Open Faculty Positions

Drury University, a private, mid-sized liberal arts university founded in 1873, is located in Springfield, Missouri with nearly 1,400 traditional undergraduates, 118 full-time faculty, and a growing number of master’s programs. The 90-acre campus is centered in Springfield’s largest historic district. Springfield is a vibrant community with a diverse and growing economy with amenities including easy access to outdoor lakes, golf, trails and other recreation, a lively downtown, an active arts community and college and professional sports.

Drury is an independent university grounded in the liberal arts tradition, and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge while liberating persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. Drury is a member of the New American Colleges and Universities, a national consortium of 20 selective, small to mid-size independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement.

Drury University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing campus diversity. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.


We are currently accepting applications for the following positions to start August 2018:

Tenure-track:

Assistant Professor – Developmental Psychology

The Department of Behavioral Sciences at Drury University invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in developmental psychology. The department is interdisciplinary and offers undergraduate degrees in Clinical and Behavioral Neuroscience, Criminology, Psychology, and Sociology. The psychologist will contribute to an innovative undergraduate research program and preference will be given to candidates who can teach statistics. Candidates are also expected to teach developmental psychology, social psychology, and other related courses. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in developmental psychology or a related area, a commitment to liberal arts education and quality teaching, and successful mentoring of student research. Doctorate is expected by start date; ABD will be considered.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching and research activity, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Vickie Luttrell (vluttrel@drury.edu), Department of Behavioral Sciences, Drury University, 900 North Benton Avenue, Springfield, MO 65802. Review of applicants will begin November 17 and continue until the position is filled.

Assistant Professor – American History

The Department of History, Philosophy and Religion at Drury University seeks a broadly-trained American historian to teach U.S. history surveys, upper level courses, and courses in the University’s Core Curriculum. Preference will be given to candidates with the ability to teach courses in African-American, Latin-American or Trans-Atlantic history. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in history and strong teaching skills; strong research agenda preferred.  

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, sample syllabi, evidence of teaching excellence, and three letters of recommendation to Kathy Jester (kjester@drury.edu), Office Coordinator, Drury University, 900 North Benton Avenue, Springfield, MO 65802. Electronic application accepted. Inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Shelley Wolbrink (swolbrin@drury.edu), Chair of the Search Committee.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until December 1, 2017.

Assistant Professor – Biology/Physiology

The Department of Biology at Drury University invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position with expertise in physiology. The successful candidate will contribute to an established biology program and a growing biochemistry program by teaching courses in introductory molecular biology, upper-level human or comparative physiology, and other courses in the specialty as well as mentoring undergraduates in research projects in the candidate’s areas of expertise. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in the biological sciences. Successful applicants will have experience teaching and mentoring undergraduates and demonstrate a commitment to serving undergraduate students through excellence and innovation in teaching and research.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research interests suitable for undergraduates, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to Chair, Biology Search Committee, Drury University, 900 North Benton Avenue, Springfield, MO 65802. Complete applications may be emailed as a single PDF file to Barbara Woolery at bwoolery@drury.edu. Review of applicants will begin November 17 and continue until the position is filled.

Assistant Professor – Communication

The Department of Communication at Drury University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of strategic communication, with expertise in content marketing and new media. We seek a candidate who is passionate about teaching, dedicated to student advising, committed to scholarly inquiry, engaged with faculty governance and community service, and eager to shape the future of a nimble, ever-adapting department. 

A Ph.D. or appropriate terminal degree in strategic communication, integrated marketing, advertising, public relations, or closely related field, is required. Some professional experience in corporate or nonprofit settings is preferred.

The successful candidate will teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including campaigns in advertising and public relations, principles of integrated-marketing communications, and strategic social media. Additionally, the successful candidate will contribute to the university’s general education core curriculum and help oversee a student chapter of PRSA. 

Submit a letter of application, a current curriculum vita, evidence of successful college teaching, and three recommendation letters to Dr. Jonathan Groves (jgroves@drury.edu), Communication Department Chair, Drury University, 900 N. Benton Ave., Springfield, MO  65802. Review of applicants will begin November 17 and continue until the position is filled.

