Faculty Positions

Abilene Christian University is affiliated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ. All qualified applicants for these positions must be professing Christians and be active, faithful members of a congregation of the Churches of Christ and willing to support the Christian mission and purpose of the university.

ACU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, gender, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal laws. Nominations of and applications from qualified women and minorities are especially encouraged.

ACU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university's financial and physical assets. Therefore, Abilene Christian University conducts background checks on all candidates for employment in security-sensitive positions, including faculty.

The mission of ACU is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.

For all positions, send the "Faculty Employment Application" with a written document including: 

  1. Philosophy of teaching and learning; 
  2. How faith and learning can be integrated in the courses being taught; 
  3. The role of scholarship and research in the work of a professor; and 
  4. The Christian journey of the applicant and how the Churches of Christ have affected it. 

Also, include curriculum vitae; transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work; and names, addresses and phone numbers of three references to the respective contact person.

All positions are subject to funding. Searches begin immediately and continue until the position is filled or closed.

College of Arts and Sciences 

Department of Art and Design

The Department of Art and Design invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-track position as assistant or associate professor beginning August 2015 to serve as program director and teach in its CIDA-accredited interior design program. Candidates are expected to have a terminal degree in interior design or architecture. Proficiency in computer design technology and demonstrated potential for teaching and scholarly endeavors is expected. Applicants must have strong communication skills and interest in the development of students. Preference will be given to applicants who have professional design experience, involvement in professional organizations, and who are NCIDQ credentialed. A portfolio of student and/or professional work may be requested. Applications are encouraged by Dec. 15, 2014.

Information about the department is available at acu.edu/art and blogs.acu.edu/artanddesign.

Address applications or inquiries to:
Dr. Gregory Straughn, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
ACU Box 9210
Abilene, Texas 79699-9210

Or by email: gregory.straughn@acu.edu

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Abilene Christian University invites applications for a position in organic chemistry beginning Fall 2015. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and in research appropriate for an undergraduate department. An M.S. in organic chemistry is required, with a Ph.D. and post-doctoral experience preferred.

Application materials and correspondence may be sent to Dr. Kim Pamplin, pamplink@acu.edu. All positions are subject to funding. Search begins​ immediately and continues until the position is filled or closed.

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Department of Engineering and Physics

Abilene Christian University seeks two or more talented engineers for its new and rapidly growing engineering program. These tenure track faculty positions offer excellent opportunities to contribute to and substantially shape the new program. Applicants should have especially strong skills in teaching, scholarship, and mentoring students. Ideal candidates will have a Ph.D. in mechanical, electrical or another engineering discipline, demonstrated potential to teach effectively in our program’s curriculum, and experience in research and scholarship activities appropriate to the discipline. Experience in leading or contributing to the senior design experience will further distinguish a candidate. Candidates having a B.S. and M.S. degree and a license or certification in an engineering discipline and significant experience in industry or consulting will also be considered. Previous involvement with ABET accreditation would be helpful. Interested persons should apply as soon as possible. Nominations of and applications from qualified women and minorities are especially encouraged. Applications arriving by March 16, 2015 will be guaranteed full consideration. Expected start date is August 2015.

The engineering program started in the fall of 2012 and currently has approximately 100 students in the freshmen, sophomore and junior classes. Fourteen thousand square feet of class and lab space will open shortly in a renovated historic building on campus and additional construction and renovation plans will dedicate a total of 40,000 square feet to the department. The new engineering program is strongly connected to the physics program within the Department of Engineering and Physics at ACU. The physics program at ACU has a rich heritage of research and scholarship spanning more than 40 years. New hires will assist the engineering program in developing a similar heritage of research and scholarship, in a Christ centered, service oriented environment. Applicants must convincingly demonstrate how they can mentor ACU engineering and physics students toward leadership roles in industry or academia. Candidates should also demonstrate how they can be flexible, adaptable, and resourceful in supporting this fast growing program.

