Job Opportunities

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Full-Time Faculty Openings

Date Posted: 08/02/2019

A selective liberal arts university founded upon the principles of peace and human rights, SUA is committed to a global and inter- or multidisciplinary approach to education and aims to foster close intellectual relations between faculty members and students by encouraging mentoring on the part of the faculty. Students come from all over the world and are invited to take courses in any of our 5 concentrations: Environmental Studies, Social and Behavioral Studies, Humanities, International Studies, and our newest concentration, Life Sciences. Our Life Sciences concentration will open in 2020. Thus, we seek colleagues who are innovative pedagogically and interested in helping our Writing Program to develop and grow, as our campus grows. We seek candidates committed to diversity, pedagogy, social justice, human rights and the concept of global citizenship, in keeping with the mission statement of the university. Soka University of America’s beautiful campus, located in Aliso Viejo, California, is within easy access of the rich cultural offerings of both Los Angeles and San Diego.

We seek a colleague who will serve a dual position as Director of the Writing Center and as faculty member in the Writing Program. Our ideal candidate will be an outstanding scholar, teacher, and Writing Center administrator with a strong background in Composition and Rhetoric, preferably with research interests and scholarship in Writing Center theory and practice; a strong commitment to a Writing Center as an academic resource for writing and multi-modal communication for students and faculty; a passion for undergraduate teaching; experience in teaching and advising students of diverse backgrounds; the ability to work well with faculty across the university; an interest in cultivating connections among the Writing Center, the Writing Program, and other SUA academic programs; and a continuing program of scholarly activity.

Qualifications:  

Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or related field from an accredited university with specialization in Rhetoric and Composition, as well as experience and scholarship in Writing Center administration. Demonstrated ability to oversee and direct staff and faculty, manage budgets, and develop and implement activities as well as strategic plans in the university Writing Center. 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.

Applications:

Each application must include a cover letter that describes the candidate’s perspective on the role of rhetoric and composition in an interdisciplinary undergraduate context and speaks to the candidate’s scholarly/teaching interests; a Writing Center administrative philosophy statement; curriculum vitae; and the names and contact information of two references to our Interfolio site. The search committee will request additional materials from select candidates at a later stage in the process. Employment is contingent on the completion of a successful background check.

All materials must be received by November 15, 2019.

Please apply through this link.

Email: facultyrecruiting@soka.edu

Date Posted: 08/02/2019

A selective liberal arts university founded upon the principles of peace and human rights, SUA is committed to a global and inter- or multidisciplinary approach to education and aims to foster close intellectual relations between faculty members and students by encouraging mentoring on the part of the faculty. Students come from all over the world and are invited to take courses in any of our 5 concentrations: Environmental Studies, Social and Behavioral Studies, Humanities, International Studies, and our newest concentration, Life Sciences. Our Life Sciences concentration will open in 2020. Thus, we seek colleagues who are innovative pedagogically and interested in helping our Writing Program to develop and grow, as our campus grows. We seek a candidate who is committed to diversity, pedagogy, social justice, human rights and the concept of global citizenship, in keeping with the mission statement of the university. Soka University of America’s beautiful campus, located in Aliso Viejo, California, is within easy access of the rich cultural offerings of both Los Angeles and San Diego.

The Writing Program at Soka University of American seeks an outstanding teacher-scholar in writing studies, literacy and/or rhetoric at the rank of assistant professor. The ideal candidate will have an interdisciplinary profile, be able to mentor students across the all five of our Liberal Arts concentrations, and teach at least 1 course per year in our General Education curriculum. We welcome applications from candidates with a PhD in Rhetoric & Composition, English, or related fields. We are especially interested in scholars doing innovative work as researchers and teachers in interdisciplinary areas like rhetorics of science and/or rhetorics of the environment.

Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or related field from an accredited university with specialization in Rhetoric and Composition, as well as experience and scholarship in Rhetorics of Science and/or Rhetorics of the Environment. 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. 

The candidate will help design and teaching upper-level and first-year courses in Soka University of America’s expanding Writing Program. We seek a colleague who will help our program grow to meet the needs of our newest concentration, Life Sciences, in addition to the other concentrations, as well as helping our program to adapt to the ever-changing fields of composition and oral communication.

