Antioch College invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in cooperative education. For more than 90 years, a critical component of the Antioch College education model has been the Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program, established by former President Arthur E. Morgan. The program expands the boundaries of the liberal arts learning environment by developing employment opportunities in supervised employment settings where students learn on the job while also receiving compensation for their efforts. Students complete four or five terms of full-time work in local, national and international settings. The tenure-track faculty member is responsible for the design, development, implementation, and assessment of these twelve-week work experiences as well as the Work Portfolio courses associated with them and other experiential education opportunities outlined in the Antioch College Curriculum Catalog.
The College is particularly interested in receiving applications from individuals who have distinguished themselves within the discipline of education. As a member of the Co-op team, the tenure-track faculty member provides leadership for the development of cooperative education initiatives in various parts of the country and particular regions abroad. The individual cultivates cooperative relationships with employers; designs and instructs the Work Portfolio courses taken by students during their Co-op terms as well as Co-op preparation courses prior to placement. They also co-teach the College’s Global Seminar on Education once every two years. The faculty member advises students before, during and after their field experiences; documents the program’s achievements in order to ensure proper reporting; and coordinates supplemental program activities. They work closely with faculty members in the academic divisions, participate in college governance and policy decisions, and hold full academic committee responsibilities. They also represent the Co-op program on community committees both within the college and among outside groups.
The tenure-track cooperative education faculty member is expected to maintain an independent line of research relating directly to educational policy, social justice, cooperative education, experiential learning or a related area of inquiry. They may engage in professional practice, and/or involve the College in off-campus initiatives relating to their area of expertise. They also demonstrate a link between their professional endeavors and an array of potential co-op jobs by tracing out a network of contacts relating to their employment ideas. Their work should relate well with one or more of the degree programs that are offered within the College’s academic divisions (the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences) or one of the other themes covered in our Global Seminar Program (Food, Water, Energy, Health, Governance and Education). This is a fulltime, tenure-track position with a one-quarter annual research term.
Qualifications for the tenure-track faculty position in cooperative education include a terminal degree (Ph.D., Ed.D. or MFA); college-level experience with cooperative education, service learning or other experiential education programming; public speaking skills; familiarity with and commitment to the liberal arts higher education environment; as well as demonstrated achievements within one or more of the above mentioned fields of particular relevance to the College. Candidates should possess solid organizational skills, be computer literate, have the ability to adapt themselves to new software packages and on-line teaching interfaces, be willing to carry out a variety of administrative tasks, and be able to meet a broad range of responsibilities. Adaptability, resourcefulness, a sense of humor and strong communication skills will also be necessary. Additionally, in order to meet curricular needs and expand the current array of international co-op opportunities, the individual should have significant language skill in Spanish, French or Japanese as well as experience living, working or conducting research in areas where one of these languages predominate.
Antioch College is dedicated to the pursuit of inclusive excellence and diversity. We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups. In order to elevate the potential of students to bridge cultural and national divides, the college offers second language instruction—at times even when students are engaged in jobs off campus. Students who qualify will be able to take advantage of the opportunity to work, study, or volunteer internationally in a country where their second language capability will be put to substantial use. Therefore, in order to support the College’s position that second language acquisition is important for future student success, we seek candidates who are conversant in French, Japanese or Spanish and are willing to exercise those skills in communications with students.
Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States without Antioch College sponsorship. Interested parties should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, three letters of recommendation, and unofficial transcripts electronically as PDF attachments to email@example.com. Official transcripts will be required of finalists. Electronic submission of all materials is strongly preferred. If necessary, hard copies may be mailed to the Cooperative Education Faculty Search c/o Nancy Wilburn, Antioch College, One Morgan Place, Yellow Springs, OH 45387. The deadline to submit materials is January 31, 2014.
Antioch College is a small, innovative liberal arts institution located on a historical campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Antioch has an inspiring mission and a proud history of educating leaders and contributors to our society, including Nobel Prize winners, Macarthur “genius" award winners, Fulbright Scholars, Rhodes Scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance throughout the world. Antioch’s curriculum links experiential and classroom learning and a low student-faculty ratio provides our students personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching. Antioch College is an equal opportunity employer; the college offers individuals employment, advancement opportunities, and benefits in a harassment-free environment on the basis of merit, qualifications and competency to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, national origin, handicap, sexual orientation or covered veteran status. Candidates who can contribute to Antioch’s commitment to diversity and its evolving multilingual culture are encouraged to apply. Please visit our website at www.antiochcollege.org.