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Associate Director of Faculty Development

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Other, Academic Affairs

The Teaching and Learning Center at Bucknell University seeks a dynamic and pedagogically-minded community builder to be our next Associate Director of Faculty Development. The Associate Director of Faculty Development provides professional development for the Bucknell faculty across multiple dimensions throughout their careers to introduce pedagogical practices, increase student learning, initiate dialogue on salient issues in higher education broadly and at Bucknell specifically, encourage reflection, and foster community. The TLC’s four guiding principles, which are at the heart of its Faculty Development and Student Learning Support Programs, are student-centeredness, active learning, reflection, and inclusivity.

The Associate Director of Faculty Development works with the Faculty Director and a small team of TLC staff to provide 80-90 faculty development events per year that build community and share pedagogical practices. These events include an annual multi-day workshop on course design and pedagogy for new faculty, weekly series for new and newish faculty, a weekly lunch session for faculty and staff that draws more than 80 attendees, and a bi-weekly session targeted to a smaller group of faculty on more narrowly conceived pedagogical and curricular topics. There are approximately 4 sessions per week, so the pace and volume are significant, and creativity and flexibility are critical.

This job has an excellent balance of administration and teaching, while allowing room for research and creativity. Applicants should show their past evolution into this type of work as well as their ideas for growth in the position.


Job Duties:
● Work with the Faculty Director and members of the TLC staff to conceive, design, and implement whole programs and individual sessions on a broad range of faculty development topics. This may require coordinating with collaborators, selecting supporting materials, crafting email invitations, and running or co-facilitating programs.
● Work with the Faculty Director to research and discuss emerging trends and topics of interest to the Bucknell faculty, both nationally and locally, and consider the best fit or delivery options for those topics.
● Support Bucknell’s faculty mentorship ecosystem.
● Advise and support faculty individually and in groups, as they develop their teaching practices, pedagogies, and philosophies using guidance informed by research-based knowledge, but also encouraging each faculty member’s own exploration without being prescriptive.
● Develop and teach 1 course during each academic year, which could be in the General Education curriculum or in affiliation with an academic department. Depending on the course, this responsibility may include advising students.
● Offer a faculty development perspective on TLC Student Learning Support programs.
● Handle specific administrative tasks, which include managing the TLC budget, updating faculty-facing resources, and maintaining shared digital records of programs.


Minimum Qualifications:
● A doctoral degree in any discipline.
● Three years of experience supporting faculty in higher education.
● Three years of teaching experience at the college level.
● Demonstrated ability to positively interact with a wide range of individuals in a highly professional manner and to build communities that are welcoming to all.
● Demonstrated commitment to and experience with equity and inclusive excellence.
● Demonstrated knowledge of the breadth of pedagogies used across disciplines in higher education as well as their benefits and drawbacks.
● Excellent written and oral communication skills; willingness to collaborate in a busy environment; flexibility and openness to learning new things; and the ability to handle confidential information on a routine basis.
● Demonstrated experience and strength in: administrative and organizational skills; managing multiple simultaneous projects; and effective and efficient multitasking.
● Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in Google Education Suite, and comfort learning new technology platforms and interfaces.


Preferred Qualifications:
● Five years of experience supporting higher education faculty in ways such as: orientations, workshops, consultations, or mentorship.
● Five years of experience working in higher education pedagogy including research and publication.
● Demonstrated experience researching, crowd-sourcing, and writing curricular or pedagogical materials for faculty use.
● Understanding of inclusive pedagogies, such as Universal Design for Learning.
● Experience working in or collaborating with student learning support programs.
● Demonstrated experience managing complex budgets.


Physical Demands:
● Requires focused computer work for long periods of time.
● Opening and closing of food trays.
● Arranging of classroom furniture, including tables and chairs.



Work Type: 
This is a full-time, 10 month, benefits eligible position.  

This role is not budgeted for visa sponsorship at this time, all candidates must be authorized to work in the US at the time of submission of the application.

Salary Range:
This is a Staff Exempt position with a hiring range of $59,760 - $74,700 (E09). The offer rate will be based on a review of the candidate's credentials compared to the qualifications of the position, internal equity, and our overall compensation philosophy.

Benefits: 

Eligible full- and part-time employees are compensated beyond base salary through our total rewards package that includes (but is not limited to):
- flexible scheduling options determined by role; 
- medical, prescription drug, vision, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance options
- an outstanding 10% employer contribution to your retirement plan (no contribution requirement for non-exempt positions)
- generous paid time off, including vacation and sick time, a community service day, and 19 paid holidays (including two full weeks off for Winter Break!)
- full-time and part-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for themselves. Additionally, full-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for their spouse/spousal equivalent and are eligible for various tuition programs for their children. Credit for full-time benefits eligible employment at other institutions of higher education will be applied to waiting periods.
- a comprehensive employee wellness program including program incentives
- a myriad of other benefits, including parental leave, an employee assistance program, fitness center membership, and the power of your Bucknell ID card 

To learn more about Bucknell's benefits, click here! (*Eligibility criteria and waiting periods may apply.)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community.  We endeavor to enhance our capacity to value and capitalize on the cultural richness that diversity brings.  We encourage all individuals to apply and do not discriminate in admissions, employment, educational programs and/or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, sex/gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital or family status, military or veteran status, or genetic information.

 


About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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