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Assistant or Associate Professor in tenure-track faculty position in Restorative Justice.

Assistant or Associate Professor in tenure-track faculty position in Restorative Justice.

Restorative Justice Higher Education


Preferred candidates will

  • Hold a Ph.D. or other terminal degree in restorative justice, peacebuilding, conflict transformation/resolution or a related field with expertise and experience in restorative justice. ABDs with teaching experience may be considered at the rank of instructor.
  • Bring experience in restorative justice practice, which may include but is not limited to work in schools, communities, or the criminal legal system. The applicant should have familiarity with a wide range of restorative justice applications.
  • Have a minimum of three years of teaching experience at the university level or teaching/training adults. Demonstrate the ability to teach restorative justice theory and practice at the relational, institutional, systemic and structural levels. They should bring knowledge of racial justice, trauma healing, and the practice of conflict transformation and peacebuilding as crucial factors in restorative justice work.
  • Have experience with participatory, engaged pedagogical practices and teaching hybrid, online, and in-person formats.
  • Highlight in their application materials, their experience with integrating trauma-informed and resilience-fostering pedagogical practices into their teaching.


The faculty member will

  • Support the Masters of Restorative Justice (MARJ), Masters in Conflict Transformation (MACT), and Masters in Transformational Leadership (MATL) programs, and select undergraduate courses through teaching and scholarship in restorative justice theory and practice. Typical load includes a minimum of 4-5 graduate courses, and 1-2 undergraduate courses.
  • Share advising and supervision for graduate students along with curriculum development and other administrative duties for the content area of restorative and transformational justice in the graduate program.
  • Support the work of the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice, whose mission is to be a convening space for restorative justice practitioners and other leaders shaping restorative justice as a social justice movement.
  • Contribute to other projects sponsored by the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, and other university service.


POSITION DETAILS: Nine-month contract. [24] semester hours per year. Salary determined by education and experience. Eastern Mennonite University uses a tenure-with-review contract system.

  • The restorative justice emphasis at EMU focuses on education for 1) understanding relational and structural situations of violence and injustice, 2) taking action that creates the conditions for repair of harms at all levels of social organization, and 3) building resilient and trauma-aware communities. Restorative justice at EMU is influenced by the principles of peacebuilding, conflict transformation and transformative justice. These principles lead our theoretical and practical work to be focused on addressing systemic and structural violence while also addressing personal and relational harms.


The strongest candidates will

  • Demonstrate knowledge of racial justice, trauma awareness, and the practice of conflict transformation as crucial factors in restorative justice work. Applicants will demonstrate the ability to teach restorative justice theory and practice at the relational, institutional, systemic and structural levels.
  • Have experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students.


APPOINTMENT DATE: Positions begin mid-August 2024. EMU reserves the right to fill the position at any time or keep the position open.

INQUIRIES: Application review begins December 1, 2023 and is ongoing. Application materials, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts (unofficial acceptable) and contact information for three professional references should be submitted in the application. The cover letter should include information on how the candidate’s experience will contribute to the university’s mission, especially its strategic goals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Finalists will be asked to respond to questions relevant to EMU’s faith-based mission. The final candidate will be required to provide official transcripts upon hire. 

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Eastern Mennonite University ( is a private, faith-based, liberal arts university in Harrisonburg, Virginia known for academic excellence and affordability with a focus on service, social justice, and global engagement. With more than 1500 students studying at our main campus in Harrisonburg, Virginia; at our Lancaster, Pennsylvania instructional site; and online, EMU offers rigorous academic study at the undergraduate and graduate level.

EMU is committed to an inclusive and equitable campus community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect and can be their authentic self. Our goal is to remove the barriers that underrepresented and marginalized groups have frequently encountered in our society. We commit to address the structures that produce discrimination, racial injustice, gender inequities and other forms of oppression, and to fully include LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, and other members of historically minoritized communities.

EMU encourages students, faculty and staff to live their faith and values through service to others, peacemaking, cross-cultural engagement and sustainability. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, EMU is committed to enhancing our community and encourages applications from qualified individuals with varied backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who would deepen the diversity of the University.

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Location (Ie, City, State, Remote, etc) : Harrisonburg

Education Level : Doctoral

Job Type : Full-Time

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