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Multi-Term Lecturer in Kiswahili and African Studies

Employer
The University of Kansas
Location
Lawrence, KS

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Four-Year Institution
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Position OverviewThe Department of African & African-American Studies invites qualified candidates to apply for their Multi-term Lecturer position. The Multi-Term Lecturer will be teaching in Kiswahili and African Studies, and will conduct student advising in the African & African-American Studies Department. As a result of their instructional duties, multi-term lecturers are expected to possess outstanding teaching skills and teach three regularly scheduled classes per semester. Specific course assignments and locations are at the discretion of the chairperson of the Department of African & African-American Studies. Multi-term lecturers are non-tenure-track members of the faculty with limited-term appointments, whose primary role is instructional with no obligation to perform research or service. Consistent with the goal of ensuring that lecturers are participating members of the program, multi-term lecturers may have instruction-related responsibilities beyond direct instruction, such as participation on committees, curriculum development, and course-improvement initiatives. The potential start date of this position will be either January 1, 2022 or August 18, 2022.

The University of Kansas is a major public research and teaching institution that operates through a diverse, multi-campus system. KU's many parts are bound together by a mission to serve as a "center for learning, research, scholarship and creative endeavor" in the state of Kansas, the nation and the world. An ideal campus, historic and wireless at the same time, KU is home to one of the top public-university library systems in the nation. The university fosters a multicultural environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the University of Kansas actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of employment.

A city of approximately 100,000, Lawrence is located in the rolling hills of eastern Kansas, 35 miles west of the Kansas City metropolitan area and 20 miles east of Topeka, the state capital. Home to Haskell Indian Nations University as well as KU, Lawrence offers the many cultural opportunities of a university town. Lawrence is a wonderful community filled with endless opportunities for historical explorations, beautiful scenery, incredible arts and entertainment venues, and many popular restaurants. Kansas City International airport, The Plaza, and access to world-renowned attractions are less than an hour away.
Job Description100% - Multi-term Lecturer:
  1. Teach six 3-5 credit hour courses per academic year in Kiswahili and African Studies or other areas, online and in-person, for undergraduate students and for graduate students, as the Department Chair assigns.
  2. Prepare for and attend all class meetings. In case of absence, the program associate/ lecturer must make arrangements for an appropriate substitute. Classes should not be cancelled.
  3. Provide instruction throughout the semester, develop appropriate material for class sessions, grade assignments in a timely manner, provide students with regular and precise information about their progress in the course, and give students clear information about how to improve their performance in the course.
  4. Hold regular office hours for students in the classes taught. A minimum of three posted office hours each week is required. These office hours should be divided over at least two and preferably three different days. The multi-term lecturer should be available for reasonable appointments if a student cannot meet during scheduled office hours.
  5. Keep an orderly grade book (using the department software) and clear records of all evaluations of student work in the course. All these materials should be turned in to the Department at the close of the semester.
  6. Maintain standards of excellence in teaching and in the evaluation of student performance.
  7. Report to the African and African Diasporic Language Program coordinator, in consultation, with the Department Chair, for teaching supervision, support, and guidance, as needed.
  8. Attend teaching-related in-service meetings.
  9. Adhere to departmental, college and university policies.
  10. All multi-term lecturer must treat colleagues with courtesy and with respect for their rights, including, but not limited to, academic freedom. In addition, they are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues.
Required QualificationsEvaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in resume and cover letter, and (2) information provided from professional references:
  1. M.A. in Education and/or related field with a focus on Kiswahili language, Linguistics or Second-Language Acquisition/Applied Linguistics, African Studies, or related field.
  2. Native, or near native proficiency in both Kiswahili and English and knowledge of cultures where Kiswahili is spoken.
  3. Experience with online instructional technologies demonstrated through the knowledge of the use of various online instructional tools.
  4. Evidence of culturally competent experience working in a diverse and inclusive professional environment that encourages knowledge of, and respect for, multicultural constituents and backgrounds through information provided by professional references and the letter of application.
  5. Evidence of teaching excellence, as demonstrated by letters of recommendation or course evaluations, and work history.
Preferred Qualifications
    Ph.D. in Education and/or related field with a focus on Kiswahili language, Linguistics or Second-Language Acquisition/Applied Linguistics, African Studies, or related field.Native, or near native proficiency in both Kiswahili and English and knowledge of cultures where Kiswahili is spoken.Experience with online instructional technologies demonstrated through the knowledge of the use of various online instructional tools.Evidence of culturally competent experience working in a diverse and inclusive professional environment that encourages knowledge of, and respect for, multicultural constituents and backgrounds through information provided by professional references and the letter of application.Evidence of teaching excellence, as demonstrated by letters of recommendation or course evaluations, and work history.
Additional Candidate InstructionsFor a complete announcement and to apply online, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/20466BR. A complete application will include: (1) a cover letter; (2) a complete CV outlining accomplishments and productivity; and (3) a list of 3 professional references with contact information.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters.
  • Describe your experience working with people form diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Review of applications will begin November 22, 2021 and will continue until a pool of qualified applications is obtained. Only complete applications will be considered. Contact Information to ApplicantsDr. Peter Ojiambo
[email protected] Advertised Salary RangeCommensurate with experience Application Review Begins22-Nov-2021 Anticipated Start Date01-Jan-2022

