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Lecturer, Leadership Studies

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Position Title: Lecturer, Leadership Studies

Department: Leadership Institute

Campus Location: Washburn University

The screening committee will review all eligible applications submitted by January 12, 2024

Position Summary: Washburn University's Leadership Institute invites applications for a Lecturer in Leadership Studies to begin August 1, 2024. This is a 9-month, non-tenure track appointment as a Lecturer.

Each selected candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to pursuing teaching excellence at Washburn University, including a dedication to developing inclusive teaching practices that engage students from diverse backgrounds.

The Leadership Institute (LI) is an interdisciplinary program that serves undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of disciplines and programs. The LI offers a Leadership Studies Minor and Certificate for undergraduates which includes community-engaged learning as part of the core curriculum. The LI also partners with the Department of Communication Studies to offer an online Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership.

Starting in July 2024, the Leadership Institute will expand its scope and become the Aleshire Center for Leadership and Community Engagement. The newly established Center will combine the existing programs currently offered through the Leadership Institute with both academic and co-curricular programs focused on community studies and community-engaged learning. The Center’s expanded focus will be on developing leaders through high-impact community-engaged learning.

Washburn University is a teaching-focused, student-centered, public institution located in the metropolitan setting of Topeka that has earned national recognition for its high-impact programs for first-generation students. Washburn has a student body of over 5,500 undergraduate, graduate, and law students, a significant and growing number of whom are first-generation and Pell-Grant eligible. The University has created educational pathways for all students to be successful and achieve their educational goals.
Washburn is dedicated to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and cultivating a vibrant and inclusive working environment and curriculum. We offer competitive wages, an excellent benefits program, a supportive leadership team, and a healthy work/life balance. At Washburn, we strive to ensure a campus climate that supports the success of every employee and appreciates the unique skills and expertise each contributes to serving our students.

Essential Functions:
• Fulfill teaching expectations associated with a non-tenure-track appointment. Teach 12-hours per semester (either in-person or online, according to departmental needs) or equivalent full workload as outlined in the faculty handbook.
• Teach and develop undergraduate and graduate classes and seminars as assigned and as dependent upon department needs, which may include the following or some combination of classes consistent with the candidate’s training and interests:
o LE100: Exploring Concepts of Leadership
o LE200: Ethical Responsibilities of Leadership
o LE399: Special Topics
o LE400: Leadership Internship
o LE620: Leadership and Resource Stewardship
o LE630: Organizational Improvement and Innovation
o LE640: Public Policy and Global Leadership
• Opportunity exists to mentor or review capstone projects for the Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership during the summer term (additional compensation provided) pending applicant interest and experience.
• Advise students and maintain office hours in accordance with the department and university policy.
• Fulfill service expectations associated with a non-tenure-track appointment by engaging in service activities in the department, university, and profession.
• Perform additional job-related duties as assigned or as appropriate.

Required Qualifications:
• Doctoral degree in a Leadership-related field. ABD applicants will be considered, with completion of the doctorate by June 1, 2025. If ABD, please provide evidence of degree progress and anticipated completion date.
• Demonstrated experience in teaching and/or training/facilitation.
• Demonstrated commitment to developing inclusive teaching practices that engage students from diverse backgrounds.
Official transcripts required upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience working with college students.
• Experience teaching in the higher education context, both in-person and online.
• Evidence of collaboration and innovation in teaching and curriculum development.
• Experience using a learning management system for online learning and to supplement in-person learning.
• Demonstrated ability to foster short and long-term partnerships with community partners.
• Experience working with community partners for educational purposes.
• Experience using community-engaged learning as a pedagogical framework and/or teaching leadership from a community perspective.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
• Please upload the following items as a pdf to the “additional document” field via the electronic application: a statement of teaching philosophy that calls attention to the candidate’s commitment to inclusive teaching practice and, if available, evidence of teaching or facilitation effectiveness (such as official copies of student evaluations/reports). Contact information for three current professional references will be collected as part of the application form.
• If you have questions about the position, please contact Dr. Lauren Edelman, Director of the Leadership Institute, at

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Washburn University

Washburn is a top-notch university in an urban setting where students are becoming their best selves.

Nestled in the heart of Topeka - the capital city with about 127 thousand residents - Washburn offers students from small towns a big-city feel, while providing students from major metropolitan areas a more manageable environment.

Washburn's beautiful campus - on 160 acres - is easy to navigate with state-of-the art facilities. Our Tech campus on Huntoon offers industry-standard programs leading to in-demand jobs. And with our low student/faculty ratio and small classes, you're going to get to know your professors. 

Internally, we're organized into five schools, the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Applied Studies, the Business School, the School of Nursing, the School of Law and the Washburn Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech.)

Our mission is to provide opportunities for our students to realize their full potential; we can't do it without our dedicated faculty and staff. 

Washburn University employs more than one thousand faculty and staff on our campuses throughout Topeka. We strive to offer competitive wages, an excellent benefits program, supportive culture and healthy work/life balance. Washburn seeks to create an environment that reflects our core values: integrity, excellence, inclusion, accountability, respect, collaboration and innovation.

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