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Cooperative Education Faculty Member
Antioch College
Yellow Springs, OH

January 29, 2013

Job Description:

Faculty Position in Cooperative Education Antioch College invites applications for a one-year renewable faculty position in cooperative education to begin in August 2013. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development, implementation, and assessment of 12-week educational experiences through which students engage in full-time work. Primary duties include the cultivation of cooperative relationships with employers; the implementation of Work Portfolio courses taken by students during their Co-op terms; the provision of support for students prior to, during, and after their field experiences; documentation of the program’s achievements in order to ensure proper reporting; and the coordination of various activities relating to program grants.

Responsibilities also include teaching job search skills; advising and placing students in a wide-range of work experiences; ensuring timely communications with employers; working to improve employer effectiveness with co-op students; developing new co-op jobs; and working collaboratively and effectively with the rest of the faculty to meet the objectives of the curriculum. The faculty member will also be expected to maintain an independent line of research, contribute to the development of grant proposals, represent the Co-op program on various committees, secure jobs for students and attend alumni chapter meeting as required. The co-op faculty member will work closely with faculty members in the academic divisions, participate in college governance and policy decisions through committee work and carry on professional activities such as writing, speaking, and research relating to the use of experience as education in the liberal arts. Rank is open depending on qualifications. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

A PhD or EdD is preferred; alternatively candidates should hold at least a master's degree with five to ten years of directly related experience and deep knowledge of experiential education.

Antioch College is dedicated to the pursuit of inclusive excellence and diversity. We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups. Other qualifications include experience within a liberal arts higher education environment; familiarity with cooperative education, service learning or other work-oriented educational programming; grant writing experience; and knowledge of issues reflected in the College’s Global Seminar Program, which focuses on Food, Water, Energy, Health, Governance and Education. An appreciation for and/or experience with Antioch College’s unique educational model which includes liberal arts study, cooperative education and shared governance is highly valued. Candidates should possess solid organizational skills, be computer literate, have the ability to adapt themselves to new software packages and on-line networking interfaces, be willing to carry out a variety of administrative tasks, and be able to meet a broad range of responsibilities. Adaptability, resourcefulness and strong communication skills will also be necessary. For 90 years, a critical component of the Antioch College education has been the Cooperative Education (co-op) program, established by former President Arthur E. Morgan. Students complete four to six terms of full-time, compensated work in local, national and international settings.

The Antioch College co-op program expands learning experiences through paid employment in a supervised, educational work setting often related to the student’s coursework. In addition to on-the-job-learning, a high value is placed on the learning students do off-the-job in the communities in which they live while on co-op. In order to elevate this potential, the college offers second language instruction every term—even when students are engaged in jobs off campus. Those who qualify will be able to take advantage of the opportunity to work, study or volunteer internationally in a country where the student’s second language capability will be put to substantial use. Therefore, in order to support the College’s belief that second language acquisition is important for future student success, we are especially seeking candidates who speak French, Japanese or Spanish.

How To Apply:

Applicants must be eligible to work legally in the United States. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, three letters of recommendation, and unofficial transcripts electronically as PDF attachments to Official transcripts will be required of finalists. Electronic submission of all materials is strongly preferred. If necessary, hard copies may be mailed to the Cooperative Education Faculty Search c/o Nancy Wilburn, Antioch College, One Morgan Place, Yellow Springs, OH 45387. The deadline to submit materials is March 4, 2013, at which time the committee will begin review.

Additional Information:

Antioch College is a small, liberal arts institution located on a historical campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Included in Loren Pope's best-selling book “Colleges that Change Lives,” Antioch has an inspiring mission and a proud history of educating leaders and contributors to our society, including Nobel Laureates, Fulbright Scholars, MacArthur Fellows, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs, elected office and business, locally, and throughout the world. Our innovative baccalaureate program integrates rigorous classroom learning with full- and part-time work, as well as community engagement. A commitment to sustainability and global issues are an important component of the Antioch experience. A low student-faculty ratio provides Antioch College students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching. Antioch College is an equal opportunity employer; the College offers employment, advancement opportunities, and benefits in a harassment-free environment on the basis of merit, qualifications, and competency to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, national origin, handicap, sexual orientation or covered veteran status. Candidates who can contribute to Antioch's commitment to diversity are encouraged to apply.

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