Position Available: Director, University of Michigan Dearborn Academic Service Learning Center

Working Title: Director, University of Michigan Dearborn Academic Service Learning Center
Job Classification Title:  Lecturer III – discipline open
Department: Academic Affairs
Salary Range: Competitive
Posting Dates: March 22, 2010 to May 1, 2010
Anticipated start date will be June/July 2010 or September 2010

The University of Michigan – Dearborn (UM-D) is one of the three campuses of the University of Michigan.  UM-D is a comprehensive university offering high quality undergraduate, graduate, professional, and continuing education to residents of southeastern Michigan and attracts more than 8,600 students.  The campus is strategically located on 200 suburban acres of the original Henry Ford Estate in the Greater Detroit Metropolitan region.

The director assumes leadership of the new UM-Dearborn Academic Service Learning Center (formerly the Civic Engagement Project) and reports directly to the provost.  In addition to teaching two courses per academic year in his/her discipline, this Lecturer III will serve as the primary resource for service learning across the campus and administer academic programming around community-based teaching/learning. 

While this is a new position, civic engagement/academic service learning has been a formal component of the undergraduate experience for five years. With the hiring of a director, the scope and depth of these efforts will be broadened.
 
To apply, please send a letter of interest and your curriculum vitae to William DeGenaro, Search Committee Chair, Department of Language, Culture, and Communication, CASL, 4901 Evergreen Rd, Dearborn, Michigan 48128.

 

Duties include:
 
* Research and advocate for best practices around service learning and work to position UM-Dearborn as a regional leader in civic engagement and academic outreach. Become the campus leader in program development around community-based teaching and learning.

* Teach two courses per academic year in director’s own discipline, modeling and enacting innovative service learning pedagogies.  NB: This is a discipline-open position.

* Actively develop and disseminate pedagogical innovations regarding community-based teaching/learning to faculty who currently utilize or want to begin to utilize service learning pedagogies.

* Oversee the center’s day-to-day operations and budget with the assistance of a half-time administrative staff person.

* Promote the scholarship of service learning pedagogy among faculty interested in conducting research around service learning and community partnerships.

* Assist faculty in designing, redesigning, implementing and monitoring service learning projects and curriculum within academic units and special programs, e.g., Honors’ Programs.
Administer an already-established Service Learning Faculty Fellows program in which University faculty study service learning pedagogy and develop service learning courses for their home disciplines.

* Develop and implement meaningful, large-scale assessment apparatuses and disseminate results to University community as well as community partners.

* Collaborate with a centralized community relationships coordinator to foster, develop, and sustain partnerships with non-profits and related community organizations.

* Design and coordinate educational programming on campus like faculty brown-bags, guest lectures, and issue-oriented summits.
Maintain relationships with campus stakeholders, e.g. internship and co-op offices, Institutional Advancement, Student Affairs Office, Volunteer Dearborn, etc.

* Maintain UM-Dearborn’s membership in regional and national organizations like Michigan Campus Compact and the American Democracy Project.
Represent the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Academic Service Learning Center to all constituencies within the larger metropolitan community

Requirements of the position:
 
* Experience teaching community-based or service learning courses at the college/university level.  Candidate may come from any academic discipline.

* Familiarity with best practices of service learning as well as current trends in the scholarship of service learning and civic engagement.
Master’s degree or higher in a relevant academic area.

* Experience with program assessment.

* Creativity and a commitment to classroom innovation.

* Ease working with academics from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.

Preferred:
 
* Doctorate in a relevant academic area.

* Experience administering campus-wide initiatives and supervising a staff.

* Scholarly activities (conference presentations, publications, etc.) related to civic engagement, service learning and/or outreach.

* Record of community engagement, including but not limited to advocacy work, community organizing, or public intellectualism.