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Barbara and David A. Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics
The University of St. Thomas

Date Posted Jul. 9, 2019
Title Barbara and David A. Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics
University The University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, MN, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Endowed/Distinguished Professor
  • Human Resources
    Business Law
    Business Ethics
    Business - General

Barbara and David A. Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics

Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics

Department of Ethics and Business Law

Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas

The Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas invites applications for the Barbara and David A. Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics to begin Fall, 2020. David A. Koch was the former President and Chairman of the Board of Graco, Inc. located in Minneapolis Minnesota, and a longtime benefactor of the University of St. Thomas along with his wife Barbara. The mission of the Koch Chair is to institutionalize and advance the role of Business Ethics in the educational programs of the University of St. Thomas through teaching, research, faculty development, and curriculum development. Drawing upon the identity of St. Thomas that is grounded in liberal arts, professional education, and Catholic mission, the Koch chair plays a leading role in making the ethical aspects of management a distinctive feature of business education at the Opus College of Business.

The Chair is a member of the Ethics and Business Law Department in the Opus College of Business with one of the largest Business Ethics faculty groups in the world. The Chair has ample financial, human and organizational resources including an annual two course teaching load and research support. The Chair serves in a leadership role for the Center for Ethics in Practice, coordinating and supporting applied business ethics research, as well as serving as an advisor to other institutional organizations. The Chair also participates in Business Ethics activities that enhance the national and international reputation of the Opus College of Business and the University of St. Thomas on an ongoing basis.

The Chair is responsible for research through continued scholarship and active participation in community, corporate and professional activities. The Chair teaches Business Ethics in programs in the Opus College and is a liaison for Business Ethics for the rest of the University and the Profession. As part of these responsibilities, the Chair develops curricula as well as faculty and professional relationships that enhance Business Ethics education at the University of St. Thomas.

Founded in 1885 by John Ireland, the archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, The University of St. Thomas is a Catholic co-educational liberal arts institution. St. Thomas has grown from humble beginnings to become Minnesota’s 17th largest nonprofit organization and the largest outside the field of health care. With more than 6,000 undergraduate and 4,300 graduate students, St. Thomas is also the largest private college or university in Minnesota.

St. Thomas seeks to deliver an education of unquestionable excellence, rooted in the Catholic faith tradition, to students from a wide variety of backgrounds. The university distinguishes itself as a liberal arts, comprehensive university that emphasizes a value-centered, career-oriented education – one that sees beyond "career" to "calling"- and as an outstanding teaching university with faculty and staff whose scholarship, service and personal attention to students change lives. St. Thomas actively seeks to attract, retain and develop faculty, staff, and students from all backgrounds to enhance the diversity of the learning community.

The Opus College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). It is dedicated to fulfilling the university’s mission through undergraduate and graduate business programs that transform the way business is taught and practiced. Principled Leadership is one of three strategic pillars of the Opus College of Business and signifies the commitment to business ethics of the College.

The ideal candidate will be a full professor (or have the scholarly record equivalent to that of a full professor) with a Ph.D. or terminal degree in a relevant field and an outstanding record of scholarship and teaching as well as a demonstrated ability to build relationships with business and community leaders, work productively with other colleagues in the field of business ethics, and understand the relevance of academic research for the practice community. The candidate should be able to embrace the mission of the University of St. Thomas, which focuses on the education of morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. Interested candidates should provide a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and references.

The University of St. Thomas is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and the goals of affirmative action/equal opportunity. The University welcomes nominations and applications from a diverse applicant pool.

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The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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