Director, Faculty Development and Career Advancement

Colorado, United States
Competitive Salary
Aug 04, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Director of Faculty Development and Career Advancement is housed in the office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs (VPFA). The VPFA office works closely with the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor and faculty members across the university to support the continued excellence of DU faculty by enhancing faculty development initiatives, increasing faculty diversity, and building a strong, inclusive, and collaborative faculty community. The VPFA leads initiatives related to faculty development, faculty lifecycle, faculty relations, and teaching and learning.

Position Summary

The Director of Faculty Development and Career Advancement will focus on enhancing faculty success at all levels of the academic lifecycle by identifying and implementing best practices for faculty recruitment, onboarding, and retention. Under the leadership of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, they will be responsible for leading initiatives related to supporting faculty throughout the academic lifecycle, tracking faculty statistics, and preparing regular descriptive reports related to demographics and retention. In addition to supporting early career faculty, the director will develop offerings that support faculty at different career stages, across faculty appointment types, and across faculty contributions and roles. Contributing to an inclusive, thriving faculty community and working closely with the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL).

The Director of Faculty Development and Career Advancement will be responsible for using evidence informed decision making to develop, implement, and assess a range of programs that support the professional development of individual faculty and academic leaders across the academic lifespan and appointment types. Additionally, the director will enhance and support the implementation of institution-wide initiatives related to teaching and learning, inclusive excellence, faculty learning communities, faculty mentoring, leadership development, and assessment.

This is a full-time (12 month) staff position with full benefits. This is a full-time (12 month) staff position with full benefits. The position will report to the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. 

The Director will collaborate with faculty and administrators on the creation and delivery of new programs and will have the opportunity to interact with colleagues across campus. The ideal candidate is adept at interacting with faculty across different disciplines and knowledgeable about the challenges they face, in particular with regard to the faculty lifecycle and tenure/promotion for all faculty ranks and series. Experience as a faculty member in a university setting and success attaining external grants will be particularly competitive.

We seek candidates who are flexible, well-organized, inquisitive, resourceful, detail-oriented, creative, ethical, collaborative, and committed to inclusive excellence. The ability to prioritize and juggle multiple tasks in a dynamic environment while maintaining quality work products is crucial for success in this position.

Essential Functions

  • Under guidance of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, lead initiatives to improve processes related to faculty lifecycle such as recruitment, onboarding, mentoring, and retention, that is informed by best practice.
  • Coordinate, assess, and evaluate programs that support faculty advancement (e.g. onboarding, mentoring, promotion, tenure, and reappointment, and leadership development) across career stages and appointment types (i.e. tenure line, teaching, clinical, etc.).
  • In collaboration with OTL team, survey faculty and leadership development needs and oversee the design, implementation, assessment, and evaluation of comprehensive programming (e.g. workshops, orientation, seminars, conferences, learning communities, etc.) to address gaps and promote faculty career advancement.
  • Active collaboration, as role appropriate, with other OTL directors on ongoing programming and initiatives related to inclusive excellence, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), Faculty Learning Communities, teaching and learning, integrative learning, High Impact Practices, curricular design, assessment, and accreditation.
  • Evaluate and assess faculty satisfaction and program effectiveness.
  • Facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations across the university to strategically advance institutional capacity related to faculty development, career advancement, and thriving
  • 1:1 consultations with faculty related to academic lifecycle concerns, for example, preparing for tenure and promotion.
  • Assist in the creation of infrastructure for recognizing and documenting invisible labor and faculty workload (i.e. inequitable service and student mentoring loads).
  • Assist OTL team in building a data informed decision-making processes.
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Critical understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education in particular with regard to recruitment, hiring, retention, student evaluations of teaching, and promotion/tenure of underrepresented faculty at predominantly white institutions.
  • Demonstrated understanding of current best practice related to faculty development, teaching practice, and trends in higher education.
  • Knowledge of promotion and tenure review process including longitudinal assessment of faculty teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • Clearly articulated knowledge of and ability to implement current professional approaches around the development, implementation, assessment, and evaluation of programming for faculty across various career stages and appointment types.
  • Ability to develop cross-campus relationships that allow for connecting faculty members to appropriate resources that will support their overall success in the institution.
  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills, including the ability to maintain collaborative and confidential relationships.
  • Demonstrated success working effectively with inclusive practices with faculty from underrepresented groups.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and demonstrated success with project management.
  • Required Qualifications

  • PhD or equivalent terminal degree.
  • Demonstrated success working with faculty on various initiatives related to professional development.
  • A record of teaching, mentoring, and/or scholarly excellence as a faculty member.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as a member of a leadership team.
  • Demonstrated success working with diverse disciplines.
  • Application Deadline
    For best consideration, please submit your application materials by Friday, July 31, 2020. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. 

    Special Instructions
    Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

    Salary Range
    Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

    Please include the following documents with your application:

  • CV or Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • One page Faculty Development Philosophy
  • One page Diversity Statement including your understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education in particular with the faculty life cycle
  • One Writing Sample
  • Contact information for 3 individuals that can serve as a reference
  • The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

    All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.