How to Apply
This position is interdependent with posting 144715 to teach typically two courses during the academic fall and winter terms. Candidates who do not have a tenure track faculty appointment at the University of Michigan must apply for both positions.
The University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science and the Arts seeks a director for its Global Scholars Program (GSP). GSP is an interdisciplinary academic residential learning community for sophomore, junior and senior undergraduates interested in global societal issues and in contributing as a global citizen. The program focuses on developing intercultural competence, global citizenship and advocacy for social justice internationally. GSP offers shared coursework, guest lectures and visits from faculty scholars, practitioners and visitors with expertise on pressing global issues, community based learning pedagogy, peer leadership and service opportunities, and a close-knit, diverse residential community. It strives for a balance of international and US students, and actively seeks exchange and transfer students. GSP is typically the most racially and ethnically diverse of all of the university’s residential learning communities and has a sizeable number of first generation students and students from other underrepresented groups. The program draws on the campus community and visiting guests to enrich the curricular and co-curricular offerings for its students.
The director will work collaboratively with academic programs in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, with the International Institute and its Area Centers, and with academic resources in other UM schools and colleges to shape the academic offerings and co-curricular experiences for GSP students. The director and staff will be expected to develop strong working relationships with Student Life and University Housing, in order to optimize the students’ residential experience and include programming opportunities open to all North Quad residents. This academic/administrative leadership position reports to the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, with a direct reporting line to the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education.
The Director of the Global Scholars Program also serves as the liaison for supporting international students in exchange or student abroad programs within the College of LSA.
The GSP Director provides the intellectual vision and strategic leadership for the program and is responsible for curricular development and innovation. Regular teaching in the program is integral to the directorship; teaching one course both Fall and Winter terms is the typical expectation, though this may vary in future years.
Active collaboration with the university’s academic units to ensure broad faculty involvement in the academic program is also an integral role.
The Director leads and administers, with staff involvement, all aspects of the program; works with students, faculty, and staff in providing classroom and experiential education about contemporary global issues; coordinates engaged learning methods such as course-based internships and a summer student travel opportunity to India; oversees programming and staff performance; builds academic partnerships across campus to engage university faculty and professional/graduate students in meaningful exchanges with the GSP undergraduate students, including guest lectures and possibly courses for GSP students beyond their first year; recruits students and staff for the program; collaborates with University Housing on building and sustaining an inclusive and engaged residential community; and provides staff and budget management. The Director also works in close partnership with the College of LSA Dean’s Office, the College’s Undergraduate Education Division’s programs and centers, and other campus units to provide an inclusive atmosphere of collaboration and to leverage the multiplicity of resources in service of the program objectives.
This position also plays a key role in the various ways that the College seeks to offer support to international exchange and study abroad students, including serving as a initial point of contact, directing students to appropriate offices and services within LSA and across the university, and working collectively with others – in the Center for Global & Intercultural Studies, the English Language Institute and the U-M International Center, on devising new programs and initiatives to fill existing gaps.
The GSP director role, which is an administrative staff position is part-time, with the expected level of effort of .50 year round, excluding teaching. Summer may afford the opportunity for the director to offer GSP students an international service-learning or other engaged learning program, for additional effort. Combined with teaching and the role supporting international and exchange students, the three roles combine to be 100%.
GSP has a small operational staff to manage the program day to day and to work hands-on with graduate interns and undergraduate student leaders to ensure an engaged, supportive student community.
- Master’s degree in higher education, international studies, in a related social sciences field, or commensurate years of experience
- Experience working with programs involving social justice and intercultural competence
- Demonstrated success in working with and participating in academic programs on campus related to the core objectives of GSP
- Capability to create and execute curricular and co-curricular programs relevant to program aims
- Administrative skills in budgeting, planning and scheduling
- Excellent communication skills with cross-cultural sensitivity
- Ability to work with students and scholars from diverse cultural backgrounds.
- Must be able to function independently, be highly motivated and show excellent judgment in leadership and conflict resolution skills
- Commitment to effective partnership between academic and student affairs.
- Terminal degree in higher education, international studies, another relevant social sciences discipline or Ph.D. in related field
- Demonstrated success in working with and participating in academic and/or co-curricular programs at the college level related to global studies, global engagement and global citizenship
- Skills in higher education administration, including budget management, supervision of professional and/or student staff, and the ability to lead a team of staff members and affiliated faculty colleagues
- Expertise in developing student programming and student leadership skills
- Experience with program and learning outcomes assessment
- Experience in programming for international students, in order to provide transition to incoming and currently enrolled exchange students in the College, and all of the international students in GSP.
- Experience working with academic advising, student recruitment and enrollment management at the university level
- Experience working with university administrators at a variety of levels and across organizational units, including units focused on student support services for international students (e.g., International Center)
Note: This is a three-year term appointment with possibility of renewal.
Review of applications will be done on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.
To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/about/diversity--equity-and-inclusion.html
To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/faculty-staff/human-resources/lsa-staff-guiding-principles.html
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