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Humanities Professor (Middle Eastern and Women's Studies) (12-039)

Job Title:

Humanities Professor

(Middle Eastern Studies and Women's Studies)

(12-039)

 Department: Provost Office
Reports To: Provost and Dean of Faculty
FLSA Status: Faculty Position
Prepared By: Genevieve Gessert
Prepared Date: August 2011
Approved By: Carol Wuenschel
Approved Date: August 2011

Summary

Hood College seeks applicants for the Sophia M. Libman National Endowment for the Humanities Professor with a focus in Middle Eastern Studies and Women’s Studies. The Libman Professor will come to Hood for a visiting, three-year appointment, teaching a reduced course load (1/2 the first year, thereafter 2/2), and also plan, budget and manage the yearly NEH Center for the Humanities Colloquium, a series of public and educational events organized around a particular interdisciplinary theme.

We envision the Sophia M. Libman Professorship to be an ideal position for a beginning scholar whose interdisciplinary interests include a strong commitment to the humanities and teaching. Employment begins in August 2012; PhD must be completed by that time. Qualified applicants who have held the PhD for some time or who have extensive teaching experience are also welcome to apply.

We seek candidates specializing in Middle Eastern Studies, with an additional specialty in Women’s Studies strongly preferred. The Libman Professor will be placed in, and should have a primary disciplinary affinity with, one of the following departments: English & Communication Arts, Foreign Languages & Literatures, History, Music, or Religion & Philosophy. (The appointment will not be in Art & Archaeology.) Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the position, candidates with the ability to create courses and programs with a connection to multiple humanities departments are highly desirable. The Libman Professor will teach one or both of the following interdisciplinary courses: Cultures of the Middle East; Introduction to Women's Studies; as well as courses in the candidate’s own specialty within Middle Eastern studies (and Women’s Studies if applicable). The Libman Professor can contribute to Hood’s graduate program in the Humanities by teaching an occasional graduate seminar; the majority of courses will be at the undergraduate level.

We plan to develop a short list of candidates in December, and to notify applicants by the end of December whether or not they are on the short list. We hope to interview shortlisted candidates by phone in mid-January, and to bring finalists to campus in February.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Teaching/Facilitation

  • Teaches a reduced course load (1/2 the first year, thereafter 2/2).
  • Teaches courses that contribute to the undergraduate curriculum during each year of residence, with the potential to contribute to the graduate curriculum.
  • Plans, budgets, and manages the yearly NEH Center for the Humanities Colloquium, a series of public and educational events organized around a particular theme; and attends most Colloquium events, including evening events.
  • Demonstrates an ability or clear potential for quality teaching, scholarly research, and institutional service.
  • Plans course syllabus and assignments for semester of study to meet Hood College and departmental curriculum requirements utilizing a variety of teaching techniques.
  • Evaluates students' learning styles, interests, aptitudes, temperament, and individual characteristics to determine suitable level of instruction and assignments.
  • Instructs students in course content and provides learning opportunities in and out of the classroom to achieve course objectives.
  • Encourages class participation and provides assistance as appropriate to students in completing class assignments.  Manages classroom interactions and establishes and maintains a climate that encourages learning.
  • Critiques performance on various assignments to measure the quality of learning, to build thinking skills, to challenge students’ assumptions, and to reinforce concepts, which may include practical application of new skills.
  • Maintains regular office hours and contact with students as appropriate. Works with student to address problems and resolve issues.
  • Accompanies students on field trips or other off-campus learning opportunities as appropriate.
  • Determines grades for assignments and for overall achievement in class.  Provides appropriate documentation of grades to students and department as appropriate.
  • Other job-related duties as assigned.

Research

  • Conducts field specific research to enhance general body of knowledge and provide publication opportunities
  • Presents research findings and other academic papers at national or professional conferences, or otherwise disseminates research findings in appropriate professional venues

Service

  • Supports and participates in college committees and/or professional organizations to develop professional partnerships and meet academic needs of the institution.
  • Supports the College initiatives to recruit and retain talented students.
  • Acts as an active member of the Hood College community.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Carries out supervisory responsibilities as they may occur for directing student workers or graduate assistants in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities may include interviewing, and training student workers; appraising performance; addressing concerns and resolving problems.                 

Competencies

To perform this job successfully, an individual should demonstrates the following competencies:                                                                                                                                                       

  • Discipline Mastery:  Strong knowledge of subject matter; strong research skills; on-going interaction and/or development of skills related to discipline. 
  • Teaching Mastery:  Strong knowledge of current learning theory and appropriate teaching methodology for diverse student populations.
  • Oral Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.  Presents classroom lectures that are coherent and logical.
  • Planning/Organizing: Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Develops realistic action plans.
  • Professionalism: Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Adaptability: Adapts to changes in the academic work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Dependability: Commits resources necessary to assist students to reach goals.
  • Innovation: Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience

Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in the discipline is required; teaching experience at the college level a plus.  We seek candidates specializing in the Middle Eastern Studies, with a special interest in Women’s Studies. The Libman Professor will be placed in one of the following departments: English and Communication Arts, History, Political Science, Religion & Philosophy, or Music.  Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the position, candidates with the ability to create courses and programs with a connection to multiple humanities departments are highly desirable. The Libman Professor may contribute to Hood’s graduate program in the Humanities by teaching a graduate seminar; the majority of courses will be at the undergraduate level.

Technology Skills

Proficient in office productivity suite software (such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), e-mail and Internet. Ability to use available instructional technology resources to effectively teach in a manner conducive to classroom presentation including, but not limited to, use of audio visual equipment, computer, educational software, etc.

Language Skills

Proficient in the communication of key concepts for the specific discipline in the English language and ability to assist students with English as a secondary language. Ability to read and interpret documents such as research studies, administrative policies, and journals, newspapers, etc. Ability to write lesson plans, respond to email messages, create routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of students, faculty, staff, and other constituencies.

Mathematical Skills                                              

Ability to work with mathematical concepts as appropriate for particular discipline.  Higher-level concepts may be required for some disciplines.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.  Ability to hypothesize, draw conclusions, and support conclusions. Ability to work in theoretical arena and apply logic as appropriate.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; stand; and walk; occasionally to use hands, fingers, and frequently to talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Vision requirements include ability to read student assignments and grade appropriately.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Noise could include interaction with students, faculty, staff, and the public; other noise may be generated by office equipment including telephone, computers, and instructional equipment.  Evening or weekend hours could be required to support programs or special events.

 

To Apply

Please send a cover letter (describing interdisciplinary teaching experience and interests), c.v., and three letters of recommendation by November 15, 2011, to Libman Professor Search, c/o Office of the Provost, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701. We encourage applications or recommendation letters that are submitted electronically, as Word or PDF files, to dietzel@hood.edu. Inquiries may be directed to the co-chairs of the search committee, Dr. Genevieve Gessert at gessert@hood.edu or Dr. Emilie Amt at eamt@hood.edu.

Hood College is committed to diversity and subscribes to a policy of hiring only individuals legally eligible to work in the United States. EEO

Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about discrimination or reasonable accommodation should be referred to the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), (301) 696-3592. For complete information on Hood College’s nondiscrimination policy, please visit www.hood.edu/non-discrimination.