Valparaiso University seeks to fill its John R. Eckrich Chair.
The purpose of this endowed Chair is to investigate and reflect
upon the message of the Lutheran Confessions as they relate to
religion and the healing arts. The audience of the Chair is to be
not merely the Church and the academy, but society at large.
As the significant and complex social issues that emerge especially
from scientific advances come to the fore, this Chair will examine
the relationship between faith and healing with appropriate
constituencies. The Chair will bring together University
resources in health care, biological sciences, political science,
philosophy, ethics, law, theology, and economics
Established in 1989 by a grant from the Lutheran Foundation of
St. Louis, it is a University Chair, reporting directly to the
provost and providing the holder opportunities to affiliate with
multiple departments and colleges. The Chair’s work is guided by an
advisory committee appointed by the provost.
As one of only three such chairs at Valparaiso University, it is
both a highly prestigious appointment and one to which the
University looks for both academic and missional leadership. The
successful candidate will be an accomplished scholar who has
established him- or herself via a recognized body of influential
work, such that s/he can be appointed immediately as a tenured
associate or full professor. Specifically, serious candidates
must demonstrate knowledge in the history and literature of
bioethics and a willingness to articulate views on contemporary
health issues in the light of the Lutheran ethos and
tradition. Teaching experience is preferred.
The holder of the Chair normally teaches 3-4 courses per year.
These may include a range of courses that combine the insights of
various disciplines as they relate to faith and health. The
Chair is expected to develop and organize programs that inform the
university community about bioethical issues and engage that
community and the larger communities of church and society in
reflection on such issues.
To help the Chair accomplish these expectations, Valparaiso
University has established a generous discretionary account to be
used by the Chair for travel and other professional
needs. Salary and benefit support will be commensurate
with expected levels for endowed University chairs.
A letter of application, CV, and three letters of recommendation
can be submitted electronically via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/44588
E-mails with questions may be sent directly to Dr. George C.
Heider, Professor of Theology and chair of the search committee, at
review of applications will begin on December 15, 2017, and will
continue until the position is filled.
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 EOE policy can be found
While candidates who are Lutheran are preferred for the chair based
on its mission and charge, all candidates who are sympathetic and
supportive of this mission and charge will be seriously considered.
Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural
diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from
diverse backgrounds. Employment at Valparaiso University will
require a satisfactory criminal background check.