Assistant Professor College of Individualized Studies

Metropolitan State University
Minnesota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 10, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Metropolitan State University, Minnesota’s public, urban university, is seeking to hire an Assistant Professor.  This is a fixed term position within the College of Individualized Studies and is expected to start August 16, 2021.


Our vision is to be the premier urban, public, comprehensive system university in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area where the faculty, staff and students of Metropolitan State will reflect the area's rich diversity, build a culturally competent and anti-racist learning community and demonstrate an unwavering commitment to civic engagement.


Metropolitan State University provides an excellent, inclusive and engaging education to eliminate opportunity gaps and lead our communities to a prosperous and equitable future.  Metropolitan State University is a three-time recipient of the Insight into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, most recently in 2019.  Federally recognized as a Minority Serving Institution (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution, AANAPISI), its employees serve approximately 11,000 post-traditional learners, two-thirds of whom identify as belonging to communities of color or American Indian nations, are first in their family to attend college, and/or are eligible for Pell grants.  Since we do not operate residential facilities, Metropolitan State University students all commute to class locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.   Metropolitan State is recognized by CollegeNet as a leading higher education promoter of social mobility for students (Ranked #35 out of 1458 in 2019). The university offers programs leading to baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees.  We provide accessible, high quality liberal arts, professional and graduate education with continued emphasis on marginalized groups, including adult learners. Recognized in 2008 and 2014 by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement and named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the university is committed to academic excellence and community engagement through curriculum, teaching, scholarship and service designed to support an urban mission.


The University recently completed a strategic plan (FY 20 – FY 24) with a theme of “Building a Resilient, Student Ready University.”


Metropolitan State University has responded to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic by offering nearly all of its courses in a fully online format for the 2020-2021 academic year, limiting any in-person instruction to courses for which in-person learning is essential for students to achieve the learning outcomes. In addition, the majority of employees are working remotely, taking advantage of technological tools to engage students and complete their work.  The search for this position will be conducted using web conferencing technology.


Visit the Metropolitan State University website to learn more about the university, our programs, and our students. Learn more about Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System at their website.


The School/Academic Department: The College of Individualized Studies empowers underserved adult students to design and complete high quality, innovative degrees that value their academic and life learning in the Individualized B.A. and Individualized M.A. and M.S. programs. The individualized baccalaureate is one of the largest majors at the university and has served as the flagship academic program since the institution was founded in 1971. The college emphasizes a competence-based approach to learning and assessment and also coordinates the university’s first-year experience program.



This fixed-term, sabbatical replacement position in the College of Individualized Studies will be expected to

  • Demonstrate a commitment to serving a culturally diverse student body through delivering a student-centered education in a liberal arts and sciences context and possess the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals.
  • Teach multiple sections of core undergraduate course: Perspectives: Educational Philosophy and Planning. This is the individualized degree program’s entry course in which students address the question of what it means to be an educated person and design individualized degree programs
  • Facilitate innovative approaches to learning which includes prior learning assessment, student designed learning, and competency based educational practices.
  • Engage in scholarly research or creative achievement, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary studies and/or the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Provide evidence of continuing preparation and study
  • Contribute to student growth and development through advising, and assisting adult learners in degree planning and completion;
  • Engage in service to the university and community


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate or terminal degree from any areas relating to health and human services, and/or community development with expertise in racial/ethnic diversity or gender studies.
  • The equivalent of two years’ higher education teaching experience (classroom and online)
  • Demonstrated experience in culturally relevant, equitable, inclusive, anti-racist and student-centered teaching.
  • Experience serving non-traditional students, who are culturally and linguistically diverse, and first-generation college students


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to meet the needs of a culturally diverse student body and contribute to an anti-racist and inclusive workplace.
  • Record of success in student-centered advising, including application of relevant student development theories and approaches.
  • Experience working with students in non-traditional learning and assessment formats, such as experiential learning (e.g. internships and prior learning assessment), competence-based programs, student designed learning, and innovative teaching modalities such as hybrid and accelerated classes.
  • Work or volunteer experience in community organizations, civic engagement, human services, public agencies, or private industry.


Please note: Filling of this position is dependent upon budget.


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Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience, and is determined by the salary placement process as outlined in the Inter Faculty Organization (IFO) Master Agreement.


*Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization.


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Applications must be received by 11:59 PM on Closing Date:  March 22, 2021



Qualified applicants are required to attach the following documents to their online application:

  • Cover letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position including evidence that you meet each of the minimum qualifications;
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume;
  • One-page statement of your teaching philosophy, particularly as it relates to equity and anti-racist pedagogy, and/or examples of teaching effectiveness;
  • Names of four (4) references with addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers; at least two (2) of the references must be able to address teaching effectiveness;
  • Transcripts - Valid unofficial copies of your transcript showing conferred/awarded date of your highest attained degree, with your name and the academic institution’s name/logo are required.  If doctoral study is in progress at the time of application, submit the most recent transcript showing your course of study and progress to date.  We are not able to accept copy/paste word documents with a list of courses/grades or DARS reports.  If selected for hire, official original transcripts will be required.
  • Additional materials may be requested at a later date.


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If you have other questions related to this job announcement, please contact Human Resources, at 651.793.1275 or email at METRO-HR-Recruiting

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Metropolitan State University is an Equal Opportunity employer/educator committed to the principles of diversity. We prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or membership in a local commission as defined by law. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.

The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.