Director of Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education

Greenville, South Carolina
Jun 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Furman University seeks a Director of the Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education. The director’s primary responsibility is to administer Furman’s faculty-led study away programs and affiliate and exchange programs. Furman recently launched The Furman Advantage, a strategic vision that guarantees every student an unparalleled education that combines classroom learning with real-world experiences and self-discovery. In line with this vision, we seek a candidate who will build upon our well-established and innovative study away programs to increase the number and type of off-campus opportunities, while broadening access to and increase participation for all students. The director will work with faculty and staff to develop programs aimed to increase access to underserved students and will explore opportunities to create strategic partnerships that increase the portfolio of study away locations and opportunities. The director will ensure that programs adhere to best practices in the field, and through consistent assessment, ensure that programs meet the learning objectives of high impact educational practices. The director will work directly with Furman’s Faculty Development Center to advance effective pedagogy and learning strategies for study away programs and other initiatives that serve to expand the international perspective of all Furman students. The director supervises and evaluates the work of the three staff members. This is a twelve-month staff position in the division of Academic Affairs, reporting to the Associate Provost of Engaged Learning.

Furman University is committed to educating the whole student, encouraging academic and emotional growth while also providing the practical skills necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world. At the core of the University is a dynamic engaged learning philosophy that’s grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. Students are taught by top-notch professors whose chief priorities are teaching and guiding undergraduate students—all within a close-knit campus community where ideas and perspectives are valued and encouraged.

The Furman Advantage promises all students an education that delivers value by preparing them for successful, meaningful lives. Guided by a community of mentors and supported by institutes and centers, students chart personalized four-year pathways that are made meaningful through guaranteed engaged learning experiences.

Our institutes and centers ensure there is a connection between the resources of Furman and the communities that we serve and strengthen. The Richard Riley Institute is a nonpartisan public policy think tank that promotes discussion and analysis of issues critical to South Carolina’s future. The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability acts as a research hub and action center where students, educators and community leaders work together to explore sustainability challenges and generate scalable solutions. The Institute for the Advancement of Community Health serves as a convener of programs, educational initiatives, ideas and resources working collectively to bridge the population health gap of the Greenville community and beyond.

The student experience at Furman includes NCAA Division I Athletics, a vibrant student life culture encouraged by a 100 percent residential community, and a campus that is internationally recognized for its beauty.

Founded in 1826, the private university is located in the award-winning city of Greenville, South Carolina. Modern, sophisticated academic buildings are complemented by comprehensive athletics, recreational, and social facilities. Student housing ranges from traditional residence halls to apartments. The 750-acre campus features an Asian garden, a replica of Henry David Thoreau’s cabin, a Florentine bell tower, a spring-fed lake, 13 miles of paved trails through the woodlands for hiking and biking, and an 18-hole golf course.

Furman University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including, but not limited to, gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities.

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