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Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences invites applications for the Delp-Wilkinson Chair in Peace Studies and Director of the Peace Studies Program effective Fall, 2015. The position is open to various disciplines. The successful candidate will have familiarity and expertise in the theory and practice of international conflict and justice in at least two regions (such as South Africa, Ireland, Israel/Palestine, the former Yugoslavia, or others). The interdisciplinary Peace Studies Program is under the purview of the Dean of the Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The new director will guide the program into becoming a full-fledged department.

Chapman University, located in the heart of Orange County, California, offers traditional undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences and select pre-professional and graduate programs. Ranked in the top tier of western universities by U.S. News and World Report, Chapman has gained national recognition with its commitment to excellence through research and innovative teaching. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. More information about Chapman University is available at Wilkinson College has a long history of commitment to peace and justice programs and is home to the Delp-Wilkinson Peace Studies Endowment. Additional information may be found at:


This position requires a unique approach that bridges the various disciplines that inform issues of peace and conflict, including political science, religious studies, sociology and anthropology, among others. Candidates must have expertise in international conflict in at least two geographic zones and one or more of these areas of additional expertise will be particularly welcome: international conflict, peace and the environment, peace and atrocity studies, peace and development, peace and feminist studies. The college welcomes scholars with interest in applied peacemaking and advocacy.

The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D., will have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, leadership, and a substantial record of research and publication, consistent with a senior level faculty appointment.


Responsibilities will include: serving as Director of the Peace studies program, transforming the program into a full-ledged department, teaching courses in support of the undergraduate major and minor in Peace Studies. Major requirements of the Peace Studies major include Introduction to Peace Studies, Nonviolent Social Change, and the capstone in Peace Studies. Research expectations include significant work in Peace Studies. Chapman University considers advising and mentoring of undergraduates to be essential components of the position. The program currently has approximately 50 majors and 25 minors, whose advisement is shared among faculty members.

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Applications are Due on 30 September 2014. Qualified applicants should electronically submit: 1) a letter of application, 2) Curriculum vita, 3) Three letters of recommendation, 4) Writing sample, 5) Summary Research Agenda, 6) A vision for peace studies, 7) List of three current references including their contact information to:

Dr. Nubar Hovsepian, Chair, Search Committee in Peace Studies, at

Successful completion of a criminal background check is required for the final candidate.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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