Associate Professor and Director, School in Puerto Rico

Middlebury College

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Associate Professor and Director, School in Puerto Rico

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Commensurate with experience

Int'l Prog & Off-Campus Study

School Abroad - Puerto Rico

Hire contingent upon successful completion of the following post-offer screening
Criminal Background Check

Position Summary
Administer, implement, and develop Middlebury's academic program in Puerto Rico. The Director will work closely with the Department of Luso-Hispanic Studies and the Office of International Programs & Off-Campus Study (IPOCS) in consultation with the appropriate Middlebury faculty, programs and departments, the Schools in Latin America Faculty Advisory Board, and the Director of the School of Spanish. Because this is a new program, the Director will be required to develop and manage key relationships in a cooperative, strategic manner.

Essential Functions
Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Covid-19 vaccination is a condition of employment. For more information:

Academic Programs:
• Design and teach a Writing for Linguistic and Cultural Competency course each semester.
• Oversees and is ultimately responsible for on-site course selection and registration, maintaining academic records, collecting study course and program evaluations. Provides Middlebury with on-site registration information (including course numbers, course titles, academic discipline) for each student by the end of the registration period; provides timely submission of final course grades from all instructors and institutions.
• Administers/develops courses, as necessary, together with Chair of the Department of Luso-Hispanic Studies and IPOCS, in consultation with the appropriate Middlebury faculty, programs and departments, the Faculty Advisory Board, the Director of the School of Spanish, and the Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Schools (VPAA-DOS).
• Implements testing system to evaluate linguistic and cultural progress, including pre and post testing for assessment purposes.
• Monitors class attendance and grading standards.
• Designs and implements, in cooperation with partner university colleagues, co-curricular activities to support academic goals.
• Works with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at Monterey administration and faculty to establish internship and other programs that will attract graduate students from MIIS to the program.
• Reports recommendations concerning curricula to IPOCS.
• Consults with partner university faculty on student progress, assessment, and placement.
• Develops and manages, with the Dean of International Programs and the appropriate Middlebury College faculty, programs, and departments, programs of faculty and student interchange between Puerto Rican institutions and Middlebury College.
• Helps develop and oversee credit and non-credit internship opportunities.

Student Affairs:
• Oversees and is ultimately responsible for: student discipline; student advising/counseling (academic, personal, medical, career etc.); facilitating student housing arrangements (apartments, home stays, dorms); designing and implementing on-site student orientations that cover all academic, social, safety, and health issues; student excursions; encouraging individual extra-curricular activities; advising on and keeping itineraries and contact information for independent, overnight, student travel; and all security, safety, health, discrimination, and harassment issues.

Administrative Responsibilities:
• Coordinates efforts with the Puerto Rican partner university colleagues at all levels to ensure that all parts of the program are in place and working effectively.
• Provides regular updates to IPOCS, as well as end-of-semester and end-of-year reports
• Visits Middlebury as necessary to meet with IPOCS staff, and director of the School of Spanish, as well as the Department of Luso-Hispanic Studies and area studies faculty to review the academic program at the host institutions and, when appropriate, to plan curricular and programmatic adjustments. During such visits, depending on timing, the Director will participate in pre-departure student orientations or other information sessions.
• Attends twice-a-year meetings for the directors of the Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad.
• Coordinates all on-site arrangements (housing, local transportation, meetings) for visiting delegations, whether by Middlebury personnel or personnel from other institutions whose students attend (or plan to attend) the school abroad.
• Works with marketing staff at Middlebury to recruit students to the program. This may include travel to other U.S. colleges and universities to meet with faculty and study abroad administrators.
• Has frequent communication and collaboration with the relevant Assistant Director in IPOCS.

Teaching and Scholarship:
• Depending on the qualifications of the director and the needs of the partner universities in Puerto Rico, the director may be asked to teach a course as part of their regular duties.
• At the discretion of the Director of the Middlebury School of Spanish, the Director may be invited to teach in the summer program in Vermont. Such teaching will be remunerated independently of the Director's salary for directing the School in Puerto Rico.

