Director, Faculty Development and Career Advancement

Job description

The Director of Faculty Development and Career Advancement is housed in the office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs (VPFA). The VPFA office works closely with the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor and faculty members across the university to support the continued excellence of DU faculty by enhancing faculty development initiatives, increasing faculty diversity, and building a strong, inclusive, and collaborative faculty community. The VPFA leads initiatives related to faculty development, faculty lifecycle, faculty relations, and teaching and learning.

Position Summary

The Director of Faculty Development and Career Advancement will focus on enhancing faculty success at all levels of the academic lifecycle by identifying and implementing best practices for faculty recruitment, onboarding, and retention. Under the leadership of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, they will be responsible for leading initiatives related to supporting faculty throughout the academic lifecycle, tracking faculty statistics, and preparing regular descriptive reports related to demographics and retention. In addition to supporting early career faculty, the director will develop offerings that support faculty at different career stages, across faculty appointment types, and across faculty contributions and roles. Contributing to an inclusive, thriving faculty community and working closely with the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL).

The Director of Faculty Development and Career Advancement will be responsible for using evidence informed decision making to develop, implement, and assess a range of programs that support the professional development of individual faculty and academic leaders across the academic lifespan and appointment types. Additionally, the director will enhance and support the implementation of institution-wide initiatives related to teaching and learning, inclusive excellence, faculty learning communities, faculty mentoring, leadership development, and assessment.

This is a full-time (12 month) staff position with full benefits. This is a full-time (12 month) staff position with full benefits. The position will report to the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.

The Director will collaborate with faculty and administrators on the creation and delivery of new programs and will have the opportunity to interact with colleagues across campus. The ideal candidate is adept at interacting with faculty across different disciplines and knowledgeable about the challenges they face, in particular with regard to the faculty lifecycle and tenure/promotion for all faculty ranks and series. Experience as a faculty member in a university setting and success attaining external grants will be particularly competitive.

We seek candidates who are flexible, well-organized, inquisitive, resourceful, detail-oriented, creative, ethical, collaborative, and committed to inclusive excellence. The ability to prioritize and juggle multiple tasks in a dynamic environment while maintaining quality work products is crucial for success in this position.

Essential Functions

  • Under guidance of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, lead initiatives to improve processes related to faculty lifecycle such as recruitment, onboarding, mentoring, and retention, that is informed by best practice.
  • Coordinate, assess, and evaluate programs that support faculty advancement (e.g. onboarding, mentoring, promotion, tenure, and reappointment, and leadership development) across career stages and appointment types (i.e. tenure line, teaching, clinical, etc.).
  • In collaboration with OTL team, survey faculty and leadership development needs and oversee the design, implementation, assessment, and evaluation of comprehensive programming (e.g. workshops, orientation, seminars, conferences, learning communities, etc.) to address gaps and promote faculty career advancement.
  • Active collaboration, as role appropriate, with other OTL directors on ongoing programming and initiatives related to inclusive excellence, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), Faculty Learning Communities, teaching and learning, integrative learning, High Impact Practices, curricular design, assessment, and accreditation.
  • Evaluate and assess faculty satisfaction and program effectiveness.
  • Facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations across the university to strategically advance institutional capacity related to faculty development, career advancement, and thriving
  • 1:1 consultations with faculty related to academic lifecycle concerns, for example, preparing for tenure and promotion.
  • Assist in the creation of infrastructure for recognizing and documenting invisible labor and faculty workload (i.e. inequitable service and student mentoring loads).
  • Assist OTL team in building a data informed decision-making processes.
  • Required Qualifications

  • PhD or equivalent terminal degree.
  • Demonstrated success working with faculty on various initiatives related to professional development.
  • A record of teaching, mentoring, and/or scholarly excellence as a faculty member.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as a member of a leadership team.
  • Demonstrated success working with diverse disciplines.
  • Special Instructions
    Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.




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    Job No: 493150
    Posted: 7/22/2020
    Application Due: 9/20/2020
    Work Type: Full Time
    Salary: Negotiable