Collegiate Faculty, Environmental Science & Management
- Job Ref:
- Collegiate Faculty
- Full time
Collegiate Faculty, Environmental Science & Management
School of Arts & Sciences
12-Month Collegiate Faculty
The Collegiate Faculty is a full-time faculty position reporting directly to the Program Director and is responsible for administrative academic duties as well as leadership of one or more courses within a School. Collegiate Faculty, in partnership with their Program Director, fellow Collegiate Faculty, and Academic Program Coordinators, constitute a Program Team that works together to ensure program quality, consistency and growth, as well as faculty involvement, and curriculum output. The Collegiate Faculty demonstrates leadership especially by championing these areas among the set of adjuncts they assist as assigned by the Program Director.
Program Quality, Consistency, and Growth. The Collegiate Faculty works to improve domain knowledge, program currency, and relevance to workplace needs within their respective area. The Collegiate Faculty also ensures that the School manages consistency across courses and programs to ensure that the student experience is relatively consistent in order to enhance student retention. To enhance program quality, the Collegiate Faculty supports academic assessment and continuous improvement, partnering with other areas across Academic Affairs and the University. The Collegiate Faculty supports growth within the program and advocates for new programs, when viable.
Importantly, the Collegiate Faculty work with their Program Directors, Department Chairs, and Dean to develop and present Quarterly Reviews for presentation to the Chief Academic Officer when needed. Such updates include key achievements, opportunities for improvement, and future milestones. These Quarterly Reviews are a critical component of building a coordinated strategy within each School. Collegiate Faculty are expected to become familiar with and proficient in the use of multiple data sources in use across the institution which form the basis of data-informed decision-making and continuous improvement efforts across the breadth of the department, the school, and the institution.
Faculty Quality. With the Dean, Department Chair, and Program Director, the Collegiate Faculty works to engage faculty within their courses and programs, building a learning community of experts who also engage with external stakeholders such as employers, industry associations, and non-profit groups. The Collegiate Faculty ensures that their area balances curriculum excellence with teaching excellence. The Collegiate Faculty uses the school's staff, as well as technology tools and coaching strategies to optimize teaching effectiveness among adjuncts. Collegiate Faculty mentors a set of adjuncts and are expected to provide leadership, teamwork, communication, performance-oriented coaching, and when necessary, disciplinary action.
Curriculum Output. The Collegiate Faculty works at the Program Directors discretion to manage curriculum maintenance and development within their discipline portfolio, with new programs, revisions and quick fixes, collaborating with Course Development, the Senior Director of Competency-Based Education (CBE), and other areas of the University and making tradeoffs and compromises as appropriate in consultation with the Program Director.
Specific Collegiate Faculty characteristics include:
Regular and ongoing review and support of faculty teaching, with emphasis on instilling and propagating best practices associated with the 3Rs: relevancy, relationships, and responsiveness.
Demonstrating and modeling highly effective teaching practices for adjunct faculty. Mentors and coaches adjunct faculty.
Working closely with Program Director and Academic Program Coordinator to ensure the broader program meets student needs and quality standards including assessments of program standards.
Providing updates to Program Director on classroom activities.
Consulting with Program Director to develop an instructional plan or syllabus for courses and ensures that it meets department and University standards. Identifies, refines, and updates open educational resources and projects.
May serve on academic or administrative committees, make recommendations on curriculum development, advise on hiring or promotions within the department, and perform other job duties as necessary.
The University Faculty teaches 12-18 credit hours per year in addition to their academic administrative duties constituting a workload equivalent to 30 credit hours per year.
More generally, the Collegiate Faculty supports the Program Director, Department Chair, Dean and Chief Academic Officer in championing UMGC's mission to offer workforce-relevant, high-quality programs in an open-access model, serving adult students. And in addition, the Collegiate Faculty provides leadership to their School through understanding significant trends in adult-focused higher education, and positioning UMGC to stay in the forefront of higher education innovation.
The ideal candidate will be inspirational, energetic, technologically savvy, and a superb communicator, and will employ a collaborative style with the highest ethical standards to engender an environment of trust and cultivate a community engaged in and committed to continuous quality improvement.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Lead and manage faculty and courses within a domain-specific School in close partnership with their Program Director, Collegiate Faculty peers, and Academic Program Coordinators.
Championing program quality, consistency and growth, faculty involvement, and curriculum output.
Communicate with the Program Director, Department Chair, Dean and senior academic team to build transparency, thereby enhancing trust and collaboration.
Work effectively with colleagues in Enrollment Management, Military Operations, Career Services, Human Resources, and Legal Affairs on issues critical to the growth and well-being of the School.
Other job-related duties as assigned.
REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS:
An earned master's degree in Environmental Health and Safety, Environmental Science, or Environmental Management, or closely related discipline from a regionally accredited institution.
At least three (3) years of experience in higher education, with evidence of progressive increases in levels of responsibility.
Ability to provide disciplinary leadership for his/her areas of responsibility as well as future (related) additional courses and programs.
Ability to lead a large community of adjunct faculty, including evidence of ability to coach, mentor, and manage faculty performance.
Excellent communication and presentation skills—the ability to make the complex simple and to communicate effectively with academic, technical, and administrative audiences.
Collaborator and consensus builder
Committed to and conversant with how to develop faculty and staff for organizational and personal success.
Personal initiative—sets high standards for self and team; motivates the team to new levels of achievement.
Creative and innovative.
Drives projects to completion.
Organizational savvy—understands how to work effectively within an institution and across organizational units to get the job done on time and in alignment with strategic goals and objectives.
Emotional intelligence—works well across boundaries and in a highly diverse environment in the service of achieving institutional goals.
PREFERRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
An earned doctorate or other terminal degree in Environmental Health and Safety, Environmental Science, or Environmental Management, or closely related discipline from a regionally accredited institution.
Be a Certified Safety Professional® (CSP®), or possess a degree or certificate for Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) that meets BCSP Qualified Academic Program (QAP) standards, or possess expert knowledge and experience about the work of a Certified Safety Professional® (CSP®)
Experience in the use of GIS (Geographic Information System) on a wide range of environmental remediation and management projects.
Demonstrated experience in teaching courses for adult learners.
Familiarity with higher education needs and the organizations that can conduct environmental scanning.
Demonstrated ability to work with academic administrators in fostering and supporting new course development and revisions.
Knowledge of embedding student learning outcomes within the curriculum and tying student success initiatives to the curriculum.
Knowledge of contemporary learning science and educational research, either through education or professional experience.
The ability to establish and maintain a productive network of relationships with potential partners in academic affairs.
All submissions should include a cover letter and resume. UMGC offers competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits for qualifying positions, such as tuition remission, generous leave and healthcare. For detailed benefits information, please visit: https://careers.umgc.edu/benefits.html.
The University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination. UMGC is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, ancestry, political affiliation or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.
University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) is committed to helping safeguard the health of its faculty, staff, students, contractors, and guests. Because vaccinations reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19—and in alignment with the University System of Maryland (USM) vaccination mandate, all prospective UMGC faculty (full-time and adjunct) and staff are required to be fully vaccinated, unless an exception is approved as a reasonable accommodation based on disability or religion.
Prospective faculty and staff must provide their vaccination status and submit proof of vaccination (or a copy of their Approved Exception Letter) before the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or show proof of exception may result in the offer of employment being rescinded.