The Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination (ACTI) is a community of scholars who work in dialogue with the Catholic intellectual tradition by developing, critically examining, communicating, or otherwise engaging the rich resources of Catholic thought and imagination, especially as it is informed by Jesuit thought tradition and Ignatian spirituality. The director will oversee all aspects of the Academy which serves as a hub for scholarship, interdisciplinary research, innovative pedagogy, and creative outreach across LMU’s campus, in the greater Los Angeles community, and beyond. The Academy is a strategic priority at Loyola Marymount University and the director reports directly to the provost.
The director of Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination is expected to:
1. Demonstrate the ability to dialogue broadly about faith to engage the University in meaningful discussions about the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Catholic Imagination as well as the local, national, and global communities.
2. Develop their own program of scholarship or creative work which is in dialogue with Catholic Thought and Imagination. Such dialogue may take diverse forms.
3. Oversee budget and the management of all Academy activities including faculty fellows, student researchers, lectures, workshops, collaborative events and donor relations.
4. Work with existing centers to create, develop, and coordinate programming to further the identity and ideals of Loyola Marymount’s Jesuit and Catholic mission.
5. Host major annual interdisciplinary event that engages the campus and broader community and furthers conversations about Catholic Thought and Imagination.
6. Represent the Academy at internal and external events, including some fundraising, and exhibit advanced communication skills with both academic and non-academic audiences.
7. Foster an environment of collegiality, support, and mutual trust.
8. Support the leadership team by hiring for mission, providing timely and direct feedback, creating opportunity for personal and professional development/ growth, providing incentives for high performance, and ensuring success.
A successful candidate will hold a PhD or equivalent, have a strong record of publication in their field, and show a commitment to engaging and dialoguing with the Catholic Intellectual and Imagination Tradition. Candidate must be eligible for a tenured appointment in their department of discipline. Strong candidates for this position will foster an environment of collegiality and interdisciplinary inclusion and possess the ability to work well in a pluralistic environment and across university sectors.
Founded in 1911, LMU is a premier Catholic university rooted in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions. Our enrollment includes 6,087 undergraduate, 2,220 graduate and 1,236 law school students. Our 142-acre bluff-top campus is located in West Los Angeles and is among the nation’s most beautiful and green campuses.
Loyola Marymount University offers rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to academically ambitious students committed to lives of meaning and purpose. We benefit from our location in Los Angeles, a dynamic city that brings into sharp focus the issues of our time and provides an ideal context for study, research, creative work, and active engagement. By intention and philosophy, we invite men and women diverse in talents, interests, and cultural backgrounds to enrich our educational community and advance our mission:
The University is institutionally committed to Roman Catholicism and takes its fundamental inspiration from the combined heritage of the Jesuits, the Marymount Sisters, and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. This Catholic identity and religious heritage distinguish LMU from other universities and provide touchstones for understanding our threefold mission
Learn More: http://lmu.edu
Complete Applications include:
(1) a letter of interest with preliminary statement on the vision of the academy
(2) a curriculum vitae
(3) three confidential letters of recommendation
– if submitting a recommendation letter electronically, it must be in .pdf form and signed by recommender
– if submitting a recommendation letter in hard copy, send to Joe LaBrie, re: Recommendation Letter, 1 LMU Drive, Suite 4844, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Application Deadline – 01/31/2015