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Halbrook Distinguished Professor of American Government

Taylor University welcomes nominations for the position of Halbrook Distinguished Professor of American Government.  This is a new position and is part of the Department of History, Global & Political Studies (HGPS).  It will support the university’s mission to “develop servant leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ’s redemptive love and truth to a world in need” and the department’s mission to inspire and equip young winsome Christian  women and men as faithful witnesses to God’s truth and love through careers in politics, law and public service.  Ideal candidates will bring relevant professional experience working in government at the state or federal level and/or with non-governmental agencies or organizations focused on public policy research and advocacy as well as appropriate graduate degrees in disciplines associated with politics and public policy.  Highly effective communication skills in public speaking and writing for print and online sources are essential.  Candidates will be expected to affirm and support by example the Taylor University Life Together Covenant and their belief in the Statement of Faith and other essential documents.


The Halbrook Distinguished Professor of American Government will have the following qualifications:

  1. At least seven to ten years of successful experience working in government (state or federal level) or with a non-governmental agency or other organization focused on public policy advocacy.
  2. Evidence of thoughtful research in areas associated with the U.S. Constitution and publications in both popular and professional journals (print and online).
  3. Exceptional communication skills with the ability to explain foundational Constitutional principles to undergraduate students and faculty on campus and to the community beyond the campus through online, hybrid or nontraditional course delivery.
  4. Possession of relevant graduate/professional degrees (e.g., MA, JD, PhD).
  5. Strong commitment to evangelical Protestant Christian faith and to the integration of faith and learning.


The Halbrook Distinguished Professor of American Government will:

  1. Lead in the development of courses, seminars, workshops, and publications that support the HGPS Department’s programs (Politics, Philosophy & Economics; Politics & Public Service; Politics and Law)
  2. Teach 12-credit hours spread over the Fall, Interterm, and Spring semesters. The teaching load will include regular and special topics that are part of History, Global & Political Studies course offerings.
  3. Promote civic engagement grounded in a deeper understanding of foundational principles expressed in the U.S. Constitution.
  4. Develop and implement curricular and co-curricular activities that enhance Constitutional literacy among the university’s students and faculty and among private and public school students and faculty beyond the campus in collaboration with faculty in the History, Global & Political Studies Department and Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts & Biblical Studies.


Taylor University is an evangelical nondenominational Christian liberal arts university in which all programs are shaped by a Christian worldview and the integration of faith, learning and living within a community of intentional Christian nurture and relationships.

Taylor is distinctive in its commitment to both spiritual and intellectual development. Academic pursuits at Taylor are rigorous, demanding imagination, dedication and integrity from both students and faculty.  As a Christian institution, Taylor University has highly capable, supportive faculty who recognize that all truth has its source in God.  Taylor University carries out its mission and purposes primarily by offering undergraduate programs in its residential campus setting.  The University also offers focused graduate programs that expand and complement curricular and institutional strengths.                                                                                                                        

The University is located 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis and 50 miles south of Fort Wayne.  The proximity to metropolitan areas provides numerous benefits, including access to specialized healthcare and cultural and entertainment opportunities including music, theater, art, professional athletics and commerce.

Start Date

August 2019


Interested candidates should send an application letter, curriculum vita, and complete the application found at  https://public.taylor.edu/about/services/human-resources/hiring/FacultyApplication.doc. Materials should be addressed to:  Dr. Thomas Jones, Dean, School of Humanities, Arts & Biblical Studies and sent to academics@taylor.edu. All materials will remain confidential. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Taylor University complies with federal and state guidelines for nondiscrimination in employment.