Northwestern University / Searle Center for Advancing Learning & Teaching — Associate Director, Inclusive Learning Communities

As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, The Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching at Northwestern University is excited to launch our search for an Associate Director of Inclusive Learning Communities. This reimagined position will expand the array of support for instructors who are establishing a foundational understanding of Northwestern’s Principles of Inclusive Teaching and offer continued engagement and community for instructors who aspire to more deeply implement and move the practices forward.

This specialized faculty development role augments the range of staff expertise in the Searle Center, which embraces diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice as core principles. The Associate Director will have the opportunity to shape the vision, set goals, design leading-edge programs, and launch initiatives to promote instructional practices designed to foster belonging and to promote the success of all students, especially those who come from historically underrepresented communities and those who hold marginalized identities.
The dynamic portfolio of initiatives is built on a scholarly foundation and is animated by bold thinking and strategic decision making to advance the following high priority areas of the Searle Center: 1) Building capacity for inclusive teaching; 2) Cultivating affirming course climates that contribute to a relationship-rich campus learning community; 3) Supporting instructors to recognize the strengths and meet the needs of diverse learners; 4) Equipping instructors with the skills to name and begin breaking down barriers to educational equity that fall within their domain by drawing on critical pedagogies. The Associate Director is also a valuable thought partner on inclusive teaching for departments/programs and schools and the Offices of the Provost, including Undergraduate Education, Faculty, and Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in social science, humanities, education, or related field and experience in a college or university teaching and/or learning center. An ideal colleague would exhibit deep curiosity, humility, and desire for continued professional growth and display exceptional interpersonal skills that contribute to creating and sustaining an inclusive and collaborative work environment. The Associate Director will have logistical assistance and collegial support, fortifying resources to strengthen professional networks and foster growth, and opportunities engage in scholarly inquiry that contributes to national and international dialogues. 

Explore our Careers Resources to learn more about the vibrancy of our learning community and what makes Northwestern University one of the world’s premier research institutions. The full job description can be found on Northwestern’s Careers website, search job ID 43116, Associate Director, Inclusive Learning Communities. If you have any remaining questions, please contact the Director and Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Jennifer Keys. To apply, craft a cover letter that articulates your commitment to the University’s inclusive teaching principles and that highlights your unique qualifications and interest in the position and submit it along with your C.V. by January 17, 2022 deadline. We will begin to review applications upon receipt.

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