Job Opportunities

SUA receives many applications each month. Your patience is appreciated as SUA takes the time to properly review, screen, and interview candidates. SUA is an equal opportunity employer.

Full-Time Faculty Openings

Soka University of America (SUA) seeks to appoint a professor in Black Studies at the senior level, beginning August 2021, to contribute to the development of a new program in Race and Ethnic Studies. Applicants from all fields of Black, African American, or Africana Studies are welcome. The search is open to specialization and discipline within these fields with preference for scholars working in global, comparative, and justice-oriented contexts. All candidates are expected to conduct innovative research in their area. The successful candidate will assume an integral role in the development of the new program and an integrative, interdisciplinary curriculum.

SUA is a top-ranked liberal arts university with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in faculty teaching and research.  A cross-disciplinary education, coupled with small class size, aims to foster close intellectual relations between faculty and students through mentorship. An appreciation of the centrality of peace, human rights, the sanctity of life in enhancing the happiness of the individual and the world provides the founding impetus for the university and its mission. SUA is open to students of all nationalities and beliefs and is committed to diversity in its academic community.  About half of SUA students have come from the US, and half have come from over 45 other countries.

Qualifications: Applicants must hold a PhD in Black Studies or an appropriate area and demonstrate significant experience and excellence in teaching, scholarship, and program development.

Candidates should demonstrate responsiveness toward and understanding of diverse student backgrounds, especially with regard to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, culture, ability/disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and have a willingness to facilitate the university’s mission to develop global citizens.

Benefits / Salary: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. All full-time faculty members are eligible for medical, dental, and retirement benefits.

Deadline for applications: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a one to two-page statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a one-page statement of research interests and three confidential letters of recommendation to be addressed to Michael Weiner, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty. Please submit all documents through the Interfolio link below. Employment is contingent on the completion of a successful background check.

Please apply for professor of Black Studies position using this link.

Email: facultyrecruiting@soka.edu

Soka University of America is an equal opportunity employer.

The Life Sciences concentration at Soka University of America (SUA) seeks to fill a full-time visiting assistant professorship in Organic Chemistry, beginning on August 16, 2021. This is a one-year position. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to engage students in small classroom and laboratory settings. This position will support SUA’s new Concentration in Life Sciences housed in a new state-of the-art science teaching and research facility. The teaching responsibilities of this position include developing and teaching Organic Chemistry courses (I and II) and general education courses for non-science students. All courses should involve students via project-based and active learning approaches suitable for small class sizes. The teaching load per academic year is five courses. This individual will also be responsible for operating, maintaining, and training users on our new nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer. We anticipate hiring a tenure-track Organic Chemistry professor in the next few years.

SUA is a selective four-year institution offering a challenging BA in the liberal arts. The university is committed to cross-disciplinary education and aims to foster close intellectual relations between faculty and students through mentorship. An appreciation of the centrality of peace, freedom and human rights to the happiness of the individual and the world provides the founding impetus for the university and its mission. SUA is open to students of all nationalities and beliefs and is committed to diversity in its academic community. About half of SUA students come from the US, and half come from over 45 other countries.

Qualifications: Applicants from all fields of organic chemistry are welcome with preference for interdisciplinary researchers in fields relevant to our new Life Sciences concentration, which is designed to prepare students for careers in science, biotechnology, and medicine. Applicants must hold a PhD in chemistry. Preferably, candidates will have teaching experience in organic chemistry.

Candidates should demonstrate responsiveness toward and understanding of diverse student backgrounds, especially with regard to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, culture, ability/disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and have a willingness to facilitate the university’s mission to develop global citizens.

Benefits and Salary: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. All full-time faculty members are eligible for medical, dental, and retirement benefits.

Application Information: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and a one to two-page teaching philosophy which should also address how the candidate would fulfill the 1) teaching and 2) NMR responsibilities described above and 3) how they can incorporate diverse identities and viewpoints through their teaching and/or scholarship. Applicants who could enrich campus diversity are especially encouraged to apply. Please provide contact information for three references. References will be requested prior to the phone interview through the Interfolio platform. All other materials must be received by February 1, 2021.

Please apply for visiting assistant professor of organic chemistry position using this link by February 1, 2021, for full consideration. Employment is contingent on the completion of a successful background check.

Email: facultyrecruiting@soka.edu

Soka University of America is an equal opportunity employer.

Date Posted: 03/01/2021

Soka University of America (SUA) seeks to fill a full-time, one-year Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics position to teach three Economics courses; International Economics, Development Economics and Principles of Economics, and two General Education classes. Teaching load is two courses each semester, with a General Education in a Block (Fall or Winter). Classes are very small, typically less than 20 students. Position begins in September 2021. Applicants with PhD in Economics and teaching experience preferred. ABD candidates in Economics will be considered. Salary commensurate with experience.

