Term Assistant Professor

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Classification:Term Assistant Professor (F9)
Grade:UNAC Grade 30
Work type:Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Southeast
School/Business unit:UAS Sitka Campus Director
Location: Sitka
Categories: Education/Instructional, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The UAS Sitka Campus is seeking an individual to fill a five-year term faculty position to work as part of a larger team in an effort to fulfill a Title III grant mission to provide extra support to students, especially nontraditional, first-generation, and/or underprepared students. This faculty member’s primary role will be to promote students’ development of specific skills, habits, and mindsets related to self-awareness, responsiveness and resourcefulness, all with a focus on preparedness for the future. In addition, this faculty member will be involved in other grant activities, including facilitating outward relationships with community partners, analyzing institutional research statistical data, and researching best practices across student achievement models, and facilitating campus professional development opportunities. This is a full-time, 9-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.


10Training Facilitation Build and oversee a development program to assist UAS Sitka faculty in adopting creative and meaningful ways of incorporating the critical and cultural perspectives into existing courses. Coordinate and/or deliver grant-related training to faculty and staff with a focus on critical and cultural perspectives.Essential
15University Service Collaborate with teams of staff and faculty to exchange experiences and to provide input for campus-wide initiatives related to student success and student case management services. Represent grant efforts in various faculty and/or campus-wide committees.Essential
25Teaching Teach newly developed grant-related courses or newly revised courses that are specifically designed to enhance students’ critical and cultural perspectives.Essential
50Research and Curriculum Development - Generate new curricula (ultimately at least three new courses over the span of five years) designed specifically to facilitate students’ college and career success using pedagogical approaches particularly relevant to nontraditional, first-generation, underrepresented, and/or underprepared students. This will involve developing new lower-division course material that will encourage students to reflect on their college experience through a meta-learning lens, while other new course material will provide students with valuable skills to help them find success in future academic settings, in the workforce, and in their personal lives. Collaborate with campus Student Services manager, grant support staff, and advisors in order to learn about the challenges and difficulties, academically and personally, experienced by UAS Sitka program and pre-program students in order to better understand the context these students are coming from. Work closely with grant support staff to track student engagement efforts and to coordinate those efforts with pedagogical development. Actively seek out researched models for student success and student engagement, particularly regarding nontraditional, first-generation, underrepresented, and underprepared students, with the intention of applying appropriate models to the UAS Sitka campus learning and student support environments. Assess the success of grant-related courses in reaching their intended goals according to student experience and apply the results of this assessment to continued improvement of grant-related curricula.Essential

This is a five year term funded faculty position located on the Sitka campus. The incumbent will reside in Sitka.

Located in the ancestral homeland of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian peoples, the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) is fully committed to advancing the education and research aspirations of Indigenous peoples and is committed to ongoing work toward decolonization. These efforts are reflected in our UAS programs and formal community partnerships across our three campuses and throughout all of Southeast Alaska.


Required KSAs:
Knowledge and experience with higher education pedagogy in areas such as online learning and curriculum development.
Experience with conducting relevant research and applying it toward innovative problem-solving in the context of student achievement models.
Ability to work as an influential and constructive part of a team of staff and/or faculty members.
Excellent customer service and networking skills.
Ability to communicate effectively, in person and in writing, especially with regard to interpersonal and intercultural communication.
Dedication to working directly with college students of diverse ages and backgrounds.

Preferred KSAs:
Familiarity with rural and Alaska Native educational, social, and cultural issues.
Strong computer and organizational skills focused on project implementation, reporting, and presentation.
Demonstrated knowledge of online course design and delivery in blended, hybrid, or fully online courses in higher education environments.
Advanced public speaking skills.
Knowledge and experience with supporting students in the context of online education.


Required Experience:
Two years experience teaching college-level courses.
Experience organizing, managing, and directing projects as part of a collaborative professional team.

Preferred Experience:
Experience in providing for the unique needs of distance learning and multicultural students.
Experience in student services, coaching, teaching, advising, or counseling.
Experience in working on grant-funded projects.
Experience in institutional research methods.
Experience in delivering workshop training in person or online.


Required Education or Training:
Master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies or a discipline relevant to the field of student support and success, such as education, Indigenous studies or cultural studies, business, sociology, or English, for example.

Preferred Education or Training:
PhD or terminal degree in interdisciplinary studies or a discipline relevant to the field of student support and success, such as education, Indigenous studies or cultural studies, business, sociology, or English, for example.
Specific training or education in intercultural communication.
Advanced training or education in advising theory, student support, or a similar field.
Education or training on the educational, social, and cultural considerations relevant to Alaska Native or Native American and rural students.

Application Process:

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date.

To apply for this position, please provide the following documentation:Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Teaching Statement, Transcripts (unofficial), Names of three professional references with phone and email contact information. *Note* Official transcripts will be required at the time of hire.

Please submit your application no later than 11/10/2020 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time. The first review of this posting will start on 11/11/2020 no other notice will be given. This posting is open until filled.

Union Representation:

This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).

Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact Gwenna Richardson at gjrichardson@alaska.edu or UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Gwenna Richardson at gjrichardson@alaska.edu or University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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