Director of the Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (F730)

California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 16, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Tracking Number:  F730

School/College:  Office of the Provost

Department: Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence

Location:  Azusa Campus

About APU:

Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. As a leading Christian university in California, Azusa Pacific University grounds rigorous academics on a solid spiritual foundation. With an intentional focus on scholarship, faith integration, diversity, and internationalization, APU provides high-quality academic programs within a tight-knit community of disciples and scholars. APU is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an R2 Doctoral University, recognizing APU’s high level of research activity. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering more than 100 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional locations across Southern California, APU continues to be recognized annually as one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.



This position is responsible for promoting faculty excellence in teaching and scholarship at APU by facilitating the creation of effective, inclusive, faith-informed teaching-learning environments and promoting high-quality faculty scholarship. Supervising the professionals in the Center for Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE), the Director ensures the creation of faculty development opportunities related to research, inclusive pedagogy, digital learning, faith integration, and other areas related to the teaching-learning paradigm. The Director works closely with and supervises personnel in the Center to ensure effective faculty programming, mentoring, and support. The Director reports to the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs.   



    In alignment with the strategic plan, create a vision for enhancing the centrality of inclusive pedagogy, transformational learning, faith-informed teaching, and effective use of technology in all learning environments and across different types of learners. Promote the growth and development of faculty scholarship and research. Oversee and manage the day-to-day operations of the Center. Hire, train, and manage Center staff and faculty fellows. Foster a cooperative team-based work environment, ensuring a cohesive approach to faculty development. Ensure an active calendar of events, workshops, programs, faculty learning communities, institutes, and other educational initiatives to support faculty work in all learning environments. Organize and coordinate new faculty orientation and other forms of programming for new faculty. Enhance individual teaching effectiveness by consulting (or ensuring the provision of consulting) with individual faculty to facilitate growth in appropriate pedagogy, faith integration, and teaching with technology. Ensure opportunities for the development of faculty scholarship through consulting, mentoring, and appropriate educational opportunities. Regularly consult with Office of the Provost and College and School leaders regarding faculty support needs. Provide development opportunities for adjunct faculty. Teach 1 course per year, unless directed differently by the Associate Provost. Serve as liaison to campus academic units and other offices (e.g., the Student Success Center, the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence, etc.) in order to effectively coordinate key initiatives and support services related to effective teaching-learning environments Other duties as assigned by the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs May be needed to work at alternative Regional Campuses or Sites.


Level:  Open


Qualifications:  Doctorate in an appropriate field


Experience:  At least five years of experience in instructional design, faculty development, or equivalent leadership experience; strong scholarship record preferred


Workload:  Full-time faculty position.


Hire Date:  Open until filled.



    Ability to cast a vision and inspire high levels of performance. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills as well as collaborative and dynamic leadership skills Able to provide clear and effective feedback. Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to learn and understand new processes and communicate them effectively to others Demonstrated capacity to work across organizational units, fostering cooperation and collaboration  Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail Ability to prioritize tasks and work independently without significant supervision


Mental Demands:

    Ability to integrate Christian values in all aspects. Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment. Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information. Ability to collaborate with other faculty and staff and maintain collegial relations. Self starter, ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.

Additional Information:  

Candidates must align with Azusa Pacific University's Christian identity. Faculty members are expected to sign a Statement of Faith (available at, to adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook, and to integrate the Christian faith in teaching and scholarship.

Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates.


Application Procedure:

To apply, visit Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled.