Business Ethics in the educational programs of the University of St. Thomas through teaching, research, faculty development, and curriculum development. Drawing upon the liberal, professional, and Catholic mission and identity of St. Thomas, the Koch chair plays a leading role in making the ethical aspects of management a distinctive feature of business education at the Opus College of Business.
The Chair holder will be a member of the Ethics and Business Law Department in the Opus College of Business with the largest number of Business Ethics faculty in the world. The Chair has ample financial, human and organizational resources including an annual two course teaching load as well as administrative and research assistance. The Chair serves as an Academic Fellow for the Center for Ethical Business Cultures, coordinating applied business ethics research, as well as serving as an advisor to other institutional organizations. The Chair will participate in Business Ethics activities that enhance the national and international reputation of the Opus College of Business and the University of St. Thomas on an ongoing basis.
The Chair will be responsible for research through his or her continued scholarship and active participation in community, corporate and professional activities. The Chair will also be responsible for teaching Business Ethics in programs in the Opus College as well as being the liaison for Business Ethics for the rest of the University and the Profession. As part of these responsibilities the Chair will develop curricula, and faculty and professional relationships, that enhance Business Ethics education at the University of St. Thomas.
Established in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is located in the major metropolitan area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, and is Minnesota’s largest private university. Its 10,000 students pursue degrees in a wide range of liberal arts, professional, and graduate programs.
Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good, and seeks to develop individuals who combine career competency with cultural awareness and intellectual curiosity. The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of the missions of the University of St. Thomas and the Opus College of Business.
As the largest degree granting college within the university, the Opus College of Business is dedicated to fulfilling the university’s mission through undergraduate and graduate business programs that transform the way business is taught and practiced. The Opus College of Business, accredited two years ahead of schedule by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) in 2010, earned the ranking of 104 nationally by U.S. News and World Report in its first year of eligibility and in 2014 was ranked at 100.
The University of St. Thomas has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion, to equal opportunity policies and practices, and to the principles and goals of affirmative action. In that spirit, the University welcomes nominations and applications from a broad and diverse applicant pool.
The ideal candidate will be a full professor with a Ph.D. or terminal degree in a relevant field and an outstanding record of scholarship and teaching as well as a demonstrated ability to build relationships with local business and community leaders and other colleagues in the field of business ethics. Interested candidates should provide a letter of interest and curriculum vitae. Candidates should also complete the reference section of the application. No references will be contacted without first getting the permission of the candidate.
The committee encourages submission of applications by November 15, 2014. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For further information, please contact Dawn Elm, Search Committee Chair at [email protected].