Associate Director in the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and ReligionDate Posted: 04/28/22
Associate Director in the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion
Job Title: Associate Director
Division: Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion
Reporting Relationship Director of the Wabash Center
Exemption Status: Exempt
Work Type: Full time Employ
Payroll Status: Salary
Wabash College seeks candidates for its open position of Associate Director in the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.
The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., was established at Wabash College to enhance teaching of religious and theological studies in higher education. The Wabash Center embodies its mission for the support of faculty through such activities as: educational programming, networking/social media, and curating educational resources. The Associate Director is part of a staff that thinks creatively to organize, support, implement, and assess Wabash Center activities. Specifically, the work of the Associate Director includes assisting with overall administration of the programmatic life of the Wabash Center through critical knowledge of educational design, project management, multimodal resource development, imagination and collaborative skills.
- Participate as a team member to enhance, enrich and facilitate the mission of the Wabash Center
- Assist with design, implementation, evaluation, and long-range planning of the overall programs of the Wabash Center
- Coordinate cohort groups and other programming which can take place on-campus, remote and online
- Facilitate a programmatic portfolio of assorted responsibilities, e.g., design social media campaign, write monthly bulletins, facilitate workshops with leaders, edit journal, attend guild meetings, manage blogosphere, supervise student interns, produce new resources, curate educational resources
- Cultivate and maintain relationships and partnerships with higher education groups and guilds (e.g. SBL, AAR, ATS, FTE, REA, etc.)
- Represent the Wabash Center at professional society meetings, conferences, and in media events, as designated by the Director
- Keep abreast of new developments with the scholarship of teaching and learning with particular emphasis upon religion and theology
- Network with individuals and groups who are current participants and potential participants of the Wabash Center
- Participate in the faculty life of the Wabash College, as time and interest warrants
- Other duties as assigned by the Director
Qualifications, Skills and requirements
- Ph.D. degree or equivalent in fields related to religious education, religion and theology
- Minimum of 3 years of teaching in the fields of theological or religious studies
- Previous experience managing educational programming and curating resources
- Highly values working collaboratively with a supervisor and team members in an ethos of creativity, respect, and collegiality
- Keen ability for collaborative creativity and imagination with a diversity of constituencies from across the U.S. and Canada who teach in a variety of fields and institutional contexts
- Knowledgeable about a variety of approaches and methods in adult pedagogy; preferred expertise in remote and online pedagogies
- Knowledge of digital mediums in education
- Knowledgeable of issues of race, class, gender diversities and articulate about the politics of diversity
- Knowledge of issues of racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, islamophobia, etc., and articulate about systemic and structural oppressions
- Knowledgeable about the wide range of cultural epistemologies and associated pedagogies
- Excellent project management and administrative skills
- Pro-active about and experienced working with issues of cultural competence, inclusion, and anti-racism
- Willingness to travel to workshop and conference locations that include overnight stays
- Some remote work possible, as approved by the Director of the Wabash Center, but will be expected regularly on campus as well as for all Wabash Center functions
- Gains satisfaction from interacting and working with teachers, confronting challenging problems in higher education, and learning new skills for better teaching and administration.
The Wabash Center is located on the campus of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Wabash College is a private liberal arts college for men located in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Founded in 1832, its mission is to “educate men to think critically, act responsibly, lead effectively, and live humanely,” and it accomplishes its mission in a residential community in which faculty are highly engaged with their students, in and out of the classroom.
Crawfordsville, Indiana, population 16,000, is the county seat of Montgomery County (38,000). Third-term Mayor Todd Barton is a Wabash College graduate, and successfully secured “Stellar Communities” designation from the State of Indiana, which allowed Crawfordsville to fast-track a series of transformational projects including construction of “Fusion 54,” a co-working space that brings together the city and county’s economic development and growth entities, with entrepreneurs and students in Wabash’s Center for Innovation, Business, and Entrepreneurship. Other Stellar projects include a downtown park; rehabilitation of a former insurance building, which will become a mixed-used space with restaurant/bar and boutique hotel; and a downtown cultural trail linking Wabash to the town.
Montgomery County is home to three school corporations and six museums. The Crawfordsville Community School Corporation has strong programs for gifted and talented students, as well as students with disabilities. Recent graduates have gone on to colleges that include Harvard, Princeton, and Northwestern, to name a few. The small business community is gaining strength, and there is an emerging “buy and eat local” movement that has grown from Crawfordsville’s very popular farmer’s market.
Crawfordsville is served by AMTRAK with service to Indianapolis and Chicago. The top-rated Indianapolis International Airport is a 50-minute drive from campus and Chicago’s Loop is less than a three-hour drive.
Employment opportunities for spouses and partners abound in the area. While the vast majority of Wabash faculty and staff live in Montgomery County, thriving suburban communities northwest of Indianapolis include Zionsville and Brownsburg, which are each about a 40-minute drive to campus. West Lafayette, home to Purdue University, is just 30 minutes to the north.
Please upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information of three professional references by choosing "apply now" on this page or at www.wabash.edu/employment.
In the cover letter, please speak to these questions: (a) Why do you want to work with the Wabash Center at this moment in time and, given the season of your career, what makes you an ideal candidate? (b) In your experiences, what has it meant to be a project manager who has successfully and simultaneously worked multiple projects? (c) What professional insights have you gained from working in racially diverse contexts? Cover letter should not exceed 1000-1250 words.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the job is filled.
The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion is a center of Wabash College. Wabash College, a liberal arts college for men, seeks faculty and staff who are committed to providing quality engagement with students, high levels of academic challenge and support, and meaningful experiences that prepare students for life and leadership among diverse populations around the globe. Wabash is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from persons of all backgrounds.
Contact:Catherine A Metz
Director of Human Resources
P.O. Box 352
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
For general questions about the position or the department, contact:Catherine A Metz
Director of Human Resources
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