Assistant Professor of Humanities

St. George, Utah, United States
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Job description

The Department of Humanities at Dixie State University (DSU) in St. George, Utah invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor with a specialization in Humanities to begin July 1, 2018. The Humanities program at Dixie State University aims to foster student understanding of the foundations, central ideas, and expressions of a variety of cultures, value systems, and philosophical perspectives.

DSU is an open-enrollment teaching institution dedicated to rigorous learning and the enrichment of the professional and personal lives of its students and community. The Humanities curriculum is designed to build critical thinking skills through the interdisciplinary study of artistic expression (visual art, literature, film, music, etc.) in different time periods and cultural contexts. Applicants will be expected to be able to fulfill these program objectives by demonstrating an interdisciplinary focus to their learning and research coupled with strong pedagogical skills. Additional information about the Humanities program is found online at https://humanities.dixie.edu/.
Responsibilities

  • Ability to teach both Western and Non-Western introductory courses in the humanities, with a preference given to those with specialties in Non-Western or ancient traditions
  • Work with the department chair and academic colleagues to develop and/or teach upper-division topics courses
  • Participate in university and departmental student recruitment and retention initiatives
  • Regularly teach in the University’s General Education curriculum
  • Serve as an advisor/mentor to students
  • Facilitate service learning and engagement with the community
  • Work with the department chair, the dean, and other faculty to advance the university’s mission, including:
    • Conducting student assessment
    • Mentoring adjuncts
    • Performing service for the college and university
  • Teach 24 credits per academic year
  • Fulfill faculty responsibilities including participating in department events and committee meetings, holding regular office hours, and advising students

Qualifications

  • PhD in Humanities, Art History, or Literature (with evidence of a breadth of learning) required
  • College level teaching experience in the humanities required with a demonstrated ability to successfully teach courses (finalists will be required to demonstrate competence via a teaching demonstration)
  • A background that complements existing faculty specialties
  • Ability to employ various communication and teaching technologies
  • Ability to communicate clearly with students, staff and colleagues, both orally and in writing
  • An eagerness to engage with faculty, staff and administrators to develop ways to improve the educational experience of students

Supplemental Information

Contract:  Full-time (9 month) tenure-track faculty position. Faculty service begins August 2018; salary and benefits begin July 1, 2018. Salary is based on nationally competitive DSU faculty salary schedule, depending on qualifications & experience; additional compensation available for summer/overload teaching. Excellent benefits package included.

About the University: Dixie State University is an open-enrollment institution committed to student access, affordability and success. DSU has adopted an instructional approach of “active learning.active life” and we seek faculty committed to providing students with an active learning environment. Established in 1911 as a community college and in 2013 as a state university, DSU is located in picturesque southwestern Utah with its red rocks, desert climate, over 300 days of sunshine annually, and featuring easy access to world class outdoor recreational opportunities. The University’s Strategic Plan calls for significant expansion into new degree programs and an increase of student enrollment to 12,500 students over the next four years.

DSU seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University’s strong commitment to the academic success of all our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientation and gender expressions.

How to apply

Application review begins October 16, 2017; position open until filled. Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references (including email addresses), unofficial transcripts and a Student Success Statement (approximately one page, single-spaced) about their teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population. Please upload all of the requested documents when you submit your application. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and certification of required degrees and upon successfully passing a background check. If, because of a disability, you need special services or facilities in order to apply for this opening, please call the Human Resources Office (435) 652-7520.

DSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University is firmly committed to non-discrimination and affirmative action and it is the policy of the University to strive to afford equal opportunity to qualified individuals, regardless of their religion, race, color, age, disability, gender, veterans or disabled veterans status or national origin and to conform to applicable laws and regulations.

When students arrive at Dixie State University campus in St. George, Utah, they can enjoy an inviting landscape with fountains and statues, athletic fields, two gymnasiums, and many well equipped classroom buildings, computer laboratories, two theaters, an art gallery, two concert halls, dormitories and a student center with a food court, a book store and a dance hall. A fine library is at the center of campus, with a park on each side. There are two other parks, the Encampment Mall and the O. C. Tanner Fountain Plaza. It is a walking campus with parking for cars on the perimeter. Above all, there are professors, about 175 of them plus adjunct teachers, and vibrant students—about 10,000. Together they are engaged in the excitement of learning.