Assistant Professor of Career Development

  • National Louis University
  • Chicago, IL
  • Jul 18, 2022
Full time Agriculture/Horticulture & Aquaculture

Job Description

National Louis University's (NLU's) Undergraduate College (UGC) is seeking a full-time Assistant Professor of Career Development, beginning September 1, 2022.

Career readiness is an integral part of our Undergraduate College instruction and student support model at National Louis University, and we require career development courses to ensure that students are well-positioned to attain career-accelerating internships and strong first jobs. The Assistant Professor of Career Development would be responsible for teaching and revising curriculum for the career sequence of courses, which support students from career exploration through internship and job acquisition. This role demands content expertise in career development, demonstrated instructional excellence, and a commitment to NLU's undergraduate student population. This position is a 10-month, full-time non-tenure track faculty position with teaching and administrative responsibilities, and expected faculty appointment at Assistant rank. The position will be based in Chicago, and applicants must be willing to teach at other Chicago metropolitan area campuses and online, as needed.

National Louis University (NLU) is focused on developing undergraduate degrees that are highly relevant within the field of study. As such, we are looking for a faculty member who understands the knowledge, skills, and attributes that students must acquire to become competitively prepared for the workplace. Just as critical is this leader's knowledge of NLU's student population and the instructional strategies and curricular approach that will ensure student success.

Who We Are:
We are a team of dedicated educators who have been working together to build the Undergraduate College (UGC) at National Louis University (NLU) focused on building academic pathways and providing holistic student support to ensure students are successfully employed in a field of their choosing upon graduation. We believe we are not successful unless students achieve sustainable employment and experience economic mobility associated with their educational investment. Our undergraduate majors serve first time freshmen as well as adult and transfer students in blended and online delivery formats - on and off campus.

We work fearlessly to educate and retain our students - but we know this is not enough. Accordingly, we measure our success by their ability to achieve meaningful, sustainable employment upon graduation from NLU. We have exceeded national benchmarks through our approach to appreciative advising and data-driven, personalized instruction. Our educational model is student-focused, professionally-focused, expects excellence, and provides personalized support in a data-driven environment, while grounded by pillars of continuous improvement and innovation to structure our work.

We are looking for a highly collaborative, dedicated, hard-working, and student-centered colleague who will advance our undergraduate career development curriculum and instruction and partner with our career services team to support student success.

Who You Are:

You will: Provide Students with Exceptional Learning Experiences
Your work has demonstrated your respect for education and the power that it holds to empower students to achieve their career and life goals. Each term, you will facilitate blended and online classes that utilize technology and data to drive instruction. You will work with a dedicated team of faculty, success coaches/advisors, career advisors, employer relations managers, and data analysts to determine how to personalize the learning experience for your students. In addition to teaching content, you will support students with meeting the goals that they have for themselves and celebrate the lived experiences they bring to the classroom.

You are: Driven to Succeed
You are energetic and passionate about a diverse student body that includes many first-generation students. To be successful teaching in this program, you must be committed to excellence in teaching and learning in Higher Education. The position requires you to be agile, creative, and engaging while offering an unparalleled experience to undergraduate students. Enthusiastic candidates have the belief that all students can be successful students. As an active team member, you believe in a supportive environment and a student-driven and data-informed culture.

You are ready to: Make an Impact
Each and every day, our Undergraduate College changes lives. You want to be a part of that meaningful innovation. You are someone that will always look for creative ways for students to earn success. We know this work is challenging, but we are in it together.

You are:
an experienced classroom educator with content knowledge of career development best practices, who is passionate about building students' career skills and confidence. You have made equity and inclusion a priority in your work and believe that all students, when given the opportunity, can achieve success. You also have 3-5 years of applied career development experience through professional leadership roles and can apply current industry trends to classroom instructional practices.

To be successful in this program, you must be committed to excellence in teaching and learning in higher education. The position requires you to be agile, creative, and engaging while offering an innovative, practice based curriculum and an unparalleled experience to undergraduate students. You believe in a supportive environment, a strengths-based approach to learning, and a student-driven culture. As an active team member, working closely with both internal and external partners, you are open to continued learning and self-reflection.

