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Assistant/Associate Teaching Professor
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  • Jan. 5, 2017
  • Assistant/Associate Teaching Professor
  • IGSD
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Worcester, MA
    United States
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
    Humanities - General
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Assistant/Associate Teaching Professor

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Department: IGSD

Position Status:

Basic Function:

WPI's Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division (IGSD) and First Year Seminar Program jointly seek three full-time Teaching Faculty at the Assistant level. Two of these positions will serve in the IGSD's Global Program and one will be split between the First Year Program and IGSD. All positions are continuing, non-tenure track, 9-month appointments.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities
  • For the Global Program, we seek faculty whose teaching, advising, and scholarly expertise will support WPIs undergraduate society-technology project requirement. Over half of WPI students complete at least one project away from campus, typically a nine-credit-hour project that confronts an open-ended problem at the interface between society and technology. Project topics are proposed by agencies and organizations in the US and around the world, and typically involve issues such as environment and energy, appropriate technology, education, community and/or sustainable development.

Individuals with a PhD in International Studies or Development, Anthropology, Geography, History, Psychology, Sociology, Politics, Education, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, or a related field with interest and experience in Latin America and/or China/East Asia will receive preference. The successful candidate will contribute intellectually and through teaching to an academic program focused on critical thinking, persuasive writing, and cross-cultural learning. Candidates must be comfortable with collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research. The ideal candidate will have experience in teaching qualitative social science research methods (or applying them through scientific research), and in conducting and guiding applied, field-based research. Experience with corporate or public sector decision making, international development projects, experiential or project based learning, or with cross-cultural training (such as the Peace Corps) would also be valuable, as are foreign language skills.
Individuals for the IGSD positions would prepare students for their research, advise student projects at a WPI project center for one or two 8-week terms per year, and over time take over leadership in directing a project center.
The successful candidate for the IGSD/First Year position will have the above qualifications, but will spend one semester working in WPIs First Year program, the Great Problems Seminars, with commensurate reduction in IGSD responsibilities. The Great Problems Seminars program is an innovative and nationally recognized program that combines interdisciplinary team teaching with project-based learning to explore current challenges at the nexus of science, technology and society. Current course topics include water, food, health care, energy and sustainable development. Candidates with qualitative methods and a science background preferred.

Position Requirements
  • For full consideration, applications, including a cover letter, CV, teaching statement, and contact information for references should be received by January 31, 2017. Materials may be submitted at WPIs employment website.

Posting Date: 01/03/2017

Open Until Filled:

Special Instructions to Applicants:

EEO Information:

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status or disability. We are looking for individuals who value creativity, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration.

Criminal Background Check Statement:

A pre-employment criminal records check is required.

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WPI, the nation's third oldest private technological university, established in 1865 by New England industrialists John Boynton and Ichabod Washburn consists of 80 acres set in a safe, residential section of Worcester, Massachusettsthe second largest city in New Englandhome to 13 colleges, and situated 40 miles west of Boston.


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