Assistant or Associate Professor – Marketing

The Breech School of Business at Drury University is seeking applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor position (rank commensurate with experience) beginning fall 2018. This position requires teaching marketing and business courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, including online coursework. An earned doctorate in marketing or closely related field, is required; ABD with anticipated completion by August 2018 will be considered. We are seeking applicants who place a primary interest in teaching and show a commitment to as well as a proven record of teaching excellence; show past research excellence or demonstrate potential to generate peer-reviewed publications based on recent research activities; and desire to work in an innovative liberal arts university where interdisciplinary courses and cross discipline collaboration is encouraged and expected.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience and interest in teaching advertising, consumer behavior, research and marketing strategy.  Experience and ability to lead marketing projects is also desired.

The Breech School of Business is AACSB accredited and dedicated to providing academic preparation consistent with the highest professional standards within the liberal arts tradition of Drury University. The Breech School is a collegial department that encourages a collaborative culture among faculty. Undergraduate majors in six subject areas provide students the opportunity to learn and grow while gaining a deepening understanding of the role of business and economics in our society.  The MBA program at Drury University is a high quality program committed to preparing ethical leaders for the global business community.

The programs emphasize the development of effective leaders capable of analyzing values, thinking critically, communicating effectively, making sound decisions, integrating theoretical and practical knowledge, exercising personal and social responsibility, appreciating the value of lifelong learning and understanding business and its many positive contributions to a global society.

Attach in one file (PDF or Word) the following:  letter of interest, a statement of teaching philosophy, a complete current curriculum vitae including evidence of teaching quality, and contact information (name, address, telephone number) of at least three references and send to Dr. Janis Prewitt, search committee chair (jprewitt@drury.edu), Drury University, 900 N. Benton Ave, Springfield, MO 65802. Review of applicants will begin November 17 and continue until the position is filled.

Assistant or Associate Professor – Finance

The Breech School of Business at Drury University is seeking applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor position (rank commensurate with experience) beginning fall 2018. This position requires teaching finance and business courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, including online coursework. An earned doctorate in finance or closely related field is required, ABD with anticipated completion by August 2018 will be considered. We are seeking applicants who place a primary interest in teaching and show a commitment to as well as a proven record of teaching excellence; show past research excellence or demonstrate potential to generate peer-reviewed publications based on recent research activities; and desire to work in an innovative liberal arts university where interdisciplinary courses and cross discipline collaboration is encouraged and expected.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience and interest in teaching investments, portfolio management, and financial institutions.  Experience and ability to lead student finance projects is also desired.

The Breech School of Business is AACSB accredited and dedicated to providing academic preparation consistent with the highest professional standards within the liberal arts tradition of Drury University. The Breech School is a collegial department that encourages a collaborative culture among faculty. Undergraduate majors in six subject areas provide students the opportunity to learn and grow while gaining a deepening understanding of the role of business and economics in our society.  The MBA program at Drury University is a high quality program committed to preparing ethical leaders for the global business community.

The programs emphasize the development of effective leaders capable of analyzing values, thinking critically, communicating effectively, making sound decisions, integrating theoretical and practical knowledge, exercising personal and social responsibility, appreciating the value of lifelong learning and understanding business and its many positive contributions to a global society.

Attach in one file (PDF or Word) the following:  letter of interest, a statement of teaching philosophy, a complete current curriculum vitae including evidence of teaching quality, and contact information (name, address, telephone number) of at least three references and send to Dr. James Simmerman, search committee chair (jsimmerman@drury.edu), Drury University, 900 N. Benton Ave, Springfield, MO 65802. Review of applicants will begin November 17 and continue until the position is filled.

Assistant Professor – School of Education and Child Development

The School of Education and Child Development invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor.  Responsibilities include: teach undergraduate and graduate courses in foundations of education in seated, blended and online formats; actively participate in faculty meetings and assigned committee meetings; provide academic advisement to candidates at both the undergraduate and graduate level; maintain an active program of scholarship; develop and maintain collaborative relationship with area schools; and work collaboratively with faculty and staff at all remote campus locations to maintain program integrity.

Required Qualifications: Earned doctorate in curriculum and instruction or a related degree with appropriate areas of emphasis; a minimum of 5 years of successful teaching at the PK-12 level; demonstration of potential for scholarly productivity; demonstrated experience or knowledge with assessment and data analysis; ability to teach and use technology as tools of inquiry-based learning; evidence of effective teaching and collaboration skills; demonstrated ability to teach differentiated instruction to teacher candidates to include children and youth identified with exceptionalities; demonstrated understanding of educator preparation standards and current trends in educator preparation; and demonstrated commitment to working with multicultural populations and awareness of issues affecting various diverse groups.

Preference will be given to candidates who exhibit leadership experience in education, including collaboration with K-12 partners and community outreach and to those who have experience teaching education courses in higher education.

