25 Mar 2018

World Learning Job Vacancy : Academic Director

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The SIT Study Abroad Academic
Director (AD) manages one of several SIT’s undergraduate study abroad programs.
Program themes range from development and social change to arts, environmental
studies, post-conflict transformation, health, and human rights. All SIT Study
Abroad programs emphasize field study while examining critical global issues,
in keeping with the broader institution’s peace and social justice mission.
SIT’s educational model focuses on cultural immersion as its primary pedagogy and
uses theories of experiential education to inform its curricula and teaching.
The academic centerpiece of most SIT Study Abroad semester programs is the
independent study project. This component weaves theory into local reality and
synthesizes program coursework.

For additional information about
this program visit: https://studyabroad.sit.edu/programs/semester/fall-2018/ghr/

The academic director is generally
responsible for:

• General management,
implementation, and delivery of the study abroad program; advising in matters
regarding academic program delivery and scheduling;

• Organizing and delivering the
students’ initial cross-cultural orientation and the research methods and
ethics class, as well as coordinating and teaching components of the thematic
course;

• Organizing educational excursions
and field trips, and integrating the learning from these as well as from the
homestay into the traditional coursework components of the program;

• Working with SIT’s in-country
staff, lecturers, and ISP and internship advisors to ensure high quality
field-based thematic content;

• Guiding and advising students in
both their cross-cultural learning processes and academic experiences – thus
serving as educator/teacher in the broadest sense by assisting students to draw
substantive connections from among different aspects of their experiences;

• Conducting the program review and
academic evaluation at the end of the program and preparing a rigorous written
evaluation for each student’s transcript, clarifying both what the student
achieved and how it was achieved;

• Facilitating a constructive
relationship between SIT students and host country nationals involved with the
program;

• Providing student support for
medical, personal, and security issues;

• Negotiating cost-effective program services and managing the program budget throughout the program;

• Maintaining regular communication with the SIT Study Abroad office in Brattleboro and submitting detailed, timely reports, as required.

• Conducting academic engagement within their field and other academic outreach activities as requested by the Academic Dean.

Experience The candidate should
have experience living in Ghana and should be proficient in English. College
teaching and experience with U.S. undergraduates and some acquaintance with
life in Ghana are highly desirable. Further, the candidate must be attuned to
the educational philosophy and expectations of SIT and possess both commitment
to academic excellence and the personal leadership qualities required by the
program. Among the latter are knowledge of program theme, cultural sensitivity
and adaptability; intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm for challenge; tact and
diplomacy in working with host nationals and American students; organizational
ability; budget management skills; computer literacy; energy; and a sense of
humor.

Education Applicants
with a Master degree in a wide variety of disciplines will be considered,
including anthropology, political science, economics, sociology, education,
history, and African studies. Priority will be given to Ph.D. holders in a
discipline related to the program theme, as well as academic and practical
knowledge of the country and region. Proficiency in English is required.

The selected candidate is expected
to start the job in early July 2018. Salary is commensurate with experience
and academic qualifications.



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