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Working at the University of Kansas 

Join the University of Kansas, and you’ll become part of a Jayhawk family that spans the globe. Wear your KU shirt in London, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Nairobi or anywhere else, and you will likely hear a resounding “Rock Chalk!” from a stranger. Of course, the appropriate response is an enthusiastic “Jayhawk!” Because, after all, they’re not really strangers, they’re family.

The Jayhawk community is united by more than 150 years of tradition and by our commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, transforming the academic experience, and creating solutions through innovative research. KU’s mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.  

The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). We consistently earn high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university.

KU faculty and staff embrace our role as the state’s flagship university, AAU member and R1 institution that serves the state, nation and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit; and, we remain true to KU’s historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research and the healing power of service.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 

The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

We recognize there are inequalities and privileges generated by historical and persistent intersecting differences by race, ethnicity, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, abilities, religion, regional background, veteran status, citizenship status and nationality. And we hold ourselves accountable for policies, processes and programs that appreciate these and other differences and create more fair, safe and just learning, working and living environments for KU students, faculty and staff.

Instruction 

KU offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate study programs, and we fulfill our mission through academic and research programs of international distinction, coupled with outstanding libraries, teaching museums and information technology. These resources enrich the academic experience for students from all 50 states and 112 countries, and provide enrichment resources for KU faculty and staff.

Research 

The university attains high levels of research productivity and recognizes that faculty are part of a network of scholars and academicians that shape a discipline as well as teach it. KU staff are integral to our research success, participating in and supporting discoveries that expand knowledge and improve lives.

Service 

The university and our employees serve society through research, teaching and the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. KU's academic programs, arts facilities and public programs provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the larger community. And, KU offers educational, research and service programs throughout the state. KU employees are encouraged to participate in and serve the campus and surrounding communities in a way that is meaningful to them.

International Dimension 

KU offers more than 100 programs of international study and cooperative research for KU students and faculty at sites around the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and abroad. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.

Values 

The University of Kansas, our students and employees are committed to excellence. We foster a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.

Our City and State 

KU sits atop Mt. Oread in the center of Lawrence, a town full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best college towns in the United States. Lawrence is home to more than 100,000 people, and has a charming, Midwestern friendliness that welcomes visitors and celebrates diversity. In addition to KU, Lawrence is home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premiere tribal university in the United States.

Lawrence’s historic and thriving downtown features restaurants, nightlife and local shops offering unique finds that you won’t find anywhere else. The town has more than 50 parks, an encompassing mixed-use trail, and quick access to biking/hiking trails along the Kansas River and around Clinton Lake. A five-minute drive from Lawrence, Clinton Lake offers fishing, boating, beaches, camping and other outdoor activities.

Located just 40 minutes west of Kansas City, Lawrence offers the appeal of a mid-size, suburban town with quick access to the amenities of a large city, including an international airport. The Kansas City metro area is home to world-class museums and cultural activities, Jazz clubs and other nightlife venues, expansive shopping options, and exciting professional sports with the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC.

Kansas is in the center of the country, making it convenient and cost effective to fly or drive to destinations throughout the United States. Far from flat, the Flint Hills, just 90 minutes from Lawrence, offer panoramic vistas that showcase the breathtaking beauty of America.

Making KU Your Home 

Something about Lawrence is magnetic. Long-time residents are never surprised when a KU student or employee from out of state decides to make Lawrence their permanent home. And, even those who do leave often find themselves returning to “the nest” at some point in the future. In fact, Lawrence has been named by several publications as one of the best places to retire.

At the University of Kansas, you’ll join a global Jayhawk family and find a place to call home.

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