Tenure-track professor and Faculty Director of Civic Engagement
Drew University seeks applications for an open-rank tenure-track professor and Faculty Director of Civic Engagement, beginning August 2023. The successful candidate will collaborate closely with the Director of the Center for Civic Engagement to provide leadership and a comprehensive vision for civic engagement at Drew University, with specific responsibilities of visioning, planning, and implementing curricular and academic elements, including Drew’s Action Scholars Program.
In addition to providing leadership and vision for civic engagement at Drew, the position’s primary responsibilities include teaching, research, student advising and mentoring, and pedagogical training for faculty interested in the field. Our ideal candidate must design and implement a visionary model for civically-engaged teaching and learning in a liberal arts environment while building on Drew’s historical success and strong commitment to the Action Scholars Program, a cohort program for students who share this commitment. The successful candidate must be able to lead as part of a collaborative team, focusing on curricular and academic planning while working closely with the Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, a staff position responsible for visioning and planning co-curricular civic engagement elements and community partnerships. In addition, the position requires long-term planning of a robust roster of current and future community-based learning courses across a range of academic disciplines in the College of Liberal Arts. The candidate will teach the equivalent of three four-credit courses each year, including core seminars in the Action Scholars Program and Community-Based Learning (CBL) courses. Specific responsibilities in addition to teaching will include:
- Developing a strategic vision and plan for civically-engaged teaching and learning at Drew University;
- Expanding Drew’s national reputation as a liberal arts institution with a deep commitment to civically-engaged practice, including recruitment of prospective Action Scholar students;
- Working with key administrative offices at Drew to enhance enrollment and resources for the Action Scholars Program;
- Working with faculty and the Director of the Center for Civic Engagement to maintain, identify, develop, and support a wide array of CBL classes across multiple academic disciplines, together with community partners for such, locally, from nearby municipalities, and globally;
- Seeking, writing, and managing grants, and working with University Advancement to cultivate funding sources that support the Center’s initiatives;
- Advising and mentoring students in the theory and practice of civic engagement, and in general academic concerns;
- Cultivating and supporting faculty interested in civic engagement through regular pedagogical training;
- Collaborating with the Director of the Center to plan university-wide events to promote the work of the Center, and to inform and educate the campus community about both student and faculty civic engagement initiatives;
- Pursuing research in and service to the field of civic engagement.
The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. or the relevant terminal degree in their chosen field, together with a history of civically-engaged endeavor. Extensive experience working with community and institutional partners is required, as well as familiarity with the culture and structure of colleges and universities. Experience leading an innovative team of creative thinkers will be highly valued, as will a teaching background that includes both civically engaged experiential learning and traditional classroom forums. The ability to advise and mentor students is a critical component of the position, and a hallmark of Drew’s educational philosophy.
How to apply:
To apply for this position, please provide the following:
- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitae/resume
- Vision statement for civic engagement in a liberal arts environment
- A brief statement of teaching interests and philosophy
- Evidence of teaching excellence
- Research statement, job paper or published article
- Contact information for three references, at least one of whom can address teaching experience, and one of which can address community-based practice. The committee will request reference letters only for semi-finalists in the search process.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Apply by January 15, 2023.
About Drew University:
Drew University, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City.
It has a total enrollment of more than 2,200 students and has 136 full-time faculty members, 96% of whom hold the terminal degree in their field. The Theological and Caspersen schools offer master’s and doctoral degrees, and the College confers BA and BS degrees in 40 disciplines and offers 19 dual-degree programs.
Drew’s one-of-a-kind, leading edge path to an undergraduate degree, Launch, ensures that every student graduates with a purpose, sought-after transferable skills, a network of mentors, and an experience-based résumé—guaranteed. Particularly noteworthy opportunities for undergraduates include the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE), the Drew Summer Science Institute (DSSI), the Center for Civic Engagement, as well as seven New York City semesters and several international study abroad programs.
The Caspersen School of Graduate Studies offers a wide array of distinctive and flexible advanced degree programs designed to meet the needs of almost any busy schedule. All programs are based on Drew’s renowned commitment to faculty-student mentorship, opportunities for out-of-the-classroom experiential learning, and facilitating a robust intellectual community.
The Theological School has a distinguished history rooted in the United Methodist Church. Today, it serves many denominations as a center for preparing clergy and leaders for service in the church and the world. Its focus on biblical and theological scholarship and social justice has made it a sought after destination for students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees.
To enrich education through diversity, Drew University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Following federal and state requirements; a candidate must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States if selected for hire.
These positions are subject to a background check.
Drew UniversityMadison, NJ
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