Visiting Scholar

Visiting Scholar for Thriving in Ministry

CTU announces the establishment of a Visiting Scholar appointment sponsored by the Thriving in Ministry Initiative which is funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.  A Visiting Scholar will propose a research agenda for a stated period of time ranging  from one month and up to one academic year. Research conducted should include some element of inquiry into the thriving of Catholic men and women religious and/or lay Catholic professionals in ministry in the United States. While research goals remain primary, the Visiting Scholar would also offer one public lecture, engage with the grant staff relative to program development and other activities as negotiated. The Visiting Scholar would also interface with the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life.  The agreement will be negotiated with the Director of Thriving in Ministry who will organize and guide the Visiting Scholar’s activities at CTU. A PhD., D.Min. or other relevant degree is required. Applicants from a variety of academic fields will be considered.

Research related to the Thriving in Ministry Initiative entails an exploration of some element of the holistic wellbeing of the minister who serves within a specific ministerial context.  Some current research looks at the minister’s self-integrity, preparation, levels of engagement, resilience and sense of significance. This research might also examine the various relationships, communal structures and social influences that impact the fulfillment and flourishing of the minister. 

In addition to funding, applicants will have access to an office and a computer. Library access includes the institutions of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools and the University of Chicago.

Limited housing is available in CTU’s residence hall for scholars without dependents. Parking is available onsite.

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Catholic Theological Union
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Applications should be completed at least twelve weeks in advance of your anticipated start date. Please send all questions regarding the application and research plans to Marian Diaz at Applicants will receive a response within four weeks of completion of their application. 

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