Overview

Kettering University, a national leader in experiential STEM and business education, is seeking a talented individual to serve as the Head of the Department of Liberal Studies. The Head of the Department of Liberal Studies will work with the Dean of the College of Sciences and Liberal Arts, departmental colleagues, and faculty and administrative colleagues across the University to enhance an already essential part of a Kettering education: the integration of the humanities, social sciences, and arts into its programs in STEM and management.

We seek someone who will embrace the opportunity to expand interdisciplinary offerings, including transdisciplinary course clusters and innovative combined degree programs; partner with local community groups; create innovative pre-college and college curricula; review Kettering’s general education requirements to ensure that they meet the needs of Kettering students; and increase recruitment and retention. In addition to the curricular opportunities described above, the Head of the Department of Liberal Studies will be responsible for monitoring all operations and activities within the department, and will regularly teach courses. She or he will administer day-to-day operations, organize and conduct department meetings, oversee department committees, and prepare reports for the College.

The University recently re-organized its administrative structure, which now includes the College of Sciences and Liberal Arts, the College of Engineering, the School of Management, and the Graduate School. The Department of Liberal Studies provides a broad range of courses for students majoring in science, engineering, and business. The university’s unique General Education program includes courses in the fields of communication, economics, humanities, and social sciences; faculty backgrounds include anthropology, Asian studies, economics, history, literature, political science, rhetoric and composition, and sociology. In addition to Liberal Studies, the College of Sciences and Liberal Arts is home to the Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics.

Named number one by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education at providing career preparation through internships, Kettering integrates theory and practice in unprecedented and demonstrably successful ways through its robust co-op program. Kettering offers graduate study on-campus and online. Alumni include 900 current or former CEOs, and the University has more than 600 corporate partners. Students are offered an abundance of global opportunities for both co-op and study abroad. In the last five years, Kettering has experienced extraordinary success in terms of the quality of its student body and faculty, record levels of philanthropic support, new and renovated facilities, state-of-the-art technology, and the impressive success of its graduates, many of whom earn advanced degrees from top graduate and professional programs. The University has developed an array of new and important academic and co-curricular programs and has greatly contributed to, and helped transform, the city of Flint.

Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in a liberal arts discipline; an excellent record of teaching, scholarship, and service commensurate with an appointment as a tenured faculty member in the department; a commitment to encouraging faculty excellence; and a desire to participate in interdisciplinary curriculum development. Applicants with a commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and/or an understanding of STEM+ or STEAM are especially encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should apply online at http://jobs.kettering.edu/postings/4458.