Muslim Chaplain – Department of Religious and Spiritual Life | Wesleyan University

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Background and Mission

Wesleyan University was founded in 1831 by Methodist leaders and Middletown citizens. Instruction began with 48 students of varying ages, the president, three professors, and one tutor.

Today Wesleyan offers instruction in 46 departments and 45 major fields of study and awards the bachelor of arts as well as graduate degrees. The master of arts degree and the doctor of philosophy are regularly awarded in 11 fields of study. Students may choose from more than 900 courses each year and may be counted upon to devise, with the faculty, some 900 individual tutorials and lessons.

The student body is made up of approximately 2,900 full-time undergraduates and 140 graduate students, as well as 100 part-time students in Graduate Liberal Studies. A full-time faculty of about 300 is joined each semester by a distinguished group of visiting artists and professors. But despite Wesleyan’s growth, today’s student/instructor ratio remains at 8 to 1, and about two thirds of all courses enroll fewer than 20 students.

Position Description

The Muslim Chaplain has primary responsibility for worship and the development of the Muslim community on campus. The Muslim Chaplain works closely with the other chaplains and University religious associates and advisors to respond to the needs of a spiritually diverse campus community. This is a part-time position: 21.75 hours per week for 35 weeks during the academic year.

The Muslim Chaplain reports to the Director of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The Muslim Chaplain will:

  • Coordinate and preside over the weekly Jumma service.
  • Support the Muslim Student Association in their practice of faith, programming initiatives, leadership development, educational outreach, advocacy, and community life.
  • Develop programs for Muslim students and serve as a resource on matters of Islam, Islamic law, religious diversity, and interfaith dialogue for the broader campus community.
  • Be available for pastoral care and counseling for all members of the Muslim campus community.
  • In cooperation with other campus ministers and chaplains, carry on interfaith dialogue and foster cultural exchange, shared community service and social justice outreach among students and be present for such various campus functions as Baccalaureate/Graduation and interfaith worship services.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and post-baccalaureate training in Muslim chaplaincy, pastoral care, arts of ministry and multifaith relations or a related field.
  • Demonstrated capacity to have an appreciation of and the ability to work with a diverse student population.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written form.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with faculty and other administrators.
  • Commitment to the intellectual and cultural life of a highly selective, private, liberal arts community.
  • Experience in a higher education setting with college-aged students.
  • One or more units of Clinical Pastoral Education (preferred).                              

If you, or someone you know, might be a suitable candidate for this position, please forward, in confidence, the person’s name, cover letter, resume, and contact information to Lori Fainblatt Fodale