Berea College, the alma mater of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, invites applications for the Director of the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education. The Director of the Carter G. Woodson Center is responsible for providing support and assisting Berea College realize one of its founding commitments, articulated in Great Commitment #5, “To assert the kinship of all people and to provide interracial education with a particular emphasis on understanding and equality among blacks and whites as a foundation for building community among all peoples of the earth.”
This tenure-track position, which begins in July 2019, seeks a qualified administrator and a dedicated and skilled classroom teacher with an active scholarly trajectory. The Director works in tandem with the entire community but especially closely with the Director of the Black Cultural Center, the Coordinator of the Black Male Initiative, the Chair of African and African American Studies Department, and the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion to articulate and lead discussions about the 5th Great Commitment. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in African and African American Studies or related field, administrative experience, and a strong record of excellence in teaching. Annual course load will be up to three classes. The Director must be collaborative and interested in both supporting current programming, including a biennial Civil Rights Seminar and Tour for faculty and staff, while also developing new programs in light of the changing face of Berea College and higher education writ large. The Director must also be able to work with people across difference, facilitate learning across difference campus wide, and provide a clear expression of interracial education in the 21st century.
Application materials should include a letter of application referencing the qualities above, curriculum vita, statement of teaching philosophy, course evaluations from two recent courses, writing sample, two syllabi in the areas of African and African American studies or other teaching interests, three recommendation letters, and transcripts. Applicants should submit these materials CGWCSearch2018@berea.edu. Applicants should also complete and submit the Faculty Application available at http://www.berea.edu/FacApp along with other materials. Review of materials will begin November 1, 2018, 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 and 2017, 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.