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Office of the Provost
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Bass, Scott A.

Office of the Provost
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8061

March 15, 2011

 TO:  American University Faculty
 FROM:  Scott A. Bass, Provost
 SUBJECT:  Internal Search, Half-time Executive Director, Center for Teaching, Research & Learning


The Office of the Provost invites nominations and applications for a half-time faculty position as Executive Director of the Center for Teaching, Research & Learning (CTRL) to begin on July 1, 2011. CTRL is American University’s faculty development center and has a mission “to facilitate, support and celebrate excellence in teaching, research, learning, and academic leadership.”

The Executive Director provides leadership in promoting excellence in teaching, scholarship, professional and creative activity. The Executive Director is responsible for CTRL’s overall direction, budget planning, and management. The Executive Director reports to the Dean for Academic Affairs and is responsible for communications and coordination with the University’s academic leadership. Additional responsibilities include: promoting effective teaching by providing faculty with a support staff that offers guidance, workshops, and technical assistance; overseeing activities and programs for promoting of faculty academic leadership, success in student learning; mentoring new and experienced faculty members; collaborating with the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Research to assist in advancing the University’s research agenda; and working closely with the University Library and the Office of Information Technology. The Executive Director also plays a leadership role in planning and oversight of academic technology in support of teaching, learning and research.

Candidates for the internal search must be a tenured Associate Professor or Full Professor at American University. Candidates are expected to be well-versed in innovative teaching approaches; effective learning environments for teaching and learning; and have a productive scholarly background. Candidates should have supervisory and administrative experience with demonstrated ability to work with budgets and planning processes; strong organizational, interpersonal, and management skills; professional development experience; a record of publication and participation in national organizations; and an ability to work collaboratively and strategically to support institutional priorities. Some knowledge of the use of technology in teaching and research is relevant. The preferred candidate will have wide ranging knowledge of teaching and research across different disciplines and professions in order to be most effective.

The position is half-time with an appropriate course reduction, carries a 12-month directorship stipend, and will be effective July, 2011.

Interested faculty should submit a letter describing their interest in the position along with a CV and the names of three references by March 30, 2011. Electronic submissions are preferred and should be submitted to Phyllis Peres, Interim Dean of Academic Affairs at