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LEAD Faculty Fellow

Harper College
Palatine, Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 26, 2023

We are Harper College…the college in your community.

The College was established by referendum in 1965 and opened September 1967. It is named for Dr. William Rainey Harper, a pioneer in the junior college movement in the United States and the first president of the University of Chicago.

Harper College is now one of the nation’s premier community colleges and one of the largest, serving approximately 29,000 students annually in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The College’s academic programs prepare students for rewarding careers and for transfer to four-year universities. Harper offers associate degree and certification programs, advanced career programs, workforce training, professional development, continuing education classes, accelerated degree options for adults and developmental education programs.



Applicants must have a master’s degree or equivalent work experience and meet the departmental credentials statement. Applicants must also have less than three years of full-time teaching experience as the instructor of record.

Application Process: Applications must be completed online and include the following attachments:
  • Letter of interest (two-pages maximum) that describes:
    1. Your interest in serving as a LEAD Faculty Fellow
    2. What you would like to gain from participating as a LEAD Faculty Fellow
    3. Contributions you would bring to Harper College
    4. Your passion and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice
    5. Your career goals and aspirations
  • Current vita or resume
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Contact information for three professional references
Application Review Date: Applications are accepted until the position is filled though priority will be given to applications received on or before: January 5, 2024.

* Official transcripts required upon hire
* Employment is contingent upon Criminal Background Check.
* Employment sponsorship is not available.

Harper College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to create an inclusive learning and working environment where individual differences and identities are respected, valued and embraced. We encourage women, people from historically underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.


The LEAD (Leveraging Equity in Academia through Diversity) Faculty Fellowship supports the actualization of Harper College’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion institutional priorities and goals. This fellowship will equip candidates with the teaching experiences, professional development opportunities and mentorship connections for successful career matriculation and retention in Higher Education as faculty members. This is a full-time, paid position that seeks to increase the faculty diversity at Harper College and to expose our students and colleagues to a rich, more diverse environment.

LEAD Faculty Fellows will have a reduced teaching load during the first year and move towards a full teaching load during the second year. Fellows will observe and shadow senior faculty members, participate in ongoing goal setting and feedback sessions with mentors, engage with shared-governance committees and the faculty senate, interact with faculty and staff campus-wide and participate in a range of professional development opportunities. This fellowship will begin in August 2023 and is a two-year appointment. The option to apply for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the end of the appointment will be contingent upon current vacancies. We encourage applicants from racially underrepresented backgrounds to apply. Special consideration may be given to applicants with a background in Career and Technical Programs, Health Careers, Liberal Arts, or STEM.



Duties & Responsibilities:

The duties and responsibilities of LEAD Faculty Fellows will include but are not limited to the following:
  • Teach assigned credit hours each academic year
  • Design inclusive course content and syllabi
  • Engage with designated mentors on a regular basis
  • Attend internal and external professional development programs
  • Set professional goals and priorities annually
  • Build strong and supportive relationships with students, faculty and staff
  • Observe/shadow senior faculty members
  • Engage in ongoing feedback and performance evaluations
  • Utilize institutional resources to strengthen capacity
  • Participate in selected shared governance committee meetings
  • Attend faculty senate and division/department meetings
  • Develop and maintain a digital professional portfolio
  • Participate in an employee resource group
  • Attend programs sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
LEAD Faculty Fellows will report to and be evaluated by their division Dean. The Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will convene regular meetings with the Fellows, their division Dean and designated mentors. Fellows will also meet twice a semester with the aforementioned group as a collective.

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