Core Faculty - Transformative Inquiry

POSITION: Core Faculty in Transformative Inquiry
DEPARTMENT: School of Consciousness and Transformation


California Institute of Integral Studies is an accredited institution of higher education that strives to embody spirit, intellect, and wisdom in service to individuals, communities, and the Earth. The Institute expands the boundaries of traditional degree programs with interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and applied studies in psychology, philosophy, religion, cultural anthropology, transformative learning and leadership, integrative health, and the arts. Offering a personal learning environment and supportive community, CIIS provides an extraordinary education for people.


The Transformative Inquiry program of the California Institute of Integral Studies announces a job opening for a core faculty position at the assistant professor level to teach online doctoral and masters courses. The program and the faculty's interests are diverse, and applicants from all disciplinary backgrounds will be considered. The ideal candidate's research interests will include leadership, social innovation, and qualitative research methods.

The Transformative Studies doctoral program is designed for individuals who want to engage in innovative, transdisciplinary research, combining rigorous scholarship, creativity, and self-inquiry.
The Transformative Leadership MA is designed for individuals who want to lead by example, mobilizing their creativity towards personal as well as social transformation.

Both programs are transdisciplinary and value innovation and self-reflection. Doctoral students develop a solid grounding in the complexities of transdisciplinary research, framing their doctoral journey as a creative process. Masters students explore how to make a difference in the world in a time of transition, combining personal growth, immersion in research on social and personal change, and active participation in the world that culminates in an action capstone.

The candidate will have a Ph.D., college or graduate level teaching experience, and a publication record and research agenda that complements the current faculty. Candidates must be willing to move to the Bay Area and have a strong commitment to working with a diverse student body in an online environment.


In reviewing applications, the committee will place high value on:

  • Inspiring and effective teaching skills, and dedication to online teaching.
  • Commitment to directing dissertations on a broad range of topics.
  • Broad knowledge of transformative processes both personal and social.
  • Dedication to inter- and trans-disciplinary scholarship.
  • An interest in the discourse and practices of leadership.
  • Competence teaching a range of qualitative research methods.
  • Scholarly publications, a research agenda, and engaged scholarship related to personal and/or social transformation.
  • Participation in program administrative responsibilities.
  • Academic experiences and interests in culturally diverse groups desired.

Due to the unique nature of the program and the institution, candidates are urged to consult the Transformative Inquiry website and the CIIS website at, to assess their alignment with the programmatic and institutional missions.


Commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Please apply online at with the following attached as one document:
- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitae
- Three recent (no more than two years old) letters of recommendation.

Application deadline is February 6, 2015.

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CIIS is committed to providing an open, fair, inclusive, non-discriminatory environment for all individuals across differences of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, socio-economic status, ethnicity, age, physical ability, or medical condition. We seek to increase the presence, representation and inclusion of U.S. historically under-represented people of color, international, bilingual and bicultural students, faculty and staff; and, to provide an environment that will attract and retain individuals identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex (LGBTQQI).