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.

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 

Dr. Greg Straughn, Dean
ACU Box 29210
Abilene, TX 79699-9103

Department of Engineering and Physics

Abilene Christian University seeks two or more talented engineers for its new and rapidly expanding engineering program. The engineering program started in the fall of 2012 and currently has approximately 85 students in the freshmen and sophomore classes. 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 research. Ideal candidates will have a Ph.D. in engineering or a closely related field, and experience in teaching and research. Candidates having an M.S.degree will also be considered. Previous involvement with ABET accreditation would be helpful. Interested persons should apply as soon as possible. Only applications arriving by December 1, 2013 will be guaranteed to be given full consideration. Expected start date is August 2014.

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. ACU graduates in engineering and physics will be leaders in their fields. Applicants must convincingly demonstrate how they can assist ACU engineering and physics students to achieve leadership roles. Candidates should also demonstrate how they can be flexible, adaptable, and resourceful in supporting this fast growing program.

For more information please contact Dr. Rusty Towell (rusty.towell@acu.edu), Chair; Department of Engineering and Physics and/or Dr. Kenneth Olree (kenneth.olree@acu.edu), Director of Engineering.

Department of Music

The Department of Music seeks an Associate Director of Bands to begin in July 2014. The successful candidate will hold a master's degree and must be an accomplished conductor and musician, with demonstrable success teaching at the secondary level (additional college teaching is preferred). Preference will be given to candidates with success in the administration and organization of a marching band program, including the recruitment and retention of quality students, the ability to work effectively with other institutional units (such as athletics and public relations), and a record of establishing and maintaining positive relationships with public school music educators.

Primary duties include directing the Big Purple Marching Band; conducting the Concert Band each spring; coordinating with the Director of Bands in the administration, promotion, and recruitment of a comprehensive band program; teaching instrumental music education courses (including Marching Band Methods and Secondary Methods); and supervising instrumental student teachers. Studio teaching and other duties may be assigned, depending on the candidate's qualifications and departmental needs.

For more information contact Dr. Steven Ward, Director of Bands, at 325-674-2028 or steven.ward@acu.edu.

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College of Biblical Studies 

Department of Marriage and Family Studies

The Department of Marriage and Family Studies at Abilene Christian University invites applications and nominations in writing for an Associate Professor and Program Director in a marriage and family therapy program with a specialization in medical family therapy. The candidate must hold the Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy with significant training, research, and/or clinical experience in medical family therapy. Additionally, the candidate must exhibit significant administrative skills, competence as a classroom teacher and researcher, eligibility for LMFT licensure in the State of Texas, and be a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with the AAMFT.

The MFT program at ACU has held continuous accreditation with COAMFTE since 1983 with its most recent renewal being granted in 2011. A new master’s program with a focus on medical family therapy is being launched in Dallas, TX, with ACU at CitySquare, and the Program Director will be expected to reside and work primarily in Dallas. The Program Director will work for approximately nine months prior to the launch of the program to assist in the development of the curriculum and internship opportunities. Administrative responsibilities associated with this position include:

  • Developing partnerships with CitySquare and UT Southwest Medical School personnel;
  • Developing an internship handbook for interns’ work at the various internship sites throughout CitySquare;
  • Identifying unique program outcomes, student learning outcomes, and means of assessment for both SACS and COAMFTE;
  • Working with COAMFTE staff to obtain program accreditation;
  • Developing new courses and seeking necessary university approvals;
  • Identifying and hiring qualified AAMFT-Approved Supervisors in the Dallas area to serve as adjunct supervisors for practicum courses; and
  • Other duties as assigned by the Chair of the Department of Marriage and Family Studies.

Once the program is launched, the Program Director will also be responsible for teaching medical family therapy courses and providing supervision for students’ practicums in addition to his/her administrative duties. More information about CitySquare can be found on their website, and more information about ACU at CitySquare can be found on the blog.

Dr. Jaime Goff, Chair
Department of Marriage and Family Studies

College of Biblical Studies
ACU Box 29439
Abilene, Texas 79699-7438

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

Department of Marriage and Family Therapy

The Department of Marriage and Family Therapy at Abilene Christian University invites applications and nominations in writing for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate level beginning in the Fall of 2014. The MFT program at ACU has held continuous COAMFTE-accreditation since 1983. The candidate will be expected to teach courses relative to the postmodern theories of family therapy, cultural diversity, and MFT assessment and intervention. Candidates who have Clinic Director experience are preferred. In addition, the candidate will be expected to supervise graduate interns, mentor student research, and accept departmental, college, and university committee assignments. The candidate should possess a  well-defined program of research as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and presentations. 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, exhibit competence as a classroom teacher, demonstrate eligibility for licensure as an LMFT in the State of Texas, and hold Clinical Membership and Approved Supervisor or Supervisor Candidate status with the AAMFT.

