Director of Undergraduate Course: Gateway to Belonging at OU

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Director of Undergraduate Course: Gateway to Belonging at OU Job Description: The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial, collaborative faculty leader who can guide and oversee the development and launching of a new university-wide “Gateway to Belonging at OU” course focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. This new course will be part of the General Education curriculum and required for all new incoming students to the university including first-year and transfer students. The course will help students gain an understanding of diverse perspectives from people of different abilities, identities, cultures, and social backgrounds, building an intercultural awareness that will allow them to interact more effectively with others. Students will learn how individual identities are formed and perceived, including the sources of prejudice and discrimination, with an emphasis on combatting racism, for example, anti-black racism. The course will address how historical and ongoing structures of opportunity, inequality, and power shape national, state, and local communities. Students will develop the skills to practice civil discourse and foster an inclusive campus culture. The successful candidate will be appointed as a tenured member of the Regular Faculty in an academic unit related to their field of scholarship, at a senior rank commensurate with University of Oklahoma standards. While service in the directing of the Gateway to Belonging at OU course will prevail in the distribution of effort, teaching and research expectations may be negotiated. Responsibilities: ·      Provide curriculum for the first-year diversity, equity, and inclusion course: Gateway to Belonging at OU ·      Oversee recruitment, hiring, retention, and supervision of first-year diversity experience course instructors in partnership with stakeholders across campus ·      Lead ongoing, innovative, and effective training and curriculum and co-curriculum development for the course ·      Collaborate on various initiatives within Freshman Programs to further facilitate cultural competencies and capacity-building among all students ·      Offer program evaluation and assessment ·      Maintain strong relationships and collaboration with administrators, faculty, and staff across campus Primary Qualifications: ·      Doctorate or other terminal research degree ·      Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion education and best practices in cultural competency ·      Demonstrated knowledge of relevant academic literature and theory ·      Record of excellence in teaching, scholarly or creative activity, and service requisite with an appointment as tenured faculty in the appropriate academic unit ·      Record of effective and visionary leadership in undergraduate education Secondary Qualifications: ·      Demonstrated commitment to cultivating enriching discussions and interactions with students ·      Commitment to creating equitable classroom experiences for students and inclusive excellence ·      Demonstrated skills and record of achievement as a communicator, planner, collaborator, and manager ·      Demonstrated awareness of best practices in faculty recruitment and retention ·      Demonstrated experience with interdisciplinary initiatives The University of Oklahoma is a comprehensive flagship research institution (Carnegie Classification R1: highest research activity) with over 30,000 students and more than 2,700 full-time faculty members offering nearly 500 different graduate and undergraduate degree programs on three campuses (Norman, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa). The University of Oklahoma is located in the heart of Norman, OK. Norman is a close-knit and vibrant community committed to supporting its local businesses. The city of Norman is consistently a contender on “best place to live” rankings with outstanding schools, amenities, a low cost of living, small town charm, and a variety of recreational opportunities. Norman is located just 20 miles south of Oklahoma City, the capital and economic hub of the state of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma City Metroplex, including Norman and several other suburban cities, is home to about 1.5 million residents, offering all the amenities of a major, modern metropolitan community, including rich cultural diversity and heritage, an abundance of the arts, superb dining and night-life, major sporting and concert events, family entertainment, recreational adventure activities, and much more. Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting the University of Oklahoma in this search. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination including contact information for the nominee. Inquiries and nominations should be directed to Jan Greenwood, Founder, at jangreenwood@greenwoodsearch.com; Marion Frenche, Practice Leader, at marionfrenche@greenwoodsearch.com; or Joshua Nelson, Search Committee Chair, at joshuabnelson@ou.edu. Application review will begin February 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The position is expected to begin in the summer of 2021. Applicants must submit a letter of application, a current CV, and names and contact information for three references. Letters of application should address how the candidate’s service, research, and teaching will contribute to the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, the strategic plan for which can be found at https://ou.edu/leadon/pillars/pillar4. Additional materials including a teaching portfolio, three confidential letters of reference, field-appropriate, sample research materials (e.g., a writing sample, digital humanities project) and a research statement will be asked of applicants at later stages of the process. This institution is using Interfolio to conduct this search. All application materials should be submitted electronically through Interfolio using the following link: http://apply.interfolio.com/81416.
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