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Multiple Term Faculty Positions Teaching Intercultural Understanding w/ American University, School of Professional & Extended Studies

22 Feb 2019 4:29 PM | Karen Fouts (Administrator)

The School of Professional & Extended Studies (SPExS) at American University seeks outstanding applicants for multiple term faculty openings beginning in fall 2019.  Each appointment is for nine months, and will commence in mid-August 2019 and conclude at the end of May 2020.  The positions are full-time, non-tenure track faculty appointments.  Rank and salary will be dependent on experience and qualifications. 


The School of Professional & Extended Studies (SPExS) is seeking experienced instructors to teach Intercultural Understanding to first year students across a range of programs, including the Washington Mentorship Program (WMP) and the International Accelerator Program (IAP).   Successful candidates may also have the opportunity to teach in other SPExS courses, as needed, including Graduate Professional Studies (online learning) and the Washington Semester Program.  Faculty are expected to teach six courses per year, regularly attend meetings, have a presence in the university community, and collaborate with other faculty and staff to provide outstanding and innovative instruction to students in a range of programs.  Faculty are expected to hold regular office hours and participate in School and University activities and service.  All School of Professional & Extended Studies programs emphasize experiential learning approaches that extend beyond traditional classroom-based teaching.  Classes may be offered in the morning, evening, and/or weekends.  Applicants should share American University’s commitment to inclusive excellence.  

Applicants should hold a graduate degree (Ph.D. preferred) in a related discipline.  Educational background and teaching experience in the social sciences or humanities is preferred, particularly cross cultural communication, cultural studies, and international studies.  Preference given to applicants with experience teaching undergraduate students, international students, and English language learners, as well as those with mentoring experience.  Applicants should demonstrate a high level of cultural sensitivity and adaptability.  The ability to work well with students intending to major in a variety of disciplines is essential.

Exceptional candidates will be considered for the position of Lead Instructor.  Lead Instructors are full time faculty members who, in addition to their full time teaching duties, assist the unit with curriculum development, run faculty meetings for their cohort, and mentor approximately 10-15 term faculty teaching Intercultural Understanding in the Washington Mentorship Program, Mentorship Abroad, and the International Accelerator Program.  Qualified faculty should hold a Ph.D. and have research, teaching, and/or professional experience in the field of cross cultural communication, intercultural understanding, or a related field.

Intercultural Understanding seeks to encourage a better understanding of the dimensions of experience and belief that distinguishes cultures and countries from one another, and conversely, the commonalities that bind human experience together.  The main objective of the course is to improve the intercultural competencies and communication skills of students, and to enhance students’ abilities to think critically and creatively about today’s social challenges.  The course includes field trips, participation in cultural events, and simulation exercises.


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position(s) are filled, though no later than June 30, 2019, subject to ongoing budgetary approval.  Applications must be submitted electronically via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/60507.  Include a letter of application addressing relevant teaching interest and experience, curriculum vitae, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), and three recent letters of recommendation specific to this position, uploaded directly by recommenders.  An application will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received, including letters of recommendation.  Applicants interested in being considered for the Lead Faculty supervisory position should indicate interest in their cover letter.  Contact Marie J. Fritz, Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs, at fritz@american.edu if you have any questions.  Queries about the online application system may be sent to help@interfolio.com.  Hiring contingent upon enrollment and budgetary approval.

Person(s) hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of U.S. citizenship or lawful authorization to work in the United States.  Prior to hire, a background check, including criminal record history, will be conducted.

American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation's capital.  For more information about American University, visit www.american.edu.

Dedicated to professional and experiential learning, the School of Professional & Extended Studies (SPExS) offers an array of options for lifelong learners spanning the applied social sciences.  Programs range from undergraduate internship-based semester programs to market-driven online master's degrees for professionals at critical junctures in their careers.  Learn more about the School of Professional & Extended Studies at American University at https://www.american.edu/spexs/.

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