Associate/Full Professor, Mindfulness Studies Program Director



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Cambridge, MA

About Lesley University:
Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lesley University is highly regarded for its graduate and undergraduate programs in education, the arts, and applied social sciences. Lesley fosters a highly creative environment in which innovative ideas thrive, theory is integrated with practice and its 7,000 students and 87,000 alumni are empowered to improve and enrich communities.

We offer a competitive benefits package that includes health, dental, life, and long-term-disability insurance. In addition, we offer generous amounts of vacation and holiday time, as well as a tuition remission policy that enables employees to expand their knowledge and skills.

Please note that all Core faculty at Lesley University are represented by the Service Employees International Union, Local 509 (SEIU).

Information on the Department:
The M.A. in Mindfulness Studies is the first graduate program of its kind in the United States, as is the Certificate Program. The Programs, comprised of approximately 90 students, are low-residency-courses are online with the exception of an in-person component at the weeklong on campus summer residency for first-year students. In this academically and experientially rigorous program, students are immersed in the theory and practice of mindfulness, mindful communications (insight dialog), mindful leadership and social change, and the roots of mindfulness in Buddhist traditions, as well as research in the emerging field of contemplative neuroscience. The Master’s Degree Program culminates with a capstone project/Master’s thesis. A number of electives are also offered.

Graduates will be versed in the history of mindfulness in the west, and its origins in classical mindfulness, as well as in ongoing conversations about secular Buddhism and the early teachings of the Buddha. Students in the Master’s and Certificate programs complete a one-week silent retreat at a Vipassana (or other approved) retreat center. Those in the Master’s program complete a semester-long internship during which they provide mindful service in their home communities. Graduates will emerge from the program grounded in mindfulness, familiar with Buddhist traditions and thought, and knowledgeable of the applications of mindfulness across a wide variety of fields.

The M.A. in Mindfulness Studies is especially suitable for those aspiring to be mindful citizens, prepared to promote social good, and to apply their training in their professional endeavors, including health and wellness, education, business and leadership, and other forms of social entrepreneurship. The program is excellent preparation for students seeking to pursue professional certification training in Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBIs), or as complementary training for those already engaged in MBI certification programs.

Job Description:
This is a full time 12-month Associate/Full Professor position in the Master’s Degree program in Mindfulness Studies. Rank is commensurate with experience. The Director reports to the Dean of the Graduate School and oversees the 36-credit Master’s Degree Program, as well as the 15-credit Certificate Program in Mindfulness Studies. He/she/they teaches online courses across the curriculum, supervises core faculty, hires and mentors adjunct faculty, advises students, develops new curricula and program initiatives, and fosters collaborations with other mainstream mindfulness and Buddhist entities. The Director works with university departments on marketing, admissions, budgeting, and alumni relations; and serves as a liaison between the program and the University. He/she/they serves on the Graduate School academic leadership team and on school and university faculty committees. The director oversees and leads the planning and delivery of the once yearly, week-long summer on-campus residency session for first year students. The director is responsible for developing new Program initiatives and planning Program events, and for developing collaborations and co-sponsored events with other mainstream mindfulness and Buddhist entities. He/she/they must actively embrace and foster the relationship between social justice, reflective practice, and individual well-being; and address issues of privilege, exclusion, and marginalization in all aspects of the Director role.

-Ph.D. in a relevant field such as Contemplative Studies, Religious Studies, Buddhist Studies, or other discipline that provides a solid foundation in both mainstream mindfulness and Buddhist study and practice.
-Minimum of five years teaching mindfulness courses and Buddhist studies courses, with extensive online teaching experience.
-Qualifications to teach mindfulness meditation practices.
-Certification in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction or equivalent knowledge/experience.
-Knowledge of contemplative education programs at other academic institutions in the US and abroad, as well as knowledge of key mindfulness based intervention training programs, Buddhist teacher training programs, and relevant research and study organizations (such as the Mind and Life Institute).
-Demonstrated administrative skills for creating collaborative relationships with other mainstream mindfulness and Buddhist entities, and a record of successful administrative experience in an academic program.
-Knowledge of current issues in mainstream mindfulness and Buddhist thought, including dialogue about secular Buddhism.
-Demonstrated commitment to diversity and social justice issues.
-Extensive silent retreat experience and demonstrated qualifications to advise/support students pre- and post- 7-day silent retreat at program-approved meditation retreat center.
-Nationally or internationally recognized as a leader in the field of mindfulness/Buddhist studies, with a record of ongoing relevant scholarly activity, including publications and conference presentations etc.
-Must be authorized to work in the United States; if you hold a visa, your visa status must allow you to work at Lesley University.

Preferred Qualifications:
-Insight dialog experience.

Additional Information:
Compensation commensurate with experience.

Background checks are required for all positions.

Lesley University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion and social justice in all aspects of the educational experience. Candidates who believe they can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

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A cover letter, CV/resume must be included for full consideration.

Applications will be reviewed upon the establishment of an appropriate pool of candidates. For best consideration, please apply before January 30, 2019.

With more than 100 years of experience in training education professionals, Lesley knows how to groom great instructors. Ninety-two percent of Lesley professors hold the highest degrees offered in their fields, and they truly care about teaching. Our faculty is dedicated, accomplished and active practitioners in their fields. Lesley professors are committed to providing the personalized attention required to satisfy inquisitive minds.