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Distinguished Professor and Executive Director, Allbritton Center

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Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand.

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The Allbritton Center is the hub of civic engagement at Wesleyan. The Center works to build the civic capacity of students, faculty, and staff and to ensure that civic responsibility is a visible institutional commitment ( President’s Civic Action Plan, 2017 and Towards the Bicentennial ). The Center prioritizes partnerships with local, regional, and national communities, and teaches practical skills for social impact through support of cutting-edge scholarship, high-impact teaching practices, rigorous debate, and broad dissemination of work pertaining to public life. Allbritton includes six distinct curricular and co-curricular units: the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships , the Center for the Study of Public Life ( CSPL ), the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship , Office of Community Engaged Learning , the Sustainability Office , and the Civic Engagement Minor. Reporting to the Provost, the Executive Director for the Allbritton Center will provide strategic and collaborative leadership for its extensive portfolio of curricular and co-curricular programs and lead the next phase of growth for all units of the Allbritton Center. This position will lead and shape Wesleyan University’s Civic Engagement Actions, related research, and student and community engagement. The position will supervise the staff Directors for each of the units housed in the Allbritton Center as well as the Administrative Assistant who supports the Center, and will teach a maximum of two courses per year.

Responsibilities include:
- Collaborate with Center staff, students, faculty, visiting scholars, community members, and others to implement a vision for the center that strengthens civic engagement.
- Lead research and education concerning pressing public concerns related to social, economic, and political life.
- Develop courses, workshops, and programs that support civic engagement and the interdisciplinary study of public life.
- Teach a maximum of two courses per year.
- Supervise Directors, provide feedback, and ensure professional development opportunities related to job responsibilities.
- Oversee each of the subsidiary programs.
- Partner with other faculty to administer the Civic Engagement Minor and support Community-Engaged Learning.
- Explore, develop, and secure external grants to support ongoing programs and special projects in consultation with and with support from Advancement, including cultivating relationships with current and potential granting agencies.
- Advise and mentor students.
- Represent the Allbritton Center and Wesleyan at local, regional, and national convenings.
- Manage annual budget for the Allbritton Center.
- Other duties as assigned.

Wesleyan is open to a range of possibilities for the Director role. This is an endowed position and appointment possibilities include tenured or tenure track professor, professor of the practice, or staff designations. We recognize that individuals have diverse life experiences and trajectories that qualify them for this role.
Minimum Qualifications

Terminal degree in scholarly field preferred. Will consider bachelors degree and a minimum of seven years of experience developing and managing academic programs or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Special Instructions To Applicants

You will be asked to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are: (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a teaching statement, and (4) a description of your scholarly vision and program and how it might align with the Allbritton Center (uploaded as other document). In the cover letter, applicants should describe how they will embrace the college’s commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups.

You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation (please double-check the accuracy of the email addresses of the referees you name to ensure that you have the most up-to-date email addresses for each one).

After you have submitted all of the required documents, you will see a confirmation number. At that point, each of your referees whose email addresses you have provided will receive an automatically-generated email requesting that they submit a letter of reference for you.
Additional Information

For full consideration, submit materials by January 15, 2024. Please contact Marie McKenna ( if you have questions about the application process.

Note for Interfolio users:
We gladly accept letters of recommendation from Interfolio. From your Interfolio account, please use the “web delivery” method to upload your letters directly to our online application.

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Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504 or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator. Wesleyan University complies with the Clery Act and maintains records of campus crime statistics and security policies. Copies of Wesleyan University?s Clery Act Report are available on request and online at


Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand. 

Our student body of approximately 3,000 undergraduate and 200 graduate students is housed on a beautiful 316-acre historic New England campus that offers the comfort of an intimate and collaborative learning environment supported by renowned faculty, cutting-edge facilities, and unique research opportunities.

With our distinctive scholar-teacher culture, creative programming, and commitment to interdisciplinary learning, Wesleyan challenges students to explore new ideas and change the world. Our graduates go on to lead and innovate in a wide variety of industries, including government, business, entertainment, and science.

At Wesleyan, we are all educators. We welcome your interest in Wesleyan's diverse, energetic community of employees who, by their creativity, innovative thinking, and generosity of spirit, help make Wesleyan a great place to work. In this energetic and inclusive community, our talented faculty and staff foster a liberal arts educational experience characterized by boldness, rigor, and practical idealism. Genuinely open-minded, intellectually curious, and mission-driven, our employees invest their impressive talents in fulfilling careers.

Wesleyan offers a broad range of growth and wellness opportunities—comprehensive health benefitsfitness incentives, generous paid time offretirement plansflexible work schedules, and educational benefits, including free employee access to Wesleyan’s Graduate Liberal Studies program and undergraduate tuition reimbursement for dependents of eligible employees. Benefits-at-a-Glance

Campus life affords employees countless opportunities to experience general-interest, academic, artistic, and athletic events. Our location in scenic central Connecticut provides easy access to Boston, New York, and the many other exciting and culturally rich destinations of New England. Few workplaces are like Wesleyan, and we welcome your interest in learning more about us.

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