Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence

Bozeman, Gallatin County
Mar 05, 2014
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Montana State University announces a national search to recruit an outstanding leader for the Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence.

The mission of the Center for Faculty Excellence is to support the professional enhancement of all faculty (tenure and non-tenure track) across all career stages. Support is provided in the areas of teaching, discovery, outreach/service, leadership, and work/life integration. The Center aligns with and reinforces the mission and core themes articulated in Montana State University’s strategic plan in all endeavors.

The Center offers workshops, seminars, discussion groups, mentoring opportunities. It sponsors grants to support professional development in teaching, research, and service. It facilitates relationships and connections among faculty and serves as a clearinghouse to connect people with shared interest to promote interdisciplinary conversations and work. The CFE strives to make activities interactive, inclusive, authentic, holistic, and to continually assess needs and interests of faculty. The director of the Center works within the Office of the Provost and is eligible for a secondary faculty appointment in an appropriate academic department.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Serve as the central architect, facilitator, implementer, and evaluator of faculty development programs for tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty, and graduate teaching assistants at Montana State University.

• Develop and implement a vision for ongoing professional development that emphasizes innovation, rigor, diversity, and lifelong learning in supporting faculty excellence in teaching and learning, research and discovery, and service and outreach.

• Provide entrepreneurial leadership in the management, staffing, and budgeting for the Center and its programs, including orientation programs, workshops, seminars, faculty learning communities, discussions, mentoring/coaching, and individual or unit level consultations.

• Coordinate faculty development programs of the Offices of Academic Affairs, Planning and Analysis, Student Success, and the Vice President of Research to create a single point of contact for all faculty programs.

• Design and implement programs aimed at promoting, implementing, and assessing innovative and strong pedagogy, and supporting the use of technology and learning management systems as they apply in face-to-face, blended, distance, and online learning. • Cooperate in implementation of programs aimed at advancing the research and discovery mission of the university.

• Promote an institutional culture of faculty engagement through collaboration with key stakeholders and constituents throughout the University, region, and state. • Facilitate interactions among faculty to connect people with interests in interdisciplinary scholarly programs.

• Oversee the development of a communication strategy aimed at increasing the Center's visibility on campus and establishing a clear understanding among faculty of the Center's calendar of events, and services and their benefits.

• Collect, analyze, and report data to assess the effective deployment of Center resources.

Required Qualifications

1. Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree from an accredited higher education institution

2. Accomplishments in teaching and research appropriate for an appointment as a tenured, full professor

3. Experience in motivating and working collegially with faculty, students, staff, and community, and leading organization change

4. Administrative leadership demonstrated in areas such as strategic planning, budget management, personnel supervision, program evaluation and assessment

5. Previous involvement in university faculty development initiatives

6. Knowledge of best-practices and emerging trends and in the areas of teaching and learning, research and discovery, and outreach and service

7. Excellent oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

1. Prior experience in developing and leading faculty development programs

2. Record of participation in national conferences and organizations on faculty developments

3. Record of scholarship, including publications, presentations, and external grants related to faculty development

4. Expertise in best-practices and emerging trends and in the areas of teaching and learning, research and discovery, and outreach and service

The successful candidate will be a highly qualified, dynamic, and strategic leader, who, as a member of the Provost's team, will further enhance MSU’s culture of excellence in teaching, and learning, research and discovery, and service and outreach.

Montana State University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer and educational institution. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, national origin (ancestry), sex, sexual preference/orientation, marital or parental status, age, creed, religion or political belief, mental or physical disability or status as a veteran. In support of the University's mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant's ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee's ability to perform the duties of the job. In compliance with the Montana Veteran's Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran's preference or request accommodation, contact the Office of Human Resources, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651;

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