  • Student-Focused: Make decisions based on what is best for students with the belief that when all students have access, resources and support, they are empowered to achieve success.
  • Expect Excellence: Hold high expectations for our students and for the adults to serve them and hold ourselves accountable for achieving excellence.
  • Personalized Support: Take a holistic approach to providing individualized support that encourages students to realize their full potential in college and beyond.
  • Data-Driven, Collaborative Environment: Work together as a unified team, utilizing real-time data and technology to adapt to student needs.
  • Continuous Improvement and Innovation: Remain agile and open to changes and new ideas-incorporating data as well as student, faculty and administration voice-to ensure that we are continuously learning, improving, and innovating in all aspects of the student experience.

Demonstrate excellence in teaching:
  • Collaborate with faculty team and career services staff to develop an effective student experience for students.
  • Facilitate courses by delivering engaging instruction in multiple modalities.
  • Empower students to develop competency by sharing a passion for the subject and skills being taught.
  • Utilize technology-based teaching platforms aid students in the development of competencies.
  • Communicate professionally and relate well.
Demonstrate, maintain, and continuously strengthen content expertise:
  • Lead and manage bi-weekly content meeting faculty to review curriculum plans, determine implications of student data, and plan curriculum revisions.
  • Maintain current and active content knowledge in the expertise area that is reflected in instruction.
  • Possess appropriate expertise as demonstrated by appropriate credentials.
  • Maintain current knowledge of the field by engaging in professional development around career development and employment trends.
  • Optional: Support the interviewing and hiring of contingent faculty.
Promote student success with a proactive, high expectations, high support approach:
  • Demonstrate and share a passion for post-secondary success for diverse learners and for teaching.
  • Demonstrate flexibility in delivery and work schedule to provide personalized student support (includes but is not limited to office hours).
  • On-campus presence on days when not teaching.
Engage in data-driven instruction, student support planning, and continuous curriculum improvement:
  • Track student course data weekly in multiple university data systems as needed. Engage in regular data-driven Student Success Collaboration meetings with faculty, coaches and support specialists to report student progress and obstacles and to plan student support interventions.
  • Engage in regular content area team meetings with peer faculty to review curriculum plans, determine implications of student data, and plan curriculum revisions.
  • Participate in continuous improvement of UGC curriculum: Actively document and share suggestions for curriculum revision to support ongoing revision/enhancement of UGC curriculum.
Commit to continuous improvement of self and colleagues (i.e., professional development), and service to the institution:
  • Create, attend and actively participate in training opportunities provided in online and in person settings.
  • Contribute to a learning culture by participating on committees, supporting local campus events such as orientation and graduation, and participating in various other workshops and meetings.
  • Participate in faculty governance related to college and/or university operations and improvement.
  • Minimum of a Master's Degree in a general education, business, or leadership field; Doctorate preferred.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of leadership experience in a professional setting.
  • Demonstrated commitment to increasing professional opportunities for historically underrepresented college students and to building career skills that will increase professional access and success.
  • Content expertise in career development, career advising, and/or career development pedagogy.
  • Experience and a passion for elevating and driving toward excellence in teaching in a higher education setting, particularly with students from minoritized populations.
  • Excellent facilitation and classroom management skills; ability to differentiate instruction and support based on students with diverse learning needs.
  • Technologically savvy, with experience working with different platforms and learning management systems.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Collaborative attitude and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Experience with digital tools for teaching, teaching in either online or blended/hybrid formats is required.
  • Ability to consistently connect instruction to its real world relevance, tying in concepts and theories in the classroom to students' current and future work experiences and highlighting immediate applicability.
  • Willing and able to use data to inform instruction.
NLU Inclusion Statement:
National Louis University is deeply committed to serving its community, advancing access and equity, and ensuring that all individuals are welcomed and valued. We are dedicated to fostering a culture where diversity, equity, and inclusion remain at the core of who we are. These are more than just words to us: they are truly a way of life for the NLU community. We recognize that differences in age, race, gender (identity and expression), nationality, sexual orientation, physical and intellectual ability, and background bring richness to our work environment. We affirm diverse perspectives, innovative contributions, and authentic presentations of self from every member within the NLU community. We believe inclusion is grounded in the actions we intentionally take each day. Our goal is to inspire and empower NLU employees and community members to cultivate an environment where we collectively focus on uplifting and advancing our institutional culture.

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