WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
The Honors College at Western Kentucky University (WKU) invites applicants for an open Honors Interdisciplinary Studies faculty position. This is a nine-month, tenure-eligible position at the Assistant Professor rank. Duties will begin August 2013.
WKU is a progressive proactive institution that seeks candidates possessing the same qualities. WKU, one of the fastest growing Universities in the region, is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with a total enrollment of 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The area (with an urbanized population of 90,000+) is noted for its high quality of life, increasing cultural diversity, and modest cost of living.
WKU is home to the only Honors College in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, providing students the experience of a highly selective private college within the context of a large public university. Students selected for admission to the College rank in the top 5% of the nation in terms of SAT/ACT scores. The College currently has approximately 1,200 students; it has an excellent track record of placing alumni in top graduate/professional programs and has a strong record of success in nationally competitive scholarships. Additional information about the College can be found at wku.edu/honors.
This faculty position continues a trend of new tenure eligible faculty positions dedicated to the Honors College. The new faculty will play an important role in developing the first track (Citizen and Self) of the College’s new four-part interdisciplinary core offering.
Basic expectations include demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching, mentoring students in a living/learning environment, and service to the institution. Candidates should also show outstanding potential for a productive research program and grant writing. Disciplinary specialty is open, but we seek teacher-scholars who are eager to work collaboratively with exceptional students in an interdisciplinary environment, teach innovative team-taught courses/seminars, utilize problem-based pedagogies, and participate actively in the intellectual life of the Honors College.
Teaching will be focused in the Citizen and Self track of the Honors College core curriculum. This track concentrates on building theoretical knowledge and practical skills for effective citizenship. Course format includes team-teaching large group lectures and leading small breakout seminars. Successful candidates must have the skills, experience, and/or potential to work with the track leader to develop a course that emphasizes:
- Exploration of the role of citizen as a problem-solver and co-creator of public goods
- Theoretical knowledge and practical skills that prepare students to work effectively in their communities, social groups, and broader society to initiate and achieve social change
- Development of strong writing and research skills, with a focus on knowledge creation
- “Citizen Professionalism” and the role of the professional as collaborator, organizer, and catalyst for positive social change
- Engagement with methodologies and approaches to public and community-based research
- Interdisciplinary perspectives, methods, and insights to critically examine social issues
An earned doctorate is required; however, exceptional ABD applicants may be considered
To apply, candidates should provide a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, a CV, unofficial copy of graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. In the case of recent PhDs or ABDs, one of the recommenders should be the candidate’s dissertation advisor.
The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the Search Committee receives materials. Application materials should be sent in hard copy.
Direct applications, supporting materials, and questions to:
Clay Motley, Chair
Honors College Search Committee – Citizen and Self
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #31082
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1086
Email inquiries may be sent to
You may learn more about these positions, the Honors College, and Bowling Green, KY by accessing this link:
Review of applications will begin February 28, 2013, and continue until the positions are filled.
WKU is committed to the promotion of stewardship and student engagement.
Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify The Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services at (270) 745- 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.
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