Director, Project SOAR - Assistant Professor of Practice (NTE - Career Track))

Tucson, AZ
Apr 25, 2021
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Educatnl Policy Studies Pract

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Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The Department of Educational Policy Studies & Practice/Center for the Study of Higher Education located in the College of Education (COE) at the University of Arizona invites applications in the area of Higher Education. This is for a full-time academic appointment as an Assistant Professor of Practice/Director of Project SOAR (Student Outreach for Access & Resiliency). This position is designed to accommodate a broad range of specializations within the department’s core focus on learning, motivation, and development in social historical contexts. The appointment begins August 2021. This career-track appointment is not eligible for tenure.
Project SOAR is a service-learning experience that routinely places over 100 UA undergraduate mentors in under-resourced middle schools in the Tucson area. These students are enrolled in either HED 350 (fall) or HED 397B (spring), both of which examine issues of college access. Mentors meet 1-on-1 or with a small group of middle school youth weekly, addressing topics including academic strengths, self-esteem, conflict resolution, career exploration, and the college search process. Mentoring pairs or groups remain consistent throughout the semester in order to develop a strong, positive relationship. This College of Education program is housed within the Center for the Study of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Practice.
Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on April 26, 2021 and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Direct and coordinate Project SOAR program through undergraduate and middle school outreach, recruitment, engaged teaching, relations with the partner schools and supportive university colleges/units
  • Hire, train, and supervise 4 graduate Teaching/Research Assistants/Associates annually
  • Collaborate with administrators at least 8 Tucson middle schools to coordinate mentoring placements and background checks for approximately 50-90 undergraduates each semester
  • Teach HED 350 and design weekly lesson plans
  • Serve as co-instructor (with TA) for HED 397B (spring semester 2-unit course)
  • Oversee 3-5 Master Mentors enrolled in HED 394A, a 1-unit independent study associated with the 3rd semester continuation of the Project SOAR program
  • Manage course website using Desire 2 Learn (D2L) course management tool
  • Maintain Project SOAR website ( and related links on the College of Education website, Facebook, and other social media platforms
  • Oversee promotion of course and service-learning experience to undergraduates
  • Develop and carry out an applied and activist research agenda for Project SOAR:
    -comply with UA and local school districts’ Human Subjects policies; file and maintain necessary documentation
    -oversee qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis regarding research on college and middle school mentoring pairs
    -examine how such relationships impact both the mentor and mentee in regards to social justice awareness, commitment to service, and beliefs about college access
  • Occasionally write grants for federal and private foundation funding

Additional Responsibilities

  • Attend Center for the Study of Higher Education monthly faculty meetings
  • Serve on EPSP Department and College of Education committees and represent the department s requested by the Center for the Study of Higher Education Director and/or Department Head
  • Teach a Higher Education graduate course (core or elective, depending on department needs)
  • Participate in professional organizations and campus-based service opportunities

Knowledge, Skill, & Abilities:

  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in Higher Education or related field
  • Previous administrative experience with university-community collaborations, such as K-12 schools and school districts, teachers, counselors, or school leaders
  • Experience teaching undergraduate courses
  • Experience managing large data collection
  • Experience working in a collaborate or team environment

Preferred Qualifications:

•Experience working in a K-12 settings with students, teachers, counselors, and administrators
•Experience working with graduate teaching assistants
•Experience in service-learning, participatory action research, and higher education access scholarship
•Experience with service-learning pedagogy or applied and/or action-oriented research
•Experience with higher education access literature and interest in contributing to this area of research
•Experience teaching with D2L platforms and related technologies

Rank :

Assistant Professor

Tenure Information:

Career-Track (CT)



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

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Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Dr. Regina Deil-Amen - Department Head
[email protected]

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Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Two Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Applicants must submit the following four documents.
1.Cover Letter
2.Current Curriculum Vitae
3.In the Additional Document slot: Diversity Statement – Diversity statements should describe how candidates’ research, teaching, and service promote and contribute to our shared goals of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in education.
4.In the Additional Document slot: Name and contact information of THREE References (phone and email)

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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