Course Descriptions:

International Economics

Two broad subfields of international economics: international trade and international finance will be introduced and discussed extensively in this course. In the first half of the course, we will discuss some classical international trade models including but not limited to the Ricardian model, the specific factors model, the Heckscher-Ohlin model, the standard trade model and multinational firms trade and their policy implications as well as some limitations. In the second half, with monetary issues included in the international trade, our discussions will be focused on the balance of payments, the determinants of exchange rates and their interaction with money and interest rates in an international context. The class will be concluded with the relation between exchange rates and economic outputs.

Development Economics

This course is designed to introduce students to one of the major issues of world economy: the process of economic development across the world. It provides an essential understanding of the causes and consequences of underdevelopment and poverty in developing economies, and attempts to explore some possible means to overcome the obstacles to development. A special emphasis will be placed on the application of theoretical approaches in analyzing economic development. Topics covered will include: the nature and meaning of development and underdevelopment, economic growth and sources of growth, poverty and income distribution, population and migration, rural development and urbanization, the environment and sustainable development, education, health, and human capital, international trade and finance, foreign aid, private foreign investments, and debt crisis, institutional factors, development strategies, and government policies in the effort to promote growth and development. Students will become familiar with critical issues, problems, and policy options faced by less developed countries through examples and case studies.

Principles of Economics

Economics is a social science that gives you analytical tools to understand, and formulate educated responses about key contemporary issues: How well do markets work in promoting an economy’s well-being? Is there a role for government in a modern economic system? Does their intervention make people’s life better or worse? Must we sacrifice biodiversity to provide for the economic needs of society? Should Obama have spent $800 billion to save the banks during the Great Recession? To address any contemporary economic concern, such as those above, you must know how the system works. That is exactly what this introductory course is designed to do. To help you develop the faculty to critically evaluate contemporary economic issues, you will examine fundamental concepts such as the market, price, equilibrium, efficiency, equity, government intervention, externalities, monopoly, national income, unemployment, inflation, fiscal and monetary policies. By the end of this class, you will gain a foundation in economic literacy, as well as adequate practice in using the tools of theory developed in this class to analyze contemporary economic issues as reported in the media.

Candidates should demonstrate responsiveness toward and understanding of diverse student backgrounds, especially with regard to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, culture, ability/disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and have a willingness to facilitate the university’s mission to develop global citizens

Soka University of America is a four-year liberal arts institution located in the town of Aliso Viejo in southern Orange County, California. The university is ranked 28th in the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges category of the 2020 US News and World Report Annual College Rankings. It offers a challenging liberal arts education dedicated to teaching talented students from all around the world. The university has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its students. Additionally, the college aims to foster close intellectual relations between faculty and students through small class sizes, mentorship of senior theses (capstones), and student involvement in faculty research. Soka University of America is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.

Applications will be considered beginning May 1, 2021. This position will remain open until filled.

Application Information: To apply, please submit a (1) letter of application, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, (4) evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available), (5) a sample syllabus for this course, and (6) contact information for three professional references. Employment is contingent on the completion of a successful background check.

Please apply for visiting assistant professor of economics position using this link.

Please send any inquiries to this email address: facultyrecruiting@soka.edu

Soka University of America is an equal opportunity employer.

Part-Time Faculty Openings

Date Posted: 02/19/2021

Soka University of America (SUA) seeks an adjunct instructor to teach both analog and digital photography (two sections per semester) to non-majors beginning in Fall Semester 2021.

Qualifications:

  • Qualified candidates will hold an MFA or other practice-oriented terminal degree, or have equivalent professional experience and have demonstrated success teaching at the college or university level, fostering student creativity, and working with diverse student populations.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated success managing darkroom facilities, Mac-based image-processing classroom, and analog and digital cameras.
  • Candidates must demonstrate successful creative work, as in a record of publications, exhibitions, etc.
  • Candidates should demonstrate a willingness to facilitate the university’s mission to develop global citizens.

Description:

  • This position involves teaching two introductory level courses. It is initially for Fall Semester 2021, with renewals possible.
  • SUA has both a traditional B/W darkroom and a digital image processing classroom. This position will include responsibility for managing the facilities, and training and coordinating student assistants.
  • Commitment to teaching fundamental principles of creative work in still photographic media, fostering student creativity and developing fundamental craft

SUA aims to foster rewarding intellectual relationships among faculty and between faculty and students through collaboration and mentoring. An appreciation of the centrality of peace, global citizenship, freedom, and human rights is the founding impetus for the university and its mission.

Salary:  Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience, and will include stipends both for teaching and facility management. 

Application information:  Deadline for full consideration is March 15, 2021. Please submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy and contact information for three professional references, including at least one for teaching work. Do not send material work samples at this time.

Please submit all documents through the Interfolio link below. Employment is contingent on the completion of a successful background check.

Please apply for adjunct photography position using this link.

Email: facultyrecruiting@soka.edu

Soka University of America is an equal opportunity employer.

Date Posted: 03/01/2021

Soka University of America (SUA) seeks a part-time/adjunct instructor to teach, one course, Financial Economics during the fall term of 2021. Position begins in September 2021. Applicants with PhD in Economics and teaching experience preferred. ABD candidates in Economics will be considered. Salary commensurate with experience.

