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Director - Center for Community - Engaged Teaching and Research

Job Posting Date: June 30, 2017

To Apply: apply.interfolio.com/42928


This position is responsible for community-engaged teaching and research programs at the University and those activities (such as campus-community partnerships) that make community-engaged teaching and research possible. Serves as key administrator for the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research (CETR), including securing and overseeing financial and other resources and supervision of staff who coordinate faculty development, community partnership, and student leadership programs. Responsible for producing and supporting scholarship that contributes to knowledge of community-engaged teaching and research and represents Duquesne's work on a national platform.

Work is performed under the general direction of the Associate Provost (AP) and the Vice President for Community Engagement (VP) and is reviewed through meetings, reports, analysis, and observation of results.


  • Fosters community-engaged teaching and research as related to the University's strategic goals of service and community engagement and positions CETR as a key feature of a Duquesne education. To this end, promotes opportunities for scholarship, incentives for innovative teaching, and collaborates with University stakeholders, including the Provost, Deans, the Director of the University Core Curriculum, Director of International Programs, and faculty to advance academic community engagement.
  • Works with the VP to explore the creation of the three grand challenges set forth in the CETR strategic plan: the creation of a of University-community alliance collaboration, including portal/data bank, the coordination of healthcare initiatives around a Center for Community Health and Well-being, and the establishment of a multidisciplinary engagement between communities and the University in the form of a "sustainability hub."
  • Continues and strengthens the University's partnerships with the Hill District, Uptown, South Side and Hilltop, Hazelwood and the Mon Valley. Supports faculty research beyond these areas in the region, as needed, to meet teaching and research goals. Manages and sustains relationships with our community partners for mutual benefit.
  • Supervises staff, faculty fellows, and consultants as they support community-engaged teaching and research; implements faculty, student, and community partner development programs.
  • Guides faculty development efforts related to community-engaged teaching and research.
  • Monitors and sustains policies and practices that uphold quality standards within community engagement (such as course designation criteria, faculty development, and community partnership ethics).
  • Systematically and regularly assesses the impact of academic community engagement through tracking and recording of institution-wide engagement data, assessing the impact of community engagement on students, faculty, the community, and the institution, and assessing community perceptions of institutional engagement.
  • Leads strategic and cohesive faculty development opportunities around community engagement, scholarship, and community-engaged teaching and learning through CETR.
  • Supports and produces scholarly work such as peer-reviewed publications and presentations that advance the field and Duquesne's reputation on a national platform.
  • Contributes leadership to the field of university community-engagement through work with higher education institutions, scholars, consortia, policy entities and research associations.
  • Mentors faculty to develop research/scholarship streams to support the University's community engagement priorities.
  • Works with the University Advancement officers and VP to secure the resources necessary to support a nationally known community engagement program. In collaboration with the VP, guides the planning, development, and implementation of infrastructure (such as staffing, internal and external budgets, physical facilities, and transportation) as needed to support growth in community-engaged teaching and research.
  • Collaborates with internal and external entities (such as Marketing and Communication, Institutional Research, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching) to gather and disseminate academic community engagement data for publications, awards, and surveys such as the University's community engagement and economic impact reports, US News and World Report rankings, Carnegie Foundation's Community Engagement Classification, Middle States Self-Studies, Presidential Honor Roll, and Campus Compact Annual Surveys.
  • Assists faculty and community partners on community and research projects as needed to support their success and interests.
  • Responsible for oversight of program operating budget and various grants.
  • Performs related duties as assigned, in consultation with the AP and VP.


Work requires a minimum of a Doctorate degree in Public Policy, Social Sciences or closely related field of study and preferably 5-8 years of progressively responsible and related work experience in higher education community engagement, or any equivalent combination of experience and training, which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the essential job functions. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Experience with fostering community-engaged teaching and research and proven track record of building community-university alliances;
  • Experience with building qualitative and quantitative assessment models;
  • Experience with fundraising;
  • Experience with managing budgets and endowment allocations;
  • Ability to manage the work of staff and students.
  • Sensitivity to the need of each individual to be treated with dignity and respect as it relates to diversity in general and the Mission of the University specifically.
  • Applicants must also be willing to contribute actively to the University Mission and to respect the Spiritan Catholic identity of Duquesne University. The Mission is implemented through a commitment to academic excellence, a spirit of service, moral and spiritual values, sensitivity to world concerns, and an ecumenical campus community.

Application Instructions:

Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (http://www.hercjobs.org/oh-western-pa-wv/).

We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting http://www.duq.edu/about/mission-and-identity/mission-statement. Those invited to campus for an interview may be asked about ways in which they see their talents contributing to the continued growth of our community and furthering its mission.

Duquesne University uses Interfolio to collect all faculty and staff job applications electronically. Please send a letter of application describing your experience and interest, CV, and the names and contact information for three professional references to apply.interfolio.com/42928.

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.