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Fr. William J. Ferree Chair of Social Justice

The Fr. Ferree Chair Graduate Assistantship

The Fr. Ferree Chair Graduate Assistantship offers an opportunity for a student to work on promoting, interrogating, and advancing Catholic social tradition in collaboration with a diverse community of scholars, students, and community leaders. This generous assistantship provides experience in both scholarly work on Catholic social tradition as well as in organizing groups of people to address systems of injustice.

This assistantship will support the work of the Fr. Ferree Chair of Social Justice, a new position at UD that works across the University to generate, advance and sustain influential scholarship, teaching and community engagements that advance social justice in pursuit of the common good, in alignment with the missions of the Society of Mary and the University of Dayton.

The Chair works with the Center for Social Concern, the Fitz Center for Community Engagement, the Hanley Sustainability Center, the Human Rights Center, the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives, the Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center, and other departments and divisions at the University.

The graduate assistant supports the work of the chair, particularly by:
  • Assisting in research and supporting teaching pertaining to theological ethics;
  • Assisting with hospitality for guests who come to UD to address the Catholic social tradition;
  • Creating publicity around events sponsored by the Chair; and
  • Other related duties, as assigned.
  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Good oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and meet deadlines under pressure
  • Ability to interact with diverse constituents professionally
  • Familiarity with and support for the Catholic social tradition

For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Kelly Johnson


This assistantship may be held by an M.A. student or by a Ph.D. student not receiving funding from the Doctoral Program in Religious Studies. Applications for this assistantship are due by Feb. 1 each year. Early applications are welcome. The most qualified applicants will be contacted for Zoom or Skype interviews during the month of February.

This application process is distinct from any other application for admission or funding. In order for an offer to be extended to an incoming MA student, the applicant must be accepted into one of the MA programs first; in order for an offer to be extended to a PhD student, the applicant must be eligible to register for credit hours in both semesters of the academic year.

Please submit:
  • A cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position
  • A current resume
  • Names and contact information for three references who can speak to your qualifications for this position.

Those should be submitted electronically to Dr. Kelly Johnson, with the subject line “GA application.”


Fr. Ferree Chair of Social Justice

St. Joseph Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1442