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Civic Engagement Job Posting: Executive Director, Center for Service and Learning, IUPUI

Occasionally I am sent job postings for civic engagement opportunities within the AASCU network. Below you will find a recent job listing. Please pass this along to anyone you know of who is looking for an exciting opportunity to do civic work at an AASCU school. – Cecilia M. Orphan

Executive Director of the Center for Service and Learning

Indianapolis, Indiana

IUPUI, an outstanding public urban research university located in the heart of Indianapolis, seeks applicants for the Executive Director of the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning. IUPUI, serving over 30,000 students including 21,000 undergraduate students, has become a national leader in promoting civic engagement and has been nationally recognized; including three Presidential Awards for Community Service, the 2006 Carnegie Foundation Classification for Community Engagement, two Saviors of our City citations, recognition in Colleges with a Conscience, and US News and World Report recognition for service learning each year since 2002.

The Center for Service and Learning (CSL) is one of three IUPUI learning-based centers that also include the Center for Research and Learning and the Center for Teaching and Learning.  The executive directors of three centers report to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

The Executive Director (ED) provides vision and leadership to the CSL, exercises fiscal responsibility over budgets and grants, provides oversight for the operations of the Center, and its staff and programs. The ED collaborates with other campus units on teaching, research and service as it relates to civic engagement, conducts research on issues related to civic engagement in higher education, and expands campus capacity to assess and conduct scholarship on civic engagement. The ED promotes CSL’s work on campus, nationally and internationally.

Because the successful candidate will assume a tenured, senior faculty appointment in an appropriate academic discipline, a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree is required.  At least five years of supervisory, program leadership, and/or academic administrative experience in a relevant position is expected, as are experiences in working closely with academic and support service units, appreciating and advocating for diversity, inclusion, and equal access to educational opportunity. The successful candidate will have teaching experience (including service learning courses), faculty development experience, and a strong record of scholarship including the development of significant grant proposals and success in securing external funding.

Candidates are invited to submit an electronic application that includes:

  • a letter of application ,
  • a philosophy statement that frames the candidate’s views on how to advance civic engagement and transformative campus-community collaborations in higher education and as part of  IUPUI’s campus culture,
  • a curriculum vitae, and
  • The names and contact information of three references.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2011, and continue until the position is filled with an anticipated starting date on or before July 1, 2012.  IUPUI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D.

Applications should be sent electronically to Ms. Susan Christian, Academic Support Specialist, Office of Academic Affairs, at suechris@iupui.edu.  A detailed position description may be viewed at http://academicaffairs.iupui.edu/.  Direct any questions to Dr. Mary L. Fisher, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at mlfisher@iupui.edu, or 317-278-1846.

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