Valparaiso University seeks to fill the inaugural Richard C. and Francelia A. Gozon University Chair in Values-Based Leadership. The inaugural holder of this position will, through teaching, mentoring, coordination and oversight, align and integrate the University’s current and future curricular, co-curricular, and experiential activities related to leadership.
The work of the Gozon University Chair will build upon leadership traits valued at this University, including character, ethics, integrity, honesty, and humility. These traits are in direct alignment with Valparaiso University’s mission "to prepare students to lead and serve in church and society." Modeling the best practices in leadership, the Gozon University Chair will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds.
The Richard C. and Francelia A. Gozon University Chair in Values-Based Leadership is the result of the generous endowment created by Richard and Francelia Gozon. The Gozon University Chair reports directly to the Office of the Provost and will not be limited to a single college or department as far as professional assignment and affiliation are concerned. The incumbent shall perform such duties as are customary and appropriate for a University Chair, and are summarized here:
● Teach and initiate other pedagogical activities: Teach three (3) courses a year and initiate other pedagogical activities, infusing leadership education throughout the curriculum and promoting an interdisciplinary understanding of leadership as practiced at Valparaiso University.
● Develop and strengthen on-campus partnerships with already-established programs and initiatives that will create and continue opportunities for students, faculty, and staff, focusing in the area of leadership.
● Promote the purpose of the University Chair through works outside of the University. This may include, but is not limited to, work with established leadership organizations in the local and regional areas as well as appropriate state opportunities and national and international associations.
● Collaborate with the University Chair’s Advisory Committee, organized for the purpose of providing the University Chair advice and guidance and for reviewing annual reports and work plans for subsequent years.
To aid the Gozon University Chair in accomplishing the above duties, Valparaiso University has established a generous discretionary account that will be funded annually through the endowment 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.
The occupant of the chair will be a productive scholar, professional, or leadership educator of significant reputation; a leader with a personal commitment to integrity, honesty, ethics, and character; someone with a demonstrated record or potential to be an excellent teacher; an innovator in program development; and a person with an ability to engage productively and positively with broad audiences regarding the role of leadership education within the higher education context. Candidates must also possess deep experience and knowledge of current trends in leadership education and implementation of related best practices, and who regularly disseminate their work through appropriate professional outlets. While no one candidate is expected to excel in all of these areas, the successful candidate will bring to bear on the purposes of the chair a combination of these characteristics. Preferably, the occupant will be a member of the International Leadership Association (ILA), and will be experienced in engaging contemporary issues related to leadership education. Applications from individuals representing a wide variety of disciplines and professions will be considered.
A substantial letter of application, CV, and the name and contact information for five references can be submitted electronically via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/71165. Emails with questions may be sent directly to Carolyn Whittier, Ph.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org. Committee review of applications will begin on December 9, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. The inaugural appointment will begin in August 2020.
Employment at Valparaiso University will require a satisfactory criminal background check.