Antioch College invites applications for a cooperative education instructor position that is currently available at its historic campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio. This is a fulltime, year-round position that is renewable annually.
For more than 90 years, a critical component of the Antioch College education model has been our Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program, established by former President Arthur E. Morgan. The program expands the boundaries of the liberal arts learning environment by developing employment opportunities in supervised employment settings where students learn on the job while also receiving compensation for their efforts. Students complete four or five terms of full-time work in local, national and international settings. The cooperative education instructor facilitates student placements, instructs courses, and contributes to the development, implementation, and assessment of these twelve-week work experiences as well as other experiential education opportunities outlined in the Antioch College Curriculum Catalog.
The College is particularly interested in receiving applications from individuals who could provide leadership in developing a range of co-op opportunities for students while contributing to innovation, advocacy, problem-solving or policy debates in one or more of the following areas: Sustainable energy, environmental science, biomedical science, mental health, engaged anthropology/sociology, diversity programming, performance/art, generational equity, organizational development, social justice, educational reform.
As a member of the Co-op faculty, the cooperative education instructor cultivates cooperative relationships with employers and instructs the Work Portfolio courses taken by students during their Co-op terms as well as Co-op preparation courses offered prior to placement. They may be asked to co-teach one of the College’s Global Seminars once every two years. Please refer to the Antioch College Curriculum Catalog for a full description of these courses. The instructor advises students before, during and after their field experiences; documents the program’s achievements in order to ensure proper reporting; and contributes to supplemental program activities. They work closely with faculty members in the academic divisions, participate in college governance and policy decisions, and represent the Co-op program on a modest number of community committees both within the college and among outside groups.
The cooperative education instructor is encouraged to conduct independent research, engage in professional practice, and/or involve the College in off-campus initiatives relating to their area of expertise. They should be able to demonstrate a link between their professional endeavors and an array of potential co-op jobs by tracing out a network of contacts relating to their employment ideas. Their work should relate well with one or more of the degree programs that are offered within the College’s academic divisions (the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences) or one of the themes covered in our Global Seminar Program (Food, Water, Energy, Health, Governance and Education).
Qualifications: A terminal degree (Ph.D., Ed.D. or MFA) is preferred although candidates may hold at least a master’s degree with five years of directly related experience and a deep knowledge of experiential education. College-level experience with cooperative education, service learning or other experiential education programming; public speaking skills; familiarity with and commitment to the liberal arts higher education environment; as well as demonstrated achievements within one or more of the above mentioned fields which are of particular relevance to the College are also required. Candidates should possess solid organizational skills, be computer literate, have the ability to adapt themselves to new software packages and on-line teaching interfaces, be willing to carry out a variety of administrative tasks, and be able to meet a broad range of responsibilities. Adaptability, resourcefulness, a sense of humor and strong communication skills will also be necessary.
Antioch College is dedicated to the pursuit of inclusive excellence and diversity. We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups. In order to elevate the potential of students to bridge cultural and national divides, the college offers second language instruction—at times even when students are engaged in jobs off campus. Students who qualify will be able to take advantage of the opportunity to work, study, or volunteer internationally in a country where their second language capability will be put to substantial use. Therefore, in order to support the College’s position that second language acquisition is important for future student success, we seek candidates who are conversant in French, Japanese or Spanish.
Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States without Antioch College sponsorship. Interested parties should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, three letters of recommendation, and unofficial transcripts electronically as PDF attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Official transcripts will be required of finalists. Electronic submission of all materials is strongly preferred. If necessary, hard copies may be mailed to the Cooperative Education Faculty Search c/o Nancy Wilburn, Antioch College, One Morgan Place, Yellow Springs, OH 45387. The deadline to submit materials is January 31, 2014.
Antioch College is a small, innovative liberal arts institution located on a historical campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Antioch has an inspiring mission and a proud history of educating leaders and contributors to our society, including Nobel Prize winners, Macarthur “genius” award winners, Fulbright Scholars, Rhodes Scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance throughout the world. Antioch’s curriculum links experiential and classroom learning and a low student-faculty ratio provides our students personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching. Antioch College is an equal opportunity employer; the college offers individuals employment, advancement opportunities, and benefits in a harassment-free environment on the basis of merit, qualifications and competency to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, national origin, handicap, sexual orientation or covered veteran status. Candidates who can contribute to Antioch’s commitment to diversity and its evolving multilingual culture are encouraged to apply. Please visit our website at www.antiochcollege.org.