McKinney Professor of Environmental Resilience and Philanthropy

Indiana University
Indianapolis, IN, United States
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Title McKinney Professor of Environmental Resilience and Philanthropy

Appointment Status Tenure Track

Department IUPUI Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Position Summary

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, located in Indianapolis, Indiana seeks a colleague to join the more than twenty core faculty and more than fifty affiliate and adjunct faculty who research, teach, and train on all aspects related to philanthropy. This is an open rank and open discipline, tenure-line search. Applicants should conduct research and teach at the intersections of philanthropy and environmental resilience, with potential connections to environmental policy, social and environmental justice, environmental sustainability, and climate change adaptation. Disciplines might include (but are not limited to) earth sciences, economics, ethics, history, management, psychology, and/or sociology. This position is one of several new faculty lines created as part of Indiana University’s Grand Challenges, Prepared for Environmental Change. (Please refer to the following links) and

Recognizing this is an emerging interdisciplinary topic, all candidates will be considered regardless of past record of accomplishment in environmental philanthropy, but will show interest and promise of future excellence in helping to advance the understanding and practice of this field. A candidate who meets the requirements for an Indiana University titled professorship will have the title of McKinney Professor of Environmental Resilience. Such candidates may have advanced rank and will have a substantive research portfolio. Candidates who are promising but not yet at that level will have the title of McKinney Fellow of Environmental Resilience and Philanthropy and Assistant or Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies. The incumbent will conduct research and facilitate the translation of new knowledge into improved practice; create a thriving intellectual community to attract outstanding students to research and research-informed practice. The preferred candidate will have an outstanding research record in the field of philanthropy; a proven record of accomplishment of supervising and providing mentorship to students from all backgrounds (including first-generation college students, low-income students; racial and ethnic minorities, women, nontraditional, LGBTQ, etc.) and/or curriculum development in the environment.

The search for this position begins in March 2019. To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by September 1, 2019, but it will remain open until filled. We ask that interested candidates express their interest even if they are not submitting their entire package until later. (Please see the instructions in the Department Contact for Questions Section of this posting). This position is a ten-month open rank tenured or tenure-track faculty position. Candidates should have a significant record in the areas of research on philanthropy and the environment, preferably in one of the areas listed above, though relevant research with broad impact is highly valued. The incumbent can be a senior professor with an established record in philanthropy or an emerging scholar with a promising research agenda. Regardless of the rank, the faculty of the school will look for an excellent scholar who will thrive in our collegial community, engage in building the field of philanthropic studies, and demonstrate an interest in engaging current and future scholars and practitioners.

Located on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy builds on the strength of thirty years of research, training and outreach activity. Collaborating closely with the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the IU School of Liberal Arts, among others, the Lilly Family School’s faculty members draw on an expansive and collegial community of scholars and practitioners from a multiplicity of disciplines devoted to the serious study of philanthropy. Degree programs include the Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. degrees in Philanthropic Studies. The School hosts ten endowed chairs in various areas of philanthropy and a robust executive education arm through The Fund Raising School, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, and the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy. The School’s Research Department is known for researching Giving USA, the Philanthropy Panel Study, and the Global Philanthropy Indices, among many other projects.

The duties of the McKinney Professor of Environmental Resilience and Philanthropy will include teaching and mentoring students, as well as conducting research, publishing, and providing service to the School, campus, and the field of Philanthropic Studies. The school has a preference for teaching of required and elective philanthropy courses and expanding the research agenda generally, but ideally in one of the areas above. In addition, the faculty member hired will have an opportunity to work with faculty and staff across the university through the IU Environmental Resilience Institute on projects of mutual interest. The faculty member might also work with local, regional, and/or national/international charities in the environmental space. These collaborations will be voluntary and mutually beneficial.

With a concentration in the health sciences, IUPUI confers more professional degrees than any other campus in Indiana and is one of the state’s two leading institutions for externally funded research. Valuing candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving the conditions in higher education for under-represented students, the School encourages candidates from under-represented groups to apply.

The search will remain open until the position is filled.

Basic Qualifications

A Ph.D. is required but the disciplinary field is open and may be in any of the areas listed above or other relevant domains. Teaching and research experience in philanthropic studies or related area of interest as discussed above is expected.

Department Contact for Questions

Please contact:

Patrick Rooney
Executive Associate Dean for Academic Programs
IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Additional Qualifications

Candidates are expected to review the School’s website and faculty roster for insights into the interdisciplinary nature of philanthropic studies and the ways in which many disciplines contribute to an understanding of philanthropy, civil society, and nonprofit organizations worldwide.

Salary and Rank AC1-FTX

Special Instructions

We ask that interested candidates express their interest even if they are not submitting their entire package until later. Please contact:

Patrick Rooney
Executive Associate Dean for Academic Programs
IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

For Best Consideration Date 09/15/2019

Expected Start Date 08/01/2020