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Employment Opportunities


There are currently openings at Briar Cliff University for the following positions (AA/EOE):

Please send letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript(s), and the names of three professional references to Ms. JoAnn Peterson, Director of Human Resources, Briar Cliff University, 3303 Rebecca Street, Sioux City, IA 51104 or email to joann.peterson@briarcliff.edu.

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Business Administration

Briar Cliff University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position (open rank) in Business Administration to start in the fall of 2014.  A Ph.D. is expected at the time of hire, although advanced ABDs will be considered.

The ideal candidate for this position is an individual who has expertise in leadership and strategic management who is able to effectively teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  She or he must be willing to engage students both in and out of the classroom and work to connect their education and professional goals.  She or he must also be willing to work with regional business leaders on university initiatives.  Finally, it is expected that the person filling this position will maintain an active scholarly agenda.

Social Work Program Director/Assistant/Associate/Professor.

The Briar Cliff University (BCU) Department of Social Work invites applications for social work program director and appointment as an assistant, associate or full professor.  This is a full-time tenure track position in an undergraduate program that has been accredited by CSWE since 1974.  BCU is a student-focused Catholic Franciscan University with a diverse student body, including students representing four Native American reservations within 100 miles of campus, as well as Spanish-speaking students whose second language is English.  The social work department is noted for its child welfare emphasis, as evidenced by being federally funded as part of the Children’s Bureau’s National Child Welfare Workforce Institute for five years.  The department has additionally infused gerontology into the core curriculum.  Our graduates are recognized for their skills and commitment to be change agents in their practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The department will introduce an online program in 2014, beginning with the fall semester.

All candidates must have an MSW degree from an accredited school and two years post-graduate practice experience in the social work profession. An earned doctorate in Social Work or a related field is preferred.   Minorities and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. The candidate must document ability to teach across the baccalaureate social work curriculum. The position also requires skills and experience with online curriculum development and delivery. Experience working with Native American and/or Spanish speaking populations would be helpful in this position.

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

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies.  A tenure earning, full-time appointment beginning fall 2014.  Responsibilities to include teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced language, literature, and culture courses; development of an innovative cultural studies program; and other areas, based upon the applicant’s expertise and institutional needs.  Ph.D. preferred, A.B.D. considered.  Preference will be given to candidates with documented excellence in teaching and advising.  Native or near-native language proficiency required.  An ability to incorporate technology in the assessment and delivery of language proficiency is desired.  Review of applications will begin on April 21, 2014, and continue until the position is filled

Assistant Professor in Composition and Rhetoric and Director of the Writing Center

The Department of Modern Languages at Briar Cliff University seeks applications for an anticipated full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Composition and Rhetoric and Director of the Writing Center, beginning in August 2014.  Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition in hand by time of hiring; demonstrated excellence in teaching college-level composition courses and in working at a university writing center; and ability to administer and assess writing center and writing across the curriculum programs.  ESL/ELL experience and experience teaching speech are highly preferred.  The successful candidate will be a dynamic individual committed to fostering student achievement, program success, faculty development, and interdisciplinary coordination.  Duties include teaching lower-division writing courses and upper-division courses in grammar, linguistics, and composition theory; serving as the Director of the Writing Center; coordinating writing across the curriculum and writing assessments; serving on the First-Year Experience committee; and supervising and supporting adjunct writing faculty for First-Year Writing courses.

Assistant/Associate Professor and Director of Master’s Program in Criminal Justice  Assistant/Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Briar Cliff University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of Criminal Justice to start in the fall of 2014.  A Ph.D. in criminal justice is expected at the time of hire, although advanced ABDs will be considered.

The ideal candidate for this position is an individual who has expertise in the theoretical and practical aspects of policing and/or corrections.  This individual will teach a combination of courses including Introduction to Criminal Justice, Corrections, Policing, Criminology, and Restorative Justice, and will be expected to develop new courses relevant to her/his expertise and departmental needs.  It is also expected that the person filling this position will maintain an active scholarly agenda.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Briar Cliff University invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor of Biology position to begin in August of 2014.  Anticipated teaching responsibilities include Cell & Molecular Biology, Immunology, Human Physiology, and an introductory biology course.  Additionally, the appointee will be responsible for a 1-credit Molecular Biology techniques course and directing student research.  To support their personal research agenda and other research on campus, the successful candidate will maintain a newly equipped Cell & Molecular research lab and have access to other scientific instrumentation on campus.  

Required Qualifications:

Earned (or nearly-completed) doctoral degree in the biological sciences

Ability and willingness to direct student-driven research

Commitment to high-quality education, student advising, and service to the university and community

Assistant Professor of European History

European History: Briar Cliff University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of European History to begin in the fall of 2014.  Teaching responsibilities will include both introductory and upper level courses in European/World History.   Preferred candidates will also have expertise in at least one field of non-western history.  Ph.D. in History, commitment to undergraduate teaching, and evidence of scholarship required.