Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Humanities
National Louis University is pleased to announce a full-time Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Humanities position. This is an 11-month position that requires instructors to collaborate on a regular basis with the support team that surrounds each student. This position requires on-site teaching at the Chicago and/or Wheeling campus for daytime courses.
This position will offer a new curriculum and an unparalleled experience to undergraduate students with the belief that all students can be successful students. As an active team lead you believe in a supportive environment and a student-driven culture. You will serve in a leadership role, so your approach to this work will cascade down to your team of Instructors.
Will also facilitate blended classes that utilize technology and data to drive instruction and work collaboratively with a dedicated team of Coaches and Instructors, Content Experts and Data Analysts to determine how to personalize the learning experience for students. In addition to teaching content, you will also encourage growth mindset, increase non-cognitive skill development and nurture academic confidence.
• Student-Focused: Make decisions based on what is best for students with the belief that when all students have access to resources and support, they are empowered to achieve success.
• Expect Excellence: Hold high expectations for our students and for the adults to serve them and hold ourselves accountable for achieving excellence.
• Personalized Support: Take a holistic approach to providing individualized support that encourages students to realize their full potential in college and beyond.
• Data-Driven, Collaborative Environment: Work together as a unified team, utilizing real-time data and technology to adapt to student needs.
• Continuous Improvement and Innovation: Remain agile and open to changes and new ideas-incorporating data as well as student, faculty and administration voice-to ensure that we are continuously learning, improving, and innovating in all aspects of the student experience.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND/OR RESPONSIBILITIES
• Leadership of Day-to-Day Curriculum Implementation and Content Area Team Planning: Lead weekly or bi-weekly content team meetings to develop an effective student experience, reviewing curriculum implementation and student data to inform ongoing planning.
• Leadership in Professional Development (PD) to Drive Teaching Excellence:Collaborate with UGC administration and UGC faculty to ensure comprehensive approach to faculty PD is in place. Create, attend and actively participate in PD to build a stronger instructional model for the UGC. Includes on-boarding of new faculty as well as ongoing PD and support of all faculty.
• Classroom Observations and Feedback: Perform classroom observations and feedback for other faculty (FT and adjunct) in content area.
• Curriculum Ownership: Serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for 3-6 courses in discipline. Maintain current and active knowledge in SME areas. Oversee a set of courses and maintain consistency across them through development, implementation, and revision.
• Hiring: Collaborate with Human Resources to regularly create and maintain a hiring network in subject area creating a pool of hiring options for full-time and adjunct faculty positions, reviewing candidates, perform initial interviews and make recommendations for hire to UGC leadership.
• Performance Evaluation: Contribute to evaluation of faculty in content area (in some cases may lead evaluations, in some cases may provide input to evaluations – determine quarterly in collaboration with UGC administration).
• Staffing: Choose/select instructors to staff for all courses in content area (contracting done by UGC administration).
• Data-Driven Course and Major Planning: Review course/major data quarterly and annually, in collaboration with UGC administration and content area faculty team, in order to inform ongoing course and major enhancements and to explore opportunities for course/concentration/major additions.
• Develop External Relationships: For professional content areas, identify and serve as point of contact for partnerships with relevant external organizations (businesses, institutions, professional associations) to support continuous review and improvement of course content to align with industry standards, and to support creation of work-based learning opportunities for students.
• Oversee Assessment, Accreditation and Compliance: Work with UGC and University administration to ensure that content area maintains all appropriate approvals and accreditation and compliance with all relevant university policies and regulatory guidelines. Includes but is not limited to maintenance of course syllabi, University Course Outlines (UCO),PD, etc.
• Support Resolution of Student Issues: Support UGC administration in resolution of student issues in content area, such as academic appeals and re-admissions of returning students.
• Administrative Planning and Engagement: Ensuring ongoing communication and alignment between UGC administration and content area team. Engage in administrative planning as needed, e.g., in budget recommendations, providing input on marketing materials and enrollment strategies, and participation in UGC-wide efforts such as admitted students days and UGC-wide team meetings. As governance model develops, takes leadership in faculty governance at college/university level.
• Passionate about working with a highly diverse student body.
• Excellent facilitation and classroom management skills.
• Agile and creative in pedagogy and student support.
• Prepared, yet flexible.
• Empathetic, yet tough.
• Ability to differentiate instruction and support based on student needs.
• Ability to consistently connect instruction to its real world relevance, tying in concepts and theories in the classroom to students’ current and future work experiences and highlighting immediate applicability.
• Willing to pursue and support students in multiple modalities.
• Technology proficient, including experience with digital tools for teaching, and teaching in either online or blended/hybrid formats.
• Willing and able to use data to inform instruction.
• Effective adult collaboration skills, able to work in teams to support student success.
• Experience using a learning management system.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Experienced educators who EXPECT and DESIRE to grow pedagogically.
Experience and/or Education
• Graduate degree in Humanities, and leadership experience is preferred. PhD credentials preferred.
• Experience with digital tools for teaching, teaching in either online or blended/hybrid formats, and teaching to students of diverse backgrounds and abilities strongly preferred.