St. Lawrence University, International & Intercultural Studies
Assistant Director for Student Life and Academic Instruction [Kenya Semester Program in Nairobi]
|Institution Type:||College / University|
St. Lawrence University has for the past forty-three years operated a study abroad program in Kenya for up to 25 U.S. students each semester. The program operates out of a five acre campus in the Karen neighborhood of Nairobi and integrates classroom instruction with extended field components and internships throughout East Africa. The program’s immersive pedagogy focuses on the historic and contemporary intersection of issues related to East African culture, environment and development. Students study diverse topics such as biodiversity conservation, development, gender, history, health, and politics. Swahili language courses are also required for all students. The university seeks to appoint an Assistant Director for Student Life and Academic Instructor who will work closely with a team of other administrative and teaching staff, including two full-time, onsite directors.
The assistant director will be in charge of all aspects related to Student Life, health, and safety; and will co-teach the core course: “Culture, Environment, and Development in East Africa” with the academic director. Additionally, this person will have responsibility for the rural and urban homestay components as well as the Independent Study components of the core course during the last month of each semester. He/she will share advising responsibilities to students about academic and cross-cultural concerns with the two other directors. The program administration must work together closely; a highly collaborative work style is essential. As a member of the St. Lawrence faculty, he/she is also eligible for regular support for ongoing professional development.
Applicants for this post must have a master degree in-hand [Ph.D. is preferred] and demonstrated success in teaching at the university level; extensive knowledge of Kenya’s socio-economic and political landscape, international education, and with the liberal arts pedagogy of the U.S. university system. Master degree or Ph.D. should be in a social science or humanities field, with demonstrated research expertise in East Africa, and a native or near native fluency in Swahili. Experience in field-based learning and in cross-cultural education preferred.
The assistant director must be an enthusiastic and energetic teacher. He or she will accompany students on several lengthy field components, requiring absence from Nairobi for substantial intervals. The assistant director will reside in on-campus housing provided by St. Lawrence University at our campus in Karen, Nairobi.
Interested applicants must apply online at http://employment.stlawu.edu uploading all required materials which are defined in the “special instructions to applicant” section. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.
Located at 23 Romoda Drive, Canton, NY, St. Lawrence University is a coeducational, private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,400 students from more than 40 states and 40 nations. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global.
The University is committed to and seeks diversity among its faculty, staff and students. Such a commitment ensures an atmosphere that is diverse and complex in ways that are intellectually and socially enriching for the entire campus community. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups, as well as from individuals with experience teaching or working in a multicultural environment, are encouraged. St. Lawrence University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
For additional information about St. Lawrence, please visit http://www.stlawu.edu.
Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Abdelwahab Sinnary, Chair, Search Committee and Academic Director for St. Lawrence University Kenya Semester at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Secondary Categories:||African History / Studies