University of Georgia - American and Caribbean Studies Institute: Assistant Director
[Academic Professional candidates should hold a Ph.D. or Ed. D degree in Portuguese Studies or a closely related field]
About the University of Georgia:
The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (http://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.
The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute at the University of Georgia invites applications for one full-time, Limited-Term Academic Professional position with an anticipated start date of October 1, 2020. Limited-term faculty do not serve under annual contract but are full-time employees (1.04-1) for their period of employment. Limited-term faculty may be renewed annually for a maximum of two (2) years. Any request for reappointment of limited-term faculty beyond the second year requires strong justification and pre-approval by the Provost and Equal Opportunity Office. https://provost.uga.edu/policies/academic-affairs-policy-manual/1-04-other-terminology/#p-1-04-3
The responsibilities of this position include providing the Portuguese Flagship Program (PFP) with key administrative and budgetary coordination, and assisting with a wide range of pedagogical, outreach, study abroad, and other student related activities. This position will help coordinate and make recommendations for overall program effectiveness and improvements, as needed to achieve Flagship goals. The position will collaborate with domestic and overseas language coordinators in the U.S. and Brazil, to lead efforts in curriculum reform, professional development and program evaluation. Similarly, this person will establish close ties with undergraduate coordinators and advisors at UGA to tailor individualized pathways that allow students to meet their major requirements and complete course requirements for the Portuguese Flagship Program. The position will serve as the liaison to K-12 school systems to promote the PFP and will work closely with representatives from the Office of Global Engagement to maintain compliance with reporting and assessment guidelines and policies. The position will teleconference weekly and conduct site visits biannually with the overseas Flagship team to facilitate consistency and fluidity in pedagogical practices and to provide support for the semester long professional internship component of the program and will maintain open communication with representatives from the National Security Education Program in Washington, D.C. (grant sponsor). After becoming familiarized with the program’s many activities this individual may also be asked to teach courses in the areas of Portuguese language and Luso-Brazilian culture in support of the PFP.
Academic Professional candidates should hold a Ph.D. or Ed. D degree in Portuguese Studies or a closely related field.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:
Scholarly credentials should reflect a strong background and commitment to Portuguese as a foreign language, proficiency-based instruction, program development, and familiarity with study abroad. The ideal candidate should also have strong administrative and communications skills.
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