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This is an interdependent position with the posting requisition 162325 for the IGR Adjunct Lecturer position.  Candidates must apply separately for both positions and be qualified for both.  To be considered for this Faculty Co-Director position candidates should submit a single attachment (in PDF format) to this posting with the following required materials:

1. Letter of Application. In no more than two pages please address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to the position.
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Names and contact information of three recommenders who can comment on the applicant’s qualifications for this position. Letters are not required in the initial application submission stage.

If the requested attachment exceeds the maximum file size, please send supplemental materials to Lori Sherman at

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) is a nationally recognized leader in intergroup dialogue having founded the model in higher education in 1988. As a joint academic and student life program that fosters social diversity and social justice IGR  enjoys a shared leadership model across the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) and Student Life. The program offers a minor in intergroup relations education, opportunities for undergraduate and graduate student research, co-curricular programming, national consultations and campus outreach.

IGR in LSA reports to the Division of Undergraduate Education (UGED):  the administrative home to many of the College’s high-impact and experiential learning opportunities. UGED is dedicated to student engagement and exploration, as well as the enrichment of curricular and co-curricular options for student learning including undergraduate research, study abroad, learning communities, capstones, and community-based learning. Ultimately, the Division serves as a resource for students, faculty and staff engaged in many facets of the College’s undergraduate education mission both inside and beyond the classroom.

The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) seeks a highly motivated, organized and collaborative leader to serve as the LSA Faculty Co-Director of IGR. The faculty co-director works in partnership with the student life co-director to provide campus leadership in student learning in the areas of intergroup relations and social justice education. The co-directors are responsible for strategic planning, vision, supervision and empowerment of staff, and administrative and fiscal responsibility. In particular, the faculty co-director guides IGR’s curricular activities and leads the IGR Curriculum Committee and is also an academic advisor for the IGR minor. This person is responsible for the overall administration of the LSA processes of the joint unit and liaises with the College on operations of the unit, including finance and human resource matters. Additionally, this person leads programmatic efforts to conduct intergroup dialogue/relations research and mentor student research assistants. They must have the skills, expertise, and interest to conduct research, publish, and present to a national audience. This position requires domain knowledge, skills, and abilities pertaining to intergroup, intercultural, social justice education, student development, identity development, and group facilitation and will consult with campus and national constituents on these matters.


Academic & Program Administration

Co-lead the program and its Leadership Team, including unit strategy and the articulation of goals and objectives; lead the IGR Curriculum Committee, including oversight for the health and growth of the IGR Minor, the recruitment, training and development of IGR lecturers, and oversight for curricular and pedagogical development; serve as an academic advisor for the IGR Minor; develop and conduct needs assessment; foster an inclusive, welcoming workplace climate; empower staff to make ethical decisions which promote student, organizational, and institutional success; maintain professional and academic expertise in the theory, new research, trends, and best practices in intergroup relations, diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education, especially in the classroom; exercise professional judgment and specialized knowledge to provide guidance, advice, and support to students, staff, and faculty in a culturally competent manner.


Budget Development, Management, and Reporting

Plan for and manage the effective stewardship of resources appropriately aligned with IGR’s and LSA’s mission; assess the unit’s resource needs, work closely with an LSA budget analyst, develop and recommend annual unit and project budgets; and ensure compliance with University policy and local and state legal requirements through the preparation and verification of the annual gap analysis.


Supervision and Personnel Management

Direct supervision, coaching, and evaluation of the LSA Associate Director, Assistant director and other LSA IGR staff as relevant; provide performance management (work planning, professional development, coaching and feedback, performance appraisals) for those supervised; recommend salaries, rewards and recognition; supervise, coach, and evaluate student interns and/or undergraduate student or research assistants; oversee the selection, hiring, and training of Graduate Student Instructors.



Lead efforts to establish and maintain a research agenda within IGR that contributes to a body of knowledge in the fields of intergroup dialogue and social justice education; conduct formal and informal evaluations based upon professional standards and apply theoretical knowledge to assess measured outcomes; conduct research on intergroup dialogue or related topics; train, supervise and mentor research teams of undergraduates and possibly graduate students to conduct intergroup relations research; write articles for IGR’s Working Paper series or for publication; provide leadership in incorporating research-based knowledge into best practices.


Campus and Consultation Liaison Role

Provide consultation to U-M students, staff, and faculty regarding intergroup issues and social justice education; serve on the LSA Undergraduate Education Climate Committee and actively engage in subcommittee work; participate in the annual IGR National Intergroup Dialogue Institute; maintain and enhance IGR’s reputation and standing nationally as a leader in intergroup and social justice education; travel on behalf of IGR to other colleges and universities to consult in establishing intergroup dialogue programs nationally and internationally; collaborate and partner with key university departments, units, and community agencies to provide intergroup and social justice education opportunities for university constituencies and the community; as well as other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications*

  • Requires advanced degree (master’s or PhD level), preferably in a liberal arts field or higher education, 5 years of experience working in an academic student setting, ability to learn quickly and prioritize multiple demands, experience working with a diverse student population, as well as a demonstrated interest in student retention and academic success;
  • Expertise in intergroup relations theory and intergroup dialogue pedagogy;
  • Demonstrated administrative success in program management and supervision;
  • Experience supervising staff and working with faculty;
  • Demonstrated accomplishment fostering teamwork and cooperation as well as a sense of community around a shared vision and set of values;
  • Experience with budget development and oversight;
  • Demonstrated success in working with and participating in programs about diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and excellent oral and written communication, attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated commitment to partnerships between academic and student life including a working knowledge of student development theory;
  • Demonstrated research experience including direct experience with IRB-approved analysis, program assessment and evaluation;
  • Ability to collaborate and work well with students, faculty, and staff from a wide-range of experiences and identities;
  • Impeccable professional ethics and standards working with diverse populations.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Demonstrated experience using dialogic pedagogy and liberatory practice;
  • Strong leadership and team-building skills, especially in the creation and leadership of democratic, non-hierarchical environments;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with multiple projects and prioritize deadlines;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with a student-centered philosophy;
  • Strength in quantitative methods;
  • Ability to develop and implement innovative research agendas;
  • Experience with fundraising.

Additional Information

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

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.