Academic Director - Border Studies Program

Earlham College
Arizona, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 9, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Ethnic & Multicultural Studies, Other Humanities, Women's & Gender Studies, Administrative, Academic Affairs, International Programs, Student Affairs, Minority & Multicultural Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Earlham College Border Studies Program (BSP) is an undergraduate liberal arts program based in Tucson, AZ, that uses the transnational U.S.-Mexico border region as a critical context for unpacking contemporary global realities. Students in the Border Studies Program undertake semester-long immersion education that involves academic classes, travel to communities across southern Arizona and on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, homestays, and internships with local organizations involved with immigration, human rights, education, social justice, and environmental sustainability.

BSP Administrative Faculty play a critical part in the development and deployment of BSP’s academic curriculum, and act as a bridge between BSP and the broader Tucson community. This involves college-level classroom instruction, with a commitment to engaging in a decolonial education model that questions hegemonies of knowledge production and their intersections with issues of language, identity, power, privilege, and oppression. In addition, the new hire joins a team of three other full-time administrative faculty, who are collectively responsible for organizing and implementing all of the Border Studies Program’s logistics and curriculum.


Academic and Community Engagement (40%, approximately 16 hours per week)

Curriculum Development: Develop curricula each semester that meet the needs of incoming students.
  • Create a syllabus and gather class materials to provide students with both digital and printed access.
  • Work with other full-time BSP instructors to ensure class content and materials are integrated with other program components.
Instruction: Assume primary responsibility for instruction of one, 4-credit course each semester.
  • In-person classroom instruction, including lectures, discussions, activities, inclusion of multimedia examples, guest speakers, etc.
  • Creating and grading assignments and assessing students progress on an ongoing basis.
  • Use of instructional technologies, as appropriate, and online submission of course grades.
  • Advising and mentoring undergraduate students in the course of their educational progression.
Co-direction of the Border Studies Program (40%, approximately 16 hours per week)
  • Attend weekly meetings with other BSP faculty and work with a team using a collective management approach.
  • Plan and implement new student orientation and finals/wrap-up week.
  • Work with other BSP faculty and community members to plan and implement travel excursions in the borderlands and Southern Mexico.
  • Work as a team to support student wellness and academic success throughout the semester.
Administration (15%, approximately 6 hours per week)

Administrative duties may contain several of the following:
  • Help to oversee and manage BSP facilities and equipment.
  • Complete monthly accounting.
  • Support with student services, including interviewing new applicants.
  • Support with advertising and student recruitment.
  • Maintain relationships with college contacts at affiliated universities.
  • Help plan meetings with outside constituents and stakeholders.
  • Oversee and coordinate the Home Stay program component.
Other Duties (5%, approximately 2 hours per week)

Professional development: Participate regularly in regional, national, or international professional development opportunities and networks.

Ad hoc assignments: Complete other duties as assigned by Earlham College.

  • MA or PhD in Anthropology, Gender and Women’s Studies, Geography, History, Mexican-American/Chicano/a/x Studies, Environmental Justice, Native American/Indigenous Studies, Peace Studies, or another related social science and/or ethnic studies field
  • Strong commitment to social justice and community engagement.
  • Conversational-to-advanced level of Spanish language.
  • Demonstrated skill in and passion for working with undergraduate students
  • Demonstrated interpersonal relationship-building skills and experience working with a wide range of constituents, including community members, faculty, students, and alumni
  • Experience communicating with and supporting people from diverse backgrounds and an expressed commitment to uphold and further Earlham’s Diversity Aspirations Vision Statement
  • Experience in curriculum development and instruction
  • Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality
  • Experience and comfort with digital tools and technology, including social media
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced setting
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and willingness to drive a 12-passenger van
  • Ability to travel regionally and to southern Mexico, in program excursions ranging from a few hours to 10 days in duration
Additional Preferred Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with U.S. immigration policy, political economy, and the U.S.-Mexico border
  • Knowledge about Tucson and established relationships in Southern Arizona, and/or in other communities in the U.S. / Mexico border region
  • Training and/or research interests associated with Mexican-American/Chicano/a/x studies, critical ethnic studies, food/environmental justice, and/or indigenous histories and decoloniality
  • A commitment to both inclusive excellence and decolonial approaches to off-campus study and education.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English

To ensure full review of your application, please submit by October 25, 2022.

Please submit the following application materials through the Earlham College Careers Portal :
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Statement on Diversity: The Statement on Diversity should describe how your values and leadership frame or center Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in your work
  • Contact information for three references
Earlham College requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or apply for and receive a qualified exemption within two weeks of the employment start date.

Earlham College is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse community, one that reflects the makeup of society at large and that particularly welcomes and supports individuals from groups that have been historically marginalized because of factors such as race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and physical ability. The College strongly encourages applications from women and people of color. As an institution with a Quaker identity, the College also solicits applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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