Academic Director - Border Studies Program

Earlham College
Earlham College Border Studies Program - Tucson, AZ, 85705

Job Details

Job Details

Job Location: Earlham College Border Studies Program - Tucson, AZ

Position Type: Full Time

Education Level: Graduate Degree

Job Category: Administrative

The Earlham College Border Studies Program (BSP) is an undergraduate liberal arts program based in Tucson, AZ, that uses the transnational U.S.-Mexico border region as a critical context for unpacking contemporary global realities. Students in the Border Studies Program undertake semester-long immersion education that involves academic classes, travel to communities across southern Arizona and on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, homestays, and internships with local organizations involved with immigration, human rights, education, social justice, and environmental sustainability.

BSP Administrative Faculty play a critical part in the development and deployment of BSP’s academic curriculum, and act as a bridge between BSP and the broader Tucson community. This involves college-level classroom instruction, with a commitment to engaging in a decolonial education model that questions hegemonies of knowledge production and their intersections with issues of language, identity, power, privilege, and oppression. In addition, the new hire joins a team of three other full-time administrative faculty, who are collectively responsible for organizing and implementing all of the Border Studies Program’s logistics and curriculum.


Academic and Community Engagement (40%, approximately 16 hours per week)

Curriculum Development: Develop curricula each semester that meet the needs of incoming students.

  • Create a syllabus and gather class materials to provide students with both digital and printed access.
  • Work with other full-time BSP instructors to ensure class content and materials are integrated with other program components.

Instruction: Assume primary responsibility for instruction of one, 4-credit course each semester.

  • In-person classroom instruction, including lectures, discussions, activities, inclusion of multimedia examples, guest speakers, etc.
  • Creating and grading assignments and assessing students progress on an ongoing basis.
  • Use of instructional technologies, as appropriate, and online submission of course grades.
  • Advising and mentoring undergraduate students in the course of their educational progression.

Co-direction of the Border Studies Program (40%, approximately 16 hours per week)

  • Attend weekly meetings with other BSP faculty and work with a team using a collective management approach.
  • Plan and implement new student orientation and finals/wrap-up week.
  • Work with other BSP faculty and community members to plan and implement travel excursions in the borderlands and Southern Mexico.
  • Work as a team to support student wellness and academic success throughout the semester.

Administration (15%, approximately 6 hours per week)

Administrative duties may contain several of the following:

  • Help to oversee and manage BSP facilities and equipment.
  • Complete monthly accounting.
  • Support with student services, including interviewing new applicants.
  • Support with advertising and student recruitment.
  • Maintain relationships with college contacts at affiliated universities.
  • Help plan meetings with outside constituents and stakeholders.
  • Oversee and coordinate the Home Stay program component.

Other Duties (5%, approximately 2 hours per week)

Professional development: Participate regularly in regional, national, or international professional development opportunities and networks.

Ad hoc assignments: Complete other duties as assigned by Earlham College.


  • MA or PhD in Anthropology, Gender and Women’s Studies, Geography, History, Mexican-American/Chicano/a/x Studies, Environmental Justice, Native American/Indigenous Studies, Peace Studies, or another related social science and/or ethnic studies field
  • Strong commitment to social justice and community engagement.
  • Conversational-to-advanced level of Spanish language.
  • Demonstrated skill in and passion for working with undergraduate students
  • Demonstrated interpersonal relationship-building skills and experience working with a wide range of constituents, including community members, faculty, students, and alumni
  • Experience communicating with and supporting people from diverse backgrounds and an expressed commitment to uphold and further Earlham’s Diversity Aspirations Vision Statement
  • Experience in curriculum development and instruction
  • Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality
  • Experience and comfort with digital tools and technology, including social media
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced setting
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and willingness to drive a 12-passenger van
  • Ability to travel regionally and to southern Mexico, in program excursions ranging from a few hours to 10 days in duration

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with U.S. immigration policy, political economy, and the U.S.-Mexico border
  • Knowledge about Tucson and established relationships in Southern Arizona, and/or in other communities in the U.S. / Mexico border region
  • Training and/or research interests associated with Mexican-American/Chicano/a/x studies, critical ethnic studies, food/environmental justice, and/or indigenous histories and decoloniality
  • A commitment to both inclusive excellence and decolonial approaches to off-campus study and education.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English


To ensure full review of your application, please submit by October 25, 2022.

Please submit the following application materials through the Earlham College Careers Portal:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Statement on Diversity: The Statement on Diversity should describe how your values and leadership frame or center Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in your work
  • Contact information for three references

Earlham College requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or apply for and receive a qualified exemption within two weeks of the employment start date.

Earlham College is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse community, one that reflects the makeup of society at large and that particularly welcomes and supports individuals from groups that have been historically marginalized because of factors such as race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and physical ability. The College strongly encourages applications from women and people of color. As an institution with a Quaker identity, the College also solicits applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham’s Work Authorization Policy

Earlham utilizes E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility for all newly hired employees within the United States.


Working at Earlham College

Earlham is a selective national liberal arts college founded in 1847. Earlham's affiliation with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) informs our emphasis on seeking the truth wherever it leads, respect for persons, learning from and with one another, conflict management and peacemaking, diversity, global education and on international experience. 

  • Earlham's 1,019 students are bright, eager and hardworking; they report significantly higher numbers of books read, papers written, interaction with professors, and other predictors of successful educational outcomes than are reported nationally.
  • Earlham graduates pursue advanced degrees at a high rate. Between 1992 and 2006, 10 percent of Earlham College graduates completed doctoral degrees. In fact, Earlham is 29th among 1,533 U.S. institutions in the percentage of graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.s; 10th, in biological sciences. Many Earlham alumni are deeply and personally committed to social action and to trying to improve the world. (These findings are based on the Weighted Baccalaureate Origins Study for 1992-2006 provided by the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium. Rankings reflect relative size of institutions.)
  • Faculty at Earlham rate their working environment highly, citing the match between the College's mission and their own sense of personal and professional aims. Our governance structure emphasizes collaboration and consultation. The Faculty Meeting and all committees operate by consensus-seeking rather than by voting.
  • Earlham's faculty have created a rich liberal arts curriculum that values interdisciplinary study. The College's recently redesigned General Education Program prepares students for a life of critical knowledge and informed action. Faculty actively lead international study programs in which 70 percent of our students participate for at least a semester.
  • The Richmond/Wayne County community of 70,000 is small enough to need and value the contributions and expertise of Earlham faculty and students. Our faculty often provide advice and leadership aimed at improving the quality of life and are involved with educational, environmental, social service, cultural and governmental organizations in Wayne County. In addition, faculty engage Earlham students in community-related research and presentations.
  • At the same time, our community is large enough to provide a microcosm of urban challenges. The community enjoys a symphony orchestra, civic theater, art and historical museum, environmental education center, regional arboretum, and miles of improved hiking and nature trails in the geologically rich Ordovician limestone Whitewater River gorge. Five institutions of higher education are located in Richmond and Wayne County: Earlham College, Earlham School of Religion, Bethany Seminary, Indiana University East and Ivy Tech State College.
  • Richmond is near three airports: 45 minutes west of Dayton, Ohio; an hour east of Indianapolis; and 75 minutes northwest of Cincinnati.
  • For more information about openings, contact Becky Thomas, academic dean and vice president for academic affairs.

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