founded in 1831, is a diverse,
energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and
practical idealism go hand in hand.
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
). 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
for Community Partnerships
, the Center for
the Study of Public Life ( CSPL
), the Patricelli Center for
, Office of Community Engaged
, the Sustainability
, and the Civic
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
- 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.
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
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.
For full consideration, submit materials by January 15, 2024.
Please contact Marie McKenna (email@example.com) 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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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
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