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Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse Program Associate

Date Posted: 04/30/21

Wabash College invites applications for the position of Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse Program Associate to begin on or around July 6, 2021. The WDPD Program Associate will be responsible for integrating into a robust civic engagement and leadership program. WDPD is a presidential initiative at Wabash College, one of four WabashX programs focused on interdisciplinary curricular and co-curricular engagement. WDPD has been recognized with grants and awards from organizations such as the Lilly Scholars Network, the National Science Foundation, and Indiana Humanities. If you enjoy working with talented students, being active in community engagement, and seek an opportunity for your professional development and growth, we encourage you to apply.

The Program Associate’s specific duties will include:

  • administrative tasks;
  • project management for engagement events on- and off-campus;
  • participating in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in the WDPD First-Year program;
  • supervising undergraduate students in deliberation project research, design, facilitation, and report writing;
  • assisting the Director of WDPD with grant-reporting activities; and
  • additional duties as assigned.

The Program Associate will join an enthusiastic team of a faculty director, a postdoctoral visiting faculty member, and undergraduate research Democracy Fellows. WDPD has partnered with campus organizations and communities to host dialogues and deliberations on topics relating to race, diversity, equity, and inclusion. WDPD has also hosted community conversations on a wide range of topics including economic development, community planning, poverty, public health, and public engagement of science. A central part of WDPD’s programming is to support the strategic efforts of Wabash College to advance the success of its first-generation students, students of color, and students from low-income families. WDPD will support programming as part of Wabash College’s recently awarded five-year Charting the Future grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc.

The successful candidate will contribute to the mission of Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse: to teach constructive practices of engagement and communication on topics of public problems; to stimulate productive public discourse on campus and in the community through informed discussion, debate, and deliberation; to develop civic leadership through participation in public life; and to promote the free speech rights and responsibilities for every individual in the marketplace of ideas. This position reports to the Director of Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse.

Strong applicants will have an appreciation for the broad intellectual community of a liberal arts college and a commitment to excellence in undergraduate mentoring and teaching. Candidates with a commitment to teaching diverse students are especially invited to apply: in 2020, Wabash proudly celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Malcolm X Center of Black Studies; approximately one-third of our students are Pell grant recipients; and one-third of our students are first-generation college students.

Initial appointment to this full-time, twelve-month, salaried position is through June 30, 2022, with possibility for renewal based on the changing needs of the College and the WDPD, as well as the employee’s annual review.

Preferred Qualifications, Knowledge, and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in a field related to deliberation and dialogue preferred.
  • Demonstrated interest in democracy, local government, civic engagement, and productive communication.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in producing reports and working with multiple constituencies.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team while managing multiple project timelines.
  • Experience and/or interest with the following:
    • public dialogue and deliberation in community settings;
    • leadership development in undergraduate students; and
    • forging professional connections with community partners.

Applicants who hold some, but not all, of the preferred skills are encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should apply online via the Wabash College employment site ( At the time of application please be prepared to upload a cover letter addressing qualifications, resume or curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three professional references.  Review of applications will begin May 14, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Dr. Sara Drury, Associate Professor and Chair of Rhetoric and Director of Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse, at

Wabash, 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 in a diverse, multicultural world. Wabash is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from persons of all backgrounds.


Ms. Pam Sacco
Academic Administrative Coordinator
Wabash College
P.O. Box 352
Crawfordsville, IN 47933


For general questions about the position or the department, contact:

Dr. Sara Drury
Director of Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse



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