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Assistant/Associate/Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington
Date Posted 03/30/2021
Faculty-Liberal Arts-Other Liberal Arts
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Faculty position (1.0 FTE) in interdisciplinary core curriculum with teaching expertise in first year experience, honors programs, and interdisciplinary major and minor programs.

This faculty assignment includes teaching at least two FYEP courses and at least two IHON courses annually. Additional contributions to interdisciplinary core and major/minor programs will be determined annually depending upon program needs and faculty expertise.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

See Required Qualifications below.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

See Required Qualifications below.

Required Qualifications:
  • Current PLU tenure-track faculty whose position has been eliminated by the Board of Regents.
  • Experience teaching FYEP 101 or in the IHON program.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the core curriculum, as evidenced by regular teaching of FYEP 101 or IHON courses; advising and mentoring first year or IHON students; participation in assessment related to FYEP or IHON; and engaging in professional development related to teaching the core.
  • Ability to participate in core curriculum review, revision, and development.
  • Demonstrated experience with the pedagogy of writing.
  • Ability to teach courses that serve at least one interdisciplinary major or minor program.
  • Demonstrated expertise in interdisciplinary pedagogies that help students integrate and synthesize insights from a variety of relevant disciplines into a holistic analytical framework.
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusive pedagogies that are student-centered and thus consciously acknowledge and integrate students’ intersecting social identities throughout the teaching and learning experience.
  • Ability to teach courses that represent the university’s commitment to Diversity, Justice, and Sustainability, including the critical study of power, privilege, and oppression.
  • Demonstrated experience in contributing (via teaching, advising, and/or administration) to PLU’s interdisciplinary programs.
  • PhD.

Preferred Qualifications:

Work Conditions:

Physical Requirements:

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, submit your application including a CV and letter of interest.

In addition to describing how the candidate meets each of the qualifications listed above, the letter should also address the following questions: (1) how do you envision supporting and strengthening PLU’s core curriculum?; (2) how does your pedagogy respond to the unique needs of first year students?; and (3) how do you incorporate interdisciplinarity into your teaching and/or scholarship?

Applications are due by 5pm on Friday April 9.

Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee, and applicants may be invited to meet with the committee in mid-April. For those applicants deemed qualified under Section D(2)(b), selections will be made according to the criteria in Sections D(2)(d) and D(2)(e).

Other Information:

Pacific Lutheran University purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. PLU continues the transformational tradition of Lutheran higher education through its commitment to the advancement of knowledge, freedom of expression, and critical questioning. Offering distinctive opportunities for global engagement, collaborative student-faculty research and purposeful learning, PLU guides 3,100 students from all faiths and backgrounds discern their vocation through coursework, mentorship and internships at world- class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions.

PLU is located on a 156-acre woodland campus in the Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington and about 40 minutes south of downtown Seattle. The campus reflects consciously green practices and is in proximity to the natural beauty of Mount Rainier, the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, and the Puget Sound.

PLU’s administration supports and respects the strong culture of faculty-shared governance by working closely and collaboratively with faculty leadership to sustain and strengthen existing structures and procedures while working together on key institutional, academic and curricular decisions.

The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff and student body from all religions, races, socioeconomic groups, sexual orientations, and gender expressions and from all over the world. For the 2019-20 academic year, 42 percent of incoming first-year students were the first generation in their families to attend college; 45 percent self-identified as students of color; and 37 percent were Pell Grant-eligible. PLU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from members of historically underrepresented and minoritized groups, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities.

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