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Associate Provost for Community Engaged Learning Bristol, RI

Roger Williams University (RWU) is distinct among its peers in its rich history of seeding numerous and diverse community engaged activities across the institution and over many years. Within the past decade, RWU has become even more vigorously committed to applied learning, civic life, and community engagement efforts both within and outside of the classroom. University leadership, faculty, staff, and students have been collectively emboldened to “strengthen society through engaged teaching and learning” and “to serve the public good.” In fact, today, RWU often refers to itself as “the university that the world needs now.”

In an effort to realize these institutional aspirations, RWU has been successful in ensuring that more than two-thirds of its graduating undergraduate class and many graduate students are successfully completing at least one semester-long project that empowers students to work on solving real-world problems with community partners. While this level of student engagement is unquestionably something to be proud of, ultimately, the University’s goal is to ensure that all RWU students – both undergraduate and graduate – become “Civic Scholars” during their tenure at the institution. In other words, RWU is committed to attracting, nurturing, and supporting students who wholeheartedly believe in the positive impact of community engaged activities and are keen to apply their knowledge and skills toward working on real issues with community partners locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Ultimately, the big picture vision for RWU is that through the Civic Scholar experience, students will become recognizable in their own communities – and beyond their life at RWU – for their desire to contribute to community, their commitment to the common good, their deep respect for local expertise, their steadfastness to work across differences, and their ability to successfully synthesize and apply multiple perspectives to complex issues. Looking to the future, and building on this articulated vision, there is an opportunity for RWU faculty, administrators, and staff to fully embrace and support the cognitive, affective, and behavioral development of all RWU students in order to ensure that all graduates are not only enthusiastic about community engagement but are also well-prepared for making beneficial contributions to the common good.

RWU is seeking an Associate Provost for Community Engaged Learning (Associate Provost) who will rethink the ecosystem of community engagement activities at RWU. This leader will be housed in Academic Affairs and will report to the Vice Provost, with a dotted line relationship to the President of the University. To date, this elevated role has been well received by faculty, staff, administrators, and the board of trustees. Reporting to the Associate Provost is an interim director of the Community Partnerships Center and the Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Engagement. These offices are also staffed with a project coordinator and administrative assistant.

More specifically, this Associate Provost will work with diverse constituents across the University and will be empowered to lead and strategically assess the civic scholarship efforts across the many courses, programs, schools and divisions on campus; and subsequently to develop recommendations for how these efforts can best be structured, organized, and coordinated for optimal delivery, quality, and growth. Given the University’s institutional priority around Civic Scholars, RWU is fully committed to investing the necessary resources to set this role up for success.

This Associate Provost must be an entrepreneurial and strategic leader who can articulate and implement on an institutional-wide vision. The leader should be a persuasive advocate and champion of community engagement and experiential education and must have a track record of successfully working with a broad range of stakeholders within an academic context. This leader should also have experience with teaching, curriculum development, faculty development, outcomes assessment; be data and metrics driven; and have a demonstrated and sincere commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be submitted electronically through this website.

Rebecca Swartz is leading this search with Sydney Giller.

Roger Williams University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workforce. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable state and federal law.


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