Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity in its educational program and employment practices. As one of the nation's finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College offers more than 600 courses a year and more than 50 areas of study. Swarthmore's 425?acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods adjacent to the campus.
Swarthmore College invites applications for Associate Director for Engaged Scholarship, at the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility. A more senior appointment is possible, depending upon the qualifications of the successful candidate. This is a full-time position, reporting to the Executive Director of the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility. The Associate Director oversees key aspects of the Lang Center’s mission—education for responsible citizenship—with an emphasis on faculty involvement and Engaged Scholarship (research and pedagogy relating to societal amelioration, ethical intelligence, and partnerships with off-campus communities and publics).
This position calls for an academically accomplished, energetic and well-organized person committed to faculty development, curricular enrichment, and community outreach. This person will assume responsibility for informing and advising faculty, students, and community partners in Engaged Scholarship best practices and ethical standards; assessing the impact of Engaged Scholarship and community partnerships; and developing the Lang Center’s activities to support the College’s curriculum and community partnerships.
- Oversees Lang Center-related academic civic engagement and Engaged Scholarship, which includes Community-Based Learning (CBL), Community-Engaged Research (CER), and experiential learning related to core Lang Center interests such as responsible citizenship, ethical development, and public policy;
- Works with Executive Director to support Engaged Scholarship across all academic divisions (Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences), including the performing arts and interdisciplinary programs;
- Proactively seeks out opportunities to recruit, advise, guide, and support faculty in Engaged Scholarship;
- Informs and advises faculty, students, and community partners in Engaged Scholarship protocol and best practices to ensure ethical, responsible, and mutually beneficial experiences for all participants;
- Advises and guides faculty about the effective application of best practices in the specific contexts where they are practicing Engaged Scholarship.
- Regularly assesses (in conjunction with other appropriate Lang Center staff members) the efficacy and impact of Engaged Scholarship practices and Lang Center-supported community partnerships;
- Oversees and supervises at least one undergraduate Engaged Scholarship program—the Chester Community Fellows summer program, the Dare2Soar student mentoring program, the President’s Sustainability Research Fellowship, and/or other programs that might arise—designing and implementing (sometimes in conjunction with a Swarthmore faculty member and/or a Scholar in Residence) academic content that connects the program(s) with students’ curricular pursuits;
- Identifies, develops, and maintains relationships with community partners in the Delaware County and Greater Philadelphia region;
- Teaches occasional courses and/or publishes in her/his field of expertise related to the Lang Center’s curricular mission.
Required Education and Experience:
PhD and 3-4 years of experience in higher education and/or community development.
- Thinks creatively and critically about programs and activities in order to foster productive reflection about the wide array of community engagement activities, and to apply new understandings to promote continuous improvement.
- Manages time effectively to ensure that the requirements of daily, weekly, monthly, and annual schedules are met. Ensures that planning is consistent with the demands of the academic calendar. Prioritizes activities to make sure that the routine daily needs of students can be addressed and that longer-term projects can be completed.
- Understands and employs best practices in community engagement activities that promote reciprocity of learning and benefit.
- Manages multiple priorities and programs, organizes a plan of action, follows intermediate steps toward the achievement of program goals.
- Demonstrated effectiveness in working with diverse populations.
Please submit (1) a letter of application, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) three names of professional references and their contact information. All materials must be submitted electronically by clicking on the ‘Apply Now’ button.
We will begin reviewing applications immediately and the search will remain open until the position is filled.
Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.