Dr. Jaime Goff, Chair


Department of Marriage and Family Studies

ACU Box 29439

Abilene, TX 79699

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

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College of Business Administration 

No open positions at this time.

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College of Education and Human Services 

Dr. Donnie Snider, Dean
ACU Box 29009
Abilene, Texas 79699-8276

Department of Teacher Education

The Department of Teacher Education invites applications for two tenure-track
assistant/associate faculty positions. Candidates should have an earned doctorate in the
field of education with an emphasis in one or more of the following areas: special
education, gifted education, reading, and/or ESL and must provide evidence of exemplary
practice in K-12 settings. Applicants should demonstrate a strong background in effective
teaching strategies for diverse populations; ability to create and enhance collaborative
partnerships with public school personnel; and strong potential for continued professional
service and scholarship. Commitment to the mission of preparing Christian teachers to
serve in diverse settings is fundamental.

The mission of the Department of Teacher Education is to prepare exemplary, committed
educators for service in diverse and multicultural communities for the glory of God.
Information about the department is available at acu.edu/education.

Dana Kennamer Pemberton, Ph.D.
Chair, Teacher Education
Abilene Christian University
ACU Box 29008
Abilene, TX  79699

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College of Nursing 

Dr. Becky Hammack, Dean of School of Nursing
ACU Box 28035 
Abilene, Texas 79699-9103

The ACU School of Nursing (SON) invites applications for two or three positions as instructor or assistant/associate professor of nursing beginning fall 2014. Applicants should maintain an active nursing license, be eligible for R.N. licensing in the state of Texas and have a M.S.N. A Ph.D in nursing, D.N.P., related doctoral degree or nurse practitioner is preferred. Applicants from a variety of nursing sub-specialties (Medical-Surgical, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Critical Care, Community Health, Mental Health, and Nursing Informatics) are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate is expected to work collaboratively in shared governance with faculty of the SON to work toward the Christian mission of the university. The SON encourages applicants who are willing to facilitate exceptional student learning environments, value mentoring and advising students, and are willing to engage in service for the university, profession, and community. Applicants will be expected to pursue scholarly interests, and engage students in these activities. Information about the school is available at acu.edu/academics/nursing.

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ACU Library  

Dr. John B. Weaver, Dean
ACU Box 29208
Abilene, TX 79699-9208

The ACU Library seeks a Director of Educational Technology.  Under the direction of the Dean of Library Services and Educational Technology, this position leads the Educational Technology team to work closely in collaboration with other members of the library leadership team, academic deans, the Provost, and leaders in IT, to provide vision, leadership, direction and planning for academic technologies at ACU. The position serves as an advocate for the development and use of academic technology in support of excellent teaching practices, engaging learning experiences, and scholarly research.  The director will oversee administrative units responsible for student and faculty teaching and learning technologies, principally the Educational Technology Division and the ACU Maker Lab, to offer: 1) training and consulting services to faculty and students, 2) tools for significant learning experiences and outcomes, and 3) systems for research data curation and knowledge sharing in the ACU Library and academic colleges.

This is either a professional staff position or a faculty position that requires a Masters Degree, preferably in Information Technology, Information Science, Instructional/Educational Technology, or closely related academic discipline, with a minimum of five years of a combination of experience in positions of either, 1) university-level instruction, or 2) management in information technology, or related fields, to enhance learning in higher education or similar environments.  Ph.D. in any academic discipline taught at ACU is preferred, and there is a possibility of faculty appointment. The successful candidate will have extensive knowledge of current best practices and trends in educational technology, and technical experience in support and/or programming of computer operating systems, Internet applications, databases, and a variety of multimedia software and peripherals.   Knowledge and experience with Design Thinking and Maker Movement technology is preferred. The successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills, and a proven record of managing budgets, and supervising personnel in support of a highly collaborative work environment and client-oriented services.  Understanding of the purpose of the University and commitment to its mission is required. Questions may be directed to john.weaver@acu.edu or 325-674-2344.

Please include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references with your application. Review of applicants will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications are assured full consideration if received by February 14, 2014. Complete Your Application.

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