Graduate Director of the Master of Arts in Higher Education Program- Elon University

September 13, 2017
TITLE:   Graduate Director of the Master of Arts in Higher Education Program
DEPARTMENT:  Department of Education and Wellness

The School of Education at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position (Assistant or Associate Professor) to serve as the Graduate Director of the new Masters of Higher Education program (MHE), a cohort program with two intensive years of full-time study, a paid apprenticeship and two internships. The first student cohort enrolls for fall 2018. The position starts no later than August 1, 2018, with a spring 2018 start option or contractual agreement to assist with key events/decisions desired.

Elon is a dynamic private, co-educational, comprehensive institution that is a national model for actively engaging faculty and students in teaching and learning in a liberal arts based residential campus. It is the nation’s only university recognized by U.S. News & World Report in all eight categories of high impact learning–study abroad, internships, undergraduate research, first-year experiences, service learning, learning communities, writing in the disciplines, and senior capstone experiences. The School of Education is highly regarded within and beyond the state of North Carolina for its active and engaged learning pedagogies that prepare educators who positively impact the education and wellness of children and adults in classrooms and in communities. Building on these strengths, MHE students will be immersed in a campus-wide model of engaged learning as they learn and practice the principles of effective student learning and development and explore the functions, contemporary trends, leadership and organizational structures of institutions of higher education. Graduates will be prepared with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to work as administrators, educators, and mentors in a variety of higher education settings and to think critically about their work as ethical decision makers and advocates for social justice.

Responsibilities and Expectations

We seek a faculty person who is an effective teacher, scholar, and mentor, with administrative or programmatic experience in higher education. The position carries an eleven-month contract, with flexible summer months to support the fulfillment of program responsibilities. The graduate director will teach the equivalent of 4 graduate courses in the higher education program, with an option to periodically teach an undergraduate course of interest.  Establishment and/or continuation of a higher education research agenda is expected. The graduate director will also serve on departmental, school and university -wide committees.

In addition to the primary role of teaching, informed by active scholarship, the program’s inaugural graduate director will be responsible for the academic administration aspects of the program, to include: curriculum development and review, student advisement, student professional engagement, program and learning outcomes assessment, and annual reporting. The graduate director will have significant support for their administrative responsibilities though the dean’s administrative staff and the administrative director of the MHE, who will focus on program administration–student recruitment/marketing, budgets, alumni relations, apprenticeships and internships, and working with Student Life and other university departments. The graduate director and administrative director both report to the Dean of Education and will work as a team to support each other’s work and the overall functions of the MHE program.

Desired Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate in Higher Education, Student Affairs, or related field.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness of teaching in higher education.
  • An established higher education research agenda. To support our teacher/scholar mission, we provide a robust teaching and research development program.
  • Three or more years of experience in administrative or programmatic roles advancing student learning, student development and leadership, student success, diversity and inclusion, etc. in higher education settings.
  • Desire to be an active member of an academic community which embraces the university’s commitment to an educational experience that transforms mind, body, and spirit and encourages freedom of thought and liberty of conscience.

To learn more about Elon, please visit the University web site at If you have questions about the position, the MHE program, or Elon University, feel free to contact Dr. Smith Jackson at


Send letter of interest, curriculum vitae, transcripts, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and research interests to, preferably in one PDF file. Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications must be received by November 1, 2017 to be assured of consideration. Letters of recommendation should be sent separately to the same email address.

New employees paid by direct deposit only.

Elon University is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and welcomes all applicants.