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Ph.D. Program Director and Associate Professor of Leadership

About Alvernia University 

Alvernia University was founded in 1958 by the Bernardine Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. Through its main campus in Reading and locations in Philadelphia and Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, the university serves 3,000 students of diverse backgrounds from around the country. 

Alvernia offers a unique blend of rigorous liberal arts core education for the development of the mind, strong technical training in many high-demand majors, experiential learning through study abroad and internship experiences, and engagement with the community through our Franciscan-based community service model. We call our model of transformational education the Alvernia Advantage, and we believe this style of education transforms students into ethical leaders with moral courage. 

Alvernia University ranks in the top 100 among 2021 Best Regional Universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report, and we are recognized as a College of Distinction for our commitment to engaged experiential education. 

Ph.D. in Leadership Program Director / Associate Professor of Leadership 

Alvernia University’s Leadership Department invites applications for our next Ph.D. Leadership Program Director and Associate Professor.  

We are looking for a dedicated professional who wants to continue to grow our leadership department and Ph.D. program. The ideal candidate will be and experienced administrator who has experience managing an interdisciplinary program, who has served on dissertation committees, and values the teacher-researcher-mentor role. Preference will be given to candidates who hold a Ph.D. in Leadership or related field and who are committed to excellence in teaching with a demonstrated ability to incorporate diverse pedagogical approaches in varied learning environments, demonstrate a commitment to service, and have defined research agenda. Supervision of dissertations is a critical component of this role.  

The College of Business, Communication, and Leadership: Because You Matter 

The Leadership Department is housed in the College of Business, Communication, and Leadership (CBCL). Guided by our Franciscan values and anchored in the liberal arts, we provide a welcoming, inclusive, and vibrant academic community. Our diverse, caring faculty provide educational excellence in business, communication, and leadership focused on developing ethical high performers, inspiring action, and delivering value. The hallmarks of our unique learner experience are our inclusive community, Franciscan values, teaching excellence, experiential learning, and academic quality. Join the CBCL team, a group of genuinely good people focused on making a positive difference! 

The Alvernia Advantage 

With Alvernia’s new state-of-the art John R. Post Center at Reading CollegeTowne facility and our technology driven classrooms, we support scholar practitioners who actively engage in practice and action research. Teaching assignments will include multiple delivery formats including face-to-face and online instruction. Active engagement in research, grant writing, and state, regional, national, and international organizations is expected.  

Alvernia has a bold approach to becoming a 21st century, modern regional university. This includes the rapid expansion of enrollment through a renewed focus on graduate programs, international students, community engagement, and entrepreneurship. We seek professionals who are thoughtful, creative, solution-centric, and nimble and who will add immediate value in the complex environment of private higher education. 

All Alvernia University employees promote Franciscan ideals and adhere to the Mission of the University as demonstrated by the University Ideal Characteristics. As we are an equal opportunity employer committed to Franciscan values, all employees share responsibility for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the performance of their roles while demonstrating a service orientation, respect for all, intellectual curiosity, solution focus and innovation, and mutual accountability. Alvernia University strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities. 

How to Apply: Candidates should include a letter of application with current curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy statement, research statement, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Priority review will be given to applications received by April 19, 2024. 

Alvernia University is seeking candidates committed to excellence of inclusion through working with all constituents of the Alvernia community.  Alvernia University is an equal-opportunity employer committed to Franciscan values and achieving excellence through diversity and inclusion 

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