Please send a letter of application describing your qualifications for the position, curriculum vita, three professional reference letters and official transcripts from degree-granting institutions to: edsearch@drury.edu (include the position name in the subject line of the email).  Review of applicants will begin November 17 and continue until the position is filled.

Non-Tenure-track:

Instructor – School of Education and Child Development

The School of Education and Child Development at Drury University invites applications for non-tenure-track instructor.  Responsibilities include: teach undergraduate and graduate courses in special education in seated, blended, and online formats; actively participate in faculty meetings and assigned committee meetings; provide academic advisement to students at both the undergraduate and graduate level; develop and maintain collaborative relationship with area schools; work collaboratively with faculty and staff at all remote campus locations to maintain program integrity; develop new course offerings and/or restructure existing course offerings to meet the needs of students and programs.

Required Qualifications: Earned doctorate in Special Education or a related degree with appropriate areas of emphasis; a minimum of 5 years of successful teaching at the PK-12 level with experience in working with students in inclusive school settings and with students with mild-moderate disabilities; demonstrated experience or knowledge with assessment and data analysis; ability to teach and use technology as tools of inquiry-based learning; evidence of effective teaching and collaboration skills; demonstrated ability to teach differentiated instruction to teacher candidates to include children and youth identified with exceptionalities; demonstrated understanding of educator preparation standards and current trends in educator preparation; demonstrated commitment to working with multicultural populations and awareness of issues affecting various diverse groups.

Preference will be given to candidates who exhibit leadership experience in education, including collaboration with K-12 partners and community outreach and to those who have experience teaching education courses in higher education

Please send a letter of application describing your qualifications for the position, curriculum vita, three professional reference letters, and official transcripts from degree-granting institutions to: edsearch@drury.edu (include the position name in the subject line of the email). Review of applicants will begin November 17 and continue until the position is filled.

Visiting Assistant Professor (Scenic/Costume Designer) - Theatre 

Drury University Theatre invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre (non-tenure track) position beginning Fall 2018.  This is a three year appointment, with renewal contingent upon favorable annual reviews. The successful candidate will have completed a Ph.D., M.F.A., or M.A. with an emphasis in theatre.  Previous teaching experience and/or professional experience is preferred. 

Within a BA curriculum, responsibilities will include teaching Scene Design, Costume Design, Makeup, Stagecraft, and other theatre courses specific to the chosen candidate's areas of expertise, as well as potentially teaching in the liberal arts core curriculum.  The candidate will teach three classes per semester, serve as scenic and/or costume designer or design supervisor for four productions per year, direct one show per year, advise students, serve on committees, and recruit potential theatre majors.

Send a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and full contact information for three references to:  Stephen Bomgardner (sbomgardner@drury.edu), Search Committee – Theatre, Drury University, 900 N. Benton Avenue, Springfield, MO, 65802.  Review begins December 15, 2017 and continues until position is filled.


DRURY UNIVERSITY NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

Approved by Board of Trustees 5-16-14
Updated 10-1-15, Updated 9-1-16

Drury University is an open and welcoming community from a rich variety of cultures, races and socio-economic backgrounds. The mission and goals of the university dedicate the institution to being a community which “affirms the quality and worth of all peoples” and appreciates the “diversity of human culture, language, history and experience.”

Drury University does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or veteran status in its programs and activities. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding Drury’s non-discrimination policies:

Coordinator - Non-Discrimination / Harassment & Title IX
Director of Human Resources
Drury University
900 North Benton Avenue
Burnham Hall – Room 107
Springfield, MO 65802
(417) 873-7854
ssiebert@drury.edu

Deputy Coordinator - Non-Discrimination / Harassment & Title IX
Associate V.P. for Academic Affairs-Operations
Drury University
900 North Benton Avenue
Burnham Hall – Room 200
Springfield, MO 65802
(417) 873-7473
bcallen@drury.edu

Deputy Coordinator - Non-Discrimination/Harassment & Title IX
V.P. for Student Affairs / Dean of Students
Drury University
900 North Benton Avenue
Findlay Student Center – Room 201
Springfield, MO 65802
(417) 873-7215
tjulian@drury.edu

Deputy Coordinator – Non-Discrimination/Harassment & Title IX
Chief of Staff
Drury University
900 North Benton Avenue
Burnham Hall – Room 103
(417) 873-6829
ajones11@drury.edu

Drury’s policies related to non-discrimination and their locations are as follows: