Student Affairs Administration Assistant Professor
The Student Affairs Administration (SAA) in Higher Education Department, College of Liberal Studies, at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position to begin Fall 2014. Offering both a traditional on-campus and innovative online master’s degree, the SAA Department has a long history of providing students with the knowledge and skills to ensure their success in a variety of positions in higher education. The SAA Department values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We seek a colleague with strong interpersonal skills who will be a dedicated teacher and mentor for graduate students and a collaborative colleague to the other faculty in the department. We reward excellent teaching, value collegiality, and provide faculty with the freedom and support to pursue their research goals. The faculty member hired for this position will be responsible for teaching SAA graduate courses in several of the following areas: advising and helping relationships, diversity and social justice, higher education administration; leadership in higher education; legal issues, professional practice in student affairs, research methods; student development theory, and current topics in student affairs. Teaching responsibilities will be in SAA graduate courses that fully utilize the curricular, research, and practitioner-based expertise of the candidate selected. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an active research program in the area of student affairs, support student research, and provide service to the SAA Department, university and the profession. Candidates must have an earned doctorate in Student Affairs or Higher Education Administration or a related field. All requirements for the degree, including dissertation, must be completed prior to the August 25, 2014, start date. This position requires strong interpersonal and communication skills. The ideal candidate will possess the following: (1) evidence of teaching effectiveness face-to-face and/or online; (2) significant experience working as a student affairs or higher education practitioner; (3) evidence of a strong research background, (4) an ability to enhance the diversity components in teaching, scholarship, and research; (5) experience mentoring college students; and (6) attributes that compliment and extend the disciplinary expertise currently available in the SAA Department. Appointment: 100% academic year Closing Date: Open until filled First Review Date: May 9, 2014 Starting Date: August 25, 2014 We at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse believe students, faculty, and staff all are enriched by our exposure to differing ideas, opinions, and cultures. We strive to be a leader in Wisconsin’s movement toward increased diversity and inclusiveness. We believe that employees from diverse backgrounds are critical to achieving excellence as a nationally recognized institution of higher education. We seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. We strongly encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu/ The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community. UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse is a 2013 recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. UW-L is proud to be one of only 55 recipients of this national honor recognizing our commitment to diversity and inclusion. UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest. With a student population of roughly 10,000, the university offers 85 undergraduate programs in 29 disciplines and a variety of graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education. There are nearly 419 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 87 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 69 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates. The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 51,818) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten “Best Places to Live” in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation. UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. Please contact the Search and Screen Committee if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process. Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.