The Hal S. Marchman Chair of Civic and Social Responsibility
College of Arts and Sciences
Position: The Hal S. Marchman Chair of Civic and Social Responsibility
Stetson University invites applications for the Hal S. Marchman Chair of Civic and Social Responsibility (https://www.stetson.edu/other/marchman/), a tenure-line position at the associate professor or professor level, with an appointment in the department or program of closest academic affinity in the College of Arts and Sciences. The holder of the Marchman Chair, an endowed position of special significance to Stetson University, will advance and contribute meaningfully to all forms of civic engagement at the University, both on the DeLand and Gulfport campuses and in the community. The Marchman Chair is a full-time, 9-month faculty position.
The successful candidate must represent the highest standards in teaching and scholarship, personal integrity, and community leadership. They must hold the Ph.D. or equivalent in a discipline or interdisciplinary area offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. The exact field or specialty area is open, as long as the candidate’s teaching and scholarship strengthen the undergraduate program and demonstrably engage civic and social responsibility in a profound way. We seek a colleague with a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching, an active scholarly agenda, a commitment to engaging students from diverse backgrounds, a willingness to be a strong, contributing member of the academic department or program in which they are housed, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University community. We encourage candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and/or experience in diverse learning environments to apply.
The teaching load is two courses per semester. Teaching assignments will include courses in the candidate’s area(s) of specialization and general education such as First-Year Seminar and/or Junior Seminar. The Marchman Chair will also co-direct Stetson’s week-long summer Civil Rights Travel Course (https://www.stetson.edu/other/marchman/summer-civil-rights-travel-course.php). The successful candidate will chair the University’s Community Engaged Learning Committee, have oversight of the Certificate of Community Engagement, administer the Sarah George Trust Fund, and develop a plan for engaged scholarship rooted in civic and social responsibility.
Candidates should demonstrate a passion for teaching and scholarship, and a commitment to service. For more information on our expectations in teaching and scholarship, our tenure policies, and our support for faculty development, please see the Academic Affairs website:
College of Arts and Sciences:
Stetson’s College of Arts and Sciences (http://www.stetson.edu/portal/artsci/) is the largest and most diverse of the University’s colleges and schools; it includes the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, education, and creative arts. With nineteen academic departments and nine interdisciplinary programs, the College is the liberal arts core of the University. A great strength of the College is its faculty of approximately 140 full-time teacher-scholars. The College offers 31 undergraduate majors and 34 undergraduate minors; six graduate degrees are offered in Education, Counselor Education, and Creative Writing. Every undergraduate major requires a senior research project, giving students the opportunity to design and carry out independent research under faculty mentorship. Our academic programs are shaped by the values of social justice and civic responsibility. All of our courses and programs of study promote engaged learning, whereby students create connections between the classroom or lab and the local, regional, and global community. The academic programs of the College of Arts and Sciences prepare students to live significant lives, to interact with and positively affect the world around them.
Center for Community Engagement:
The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) (https://www.stetson.edu/other/community-engagement/) is the leader of a campus-wide focus on community engagement that is delivered through both curricular and co-curricular avenues. The mission of the CCE is student learning through community impact. The Center serves as the central connecting, training, organizing, and educating unit for community-engaged students, faculty, and partners. They build reciprocal relationships with community partner organizations that leverage institutional and community resources to solve pressing challenges in our community through capacity-building efforts. They prepare students to lead lives of significance by aligning their academic and career interests with community needs and instills the value of informed and engaged citizenship that prepares our students to be lifelong agents of social change in their local and global communities. The mission of the CCE cannot be realized without a consistent focus on the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. To that end, the Center’s work is driven by practicing anti-racism. The CCE includes the Bonner Program, the Peace Corp Prep Program, Stetson Votes, Greenfeather, and many avenues for students to connect with the community.
Founded in 1883, Stetson University (http://www.stetson.edu) is a private, selective university comprised of a rich array of liberal arts and professional academic programs. Collectively, Stetson’s teacher-scholar faculty works with nearly 4,300 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The University’s historic main campus, located in DeLand, enrolls more than 3,000 students in undergraduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Music. Stetson University College of Law, Florida’s first law school, moved from the main campus to Gulfport in 1945, and, with the addition of the Tampa Law Center, serves over 1,000 students working full-time or part-time toward J.D. or LL.M. degrees. The University’s graduate programs include Business, Accounting, Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Creative Writing. Stetson has regularly been ranked among the best regional universities in the Southeast and was the first private college in Florida to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
Stetson University provides an inspiring education that engages students with rigorous academic and creative study grounded in liberal learning. Working closely with faculty, staff, and with one another, students cultivate abilities to explore issues deeply, think critically, reason empirically, speak persuasively, and connect ideas creatively. Firmly committed to inclusive excellence, our vibrant community of teacher-scholars nurtures the potential of individual students to lead lives of significance and prepares each to meet the challenges of shaping the future—locally, nationally, and globally.
DeLand is a picturesque residential community of 32,000 located 20 miles west of Daytona Beach and 35 miles northeast of Orlando. The area offers extensive cultural as well as recreational activities.
Salary: Salary is competitive.
Starting Date: August 11, 2021
Application: Applicants should supply 1) a cover letter that includes a narrative section (of no more than two pages) demonstrating a commitment to working collaboratively with colleagues, students, and communities to advance civic and social responsibility. In the cover letter, candidates are also encouraged to highlight skills and experiences that reflect a commitment to social justice, diversity, and inclusion. In addition, applicants should submit 2) a statement of their philosophy of teaching and learning in a liberal learning environment, 3) a curriculum vitae, and 4) three letters of reference.
All information may be submitted electronically to [email protected].
Review of applications will begin February 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.
Keywords: American Studies, Anthropology, Africana Studies, Asian Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Communication and Media Studies, Computer Science, Counselor Education, Creative Arts, Digital Arts, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Science and Studies, French, Gender Studies, Health Sciences, History, International Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Religious Studies, Russian/Eurasian/East European Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre Arts, World Languages and Cultures
Stetson University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirms cultural diversity and inclusion as a core value of academic excellence at Stetson University. We are committed to achieving equal access in education, employment, and participation through the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, and to meaningful academic and intellectual transformation in curriculum, research and service. We are dedicated to actions and policies that foster a community in which individuals with various identities, cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints work together to create opportunities for engagement through rewarding and fulfilling careers and personal experiences in a culturally and racially diverse society and a globalized world. We strongly encourage members of historically under-represented and economically-disadvantaged groups and women to apply for employment. Stetson University is an EEO, ADA, ADEA, and GINA employer.
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