Management and Personnel:
• In conjunction with the Dean of International Programs, makes and implements short and long-range financial, staff and programmatic plans for the School in Puerto Rico.
• If additional staffing is approved, interviews, hires and manages the on-site staff.
• Acts as liaison between Middlebury and the partner universities in Puerto Rico.
• Oversees rental/purchase/maintenance of all premises, as necessary, in conjunction with the Dean of International Programs.
• Assures that the School in Puerto Rico is in full compliance with all local legal, banking, insurance and other requirements incumbent on a non-territorial institution.
• Oversees timely purchase and maintenance of all necessary office furniture and equipment, including Internet equipment and contracts.
• Provides information for updates of IPOCS and Language School (LS) publications.

External relations:
• Serves as primary liaison with academic institutions, NGOs, local police and all other institutions/agencies.
• Administers and updates agreements with the partner universities in Puerto Rico.
• Promotes and markets Middlebury opportunities to relevant local communities.

Budget and financial:
• Oversees annual budgets and proposes new budget for the subsequent academic year, in conjunction with IPOCS.
• Pays all bills, salaries, social benefits and taxes etc., in a timely fashion, with assistance of local accountant.
• Prepares detailed monthly expense report for accounting office in Vermont.
• Secures and reviews university bills prior to submitting to IPOCS for payment each semester.

Decision-making authority:
• Full authority on local issues
• On substantive program content and administrative issues that have a long-term significance: coordinates and consults with the Dean of International Programs, and the appropriate LS director. Ultimate decision-making responsibility lies with the Dean of International Programs.

• Ph.D. in a relevant field strongly preferred.
• Demonstrated teaching excellence in Spanish as a foreign language
• Administrative & managerial experience
• Familiarity with the Puerto Rican university system
• Experience working with students coming from non-Puerto Rican academic settings
• Excellent people skills & an ability to cooperate, in both U.S. and Puerto Rican settings
• Excellent communication skills in Spanish and English
• Crisis management skills

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• In-depth knowledge of U.S. and Puerto Rican systems of higher education.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills; computer literacy. Director should be both firm and diplomatic, as well as kind and compassionate, as the circumstances require.
• Candidates must have work authorization in the U.S./Puerto Rico.

• Experience studying, teaching, and/or administering in both the U.S. and Puerto Rico preferred. Some prior contact with a Middlebury School Abroad or summer Language School also desirable but not a pre-requisite.

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Review of applications begins January 17th, 2022.

Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Covid-19 vaccination is a condition of employment. For more information:

This position will be a localized position in Puerto Rico. The position will not run through US Payroll, nor will the position be eligible for US benefits.

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Middlebury is one of the country's top liberal arts colleges. It offers its students a broad curriculum embracing the arts, humanities, literature, foreign languages, social sciences, and natural sciences. Middlebury is an institution with a long-standing international focus, a place where education reflects a sense of looking outward, and a realization that the traditional insularity of the United States is something of the past. We seek to bring to Middlebury those who wish not only to learn about themselves and their own traditions, but also to see beyond the bounds of class, culture, region, or nation. Indeed, the central purpose of a Middlebury education is precisely to transcend oneself and one's own concerns. This transcendence may come for some through the study of other cultures; for some through the study of the environment; for others it will come through inquiry into such fields as physics or philosophy, mathematics or music.

Middlebury's undergraduate college is enriched by its other programs. Every summer, the main campus in Vermont is transformed into an institution single-mindedly devoted to the study of nine foreign languages and cultures, and the use of English is virtually banned for the participants, among whom are many Middlebury undergraduates. In the Green Mountains lies Middlebury's Bread Loaf campus, where for six weeks each summer the Bread Loaf School of English is in session. This is followed by the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, which brings together 200 authors and aspiring authors for 11 days of intensive exchange about the art of writing. The Bread Loaf School of English is in session each summer not only in Middlebury but also at Lincoln College, Oxford, in the United Kingdom; at St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

There is also an overseas dimension to Middlebury College. The C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad are located in Belo Horizonte, Berlin, Bordeaux, Buenos Aires, Concepción, Córdoba, Ferrara, Florence, Getafe, Guadalajara, Hangzhou, Irkutsk, La Serena, Logroño, Madrid, Mainz, Montevideo, Moscow, Niterói, Paris, Poitiers, Santiago, Temuco, Tucumán, Valdivia, Valparaíso, Xalapa, and Yaroslavl. These schools enroll more than 300 undergraduate and graduate students who seek to further their foreign language skills and immerse themselves as fully as possible in the host culture through academic study as well as direct experience.

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