Olivet College is seeking candidates for the position of Director of Education

The Director of Education will join the college at a critical and opportune time. With its recently completed strategic plan, Charting the Course to 2020 and Beyond, the college has committed to reinvigorating its teacher preparation program and to expanding its footprint in research and applications of best practices in teaching and learning. 
Founded in 1844 with a mission of offering education to all, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or socioeconomic status, the college continues its commitment to inclusion and social equity through its vision of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility.  The college has a long history of preparing strong teacher candidates, with many alumni holding teaching and administrative positions throughout Michigan and the U.S.  Recent challenges within the teacher preparation program, particularly with student performance on the test for teacher certification, have necessitated corrective action. The Director of Education has an opportunity to return the College’s education program to its once highly respected and prominent place across the region while steering it toward innovation and creative approaches to meeting new challenges.  As an expert in pedagogy and assessment strategies, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to serve as a thought leader and to work collaboratively with the provost to help set direction and goals for excellence in teaching and learning campus-wide.

The Director of Education will have primary responsibility for developing and leading an effective teacher preparation program that prepares graduates to become successful teachers who are able to meet the needs of their students in a rapidly changing education landscape that increasingly includes technology-based delivery tools and methods. He or she will oversee daily operations of the graduate and undergraduate education programs and faculty; facilitate collaboration among faculty members in the education program and disciplinary areas; develop and maintain positive relationships and partnerships with schools, school districts, ISDs, professional organizations, state agencies, and other constituencies; build on and expand an innovative collaboration with Sherman Lake YMCA that was established to facilitate teacher education student development in classroom management and character education skills; ensure compliance with state and federal law and accrediting bodies; and be responsive to state-wide and national teacher education initiatives.  He or she will be well-versed in the scholarship of teaching and learning and will model excellence in assessment practices.  The successful candidate will maintain a teaching load of six to nine credit hours per year and will have primary responsibility for the development and execution of a plan for the collection, maintenance, analysis and interpretation of data relevant to the teacher-preparation program. This position reports directly to the provost.

The ideal candidate will be an accomplished teacher and have experience with pedagogy, assessment and state and federal education policy, a deep commitment to preparing future educators, and demonstrated leadership ability.  He or she will exhibit high energy, a collaborative spirit and the ability to communicate effectively with diverse constituencies.  Ph.D. or Ed.D. required or in process.  Salary and faculty rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Preferred start date is July 15, 2013.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Review of applications will begin in May, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, official transcript from highest degree, a statement regarding philosophy of pedagogy and assessment, a vision for the Olivet College education program, and the names, addresses, e-mail, and telephone numbers of three professional references to:

Diane Kirkham, Assistant to the Provost
Office of Academic Affairs
320 S. Main St.
Olivet, MI 49076

Direct electronic materials or questions to dkirkham@olivetcollege.edu
or (269) 749-7618. 

Founded in 1844, Olivet College was the first college by charter in Michigan to admit women and people of color.  As part of its commitment to a values-based mission of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility, the College actively seeks diversity in its students, faculty and staff.  Women and members of historically under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

POSTED:   April 29, 2013