Applications:

Each application must include a cover letter that describes the candidate’s philosophy of teaching, perspective on the role of rhetoric and composition in the interdisciplinary undergraduate curriculum, and scholarly interests; curriculum vitae; and the names and contact information of two references to our Interfolio site. The search committee will request additional materials at a later stage in the process.

All materials must be received by November 15, 2019.

Please apply through this link.

Date Posted: 03/31/2020

The Pacific Basin Research Center (PBRC) at Soka University of America (SUA), a premier liberal arts university in Orange County California, is pleased to announce a call for applications for the eighth annual John D. Montgomery Post-Doctoral Fellowship. The Fellowship is intended to support young scholars whose research emphasizes human development in and connections among the peoples of the Pacific Basin, defined broadly to encompass Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.

This year’s theme is “Intersections across the Pacific.” Preference will be given to applicants in the social sciences or humanities whose research is characterized by multidisciplinary or transnational approaches to issues of sustainable development, global public health, and international education.

The successful applicant will receive a stipend of $50,000. The Fellow will be expected to teach one course in both fall and spring semesters (a 1-1 teaching load), including a special topics course related to their area of expertise. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the PBRC and the International Studies concentration by organizing talks, mentoring students, and conducting independent research.

Soka University of America is located in Aliso Viejo, southern Orange County. Opening in 2001, SUA has quickly joined the ranks of some of the world’s finest liberal arts campuses. The US News and World Report College Rankings places Soka in the top 25 national liberal arts institutions, first for financial resources, second in student diversity and faculty resources, and eleventh for best value. Boasting an average class size of 13 students, a 1:8 student to teacher ratio, and a diverse student body, SUA is committed to helping students become global citizens.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample syllabus, and two letters of reference to:

Soka University of America’s Human Resources (jobs@soka.edu) by Friday, April 24, 2020.

Candidates must be able to legally work in the United States of America and be no more than two years beyond earning their PhD. Employment is contingent on the completion of a successful background check.

If you have any questions, please contact PBRC Program Coordinator Kayo Yoshikawa (kayoshikawa@soka.edu) or PBRC Associate Director J P Kehlen (jkehlen@soka.edu).

Soka University of America is an equal opportunity employer.

Part-Time Faculty Openings

No positions currently open

Full-Time Staff Openings

Date Posted: 03/31/2020

Soka University of America (SUA) seeks a full time Laboratory Manager to manage and maintain our scientific laboratory facilities, implement safety measures, and support instructors in their laboratory teaching. The successful candidate will have experience working with a variety of scientific equipment and procedures and will be flexible enough to support laboratory facilities and instruction across the spectrum of scientific inquiry. The laboratory manager will be responsible for a very wide range of activities in a small but diverse set of laboratories. This position reports to the Laboratory Director.

Necessary duties include but are not limited to:

  • Maintains laboratory equipment and facilities.
  • Implement laboratory safety measures in coordination with the Chemical Hygiene Officer.
  • Keep the facilities orderly and clean.
  • Assists instructors in all areas related to developing and delivering laboratory teaching responsibilities.

Candidates should have:

Education

  • Either a Master’s degree in an appropriate field of science,

OR

  • A Bachelor’s degree with at least two additional years of laboratory management experience.

Skills

  • Demonstrate ability to be proactive, independent, highly motivated, collaborative, and dedicated to building and operating an outstanding laboratory environment.
  • Ability to wear and use appropriate protective equipment as necessary.
  • Have clear vision, hearing, and speaking ability.
  • Ability to moderately lift up to 50 pounds as frequently as needed to move objects.
  • Dexterity to perform required lab work including ability to operate lab equipment with body mobility to stoop, kneel, bend, and reach.
  • Ability to work indoors and out with occasional exposure to unpleasant elements such as noise, heat, cold, and/or dust or possible exposure to hazardous chemicals found in a university laboratory setting.
  • Write and manipulate computer keyboard and mouse.
  • High ethical and professional standards.

Successful completion of a background check is required for the final candidate. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Soka University of America offers a competitive benefits package. Review of applications will begin on April 21st, 2020, and will continue 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: Laboratory Manager
Soka University of America
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

E-mail: jobs@soka.edu
Fax: (949) 480-4164

Soka University of America is an equal opportunity employer.

Part-Time Staff Openings

No positions currently open