Associate Director of Educational Design

The Wabash Center is very pleased to announce the search for a new Associate Director of Educational Design. The new hire will join our staff at a time of deepening our service to teaching and learning in religion and theological education. The new colleague will assist with diversifying and innovating our program.

Position Description

The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., to enhance teaching of religious and theological studies in higher education.  The Wabash Center embodies its mission for the support of faculty through such activities as: educational programming, networking/social media, regranting, and educational resources. The Associate Director of Educational Design is part of a staff that thinks creatively to organize, support, implement, and assess Wabash Center activities.  Specifically, the work of the Associate Director of Educational Design includes assisting with overall administration of the programmatic life of the Wabash Center through critical knowledge of educational design, creativity, imagination and collaborative skills.

Key responsibilities

  • Participate as a team member to enhance, enrich and facilitate the mission of the Wabash Center
  • Assist with design, implementation, evaluation, and long-range planning of the overall programs of the Wabash Center with particular attention to the remote and online programming
  • Coordinate workshops, colloquies, salons, and seminars (on-campus, remote and online)
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships and partnerships with higher education groups and guilds (e.g. SBL, AAR, ATS, FTE, REA, etc.)
  • Represent the Wabash Center at professional society meetings, conferences, and in media events, as designated by the Director
  • Keep abreast of new developments with the scholarship of teaching and learning with particular emphasis upon religion and theology
  • Network with individuals and groups who are current participants and potential participants of the Wabash Center
  • Participate in the faculty life of the Wabash College, as time and interest warrants
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director

Qualifications & Skills

  • Ph.D. degree or equivalent in fields related to religious education, religion and theology.
  • Minimum of 5 years of full-time teaching in the fields of religious education, theological or religious studies in higher education.
  • Previous experience managing educational programming and resources.
  • Highly values working collaboratively with a supervisor and team members in an ethos of creativity, respect, and collegiality.
  • Keen ability for collaborative creativity and imagination with a diversity of constituencies from across the U.S. and Canada who teach in a variety of fields and institutional contexts.
  • Knowledgeable about a variety of approaches and methods in adult pedagogy with expertise in remote pedagogies.
  • Knowledge in educational software (e.g. Canvas, Blackboard, Zoom, etc.).
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience with minoritized communities in higher education.
  • Knowledgeable of issues of race, class, gender diversities and articulate about the politics of diversity.
  • Knowledge of issues of racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, islamophobia, etc., and articulate about systemic and structural oppressions.
  • Knowledgeable about the wide range of cultural epistemologies and associated pedagogies
  • Excellent written, oral, and imagination skills.
  • Pro-active about and experienced working with issues of cultural competence, inclusion, and anti-racism.
  • Willingness to travel to workshop and conference locations that include overnight stays.
  • Gains satisfaction from interacting and working with teachers, confronting challenging problems in higher education, and learning new skills for better teaching and administration.

To apply, please visit Wabash College’s Human Resources website.

A complete application will include: (a) a cover letter, (b) curriculum vitae, (c) responses to the two application questions, see below, and (d) contact information of three professional references.

Review of applications will begin October 1 and continue until the job is filled. 

The two questions to engage in the application packet are:

  • What do you think are the important issues to consider in helping to nurture faculty in religion and theology for cultural competency, diversity inclusion, and anti-racist pedagogy? What is needed to support minoritized faculty of religion and theological studies? What is needed to educate and mobilize white faculty about the systemic practices of racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, etc., which permeate higher education? Please feel free to engage these issues through first person narrative and creative non-fiction writing if you prefer. The length of your response should not exceed 750 words.

  • “In these times,” what do you see are the major challenges for teaching and learning in religion and theological studies? How may imagination be employed in and beyond the classroom to meet these challenges? What may be necessary if we are to nurture the imagination and creativity of both teachers and students? Please feel free to engage these issues through first person narrative and creative non-fiction writing if you prefer. The length of your response should not exceed 750 words.

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