Thomas H. Lake Chair in Religion and Philanthropy

The School of Philanthropy at Indiana University invites nominations and applications for a tenured or tenure-track Associate or Full Professor (10-month appointment) beginning in the 2013-14 academic year, with expertise in faith and philanthropy. The candidates backgrounds may come from Philanthropic Studies, Sociology, History, Religious Studies or other appropriate disciplinary areas.

The successful candidate will be a recognized scholar in the area of research in religion and philanthropy. Teaching expectations are one course per semester primarily at the graduate level as well as doctoral student advising. The Lake Chair holder will also serve as an Associate Director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving. As an Associate Director s/he will coordinate the work of the Research Committee of the Lake Institute and the allocation of research funds available through the Lake Institute. Indiana University and IUPUI are well known for their research units working in religion, including the IU Committee on Research in Religion, Society, and Ethics; the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture; The Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions; and research-intensive departments in Indianapolis and Bloomington. For a full description of academic programs, see

The School of Philanthropy located on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus was recently approved by the University Trustees and the Indiana Higher Education Commission. Building on the Center on Philanthropy’s 25 year history, the School values a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding philanthropy with faculty appointees trained in the humanities, social sciences and other fields. It offers degrees at the Ph.D., masters, and undergraduate level to educate the next generation of scholars and professionals. The School of Philanthropy research environment includes internal grants to catalyze new research, the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, The Fund Raising School, the Center on Philanthropy Panel Study on Giving and Volunteering, the Payton Philanthropic Studies Library, and the Ruth Lilly Archives. The Center for Service and Learning provides resources for civic engagement and service learning components in courses. The School has an aggressive hiring plan to increase the number of full-time faculty appointments in Philanthropic Studies.

IUPUI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution M/F/D. With over 30,000 students, IUPUI is the third-largest campus in the State and confers more professional degrees than any other campus in Indiana. The School of Philanthropy has endorsed efforts to increase the diversity of its ranks, and accordingly, candidates from under-represented groups in the school are encouraged to apply. The School of Philanthropy is particularly interested in and values candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds, and a demonstrated commitment to improving access and the conditions in higher education for under-represented students.

Application materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research program and a vision of one’s role in further development of the Lake Institute, and three reference letters. Review of materials will begin on 30 November 2012 and continue until the position is filled.

For questions about the position, please contact the Search Committee Chair:
Dwight Burlingame, Professor of Philanthropic Studies: (

To set up a time to speak at 2012 ARNOVA conference with a committee member, please contact:

We prefer to receive application materials electronically. Please send these as a pdf to:

If you need to send written materials, please send these to:
School of Philanthropy at Indiana University
ATTN: Lake Chair in Religion and Philanthropy Search
550 West North Street, Suite 301
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202>

To read: Candidates must have strong disciplinary training combined with a willingness to engage with STUDENTS AND scholars from multiple disciplines sharing the goal of understanding philanthropic behavior.