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**INTERNAL ONLY** Associate Director/Assoc or Full Professor

Employer
The University of Kansas
Location
Lawrence, KS

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Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Position Overview*This is an internal search available ONLY to current KU employees.*

The Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Kansas seeks a tenured KU faculty member to serve as a half-time Associate Director focusing on pedagogical strategies for improving diversity, equity and inclusion. The associate director works with the director and other CTE staff members in planning, implementing, promoting, and evaluating the center’s programs and activities; creating teaching-related materials for faculty members and GTAs; and working with colleagues locally, regionally, and nationally to advocate for and recognize excellent teaching.

This is a 9-month, 0.50 Associate Director/0.50 Associate or Full Professor position, plus a supplement of 2 biweekly pay periods during the summer. The Associate Director serves at the pleasure of the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Background

The KU Center for Teaching Excellence was established in 1997 and is truly a grassroots organization. Faculty members initiated its development and continue to guide its programs through an advisory board and campus-wide department liaisons. The Center’s primary purpose is to build community among faculty members, to help them make student learning visible, and to guide the campus in implementing, recognizing and rewarding evidence-based and innovative educational practices. To fulfill these goals, CTE leaders convene faculty members and instructional staff in order to:
  • Provide campus leadership for initiatives and programs that support advancements in teaching and learning.
  • Facilitate efficient and effective methods for improving learning (for example, www.cte.ku.edu/resources/mentorvideos).
  • Assist faculty with representing the intellectual work they do in teaching, including developing portfolios (see www.cte.ku.edu/gallery).
  • Lead workshops, conferences, and discussion forums on teaching and learning in higher education.
  • Publish newsletters, research reports, and other works on the scholarship of teaching.
  • Assist academic units in developing effective procedures to assess, document and improve student learning.
  • Participate actively in campus and national initiatives related to the scholarship of teaching and educational improvement and innovation.
Job Description50% Associate Director of CTE Duties: 15% - Developing programs, workshops and materials that help instructors adopt inclusive pedagogy and adapt courses to meet the needs of a diverse student body. 10% - Assisting the director and other CTE staff members in planning, implementing, and evaluating the Center’s programs and activities to promote university excellence in teaching and learning.

10% - Supporting CTE collaborations with instructional support units and outside organizations to achieve center goals.
10% - Participating in campus, national, and international initiatives related to inclusive excellence in university teaching. 5% Participating in other activities in support of the CTE mission as requested by the Director. 50% Associate/Full Professor Duties:
  • Maintaining faculty responsibilities commensurate with a 0.50 academic-year appointment.
Required Qualifications
  1. Appointment as a tenured faculty member in an academic department or program at the University of Kansas.
  2. Evidence of commitment to developing and supporting programs that foster inclusive excellence in teaching and learning.
  3. Record of activities in program development, inclusive course design, and pedagogy that fosters success among all students.
  4. Prior experience that required strong communication and collaborative skills, including evidence of the working in a team pursuing a range of short and long-term goals.
  5. Prior experience cultivating and fostering collegial ties within the teaching and learning community.
  6. Prior experience promoting awareness of the importance of high-quality, inclusive teaching and learning.
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Record of pursuing and promoting strategies for inclusive excellence and for fostering a sense of belonging in a diverse community.
  2. Involvement in workshops, seminars, grant projects and other programs at CTE.
  3. Evidence of active involvement in the national or international discussion on teaching and learning.
  4. Record of publication in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  5. Significant involvement with programs in learning assessment and course design.
  6. Demonstrated ability to conduct translational or applied research.
  7. Successful record of external funding.
Additional Candidate Instructions*This is an internal search available ONLY to current KU employees.*

A complete online application includes:
  1. CV and Cover letter addressing how you meet the required qualifications and how your experience and/or training will enable you to fulfill the Professional Responsibilities outlined above.
  2. Contact information for three professional references (including at least one previous or current supervisor).
  3. Completion of the online application.
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, “Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.” The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  • Application review begins Wednesday, June 15, 2022 and continues until a pool of qualified applicants is identified.
Contact Information to ApplicantsAndrea Greenhoot, [email protected] Application Review Begins15-Jun-2022 Anticipated Start Date01-Aug-2022

Organization

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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