Program Lead and Assistant/Associate Professor of Practice for Leadership and Innovation EdD

California, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 23, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Program Lead and Assistant/Associate Professor of Practice for Leadership and Innovation EdD

Primary Purpose and Essential Functions:
University of the Pacific's Benerd College is seeking a team member with an entrepreneurial spirit to serve a vital role as we fulfill our vision to be a center of innovation, learning, and creativity in the Sacramento Valley.

We are searching for a colleague with a deep commitment to engaging students in real-world practice through teaching that challenges dominant norms. As one example of that commitment, our faculty members facilitate all courses through an action-oriented project-based curriculum. Our courses are centered on culminating projects where students work with community partners in real-world settings. Another example is that we are focused on an action-oriented, project-based dissertation model in our doctoral program. In particular, we are teaching students to use various innovation tools and frameworks as methods for their dissertation inquiry. We hope to find a colleague who will help us move even further in creating the most transformational and impactful program possible.

The Sacramento faculty plays an important role in working with the Assistant Dean and other colleagues to build our presence in the region. This new colleague will serve as a key faculty member in the Leadership and Innovation Doctoral Program, launched in Fall 2015. The program, which we call “A Doctorate for Innovators and Creators,” is designed to develop innovators and systems thinkers for learning, leadership, and change.

The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of teaching, research, leadership, service and the ability to work collaboratively with students, colleagues, and stakeholders. The position will be based at the Sacramento Campus and the candidate will take an active role in our community engagement efforts.

This is a leadership position and is an eleven-month appointment. Please note that faculty rank and title are contingent upon the successful candidate's experience and qualifications. The basic teaching workload is two courses each semester including summer for a 2-2-2 load. This faculty appointment will also include assisting the Assistant Dean with programmatic responsibilities, program coordination, recruitment and dissemination of program information. The position will teach across our programs, but has a particular emphasis in the Leadership and Innovation Doctoral Program. This includes involvement in dissertations, student recruitment, community engagement, curriculum development, internal service, and scholarship (which can include contributions to research outlets or practitioner settings). Our program requires continual innovation and pushing of traditional boundaries, which results in a heavily collaborative teaching culture.

This colleague will hold the rank of assistant or associate professor, depending on experience level. This is a non-tenure eligible position with eligibility for promotion to associate and/or full professor. The position will be assigned primarily to our school in Sacramento.

In collaboration with the Assistant Dean, this position will play a key role in working to build and sustain the Doctoral Program by:
  • Facilitating the iteration and assessment of the program and curriculum
  • Reviewing curriculum, advising students, and other activities
  • Building community and regional relationships to advance the program

    Non-tenure-track faculty members collaborate in fulfilling the University's mission to provide a superior, student-centered learning experience integrating liberal arts and professional education and preparing individuals for lasting achievement and responsible leadership in their careers and communities.

    Clinical appointments are made upon the recommendation of the department faculty where appropriate to an academic program. The clinical appointment is non tenurable. A prefix such as “clinical”, or suffix such as “of Practice”, or other appropriate prefix or suffix, will be designated for these appointments, full-time or part-time. (FHB 7.1.4). A Clinical appointment utilizes specialized skills and experience in a certain professional field and is mainly responsible for teaching related duties and at times Service and Research aspects if expected by the School.

    1. Design and conduct educational programs and courses of instruction in accordance with the policies of the University

    2. Actively participate in the comprehensive planning or review of the development and quality improvement of the educational programs and courses of study, assist in the evaluation of the effectiveness of such programs and courses, and to make recommendations to the Deans and Provost concerning the educational mission, programs, and policies of the University

    3. Recommend educational policies and degree requirements which effectively carry out the mission of the University, within the policies of the University

    4. Recommend student admissions standards, evaluate student admissions procedures, assess student academic progress, and recommend student candidates for earned degrees.

    5. Participate in the selection, evaluation, and advancement of faculty and academic administrators

    The faculty member may consider any matter in connection with the effectiveness and quality of the educational program or the professional welfare of the faculty, may make recommendations to the department chair, academic dean or provost concerning any policies, programs, or procedures which affect the educational program or faculty welfare.

    Each school and college in the University may have a faculty of its own consisting of all members of the University faculty within the particular school or college and subject to the approval of the Provost, adopt by-laws and rules concerning its own organization, governance, and procedures.

    Each such faculty shall function under the Dean and Provost and be subject to the policies of the University faculty.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    • Serving as the primary faculty contact for prospective students
    • Presenting and engaging with prospective students at various recruitment events, both in person and online
    • Developing faculty and providing opportunities for professional development/collaboration to transform the teaching/learning experience
    • Doctoral degree in a field related to learning, leadership, and/or change
    • Demonstrated prior University teaching experience, including serving on or chairing dissertation committees
    • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a caring and rigorous educational environment
    • Demonstrated commitment to continual innovation and change
    • Demonstrated ability to collaboratively engage with colleagues in program development and teaching
    • Demonstrated commitment to personal development and growth in one’s own teaching and practice
    • Demonstrated excellence in applied scholarly research or evidence-based practice
    • Demonstrated interest and experience in working in partnership with community groups, businesses, government agencies, and other organizations, as appropriate to the position
    • Demonstrated successful teaching experience with adult learners
    • Demonstrated commitment to and teaching in diverse settings, as well as working with students from culturally and linguistically diverse communities

    Preferred Qualifications:
    We are searching for a colleague who meets two or more of the following criteria:
    • Demonstrated skill and expertise in design thinking and innovation methods
    • Demonstrated leadership experience in education-related start-ups (e.g., founding new schools, starting a new venture)
    • Demonstrated success in transforming a school, college, university, or district setting
    • Demonstrated experience in facilitating change through innovation methods (e.g., design thinking, lean startup, participatory engagement, appreciative inquiry)
    • Demonstrated expertise in analyzing/developing educational policy for innovation and change
    • Skill to teach applied research design courses
    • Demonstrated successful hybrid or online teaching experience
    • Practitioner experience in P/K-20 education
    • Research and or grant writing experience

    Physical Requirements:
    Requires extended periods of sitting and repetitive hand/wrist motion while using computer keyboard and phone. Occasional standing, walking climbing stairs, bending, stooping and reaching. Occasional lifting up to 25 pounds.

    The physical demands described here are representative but not definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Work Environment/Work Week/Travel:
    Work typically performed M-F, with monthly weekend residencies.

    Special Instructions:
    Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, we will begin reviewing applications after March 20, 2021.
    Please upload the following:
    • A letter of interest explaining
    o How minimum and preferred qualifications are met
    o Relevant experiences that have prepared you to teach in this type of program
    o Description of teaching approach
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Complete contact information for three (3) Professional References.

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    University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability.