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Director, Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research

Salary: Commensurate with experience
Location: Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research
Position Status: Full-time
Hours: Varied
Position Number: 10-331
Open Date: December 2, 2016
FLSA Status: Exempt
Notes: Accepting resumes
Send Resume To: apply.interfolio.com/39922


Lead community-engaged teaching and research programs and those activities (such as campus-community partnerships) that make community-engaged teaching and research possible. Administer the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research, including generation of financial and other resources and supervision of staff who coordinate faculty development, community partnership, and student leadership programs. Produce and support scholarship that contributes to knowledge of community-engaged teaching and research and represents Duquesne's work on a national platform.


  • Foster community-engaged teaching and research as related to the University's strategic goals of service and community engagement and position CETR as a key feature of a Duquesne education. To this end, promote opportunities for scholarship, incentives for innovative teaching, and collaborate with University entities such as the Provost, Deans, the Director of the University Core Curriculum, Director of International Programs, and faculty to advance academic community engagement.
  • Supervise staff, faculty fellows, and consultants as they support community-engaged teaching and research; implement faculty, student, and community partner development programs; and assess impact of key initiatives. Direct the Center and its related programs. Guide faculty development efforts related to community-engaged teaching and research. Monitor and sustain policies and practices that uphold quality standards within community engagement (such as course designation criteria, faculty development, and community partnership ethics).
  • Support and produce scholarly work such as peer-reviewed publications and presentations that advance the field and Duquesne's reputation on a national platform. Contribute leadership to the field of university community-engagement through work with higher education institutions, scholars, consortia, policy entities and research associations. Mentor faculty to develop research/scholarship streams to support the University's community engagement priorities.
  • Work with the University Advancement Officers to secure the resources necessary to support a nationally-known community engagement program. Guide the planning, development, and implementation of infrastructure (such as increased staff, internal and external budgets, physical facilities, and transportation) as needed to support growth in community-engaged teaching and research.
  • Collaborate 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
  • Financial and budgetary responsibilities for program operating budget and various grants.


Requirements for this position are a Master's degree; doctorate preferred. The Director will work with colleagues on decisions which typically arise related to community relations and curriculum administration. Faculty seek the assistance of the Director for suitable community partners for teaching and research projects. Community agencies seek the Director's assistance for long-term and multifaceted connections with the University. Potential partnerships are evaluated in reference to the University's strategic priorities for community outreach, the course content, or areas of research to be pursued. Agency reliability, familiarity with service-learning or community engaged research, and need are also factored into these decisions. Often, the Director provides consultation to the Associate Provost, Director of the Core Curriculum, Deans and Department Chairs on how to situate community-engaged learning within the curriculum so that it appropriately fits degree programs and fulfills the University Core. These decisions are done in the context of course content, the course sequence within the major, and the faculty interest and familiarity with service-learning. Also common to the Director's work are decisions related to the management of internal and external finances, including which grants to pursue, how to budget and expend the annual controllable budget, and which programs to initiate and sustain. These decisions are evaluated on general accounting practices and the mission and scope of the Director's work. Finally, albeit rare, there are decisions related to staff underperformance or problems with compensation. Decisions in these areas are made in accordance with the expected work parameters of the position and in consultation with the Director's supervisor.

Ability to work independently, collaboratively and positively with a team; ability to multi-task and work under the pressure and stress of time and circumstances unique to this position; ability to work a flexible schedule, as needed, in order to meet with community partners and other key stakeholders. Effective organizational and administrative skills; and ability to initiate and follow through with work responsibilities and to meet deadlines.

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.


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/).

Duquesne University uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically. Applicants should submit a cover letter detailing their qualifications for the position and a detailed resume (curriculum vitae) To:http://apply.interfolio.com/39922. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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.