John Brown University
John Brown University seeks a full-time faculty member in either the English or History departments to serve as the director of the Honors Scholars Program (HSP). The ideal candidate will bring a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and the integration of Christian faith and learning, and should be available to begin by July 1, 2024. Responsibilities could include, but are not limited to, HSP direction; teaching courses in the core curriculum, History/English departments, and the HSP; Honors faculty development; student scholarship support; and HSP culture development.
Honors Scholars Program
The Honors Scholars Program is comprised of approximately 200 students across all university disciplines and class levels. The program is designed to enrich and motivate students academically and spiritually in and out of the classroom. Honors classes are small and interactive, led by faculty who facilitate conversations that encourage students to make deep connections with class content.
English and History Programs
The English major at JBU houses two academic tracks: literature and creative writing. Currently, there are 31 majors and 14 minors. Additionally, English offers specific minors in Journalism, Creative Writing, and TESOL. For more information on English, click here. Currently, there are 21 History majors and 12 minors. The History program also offers a Museum Studies minor. For more information on History, click here. Both programs are housed in the Humanities department, which promotes the intellectual, spiritual, and emotional development of JBU students as well as faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors. The department develops well-rounded, thoughtful people who are prepared to take their places in the world and who realize their potential as salt and light.
- A committed follower of Jesus Christ
- A Master’s degree in English or History
- A demonstrated commitment to quality teaching in undergraduate courses
- A commitment to the integration of the Christian faith and teaching
- A commitment to working with a diverse population of students
- A commitment to faculty and student scholarship
- A doctorate degree in English, History, or a closely related field
- Experience teaching undergraduate courses
- Evidence of scholarship
- Demonstrated experience with diverse populations
- Demonstrated administrative experience
- Demonstrated experience with Honors programs
- Demonstrated experience encouraging student scholarship/research
- Demonstrated experience in faculty development
John Brown University’s mission is to provide Christ-centered education that prepares people to honor God and serve others by developing their intellectual, spiritual, and professional lives. Founded in 1919, JBU is a Christ-centered, Biblically-faithful, interdenominational university that represents the best of Protestant evangelicalism in our commitment to the following theological principles: the fundamental human need for conversion and lifelong discipleship; the centrality of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection for the redemption of human beings; high regard for, and obedience to, the Bible as our authority; and active involvement in a local church, in missions and in ministries that work for Biblical justice and serve people in need. At JBU, we seek to integrate faith and learning, foster holistic Christian formation, promote pragmatic liberal arts education, and prepare people to follow Christ’s call to serve others in all areas of life. All employees must affirm JBU’s Employee Expectations and Articles of Faith.
With more than 2,250 students from 37 states and 42 countries, JBU offers approximately 50 undergraduate programs, seven fully online bachelor’s degrees, and 12 graduate degrees in business, education, cybersecurity, and counseling. JBU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and holds program-specific accreditations from various agencies.” More information is available at jbu.edu/accreditation.
JBU has benefited from stable and excellent leadership throughout the organization. President Chip Pollard started in 2004 and has led the organization in consistently meeting enrollment goals, completing two capital campaigns and launching a third, completing two strategic plans and launching a third, 17 major building projects, encouraging efforts to recruit and retain diverse faculty, staff, and students, and navigating the educational and financial challenges of the pandemic successfully. He served on the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) board for thirteen years and as chair for five years. Most of the president’s cabinet has served for over 20 years, and all cabinet members have held volunteer leadership positions in the CCCU, ACSD, CIC, NACUBO, and other higher education associations. JBU’s board of trustees are people of deep Christian faith, generous spirit, and professional expertise, with an average length of service of 11 years. They are deeply committed to maintaining JBU’s mission to educate students to honor God and serve others.
JBU has experienced a season of God’s favor and blessing, for which we are grateful. In the last 20 years, JBU has received over $300 million in gifts and grants and has built or renovated over 90% of the university’s facilities. JBU has only about $4 million of debt on over $220 million of assets. During that same time, JBU’s endowment has grown from about $50 million to over $150 million, much of it dedicated to scholarships and academic programs and to support maintenance costs for new facilities. This financial strength has enabled JBU to retain excellent faculty and staff with consistent compensation increases and funds for faculty and staff development. JBU has not been not immune to the economic and cultural challenges facing higher education, but it is positioned better than many institutions to respond.
JBU has received national recognition from many national newspapers and industry journals. For instance, in eight out of the last nine years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has named JBU on its “high honor roll” in its “Great Place to Work” survey. The Wall Street Journal has named JBU to its Best Colleges list since 2019, ranking us the top private school in Arkansas (2020) and top Arkansas university overall (2022, 2024). We are typically in the top 10% in our category (master’s level universities in the South) in U.S. News and World Report rankings.
JBU is located in Northwest Arkansas, a region predicted to have the third fastest job growth rate in the country behind only Austin, Texas and Charlotte, North Carolina. Three of the largest corporations in the world are located here—Walmart, Tyson Foods, and JB Hunt—and there is a growing technology, entrepreneurial, and art business ecosystem in the region. The quality of life is enhanced with a world-class art museum, Crystal Bridges, 25 miles from campus, over 400 miles of mountain biking trails, several state and national historic sites, parks, and large lakes, and a new $33 million whitewater rafting park just five miles south of campus. Siloam Springs has approximately 18,350 people with affordable housing and good private and public schools.
A competitive salary exists which will be commensurate with training and/or experience. In addition, JBU offers a comprehensive benefits package including 403(b) retirement plan, medical and dental insurance, tuition remission, leave related to the birth of a child, adoption leave, and moving expenses.
Position begins July 1, 2024. Screening process begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.
JBU desires to increase the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students to honor how all humans are created in the image of God, to reflect better the diversity of the Kingdom of God, to further our Christian commitment to justice, and to increase the quality of our educational experience. JBU is pursuing the goal of teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from ethnic minorities and women. For more information, visit our diversity webpage.
More information about JBU
A summary describing the university is available on-line.
The employee is expected to adhere to all University policies.
Physical demands and work environment
- Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to walk; stand; sit; use hands; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
- Work environment: The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.
Please upload the following documents to the "Upload Your Documents" page:
- Letter of Interest
- Your resume or CV
- Faculty application (completed and signed)
- Statement of Christian Commitment - regarding your relationship with Jesus Christ and your Christian Commitment (integration of faith and learning) related to your teaching, scholarship and/or service.
Office of Human Resources
John Brown University
2000 West University Street
Siloam Springs, AR 72761