Co-Directors of Faculty Development

Southern Connecticut State University
Office of Academic Affairs
Announces an Opening for a Leadership Role
For the Period 2022-2024

Co-Directors of Faculty Development   

In accordance with university policy for leadership positions for which full-time faculty receive reassigned time from the administration, the Provost is soliciting applications from individuals who are interested in serving as Co-Directors of Faculty Development. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Office of Faculty Development serves a key role in achieving the university’s strategic plan by enhancing faculty members’ abilities to be productive and innovative professionals. The Co-Directors selected will work closely with the Faculty Development Associate, who manages the Office of Faculty Development’s daily operations, to provide vision and leadership in developing, coordinating, implementing, assessing, and revising programs for faculty that enhance the following: teaching effectiveness, curricular quality, student success, research, creative activity, and external funding pursuits within a Community of Care. The Co-Directors work in partnership with a variety of campus divisions, and report to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following

  • Provide overall administrative leadership for and oversight of the Office of Faculty Development
  • Work closely with the Faculty Development Associate, who manages daily operations
  • Develop and assess programming that supports faculty at all career stages throughout the year. This includes new faculty welcome, mentoring, and leadership development programs, faculty forums, the teaching academy, and distribution of faculty development and curriculum grants
  • Promote inclusive teaching and a culturally responsive pedagogy and andragogy
  • Collaborate with areas and divisions that also provide professional development opportunities including: DEI, Center for Teaching & Learning; Center for Educational & Assistive Technology, Center for Online Learning, Student Affairs, staff, and the Associate Deans
  • Explore and apply for external grant funding to support teaching and professional development
  • Co-chair planning committee for the Spring Forum and Teaching Academy
  • Support university assessment processes, strategic plan implementation, and educational program innovations in consultation with the AVP AA
  • Co-chair the Faculty Senate’s Faculty Development Advisory Committee
  • Provide regular reporting to the AVP AA

Persons seeking this position must have the following qualifications

  • Full-time, tenured or tenure track faculty members (including Librarians)
  • Terminal degree in an academic field
  • A record of teaching, scholarship, and external funding generation appropriate to their rank
  • Demonstrated excellence in university teaching and a strong understanding of adult-learning, experiential learning, curriculum design and development, diverse learning styles, and multiple delivery modalities
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to use them to achieve goals
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and organizational skills
  • Familiarity with campus policies and procedures
  • Demonstrated history of ability to work collaboratively and harmoniously in a collegial environment with faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds and abilities, and with a variety of internal and external groups •
  • Willing and able to manage ambiguity

Preference will be given to those applicants with the following experiences

  • Demonstrated commitment to the University's mission towards becoming a social justice institution.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with units and offices across campus
  • Experience engaging adult learners, returning, and non-traditional graduate and undergraduate students
  • Demonstrated ability to align limited resources with institutional priorities Application and Selection Process:

Persons interested in seeking the position should apply using the online application form.

The deadline for receipt of applications is close of business on Friday, May 13, 2022.

The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs will review the materials of all applicants and will interview selected finalists from among the applicants for the position. The Provost will announce the choice for the position after the successful applicant notifies the AVP AA and the Provost of their acceptance of the position.

Reassigned Time, Effective Date, and Term of Appointment

Each Co-Director of Faculty Development will receive 6 (six) hours of reassigned time per semester. In light of the work required during the summer, each Co-Director will receive up to two (2) credits of compensation during the summer depending on work load.

This appointment will be effective summer session B 2022. The term will be two (2) academic years from the date of appointment and may be extended to a third academic year by the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. The position will be re-advertised in the spring of the final year of the co-incumbents' appointment. The coincumbents will be eligible for reappointment, depending upon the quality of their performance during the term in question and providing that the appointment will not substantively interfere with the operation of the person’s department.
Revised April 22, 2022