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Job Posting: WKU Asst./Assoc. Prof for Diversity & Community Studies

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Diversity & Community Studies

The University College at Western Kentucky University (WKU) invites applicants for an open Interdisciplinary faculty position in the Department of Diversity and Community Studies beginning August 1, 2013. This is a nine-month, tenure-eligible position at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank with additional administrative duties as the Director of the Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility (ICSR). Duties as Director of the ICSR may include summer effort for additional compensation.

WKU is a progressive, proactive institution that seeks candidates possessing the same qualities. WKU, one of the fastest growing Universities in the region, is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with a total enrollment of 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students.  The area (with an urbanized population of 90,000+) is noted for its high quality of life, increasing cultural diversity, and modest cost of living.

The successful candidate will teach a 2/2 load, with courses both at the undergraduate and graduate levels (the MA in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities program).The newly formed Department of Diversity & Community Studies is home to four programs—African American Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies, Gerontology, and the ICSR. The central mission of the ICSR is “to develop WKU students’ abilities to think critically, serve generously, and act responsibly.” The ICSR’s Public Achievement program was recently showcased at a White House event called “For Democracy’s Future.” In addition to spearheading such innovative initiatives as Public Achievement, the program provides leadership and assistance in a wide range of research projects and public events. The ICSR also has an undergraduate certificate program.

Required qualifications for this faculty position include an earned doctorate, evidence of teaching excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, and evidence of ability to coordinate a program. Additional expectations include strong mentoring of students, ability to provide effective supervision of staff and oversight of initiatives, and demonstrated commitment to service. Candidates should have an active research agenda. Area of specialization is open, but we have particular interests in global justice, public policy, and democratic practices. We seek teacher-scholars who are eager to work collaboratively with students in an interdisciplinary environment and to participate actively in the intellectual life of the department and college.

To apply, candidates should provide a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, a CV, unofficial copy of graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. In the case of recent PhDs, one of the recommenders should be the candidate’s dissertation advisor.

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the Search Committee receives materials. Application materials should be sent in hard copy.

Direct applications, supporting materials, and questions to:

 Eric Bain-Selbo, Chair
Diversity & Community Studies Search Committee – ICSR
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #21066
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1066

 Email inquiries may be sent to

Review of applications will begin April 22, 2013, and continue until the position is filled.

WKU is committed to the promotion of stewardship and student engagement. WKU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify The Office of Equal  Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services at (270) 745- 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.

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