Position Available: Faculty Specialist II, Higher Education & Student Affairs at Western Michigan University

May 6, 2019


Western Michigan University, College of Education and Human Development

Department of Educational Leadership, Research, and Technology

Faculty Specialist II: Educational Leadership, Higher Education & Student Affairs

Terminal, Non-Tenure Track, .5 FTE (Half time)

Position: Faculty Specialist II (.5 FTE = ½ time) in Higher Education & Student Affairs (HESA), Leadership in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research, and Technology at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, for the 2019-2020 academic year. This position is a one-year, half-time replacement for a faculty member on sabbatical.

Qualifications:  Earned master’s degree in higher education and student affairs is required; doctoral work/doctoral degree is preferred. Applicants must have 3 or more years of substantial student affairs work experience, with post-secondary education teaching and professional association involvement. The successful candidate must have outstanding communication skills. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working with diverse student populations, teaching experience using face-to-face and on-line formats, and demonstrated ability to work closely with students in an educational environment. Ability to provide programming to enhance student success is critical.

Duties:  The primary duties for this position all focus on the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) leadership concentration (which is one of the master’s areas in a larger Educational Leadership master’s program); these duties include: providing academic advising and programming, supervising practica and capstone experiences, communicating regularly with prospective and current students, recruitment and assisting with the admissions process, working with and supervising a graduate assistant for the HESA Leadership concentration, and providing support to the HMSA student group as they implement various activities. The ideal candidate must be prepared to advise and mentor master’s students in the HESA Leadership concentration, as well as provide administrative leadership for that area. Modeling involvement and leadership with student affairs professional associations is expected.

University: Western Michigan University (WMU) is a Carnegie Research public university, the fourth largest in Michigan.  The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has classified WMU as one of only 139 public institutions it considers research universities. Today, the University offers more than 240 academic programs to students pursuing degrees through the doctoral level. More than 20 percent of its 25,000 students are enrolled in graduate course work, studying in disciplines ranging from atomic physics and graph theory to medieval literature and blind rehabilitation. Of 101 graduate offerings available, 30 lead to a doctoral degree. Kalamazoo is located midway between Detroit and Chicago and offers a wide variety of cultural and recreational opportunities.  Western Michigan University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer consistent with applicable federal and state laws. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

College: The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at WMU is a vital, progressive unit committed to high quality teaching, research, and service in the delivery of all programs. Contemporary, knowledge-based and competent teaching remains a priority across College of Education and Human Development programs, as its research informs and its service improves practice in educational and other organizations.  The College also maintains a strong commitment to field-based education and collaborative efforts with schools and agencies to support the core work of the College.

Department: The Department of Educational Leadership, Research, and Technology (ELRT) provides courses, field experiences, and other learning opportunities for students working toward graduate degrees in Educational Leadership; Evaluation, Measurement and Research; Educational and Instructional Technology; and Organizational Change Leadership. The position also supports other Western Michigan University Master of Arts and doctoral programs. Department faculty members are engaged in a wide variety of research and service activities in and out of public education and social science arenas. Within the last year, the Department has been responsible for over $13 million in grant funds to complete research in the field that directly impacts leadership capacity for improved student achievement. The Department is active in many professional associations and supports the needs of practitioners. 

Rank and Salary: Faculty Specialist II, .5 FTE (half-time), terminal, non-tenure track at some institutions, this position is called clinical faculty).  Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  A range of benefits, including health benefits is provided.

Application: Submit online application, cover letter, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts for graduate degrees (unofficial transcripts are acceptable until time of hiring), and list of 3 references. Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Donna Talbot, Department Chair (donna.talbot@wmich.edu  or  269-387-3891). The application process will move quickly. Application and information available at WMU jobs website: wmich.edu/hr/jobs (Posting #1936 ).

Application Review begins: May 13, 2019