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Employment Opportunities

Vice President and Academic Dean


As it approaches its 50th anniversary Catholic Theological Union possesses a vibrant legacy, a compelling mission, and great institutional strengths. The institution’s academic reputation, the excellence of its curriculum, and the expertise of its distinguished faculty position it to meet the challenges facing theological and ministerial formation in the Church today. Catholic Theological Union is seeking an established scholar and experienced administrator to serve as its next Vice President and Academic Dean, and as a member of its executive leadership team.


The Vice President and Academic Dean is Vice President of the Corporation and Vice President and Academic Dean of the school, and as such is the chief advisor of the President, and is responsible to the President for the academic programs and activities of the school.  The Vice President and Academic Dean is immediately accountable to the President.  The Vice President and Academic Dean is a member of the Executive Committee, an ex officio member of the faculty of Catholic Theological Union with full faculty status and serves ex officio as chairperson of the Faculty Assembly, is an ex officio member of the Board of Trustee’s Academic Affairs Committee and Student Affairs Committee. 


1.     A terminal degree in a theological discipline.

2.     Achievement of tenure.

3.     A solid record of scholarly research, publishing and other professional activities.

4.     A solid record as a teacher.

5.     Previous substantive experience in academic administration broadly considered.

6.     Familiarity with the requirements of the US Bishops’ Program of Priestly Formation for students seeking ordination as presbyters.

7.     A record of commitment to the education and formation of lay ecclesial ministers.

8.     A record of commitment to diversity, inclusiveness, and inter-religious dialogue.

9.     A demonstrated understanding of online learning.

Catholic Theological Union (CTU), located in the Hyde Park (U of C) neighborhood of Chicago, is sponsored by twenty-four religious men’s communities. Its student body includes religious order seminarians and lay men and women preparing for Church service in various forms.   The school offers several graduate degrees at the Master’s and Doctoral level.  For further information see the school’s website:

Applications and nominations for the Vice President and Academic Dean, as well as questions pertaining to the search, should be sent to Applications should include a letter of interest and current CV; nominations should include contact information for the candidate.For best consideration application materials should be submitted by Monday, October 30, 2017.