For more information please contact Dr. Jeff Arrington (jeff.arrington@acu.edu), Director of Engineering.

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Department of Language and Literature

The Department of Language and Literature is seeking to fill a full-time faculty position in American literature for Fall 2015. The ideal candidate will have the ability and desire to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in American literature as well as courses in lower-division general education composition and/or literature. The candidate should hold a Ph.D. in English (A.B.D. considered). Applicants should send a C.V. and cover letter to Dr. Cole Bennett, Chair, Department of Language and Literature (cole.bennett@acu.edu).

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College of Biblical Studies 

No open positions at this time.

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College of Business Administration 

No open positions at this time.

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College of Education and Human Services 

Kinesiology and Nutrition

The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition invites applications for a tenure-track position as an assistant professor of Kinesiology. The candidate must have a doctorate in Kinesiology with an emphasis in the exercise sciences. The successful candidate should demonstrate a commitment to engagement in scholarly pursuits and be comfortable teaching in both classroom and laboratory settings. The ability to mentor undergraduate research and/or the willingness to collaborate with undergraduate students to develop sound research projects and practices is preferred.

Inquiries should be directed to:

Sheila Jones, Chair
Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition
Abilene Christian University
Email: joness@acu.edu

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College of Nursing 

No open positions at this time.

The Graduate School

Marriage and Family Therapy Online

The Graduate School at Abilene Christian University invites applications and nominations in writing for candidates for the position of Program Director for the online Marriage and Family Therapy program, consisting of a three-year contract that includes administrative and teaching responsibilities. This position will begin as soon as April 1, 2015.

The Graduate School at ACU currently offers five online masters degree and two post-masters certificates. The online Marriage and Family Therapy program is part of a significant expansion of online graduate programs at ACU. The residential graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) has held continuous COAMFTE-accreditation since 1983. The online MFT program will offer the same degree plan with an anticipated launch date of May 4, 2015. COAMFTE accreditation for the online program will be sought after the first cohort graduates from the program.

As Program Director, the candidate will be responsible for leading and overseeing the program; recruiting, supervising, and evaluating the performance of faculty in the program; overseeing the program’s operational budget; and preparing the program for initial application for COAMFTE accreditation. As administrative faculty with a 12-month contract, the candidate will carry a course load of 12 credit hours each year. The ideal candidate will have online teaching experience with an understanding of best practices in androgogical teaching and learning strategies. The candidate should also demonstrate competence in the integration of theological and spiritual issues with therapy. The candidate must hold the Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy or a closely related mental health discipline; possess previous administrative experience; exhibit competence as an online teacher; and be a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor or Supervisor Candidate with the AAMFT.

Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2015, or until the position is filled. For purposes of ACU's Background Check and Self-Reporting Policy, this position is classified as security sensitive.

Please send the materials described above in electronic format to:

Dr. Jaime Goff
Associate Dean of the Graduate School

For further information, please contact Dr. Goff at 325-674-3778 or Jaime.Goff@acu.edu

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ACU Library 

Information Services Division

The ACU Library invites applications or nominations for the position of Data Services Librarian/Specialist (non-tenure track). Candidates are expected to have demonstrated experience with supporting and/or conducting data analytical research in an academic or business environment. Requirements of the job include leading the collection, analysis, and visualization of digital data for research and teaching, and collaborating with colleagues on the creation of a suite of data services for faculty and students. Other responsibilities include serving as a library liaison to selected academic departments including Engineering and Information Technology, and providing research support to Library clients. A bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, or other field with technical or quantitative orientation is preferred, but this position is open to applicants of all subject backgrounds and specializations. A Masters or Ph.D. in Library and Information Science, or related field, is strongly preferred. This position reports to the Library’s Associate Dean for Information Services.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will remain open until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications should be received by March 9, 2015.

Applicants should send a C.V. and cover letter to Dr. Mark McCallon, Library Associate Dean for Information Services at mccallonm@acu.edu.

Information about the ACU Library is available at www.acu.edu/library.

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