Faculty Program Director, Social Sciences - School of Liberal Arts

The School of Liberal Arts at Excelsior College seeks applicants for the position of Faculty Program Director, Social Sciences.

The School of Liberal Arts offers undergraduate majors and courses in social science, including sociology and a range of other Liberal Arts majors and concentrations. Courses are offered primarily online.

We seek a Program Director who is broadly trained in the field of Social Science and comfortable in an interdisciplinary environment.  Specialization may include sociology, political science, or related fields. Ideally, the Program Director should be familiar with the principles of adult learning and have prior experience in nontraditional and online education.

The Program Director leads course development effort in Social Science and manages instructional faculty in that field.  The successful candidate will be a team player, able to set and meet deadlines and knowledgeable of curriculum development/review, adult learning strategies, instructional design and technologies.

This is a non-tenured, 12-month faculty position with administrative responsibilities.   

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Curriculum Development, Implementation and Evaluation

Identifying and recruiting faculty for instruction and course development/revision

Plan and oversee online course development and revision.

Plan course offerings and oversee course delivery

Assess course and program outcomes as appropriate

Conduct faculty evaluation as required by the College

Work collaboratively with College staff and faculty to resolve policy or curricular issues

Collaborate with other units within SLA and at EC to ensure the quality of course instruction and growth of the programs.

College and School of Liberal Arts Responsibilities

Participate in School of Liberal Arts and College-wide committees and activities

Collaborate with other units for the provision of student services

Participate in activities supporting the College’s strategic plan and the goals of the School of Liberal Arts.

Represent the College at professional meetings and forums

Participate in marketing and outreach activities

Participate in quality improvement and customer satisfaction activities

Professional Development and Community Involvement

1. Engage in scholarly activities

2. Participate in activities in service to the advancement of interdisciplinary studies

3. Participate in continuing education and professional development activities


Earned Doctorate in a social science field from a regionally accredited institution is required, ABD (all but dissertation) status will be considered.

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

Excellent organizational as well as oral and written communication skills;

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely by phone, letter, email, and face-to-face.

Experience in higher education in a full-time teaching or administrative capacity highly preferred      

Experience with non-traditional/adult learners highly preferred

Experience with online learning highly preferred; experience with Blackboard helpful

Knowledge of basic multimedia tools a plus

Application Information:

Salary is commensurate with education and experience and is congruent with national standards.  The College offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package that includes paid time off, retirement, and excellent health insurance.  Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, resume, salary history, and the names of three professional references.  The candidate selection process will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  For full consideration, please submit requested information online via http://www.excelsior.edu/ecresumesubmission, or by or mail to: 


Excelsior College

Faculty Program Director, Social Sciences

                                                        Office of Human Resources         

7 Columbia Circle, Albany,

 New York   12203-5159