Course Description: In this course, students are introduced to the analysis of financial assets and institutions. The course emphasizes modern asset pricing theory, the role of the modern corporation and the role of financial intermediaries, and their regulation, in the financial system. Topics covered include net present value calculations, asset pricing theories, investment theory, the efficient market theory, the term structure of interest rates, central bank policy, and (time permitting) financial derivatives.

Candidates should demonstrate responsiveness toward and understanding of diverse student backgrounds, especially with regard to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, culture, ability/disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and have a willingness to facilitate the university’s mission to develop global citizens

Soka University of America is a four-year liberal arts institution located in the town of Aliso Viejo in southern Orange County, California. The university is ranked 28th in the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges category of the 2020 US News and World Report Annual College Rankings. It offers a challenging liberal arts education dedicated to teaching talented students from all around the world. The university has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its students. Additionally, the college aims to foster close intellectual relations between faculty and students through small class sizes, mentorship of senior theses (capstones), and student involvement in faculty research. Soka University of America is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.

Applications will be considered beginning May 01, 2021. Position will remain open until filled.

To apply, please submit a (1) letter of application, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, (4) evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available), (5) a sample syllabus for this course, and (6) contact information for three professional references. Employment is contingent on the completion of a successful background check.

Please apply for adjunct financial economics position using this link.

Email: facultyrecruiting@soka.edu

Soka University of America is an equal opportunity employer.

Full-Time Staff Openings

No positions currently open

Part-Time Staff Openings

Date Posted: 02/22/2021

Soka University of America is offering a part-time Career Counselor position (20-25 hours/week).

Under the general supervision of the Director, Career Development & Internships, the Career Counselor is responsible for providing students and alumni career-based guidance and support for job exploration, professional skills development, and access to resources for graduate studies, as well as assisting in the development and facilitation of career-based programming. The Career Counselor works to build internal engagement of students, alumni, faculty and staff and is responsible for managing tools and technologies in support of that engagement.  All duties are developed and executed to accomplish the strategic goals of the department and the mission of the University.

Candidates should demonstrate responsiveness toward and understanding of diverse student backgrounds, especially with regard to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, culture, ability/disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and have a willingness to facilitate the university’s mission to develop global citizens.

Essential duties include but are not limited to:

  • Meets with students and alumni to provide career counseling and support inclusive of resume and cover letter writing, job and internship search, interviewing preparation, creation of LinkedIn profiles, and career exploration and planning.
  • Assists in the development of stakeholder (students, alumni, faculty, and staff) engagement initiatives and is responsible for their execution and tracking of career counseling appointments. Works closely with the Director, Career Development & Internships to assess programmatic impact including student learning outcomes.
  • Oversees, promotes, and tracks student and alumni use of career services including career-based technologies including, but not limited to InterviewStream, GoinGlobal, and Handshake.
  • Assists in developing and facilitating career-based workshops and events (online and on campus). Works closely with the Director, Career Development & Internships to assess career-based student learning outcomes.
  • Assists students and alumni in exploring lifelong career development options and provides guidance to build personal decision-making strategies.
  • Uses Handshake, LinkedIn, Facebook, and other career development platforms to identify and promote relevant job and career-based opportunities for students and alumni.
  • Identifies and reviews career-based literature and develops relevant career-based handouts and resources for students and posts career-related educational articles on social media.
  • Assists Director and Career Services staff in preparing students with resumes, cover letters, and interview skills to help build student intern applicant pool.
  • Works in cooperation with Manager of Alumni Relations to build connections between current students and alumni for the purpose of learning more about future career and graduate studies opportunities.
  • Use of social media to promote Career Services events, activities and overall brand.
  • Gather Career Services activity and participation data for short and long-term strategic planning.
  • Other duties and projects, as assigned.

Candidates should have:

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Educational background in Career Counseling and/or Human Resources or related field is also preferred.

Experience

  • Minimum of one year experience in related field (i.e. Counseling, Human Resources, Career Services, or Career Coaching)

Skills

  • Ability to support the University’s Mission, particularly in fostering students to become global citizens committed to living a contributive life.
  • Personal skills should include strong customer service delivery, creativity, interpersonal skills, and problem solving.
  • Project and time management skills that enable the accomplishment of many tasks on a concurrent basis.
  • Proficiency in Windows operating environment, along with current Microsoft Office Suite, database management and use of the applications, and researching via the Internet and web-based electronic resources as well as knowledge of social media promotion. Skill in using technology to deliver career-based offerings and develop innovative ways of exceeding students’ needs.
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to:
    • Coach and guide students at entry career levels.
    • Maintain a high level of confidentiality with all aspects of the job
    • Organize efficiently with meticulous attention to details.
    • Present workshop content and facilitate group meetings.
    • Be a team player, with independent decision-making ability.
    • Listen carefully, to interpret accurately and to respond to a high volume of requests.
  • High ethical and professional standards.

Application review will begin immediately. The position will remain open and applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Employment is contingent upon the completion of a successful background check.

To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to:

Human Resources
Re: Career Counselor (PT)
Soka University of America
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
E-mail: jobs@soka.edu

Soka University of America is an equal opportunity employer.