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Executive Director, Faculty Enrichment Center

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Date: Feb 1, 2019

Location: Cincinnati, OH, US

Faculty Enrichment Center Description

At the University of Cincinnati, faculty are an essential resource for achieving excellence in education, research, and service. As part of the university’s new strategic direction, Next Lives Here, the university is making a significant investment in faculty by designing a state-of-the-art Faculty Enrichment Center (FEC), which will serve as the intellectual and social commons for faculty. With a focus on professional growth and development, collaboration, inclusion, and social connectivity, the center will provide innovative programs, high-end meeting spaces, and engaging social activities that will enrich faculty.


Position Description

The Office of the Provost is currently seeking an inaugural Executive Director of the FEC commencing July 1, 2019 who will manage all FEC initiatives and will oversee the growth of the FEC into an exemplary national model of innovation, faculty learning and development. Using scientific information on best practices and experiences with enrichment activities garnered as a faculty member, the successful candidate will provide the conceptual and organizational leadership for the Center, working with a faculty and staff advisory group to develop and oversee the Center’s core programming. The Executive Director should have knowledge and experience in faculty development, academic processes, and community engagement, coupled with research and teaching experience. Building collaborative partnerships with other UC centers and offices that provide professional development opportunities for faculty to leverage and synergize existing resources while strategically addressing the needs of faculty by designing new opportunities is a crucial responsibility.


The Executive Director will focus and communicate the FEC’s primary goals and objectives, design programming to support these goals, evaluate the success of the programming and modify programming based on evaluative data, as well as elicit feedback from stakeholders and constituents such as faculty, administrators and other faculty support offices. The dissemination of scholarly work based on center activities is encouraged.  


The Executive Director reports to and serves at the will of the Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Special Initiatives. The directorship is a 12-month position. A faculty appointment may be granted in a department aligned with the terminal degree, and rank will be commensurate with experience and requirements for the department’s reappointment, promotion, and tenure guidelines.


Specific Duties

  • Support the professional development of of all types, ranks and career stages, advance UC’s mission to establish high-impact practices related to teaching and research; and stimulate, cultivate and grow interdisciplinary research through original programming.
  • Develop campus programming/services that inspire professional innovation, participate on university-wide committees, provide leadership for special projects as needed and regularly evaluate programming and analyze FEC services and climate.
  • Oversee the recruitment, hiring, training, supervision, and evaluation of Center staff; develop and maintain processes for work and project flow for the ; and provide day-to-day leadership and strategic planning for the Center.
  • Design and deliver culturally inclusive programs and campus-wide training for faculty.
  • Advise and make recommendations to the university administration (through Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Special Initiatives) related to faculty diversity, equity, policy, campus environment, and national trends.
  • Work with the FEC Advisory Committee, Faculty Senate Chair, and other opportunities for consultations to observe and provide feedback on teaching, research, other aspects related to faculty engagement.
  • Continue and refine a multimedia plan for the FEC, ensuring that its communications (website, printed materials, e-newsletters) are up-to-date and useful; oversee content on social media outlets appropriate for the Center's messages to faculty (current and prospective).


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with seven (7) years of experience; -OR- Associate's degree with nine (9) years of experience; -OR- eleven (11) years of experience. Degree must be appropriate to the applicant's field of expertise. Experience must be in management or leadership with at least three (3) years supervision.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Terminal degree appropriate to the applicant's academic field of expertise and a minimum of seven years as a full-time faculty member at an accredited college or university.
  • Knowledge and experience in the spectrum of activities related to faculty development, academic processes, community engagement, curriculum development, program development, and the structure and operations of higher education. 
  • Experience in the areas of budget, office management and staff supervision.
  • Successful university teaching experience and a record of research, scholarly and creative activity suitable for a tenured faculty appointment in a discipline represented at the University.
  • Proven leadership experience, verbal and written interpersonal communication skills, conflict resolution skills and evidence of personal and professional growth and development.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and  while being able to appropriately respond to the needs of a diverse population.
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion.
  • Experience working in, or with, a unionized workforce.
  • Interest or experience in experiential learning initiatives for faculty.
  • Interest or experience in online or distance education and technological tools designed to support teaching, learning, and development activities.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.


Application Process

To apply, please submit an application at Applications are being accepted until the position is filled, although priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 30, 2019.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.


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