Australian Catholic University (ACU), which is in the process of shutting down its philosophical research center, the Dianoia Institute, and laying off most of scholars they convinced over the past few years to move there from all over the world, is hiring a new executive dean for its faculty of theology and philosophy.
The ad entices applicants by claiming—swallow that sip of coffee before continuing—that “ACU has prioritized research intensification and has developed a strategy designed to achieve excellence in a selected number of areas of strategic priority, including theology and philosophy.”
The ad for the position states that it must be filled by a Catholic theologian, not a philosopher. That is perhaps just as well, since in the philosophy world the university does not have a reputation for trustworthiness as an employer.
You can check out the ad here.
UPDATE (11/10/23): A few pieces of information have come my way since this post was published:
1. If prospective candidates for the position weren’t deterred from applying because of job security concerns raised by the treatment of Dianoia’s faculty, they might be interested to learn that the previous Executive Dean of the Theology and Philosophy Faculty, Dermot Nestor, was individually targeted for redundancy in the draft Academic Change Plan, one year after being forced out of his executive role. (This was changed in the final version of the plan.)
2. The current information pamphlet for prospective applicants for the Dean position not only fails to disclose the elimination of the Dianoia Institute, but rather gives the impression that the Institute is and will remain part of the university, and relies on its contribution to the reputation of the university to entice candidates. Here are images taken from its description of the philosophy and theology faculty and from an organizational chart of the university:
3. The information pamphlet includes a statement of ACU’s principles, which, when taken together with recent events, is useful for assessing how principled the its leaders are: