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School of Theology and Ministry

Job Opportunity


Dean, School of Ministry       

University of Dallas,  Texas


The University of Dallas (UD) invites applications for the position of Dean of the School of Ministry (SOM), beginning the summer of 2014. The SOM is one of four schools at the university, and is a vibrant center of learning. It combines rigorous academics, rich community life, and pastoral formation to serve the needs of the Catholic Church for the 21st century. Led by the dean, the school serves its mostly lay students through graduate and undergraduate degree programs in ministry. These programs are of high quality, and are growing and dynamic. The dean will inspire and guide their dynamism.  The dean will also have the opportunity to enhance its nationally renowned Catholic Biblical School and its annual Ministry Conference serving the wider Catholic community of North Texas and beyond. For more information, see the School of Ministry webpage at


About the School of Ministry

Serving a rapidly growing Catholic population of over two million people in the dioceses of Dallas, Fort Worth, and Tyler, the School of Ministry seeks to equip its students with the critical skills needed for theological reflection in a contemporary context of Catholic tradition, as well as the pastoral skills necessary for service in the Church.  SOM students receive the education and formation that is necessary for personal growth, professional ministry and transformative service to the Church, the broader Christian community, and the wider world. The SOM is among the more comprehensive schools of ministry in the country. In addition to its undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and its ministry conference, it offers certificates, seminars, online offerings, lectures, and continuing education.


Position Description

The dean, as the chief administrative officer of the School, will provide strong leadership and work effectively with faculty, staff, alumni, and local church leaders to further the mission of the school.  Responsibilities include: the recruitment, retention, and learning outcomes of students; recruitment, development, and retention of faculty and staff; the budgeting and maintenance of the quality of all programs, both degree and non-degree, as well as the development of any new programs; encouragement of appropriate levels of cooperation among the SOM and other related entities on and beyond campus; fundraising; and the marketing of the SOM among key external constituents. The dean will hold faculty rank.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.



The candidate should hold an earned doctorate in ministry, theology, or other related field. Previous administrative experience commensurate with an appointment as a dean is strongly preferred. Superior candidates will have a commitment to building enrollments; a desire to form lay ecclesial ministers and deacons for service in the Church; experience with distance education and on-line programs; and a record of excellence in teaching and scholarship.


Application Process

Applicants should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and the names of at least three references electronically to  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.