Berea College announces a search for the next director of Berea Bridge and Writing Program Administrator, to begin May 1, 2019. An 11-month, full-time faculty position (tenure ineligible), the position has three primary duties. First, the director is responsible for overseeing a four-week pre-matriculation program for 60 first-year students. Berea Bridge has achieved considerable student success in its five years; first-to-second-year retention for each cohort has consistently been above 90 percent. The director coordinates all components of the program with campus partners, including student recruitment and selection; faculty recruitment, selection, training, and development; teaching assistant recruitment, selection, training, and development; extracurricular activities, including non-cognitive workshops; off-campus trips; student work within the College Labor Program; and residential life. Housed within the Office of First-Year Initiatives, the director will develop and implement strategies to make the program even more effective for Berea’s diverse student body; monitor Bridge student attainment; and assess program goals and learning outcomes. The position will also coordinate the response to any problems or issues concerning Bridge students and student staff during the program. Second, the director oversees the first-year writing program at the College. The director fosters quality composition instruction and regular assessment of student achievement. In the capacity of writing administrator, the director works closely with the Director of Faculty Development and the Dean of Curriculum and Student Success. Third, the director will teach two courses annually. The director reports to the Academic Vice President and Dean of the Faculty.
The successful director will have a Ph.D. in any relevant academic discipline, although a Ph.D. in composition or rhetoric is strongly preferred, have demonstrated success in engaged learning and student writing, be knowledgeable of pedagogies proven successful with first-year students, be a committed advisor and mentor to students, and have at least three years of relevant professional experience at college or university level, including planning and developing programs or large events, budget oversight, and supervising staff. Those who have worked with low-income and first-generation college students, have strong organizational skills, and have taught composition will be particularly strong applicants.
Applicants should send a cover letter, evidence of successful practice in engaged learning, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation, plus a completed Faculty Application available at Faculty Employment Application to BereaBridge2018@berea.edu. Review of applications will begin January 15 and continue until the position is filled.
Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600-plus students from more than 40 states and 70 countries. The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016, 2017, and 2018, the magazine ranked it number 1.
Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 15,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available at www.berea.edu.
Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.