The open rank (assistant, associate, or full) professor in-residence and program director of the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) master’s program will join the outstanding faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership in the Neag School of Education, reporting to the Department Head. The Neag School of Education stands out as a major contributor to instructional and research excellence at the University of Connecticut, one of the nation’s leading public higher education institutions. According to 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings, the Neag School ranks among the top 25 public graduate schools of education in the nation. The 10-month, non-tenure track open rank professor in-residence and program director will hold a unique leadership position sustaining the strong collaboration between the Neag School of Education and the Division of Student Affairs at UConn. The Division of Student Affairs and its 16 Departments & Offices support the educational mission of the University and enable student success through services and programs that extend learning, support health and wellness, and enhance student development. The Division fosters an inclusive community, student engagement and responsible citizenship.
The University of Connecticut (UConn) is in the midst of a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut (http://nextgenct.uconn.edu/) and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut (http://biosciencect.uchc.edu/) investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence (http://issuu.com/uconnprovost/docs/academic-plan-single-hi-optimized_1).We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for faculty positions in the Department of Educational Leadership at the rank of open rank Professor in-Residence.
The HESA program is a nationally recognized master’s (MA) program that fosters intellectual and professional development of individuals seeking careers in higher education or student affairs administration. Through a cohort model, the program emphasizes a theory-to-practice approach by exposing students to contemporary research and experiential learning.
The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through extramural funding (in disciplines where applicable), high quality publications, impact as measured through citations, performances and exhibits (in disciplines where applicable), and national recognition as through honorific awards. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, development of innovative courses and mentoring of students in research, outreach and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.
Candidates will also be expected to have professional, teaching, and research expertise in student affairs as well as a demonstrated commitment to issues of social justice and equity as evidenced in recruitment, admissions, retention, and the HESA curriculum. The Neag School and the Division of Student Affairs expect the director for the HESA program to lead within HESA as well as a serve as a representative of HESA on larger School and Division initiatives.
Specifically, the responsibilities associated with this position will focus on the following three areas:
Lead group of faculty and staff assembled to collaboratively guide the HESA program.
Sustain and continue to promote collaboration between the Department of Educational Leadership and the Division of Student Affairs. Serve as liaison to the student affairs leadership team, establishing linkages between the goals of the HESA program and the division. Work closely with HESA faculty and staff to sustain and enhance this collaboration
Oversee the HESA admissions process, including serving as liaison to the Graduate School throughout the admissions process and supervising one full-time graduate assistant student and one EDLR staff member (program coordinator), who will aid in the admissions process. Organize and oversee admissions committee comprised of EDLR and Division of Student Affairs faculty and staff. Provide annual report of admissions process to department chair, Dean, and VP of Student Affairs.
- Organize assistantship and practicum experiences for all HESA students, including placement.
- Oversee and manage HESA budget and fundraising efforts.
- Work with HESA faculty and staff to support cohort community(ies) and expand alumni relations, including but not limited to orientation and hooding events.
- Coordinate the course schedule and teaching assignments of all instructors.
- Lead the HESA faculty meetings and meetings with HESA Village (partners from the UConn community and beyond).
- Provide HESA faculty with professional development opportunities as needed to support HESA students.
- Work collaboratively with UConn Student Affairs Association and its advisor to ensure complementary experience with the HESA program.
- Enhance HESA alumni connection and relationship building by working collaboratively with Neag alumni affairs staff and Division of Student Affairs alumni staff.
- Oversee the marketing and promotion of the HESA program, including, but not limited to, social media, program website, communications, brochures, and recruitment events.
Teaching and Advising Responsibilities:
- Teach two HESA courses per semester.
- Assign advisees and ensure positive advising relationships are developed and sustained among all advisors and advisees.
- Advise HESA master’s students.
- Serve as liaison to the Graduate School on advisement and graduation timeline and expectations, and, with EDLR program coordinator, course selection, and personal and professional development opportunities.
- Serve as a point of contact for all HESA students regarding major HESA-related issues.
- Continue to develop scholarly agenda through publications in the area of higher education and student affairs.
- Continue to have a national presence through presentations, including attending national conferences representing Neag, EDLR and HESA, and the Division of Student Affairs.
- Primary service will be to the HESA program and secondary service will be to the Division of Student Affairs, the Department of Educational Leadership and the Neag School of Education.
- Doctoral degree in Higher Education, or related field.
- Experience in student affairs and/or higher education leadership, including program development and planning, implementation and assessment, practicum development and coordination, advising and mentoring, and/or experience in guiding career and professional development.
- An understanding of, and clear commitment to, increasing diversity and fostering an inclusive and equitable working and learning environment.
- Evidence of effectiveness in graduate level teaching experience in higher education and student affairs.
- Demonstrated experience supporting and mentoring master’s students.
- Experience in managing large and complex budgets.
- Experience in assessment, evaluation, and/or research.
- Strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills to work and interact effectively, collaboratively, and cooperatively within a diverse community of students, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders.
- Demonstrated commitment to expanding access and opportunity for students and an appreciation of the instrumental roles colleges and universities play in our society.
- Participation in national higher education and student affairs associations.
- Strong record of scholarship.
- Fundraising potential, as well as writing, securing and/or participating in grants.
- Demonstrated success leading and collaborating among multiple departments to advance strategic initiatives.
- Clear evidence of progressive leadership experiences in higher education administration positions.
- Leadership in national higher education and student affairs associations.
This is a full-time, 10-month, non-tenure track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2017. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Faculty may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses as part of their ordinary workload. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Select "Apply Now" to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three (3) letters of reference, teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.); research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.); commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.); and sample journal articles or books. Additionally, please follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct three reference writers to submit letters of reference on your behalf.
Evaluation of applicants will begin December 1, 2016 until the position is filled. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2017154)
For more information regarding the Department of Educational Leadership please visit the department website at http://education.uconn.edu/department-of-educational-leadership/.
All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.