The Service-Learning Faculty Development Consultant is an exciting new position within the Office of Service-Learning (OSL) at the University of Tennessee. The position will serve as the primary faculty contact for service-learning. Key functions will include supporting faculty in all aspects of the development, implementation, and evaluation of quality service-learning courses, promoting meaningful community-campus partnerships, and growing service-learning participation as a centerpiece of the Volunteer experience. The OSL is housed under Teaching and Learning Innovation (TLI), a new unit that also includes the Teaching and Learning Center, Office of Online Programs, and Experience Learning, the campus's new Quality Enhancement Plan. The position will report to the OSL Director and will collaborate with TLI offices, and additional campus and community partners to support and grow service-learning at the University of Tennessee. Job responsibilities will include the following:
Working with the Service-Learning Subcommittee to the Undergraduate Council to implement the S course designation, increasing the visibility and profile of service-learning courses across campus.
Consulting with faculty on all aspects of service-learning course design in alignment with the standards of the S designation, and implementing ongoing improvements to the designation and review processes.
Collaborating with service-learning faculty, TLI offices, and campus partners to develop workshops, videos, and online resources on a variety of topics including service-learning course design, best practices in community-university partnerships, service-learning abroad, cultural responsiveness, positioning service-learning to advance scholarship, and evaluating impacts.
Facilitating a community of service-learning faculty to share experiences, collaborate across disciplines, and develop strategic actions to advance a culture of engagement across campus.
Collaborating with TLI and other campus offices to implement programs and initiatives that support and grow involvement in service-learning and other experiential pedagogies. This may include but is not limited to participation in grant and fellowship programs, service on committees, presenting at conferences, engaging with external audiences, and hosting events.
Collaborating with TLI personnel to collect data, evaluate relevant student learning outcomes, and showcase excellence in service-learning and engaged scholarship.
Presenting to academic colleges and departments on OSL services and resources, opportunities for involvement, best practices, evaluation of impacts, and the S designation as a catalyst to grow and support service-learning at the campus scale.
Other responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Service-Learning.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Master's degree in relevant field of study with four years of professional experience
Strong organizational leadership skills and ability to work effectively with diverse academic and community audiences
Excellent communication and public speaking skills
Ability to successfully manage projects with high levels of visibility to the university and community
Familiarity with the literature surrounding service-learning and engaged scholarship
Experience developing educational workshops and digital training tools
Awareness of diversity and inclusion as critical components of effective service-learning
Familiarity with evaluation at course and program levels Preferred Qualifications:
Doctorate degree or currently pursuing a doctorate in a relevant field of study
Experience teaching service-learning courses
Experience working with higher education faculty
Sensitivity to the complexities of university-community partnerships at local, state, national, and international levels
Familiarity with methods of inclusive teaching and engagement
Familiarity with faculty research, teaching, and service functions at research-intensive universities, and effective models of engaged scholarship
Experience with marketing and promotion of academic programs
Our primary mission is to move forward the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate the citizens of the state of Tennessee, the nation, and the world. As the preeminent research-based, land-grant university in the state, UT embodies the spirit of excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, outreach, and engagement attained by the nation’s finest public research institutions.