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Adjunct Instructor in Border Studies Program

Earlham College
Tucson, Arizona (US)
To be discussed
Date posted
May 23, 2024

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Earlham College is a Top 100 National Liberal Arts College located in Richmond, IN, a small city that's just a short drive away from several major metropolitan areas including Dayton, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Chicago.

Richmond and Earlham have a symbiotic relationship. Through research, studies, internships and volunteering, Earlhamites offer Richmond expertise and service as Richmond offers our students the chance to gain valuable, real-world experience. Our community assumes no religious affiliation but follows Quaker principles and practices, which include respect for persons, integrity, a commitment to peace and justice, simplicity, and consensus-based community decision-making. Earlham is committed to and proud of being a diverse and inclusive place most clearly visible in our student body: 20% of our student body are international, coming from 60+ nations in 2022, and 24% are domestic students of color. Faculty and staff also bring tremendous diversity to the College; many have lived and worked outside the United States, and they make a point of drawing on those experiences in their interactions with students. Additionally, Earlham makes it a priority to serve as a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQ+ communities and has a four-star rating on the Campus Pride Index. Our community is characterized by respect for every person and a commitment to social justice. Equity and inclusion are central to Earlham's institutional priorities and our leadership is committed to widening the path to an Earlham education.


Earlham College is seeking an Adjunct Instructor in the Border Studies Program to join our team!


The Earlham College Border Studies Program is a liberal arts program based in Tucson, AZ, that uses the transnational Mexico/U.S. 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 Mexico/U.S. border, homestays, and internships with local organizations involved with immigration, human rights, education, social justice, and environmental sustainability. 


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Course Instruction and Facilitation:  Assume primary responsibility for instruction of one, 4-credit course
    • Teach a weekly, 3-hour course titled “Movement and Movements” (see the program curriculum and other details here)
    • In-person classroom instruction, including lectures, discussions, activities, inclusion of multimedia examples, guest speakers, etc.
    • Create, grade, and assess student progress on an ongoing basis
    • Use of instructional technologies, as appropriate, and online submission of course grades, mid-semester grades, and Early Reports for any students at risk of failure or program withdrawal
    • Advising and mentoring undergraduate students in the course of their educational progress
    • Hold regular weekly office hours
    • Report to Administrative Faculty to coordinate and negotiate payment for guest speakers
  • 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; file the final syllabus with the college as required
    • Work with other full-time BSP instructors to ensure class content and materials are integrated with other program components
    • Attend at least one staff meeting per month with administrative staff

Opportunities for additional stipends for trip coordination, planning, and travel. Possibility of renewal for a second semester.

Qualifications Required Qualifications:

  • Completed master’s or doctoral degree (or ABD standing in a doctoral program) 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 and online teaching platforms

  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced setting

  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills


Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with U.S. immigration policy, political economy, and the Mexico/U.S. border

  • Knowledge of Tucson and established relationships in Southern Arizona, and/or in other communities in the Mexico/U.S. 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

The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Benefits of Working at Earlham:

  • 2024 Earlham Employee Benefits Guide
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance*
  • Company paid Long-Term Disability after 1 year of full-time service*
  • Basic and Voluntary Life insurance*
  • Employee Assistance Program*
  • Campus Store Discount
  • Free ticket vouchers for Richmond Symphony Orchestra
  • Wellness Center Free Membership or Discount for eligible employees
  • Athletic Games-Free entry to all home games Earlham Athletics
  • Free entry into most Theatre/Music shows
  • Tuition Benefits for Immediate Family for eligible employees*
  • 403(b) Retirement* – For eligible employees, Earlham will contribute a non-elective contribution equal to 5% of gross pay after 2 years of service. After 3 years of service, this non-elective contribution increases to 8%. Service credit is available for new employees with previous service in the education sector with required documentation.
  • Many Wayne County Chamber of Commerce member businesses offer discounts to anyone with an Earlham ID

*All employee benefit offerings are subject to employee eligibility per plan documents.

To Apply

  • Please submit the following application materials through our  Earlham Careers Portal
  • Cover letter - Please address your thinking and experience with matters of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, as it relates and specifically pertains to this position.
  • Resume
  • List of Three References with Contact Information


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).

Earlham's Work Authorization Policy

Earlham utilizes E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility for all newly hired employees within the United State


 Earlham College

Founded in 1847, Earlham College is a nationally-ranked liberal arts college that aspires to change lives for good. Our community is shaped by the perspectives and values of the Religious Society of Friends—commonly known as Quakers—but you don’t have to be Quaker to work or study here. (In fact, most of us aren’t!) Instead, our community comes together around our shared Principles and Practices: respect for persons, integrity, peace and justice, simplicity, and community. Through our common understanding of these values and our shared governance structure, each member of the Earlham community is encouraged to participate fully, applying their personal expertise and experience to moving the College forward.

Earlham welcomes a broadly diverse student body, faculty and staff to its campus.

With a quarter of our students identifying as domestic minorities and another 20 percent coming to Earlham from homes outside the United States, our classrooms, clubs and activities benefit from the wide variety of perspectives and experiences our students bring.

Our 800-acre campus is nestled in the heart of Richmond, Indiana. Richmond and Earlham share a mutually beneficial connection, and our location allows for the best of both worlds—big city amenities aren’t far away, and outdoor activities abound.

We’re delighted that you’re interested in joining the Earlham community and look forward to learning more about you through the application process.

The health and financial security of you and your family is important to us. Earlham College is proud to offer you competitive, comprehensive benefits that enhance the lives of you and your family. These benefits are intended to protect your well-being and financial health. You have the flexibility to select the plans that best meet your needs and the opportunity to elect additional benefits that protect you and your family and balance your life outside of work.

Oh, and by the way—it’s pronounced “Ur-luhm”!

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