Benedictine University hiring new faculty for Mesa branch campus

February 4, 2013

MesaMesa, Ariz. ~ Benedictine University is seeking experienced faculty to staff its new Mesa branch campus and make history as founding faculty members. Classes begin this fall at 225 E. Main St. in downtown Mesa.

Faculty is being sought to support the University’s initial degree offerings: a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Organizational Behavior, in addition to a minor in Religious Studies.

Faculty openings include assistant professors of Business Management, Communication Arts, Criminal Justice, Fine Arts, Nutrition, Psychology and Theology. Responsibilities include teaching and mentoring students, program oversight and assistance with student recruitment and advising. Qualifications for most positions include a terminal degree.

Freshmen enrolling in the fall will be part of an interactive learning community which will focus on a yearlong theme. The theme for the first year will explore the question of the presence or absence of God in society and within the individual. Students in the learning community will take a cluster of classes together that will provide a shared learning experience and explore the question from an interdisciplinary perspective. The purpose is to teach students to embrace a variety of ways to construct and demonstrate meaning and understanding while experiencing personal growth.

The classes offered at Benedictine University at Mesa are going to be “lecture-free” – which is different than what most students have previously experienced. The curriculum will be problem/issues-based and will focus on application, decision-making and problem-solving. Professors will be using innovative techniques in the classroom to challenge students to actively learn, utilize technology and apply acquired knowledge.

All classes will follow a learning lab approach. Like a science laboratory class, students will engage, experiment, discover, apply and evaluate. Every class will have a problem, issue or project to solve and the semester will be spent learning not only solutions, but will also explore what the most effective processes are to discover solutions.

Benedictine University at Mesa opened its services center at 51 E. Main St., Suite 105, in downtown Mesa in fall 2012.

For more information about Benedictine University at Mesa and employment opportunities, please visit ben.edu/mesa/aboutus/.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.

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