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Semler Chair of Ethics

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As a part of a diverse community of faculty and staff who represent many faith systems and worldviews, Marian University seeks qualified applicants for a twelve-month appointment as Semler Endowed Chair of Ethics to promote our Catholic Franciscan mission and identity by interacting primarily with graduate students and regularly with other internal and external constituents toward the development of ethics in various fields, the successful candidate will represent and implement the vision of bioethics across academic programs within Marian University. Prospective candidates should have capacity for excellence in administrative, pedagogical, and research responsibilities, and should possess the ability to teach the richness of the Catholic tradition while also attending to the broad and ecumenical needs of a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. This position will intersect with numerous university leaders including, but not limited to, the Executive Vice President and Provost, Executive Director of Catholic Franciscan Leadership Programs, Vice President of Mission Integration, Vice President of Mission and Ministry, academic deans, and chairs of theology and philosophy.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Actively engages the Catholic Franciscan mission and identity of Marian University by modeling our Franciscan Sponsorship Values and honoring the legacy of the founding congregation through transformative education, unity in diversity, leadership through service, integrating faith and life, and institutional policies.
  • Designs, teaches, and continually assesses bioethics curricula
  • Leads the development and implementation of San Damiano Scholars Program for graduate students in health sciences
  • Provides consultative services regarding bioethics to departments across Marian University
  • Participates in the development of the annual ethics bowl competition, which is hosted at Marian.
  • Engages in research, scholarship, and other professional activities.
  • Reviews and advises on ethical policies/issues/complaints as assigned by university leadership
  • Actively participates in the life of the campus and university service, including participation in shared governance and co-curricular programs
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the mission of Marian University
  • Ph.D. in theological bioethics or equivalent degree
  • Academic and scholarly experience at the level of assistant or associate professor
  • Evidence of teaching excellence in higher education
  • Experience in biomedical ethics
  • Potential for ongoing research, publication, and activity in professional association.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in the ministry of Catholic health care
  • Fluency in Spanish (preferred)
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

For Consideration All Applications Require:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Current resume or CV
  3. Contact information of three professional references. The reference contact information must be entered after the application is submitted in the "My Presence" section of the applicant profile.
  4. Responses to the supplementary mission & identity questions.

Please Review Marian University’s Mission & Identity Statement before responding to the supplementary questions on your application:

Marian University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


Marian University

At Marian University, our vision is to provide an education distinguished in its ability to prepare transformative leaders for service to the world. Our mission is to be a great Catholic university dedicated to achieving excellence in learning, which is achieved through teaching, research, and scholarly activities in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition. We welcome students of all faiths who seek an educational experience framed within the context of our Franciscan values of dignity of the individualpeace and justicereconciliation, and responsible stewardship. Our understanding of these values is informed by reflection on the life of Jesus Christ and prayer.

The institution grew out of the dedication and vision of Sister Theresa Hackelmeier and the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, who established a school in Oldenburg, Indiana, in 1851. The college was founded in Oldenburg in 1936 and moved to Indianapolis in 1937. On July 1, 2009, Marian College became Marian University.

Marian University is proud to be a higher education institution just ten minutes away from downtown Indianapolis. Here, you’ll not only get to benefit from the exceptional employment and internship opportunities the city has to offer but also its diverse culture and lively personality. From cool cultural districts with unique entertainment, shopping, and dining options to outdoor festivals, professional and amateur sports events, hiking and biking trails, and more, Marian University is conveniently located in the heart of it all. Whether it’s walking around Monument Circle, floating down the canal in a paddleboat, visiting the various historical sites and museums, or dining on Mass Ave, you’ll quickly find your favorite local hangouts and love this city just as much as we do.

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