The School of Education at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position (Assistant or Associate Professor) to serve as the Graduate Director of the new Masters of Higher Education program (MHE), a cohort program with two intensive years of full-time study, a paid apprenticeship and two internships. The first student cohort enrolls for fall 2018. The position starts no later than August 1, 2018, with a spring 2018 start option or contractual agreement to assist with key events/decisions desired.
Elon is a dynamic private, co-educational, comprehensive institution that is a national model for actively engaging faculty and students in teaching and learning in a liberal arts based residential campus. It is the nation’s only university recognized by U.S. News & World Report in all eight categories of high impact learning--study abroad, internships, undergraduate research, first-year experiences, service learning, learning communities, writing in the disciplines, and senior capstone experiences. The School of Education is highly regarded within and beyond the state of North Carolina for its active and engaged learning pedagogies that prepare educators who positively impact the education and wellness of children and adults in classrooms and in communities. Building on these strengths, MHE students will be immersed in a campus-wide model of engaged learning as they learn and practice the principles of effective student learning and development and explore the functions, contemporary trends, leadership and organizational structures of institutions of higher education. Graduates will be prepared with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to work as administrators, educators, and mentors in a variety of higher education settings and to think critically about their work as ethical decision makers and advocates for social justice.
Responsibilities and Expectations
We seek a faculty person who is an effective teacher, scholar, and mentor, with administrative or programmatic experience in higher education. The position carries an eleven-month contract, with flexible summer months to support the fulfillment of program responsibilities. The graduate director will teach the equivalent of 4 graduate courses in the higher education program, with an option to periodically teach an undergraduate course of interest. Establishment and/or continuation of a higher education research agenda is expected. The graduate director will also serve on departmental, school and university -wide committees.
In addition to the primary role of teaching, informed by active scholarship, the program’s inaugural graduate director will be responsible for the academic administration aspects of the program, to include: curriculum development and review, student advisement, student professional engagement, program and learning outcomes assessment, and annual reporting. The graduate director will have significant support for their administrative responsibilities though the dean’s administrative staff and the administrative director of the MHE, who will focus on program administration--student recruitment/marketing, budgets, alumni relations, apprenticeships and internships, and working with Student Life and other university departments. The graduate director and administrative director both report to the Dean of Education and will work as a team to support each other’s work and the overall functions of the MHE program.
An earned doctorate in Higher Education, Student Affairs, or related field.
Demonstrated effectiveness of teaching in higher education.
An established higher education research agenda. To support our teacher/scholar mission, we provide a robust teaching and research development program.
Three or more years of experience in administrative or programmatic roles advancing student learning, student development and leadership, student success, diversity and inclusion, etc. in higher education settings.
Desire to be an active member of an academic community which embraces the university’s commitment to an educational experience that transforms mind, body, and spirit and encourages freedom of thought and liberty of conscience.
To learn more about Elon, please visit the University web site at www.elon.edu. Send letter of interest, curriculum vitae, transcripts, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and research interests to MHEsearch@elon.edu, preferably in one PDF file. Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications must be received by November 1, 2017 to be assured of consideration. Letters of recommendation should be sent separately to the same email address.
Elon University has built a national reputation as the premier student-centered liberal arts university that values strong relationships between students and their faculty and staff mentors. Elon's 6,700 students prepare to become the ethical leaders the world needs, putting their knowledge into action on campus, in the community and around the globe. Elon is known for academic excellence across t...he curriculum, and for experiential learning programs in study abroad, undergraduate research, leadership, interfaith dialogue, civic engagement and community service. Elon is ranked the nation's #1 master's-level university for study abroad and is a top-producer of Fulbright Student Scholars and Peace Corps volunteers. U.S. News & World Report recognizes Elon more than any other university in the nation for academic programs that "Focus on Student Success." More than 425 full-time faculty members teach in six academic units: Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Communications; the School of Education; the School of Health Sciences; and the School of Law. Elon's four-year graduation rate of 78 percent ranks in the top 10 percent of U.S. private universities. The student-faculty ratio is 12-1, and the average class size is 20. The university's 636-acre residential campus in the Town of Elon, N.C., is consistently recognized as one of the nation's finest environments for learning. The Elon Phoenix NCAA Division I athletic program is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association.