Fort Lewis College invites applications for the Director of the Center of Southwest Studies, a teaching and research archives, library and museum, with an anticipated start date July 01, 2022 and to be determined with the candidate. The successful candidate will hold an academic Assistant/Associate Professor appointment (1-1 load) concurrent with the directorship; the appointment is expected to be a tenure-track position, with a five-year term as Director, with the possibility of a directorship reappointment upon successful review. We seek a dynamic individual who can lead the Center, building on its core values of student success, community engagement, and relationships with Indigenous communities.
Reporting to the Provost, the Director of the Center provides vision and leadership on campus, within the Four Corners Region, and nationally, while integrating the Center’s collections and resources into both the curriculum and life of the campus. The next Director and Assistant/Associate Professor will join the campus community at a particularly important time as the implementation of the recently endorsed College strategic plan is underway. The Center’s student internships and programs are central to the strategic plan’s focus on experiential learning; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and the development of new curricular pathways. The next Director will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of engaged faculty from multiple disciplines, including a new minor being developed in Southwest Studies, and to explore new forms of collaborative partnerships with the support of the Office of Academic Affairs.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function
Travel to professional conferences; locally and out of state to visit donors, collectors and Native American tribes; and, to attend events and programs at other institutions.
Salary range is $80,000-$90,000 for a 12-month full-time appointment, plus a comprehensive benefits package.
A complete application packet includes:
A cover letter addressing interest in and qualifications for the position that summarizes your experience in and approach to administrative and leadership roles in museums and/or archives; include a statement of your teaching philosophy/practice along with evidence of teaching effectiveness; describe your experience working with Indigenous communities and diverse bodies of stakeholders; and, list your contributions, or potential contributions, to creating and advancing a culture of equity and inclusion.
Names and contact information for three current, professional references.
Submit materials as one PDF file via email to:
Application materials received on or before January 30, 2022, will receive full consideration. Position will remain open until filled.
The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts, and pass a background check.
Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas.
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