Faculty, Tenure TrackClassification Title:
Assistant ProfessorPosition's Functional Title:
Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary StudiesPosition Start Date:
Governors State University (University Park IL) is a minority-serving institution inviting applications for a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies, to begin in the Fall 2023 semester. This position is a 10-month contract with a teaching load of 21 credit hours (7 courses) in the fall and spring semesters; summer teaching is available but not required.Minimum Qualifications:
We seek a teacher-scholar committed to enhancing our culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion and who will complement existing faculty strengths in our Interdisciplinary Studies baccalaureate program. The candidate will teach core and elective courses for Interdisciplinary Studies majors such as Interdisciplinary Theories, Academic Writing Strategies, Career Planning, Research Project Capstone, and Service Project Capstone. The ability to teach general education courses such as Interdisciplinary Humanities First Year Seminar and Mastering College and to contribute to cross-disciplinary programs such as Gender & Sexuality Studies, Global Studies, and Political & Social Justice Studies is also preferred. We seek candidates with outstanding teaching skills, evidence of (or potential for) a distinguished record of scholarship as well as service to the institution, discipline, and/or community. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and first-generation college graduates are especially encouraged to apply.
Governors State University is the only regional public comprehensive university in Chicago’s south suburban area, serving approximately 5500 students annually. Since its founding in 1969, GSU has offered accessible, high-value educational opportunities to a culturally diverse student body of first-generation students, returning adults, and veterans. With among the lowest undergraduate tuition in Illinois, GSU offers accredited programs that have earned high praise from national accrediting agencies. In 2014, GSU accepted its inaugural class of first-year students as it transitioned from an upper-division and graduate institution into a regional comprehensive university with a state-of-the-art general education program. New faculty at GSU must demonstrate enthusiasm and ability to work with students at all levels, from first-year to graduate.
Through its strategic planning, GSU emphasizes excellence, access, and innovation. Students benefit from the university’s academic quality, range of convenient class times, increasingly numerous hybrid and online offerings, and outstanding educational value. Our innovative lower-division program uses high-impact practices to foster student engagement with ethics, citizenship, and innovative thinking. Every first-year class is taught by a full-time faculty member to ensure that students have a strong foundation for their studies. GSU is a national leader in successful transfer of community college students to universities, and is leading through the Kresge-supported Dual Degree Program, with features such as tuition lock-in at GSU for academically eligible community college students who commit to earn an Associate Degree and attend college full-time. GSU offers a wide variety of master’s programs and several applied doctoral degrees in health, counseling fields, and Interdisciplinary Leadership.
GSU’s 750-acre campus encompasses the award-winning Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park yet is conveniently located within easy reach of Chicago and surrounding communities with a wealth of cultural and natural attractions. The highly diverse region GSU serves has a number of high-performing schools and engaged communities as well as struggling urban, suburban, and rural communities. GSU serves as a public square, working to foster educational opportunities for all populations. It is the policy of Governors State University, in its role as educator, employer, and purchaser of goods and services, to provide equal opportunity and affirmative action. Discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status is strictly prohibited.
Salary and benefits package are commensurate with education and experience.
1. Ph.D. or terminal degree in Interdisciplinary Studies or a related field by August 16, 2023; ABD in the final stages of completion will also be considered.Preferred Qualifications:
2. Knowledge and ability to teach undergraduate courses in academic writing and interdisciplinary studies more broadly.
3. Documented record of an ability to make intellectual contributions through scholarly publications or presentations.4. Ability to complement the program’s strengths.
1. Experience teaching first-generation, returning adult, culturally diverse, and non-traditional students.2. Demonstrated ability to infuse course content with scholarship related to underrepresented and marginalized groups.3. Experience teaching courses in interdisciplinary theory, academic writing, career planning, or service learning.4. Ability to contribute to Gender & Sexuality Studies, Global Studies, Political & Social Justice Studies, or other multi-disciplinary GSU programs.5. Evidence of teaching excellence.6. Teaching or professional experience in multiple fields/subfields.7. Bilingual language proficiency (Spanish or Arabic preferred).Posting Date:
09/23/2022Open Until Filled:
FA0532PType of Search:
ExternalQuicklink for Posting:
https://employment.govst.edu/postings/7705Special Instructions to Applicants:
To apply, applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, sample syllabi, statement of teaching philosophy, unofficial transcripts, and list of 3-4 professional references by November 1, 2022 to receive full consideration, although applications will be accepted until the position is filled. References will only be contacted prior to candidate interviews.