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Schaenen Scholar Requirements and Application Information

More information about the 2017-2018 Nancy Schaenen Endowed Visiting Scholar of Ethics is forthcoming.

Applications are currently closed for the position of Nancy Schaenen Endowed Visiting Scholar of Ethics for the 2017-2018 academic year. Please read below for more information about the position.

We seek a scholar or artist with strong interest, expertise, and record of accomplishment in ethics through the lens of any discipline. Successful candidates will be passionate about the teaching and study of ethics in the liberal arts undergraduate curriculum and and will be committed to fostering an engagement with a diversity of ideas and experiences and to promoting an inclusive environment at the Institute and at the University.

The Prindle Institute for Ethics provides a compelling physical space and a distinctive forum for DePauw students, faculty, and staff that fosters ethics education, research, and dialogue. The Institute also has a national outreach mission to encourage everyone to think more deliberately about the intersection of ethics and critical issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, and society. The Prindle Institute has twenty-five distinct projects and services in five program areas: Digital Services/Media, Campus Programs/Lectures, Education, Research, and Community Engagement.

The Nancy Schaenen Scholar will contribute to the Prindle Institute and the DePauw intellectual community with a portfolio that will include a blend from among the following responsibilities:

  1. Teaching two or more courses during the academic year.
  2. Working with the Prindle Institute undergraduate interns; offering public lectures; leading reading groups; contributing to symposia at the Institute, participating in faculty seminars on ethical issues; consulting with faculty and students on ethics-related projects; creating teaching materials on ethics-related topics.
  3. Contributing as a Resident Scholar to Prindle's digital media as part of the Institute's effort to engage the public on issues of ethical concern. Prindle's digital media consists of The Prindle Post, PEA Soup, and Examining Ethics.
  4. Conducting research for publication or creating an artistic work in an ethics-related area.
  5. Directing and organizing a summer seminar-style research/writer's retreat for visiting scholars.
  6. Planning or participating in a session for DePauw's annual DePauw Dialogue.

DePauw University is a nationally-recognized, leading liberal arts college with a rich tradition of engaging with the critical issues of our time. A powerful example of this engagement is DePauw Dialogue, an annual campus-wide event for faculty, staff and students to examine their individual role in building a shared community. On this day, we expand the classroom to the entire campus to come together and address bias, difference, privilege, and identity.

A letter of interest, c.v., statement of proposed courses/projects, writing sample, and evidence of teaching effectiveness can be submitted through Interfolio ( 

Candidates should be able to demonstrate, in application materials, a commitment to fostering an engagement with a diversity of ideas and experiences, which promote an inclusive environment at the Prindle Institute.

Application Deadline:  Review of applications began on November 30, 2016. The 2017-2018 Schaenen Scholar was chosen in May 2017.

Past Schaenen Scholars