The following report is from Dr. Robert Kittel, UTS ’93, who was in Kathmandu on April 25 and whose wife remains there. Dr. Kittel is temporarily visiting the United Statesand serves as the Universal Peace Federation Director for Education in Asia.

The Unification Theological Seminary welcomed two new trustees to the Board in April, Dr. Hugh Spurgin, UTS President announced.  “We are looking forward to the energy and talents of Dr. Thomas Ward and Dr. Christine Hempowicz of the University of Bridgeport,” Spurgin said.

Barrytown College of UTS (Unification Theological Seminary) is searching for an intentionally interdisciplinary Assistant Professor in the areas of Humanities and Media Arts on its main campus in Barrytown, New York. Barrytown College of UTS is a new undergraduate inter-religious liberal arts college affiliated with an interfaith seminary, and received its approval by New York State and accreditation by Middle States in 2013.  Focused on the study of World Religions and Philosophy, along with minors in Business, Media Arts, and Human Development and Family Studies, Barrytown College of UTS inhabits a beautiful 250 acre campus along the Hudson River in upstate New York, across the river from Kingston.

Currently entering its second year, we seek to develop an intentionally small and intimate college of approximately 250 students.  Given the level of excitement and dedication of our faculty and staff who have developed the College to this point, we seek an energetic, committed, and entrepreneurial faculty member who would like to grow with the school and who would like to be instrumental in launching new programs.  All candidates should be prepared to encounter students from a variety of religious perspectives, and encourage the discussion of faith matters within the classroom setting.  We may have special interest in candidates whose background indicates that they could take on certain administrative roles along with their faculty pursuits, depending upon the current needs of the College.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The courses will be generally within the broad areas of Humanities and Media Arts, but will also depend on the candidate’s areas of expertise and interest.  Within the Humanities, we would be interested in candidates who could teach broadly within history, literature, religious studies, and/or foreign language studies.  Within Media Arts, we are interested in candidates who are able to teach among the fields of film, television, and music production, graphic design, publishing, acting and dramaturgy, and communication.  The ideal candidate would be proficient to offer instruction equally across the Humanities and Media Arts disciplines.

Minimum Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have an earned doctorate degree in an appropriate field, but ABDs will be considered.  Experience in higher education or working with a college-aged population is a plus. Candidates should demonstrate a potential to contribute to the intellectual vitality of the school as well as the ability to work collegially with a small faculty and with the school's administrative staff. The ideal candidate should also be willing to work in a program that embraces experiential learning and that seeks to be educationally innovative and dynamic. We are seeking to hire this new faculty member to be in place for the Fall 2014 semester.

The campus:

As a new institution, this is a rare opportunity for a faculty person. The developers of the curriculum and program are looking to create an innovative program that will provide students with vital internships and experiential learning opportunities. The mission of the College is to prepare leaders who are equipped to face local and global challenges in the spheres of faith, family and culture.

Barrytown College of UTS aims to provide its students with a liberal arts education that explores the modern human condition through understanding the origins, history, and intersections of the major/influential world religions, philosophies and cultures, and through active engagement in real world settings.


Please send all application materials, including at minimum a cover letter, CV, and a list of references to Professor Keisuke Noda, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Electronic submissions preferred, with the subject line reading “Barrytown College Faculty Search.”  Consideration of applications will begin immediately.

Barrytown College of UTS is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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