College of Human Resources and Education
3 Positions in Multidisciplinary Studies

The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for three faculty positions with the University's Multidisciplinary Studies undergraduate degree, which is becoming an Eberly College program. The MDS is an established but young degree program through which students complete three conceptually linked minors in place of a major. Advising and orientation/capstone courses are of critical importance in assisting students as they define and build upon those conceptual links that organize their baccalaureate degree. We seek faculty who will embrace and enjoy the developmental aspects of working with students taking a less traditional path toward degree completion. Appointments will be at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor or Senior Lecturer, depending on applicant credentials.

The MDS Coordinator will be a teaching and service appointment. The Coordinator will be responsible for program oversight, including the MDS capstone/writing course and a proposed orientation course; student advising; developing and maintaining cooperative relationships with units in which students complete coursework for their selected minors; program management functions such as planning and assessment; and representing the MDS program to internal and external constituencies. A master's degree with related experience is required; a doctorate is preferred. A successful applicant who currently holds tenure at WVU may retain her/his rank and tenure in the current unit, with a Memorandum of Understanding defining expectations and annual evaluation in this position.

Two additional MDS Senior Lecturer appointments will have primary area of responsibility in instruction, including teaching sections of the MDS capstone/writing course (@25 students). The teaching assignment will be eight courses or equivalent per academic year, with MDS advising responsibilities a course equivalent. We especially welcome applicants with expertise to teach high demand courses in an Eberly College discipline as a balance to teaching sections of the MDS capstone; e.g., Composition and Rhetoric (English 101, 102, 103), Intro to Western Civilization (Humanities 101, 102), Intro to Sociology, Intro to Anthropology, among others. Senior Lecturer appointments are salaried positions that serve ongoing instructional needs. We expect these positions to be renewed annually on a continuing basis, assuming positive performance review.

While we envision division of responsibilities as outlined above, we will consider other options that facilitate matches between applicant interests and background and the needs and future of the MDS.

Applicants should send a letter of application, c.v., and contact information for at least three references to the address below. Additional materials may be requested later. We will begin reviewing applications April 1, 2006, and will accept applications until the positions are filled. West Virginia University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The Eberly College is actively committed to equity and diversity.

Nominations of potential candidates are also welcome.

ADDRESS: Joan Gorham, Associate Dean, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, 201 Woodburn Hall, WVU, Morgantown, WV 26506-6286.  

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