The School of Professional & Extended Studies (SPExS) at American University invites applications for multiple full-time, non-tenure track faculty appointments for Fall 2017. Rank will be dependent on experience and degree. The positions are one-semester appointments and will commence mid-August 2017.
Applicants should hold a Ph.D., M.A. or the highest equivalent terminal degree in a relevant discipline. The position will require the instructor to teach the equivalent of three undergraduate courses. All faculty are expected to hold office hours and participate in School and University activities and service. Applicants should share the School’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. All School of Professional & Extended Studies programs emphasize experiential learning approaches. Faculty teaching in these programs are expected to provide high quality, interactive learning experiences that extend beyond traditional classroom based teaching.
Washington Semester Program – one faculty position
U.S. Politics and Policy
Incumbent would teach experiential learning-focused seminars related to U.S. Politics and Policy to students with junior and senior standing, arrange weekly speakers and site visits (i.e., think tanks, policy makers, policy analysts, survey researchers, campaign staff), develop projects related to course content, and advise students at internships. Incumbent should have existing relationships or prior employment experience outside of academia to facilitate co-curricular learning opportunities.
Washington Mentorship Program (DC) – two to three faculty positions
Introduction to College Inquiry; Intercultural Understanding
Incumbent would teach introductory-level courses to first year students. Educational background in the social sciences or humanities is preferred. There may be opportunities to teach the mentored field practicum as well.
Introduction to College Inquiry introduces students from different academic fields to the essentials of scholarly research, including ethical conduct, knowledge production, and an in-depth understanding of different research methods, steps in the research process, and limitations. This is not a methods or statistics course.
Intercultural Understanding seeks to encourage a better understanding of the dimensions of experience and belief that distinguishes cultures and countries from one another, and conversely, the commonalities that bind human experience together. The main objective of the course is to improve the intercultural competencies and communication skills of students, and to enhance students’ abilities to think critically and creatively about today’s social challenges. Every general education course is required to include explorations of national origin, race, gender, and class. The course is taught in a block period and includes field trips, participation in cultural events, and simulation exercises.
Mentorship in England Program – one faculty position
Introduction to College Inquiry; Intercultural Understanding (See above for course descriptions.)
Incumbent would teach courses to first year students at Bath Spa University in Bath, England, as well as act as an on-site group leader and participate in cultural excursions. Students attend orientation at American University prior to the start of classes in England. An American University staff member will reside in country and act as an advisor. Housing is provided.
Learn more about the Washington Semester Program, the Washington Mentorship Program, and Mentorship in England on the SPExS website at http://www.american.edu/spexs/.
Salary is competitive. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled, though no later than July 31, 2017, subject to ongoing budgetary approval. Applications must be submitted electronically via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/42141. Include a letter of application addressing relevant teaching interest and experience, curriculum vitae, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), and three letters of recommendation uploaded directly by recommenders. In your cover letter please note the program in which you are applying to teach. If you are applying to more than one program, please indicate that in your cover letter; separate applications are not required. Contact Marie J. Fritz, Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Queries about the online application system may be sent to email@example.com.
American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation's capital. For more information about American University, visit www.american.edu.
Dedicated to professional and experiential learning, the School of Professional & Extended Studies (SPExS) offers an array of options for lifelong learners spanning the applied social sciences. Programs range from undergraduate internship-based semester programs to market-driven online master's degrees for professionals at critical junctures in their careers.
American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities. American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.