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Applications sought for next civil discourse professor

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Posted on August 17, 2017

Applications are being accepted for the next professor of civil discourse, housed in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

The Padnos/Sarosik Endowed Professorship of Civil Discourse is a two-year term. The professor is expected to develop a new three-credit community engaged course for the fall 2018 and 2019 semesters and develop a companion public symposium.

Jack Mangala, professor of area and global studies and political science, is the current civil discourse professor; Lisa Perhamus, associate professor of education, was the first in 2014.

Mangala taught a course, "Immigration: Think Global, Act Local," which centered on global migration and the challenges and opportunities that refugees and immigrants bring to a community. 

“The professorship has provided me with a tremendous professional development opportunity to engage with the community on an issue I deeply care about and build lasting relationships," he said.

Tenured or tenure-track faculty members interested in applying should send materials to Nicole Brower,, Brooks College Office for Community Partnerships and Student Professional Development, by September 25. Questions can be directed to Anne Hiskes, dean of Brooks College, at

Materials include a current resume, references, letter of application that outlines the vision for the course and symposium, and letters of support from the applicant's unit head and dean.

Information about the civil discourse program is online at