The Director of Global Engagement will catalyze the academic development and extended reach of the Global Studies academic program to help coordinate internationalization and global engagement efforts across campus. In addition, they will serve as a member of the regular faculty of the designated academic school and teach classes within CCU’s interdisciplinary program in global studies (and/or their home academic discipline) on the Lakewood, Colorado campus. The director reports directly to the Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences (SHSS). This position operates under a 12-month contract, including summer travel and administrative duties. The director is responsible for teaching 18 units per year (three undergraduate courses per semester) and fulfilling the administrative and leadership duties listed, within a full-time load.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Faculty members of Colorado Christian University (CCU) teach assigned courses for which they are highly qualified within the College of Undergraduate Studies (CUS). Each faculty member uses effective instruction techniques as a subject matter expert, but their primary responsibility is to integrate field-specific pedagogy with the Holy Bible and their personal experience with Jesus Christ. They are also expected to integrate and teach CCU’s spiritual, academic, and cultural Strategic Priorities.
Other duties are to support the mission and vision of CCU. This may include actively participating in committee/task force/team meetings, writing curriculum, reporting on assessments/outcomes, advancing scholarship, engaging with the community, supporting colleagues, or doing other work assigned by the dean. Faculty members are expected to keep regular office hours to engage with students and assist them with their academics or other activities that support the University’s holistic approach.
Colorado Christian University is the premier interdenominational Christian university in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, delivering world class education to thousands of students. The fully accredited, nonprofit University is located in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.
Colorado Christian University was founded in 1914 on two principles — grace and truth. CCU’s scriptural foundation comes from John 1:17: For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (ESV)
CCU's mission is Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth.
A leader in higher education, the University has been consistently ranked in the top 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide for its core curriculum by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. CCU has had nine consecutive years of enrollment growth and has been named one of the five fastest-growing master’s granting universities by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
CCU offers more than 100 degree program options for traditional and adult students through its College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Adult and Graduate Studies. More than 8,000 students attend the University on the main campus, in regional centers throughout Colorado, and online.
Scripture states all Christians are called to serve Christ and to minister to others. Because Christians are individuals with different gifts and callings, we serve Christ in a variety of ministry vocations. CCU invites you to explore how you may use your calling and gifts at the University.
What is most appealing about working at CCU?
- Live out your calling: We are a traditional evangelical university where you can invest your God-given talents and abilities alongside coworkers and teammates, while having a profound influence on students as they deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Impact students for Christ: Our mission is to provide Christ-centered higher education, transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth.
- Equip students for kingdom work: You can be a part of preparing students for positions of significant leadership in the church, business, government, education, and other professions, as a key part of our University's Strategic Priorities.
- Contribute to our vibrant culture: CCU’s culture is unique to higher education. Where else can you read the Holy Bible, pray with teammates and students at work, and impact our culture in support of Christian values?
We’re looking for candidates who have:
- Ph.D. in a related field (strongly preferred); master's degree in a related field required. Related fields include: global studies, international relations, economic development, international business, or intercultural ministry. We are especially interested in candidates who bring an interdisciplinary approach to global issues, combining perspectives from business, economics, law, history, geo-politics, missions, and intercultural ministry. Each faculty member must be considered highly qualified as outlined by the University’s accreditation and academic standards.
- Extensive leadership experience in cross-cultural and international contexts, with the proven ability to cast vision, build programs, develop and leverage networks, and develop successful partnerships.
- Three or more years of successful teaching experience in a college or university (preferred), with a proven track record of student learning and engagement through previous classroom evaluations by students, faculty, and administration.
- Experience leading and building student global engagement and study abroad programs, and interacting with co-curricular international programs involving students.
- Superior oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills.
- Passion for Christ-centered higher education and dedication to the integration of faith and learning in their field.
- Deep commitment to student success.
- Proficiency in appropriate Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and are able to use appropriate software/technology (Blackboard) in the learning environment.
- Commitment to learning new ideas for classroom presentations and dynamic class interactions to engage student learning in a meaningful way consistent with the University’s mission.
- Proven track record and ongoing experience in their field.
12-month contract including summer travel and administrative duties. Responsible to teach 18 units: three undergraduate courses per semester and fulfill the administrative/leadership duties listed, within a full-time load.
Key Job Duties
Contribute to CCU’s mission: Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth. Faculty members contribute to the University’s mission through their work both inside and outside of the classroom as they teach classes, engage as scholars, mentor students, develop curriculum, work as part of teams and on committees/task forces, develop community among faculty, staff and students, and participate in other similar activities – all of which enhance and advance exemplary academics, personal spiritual growth, and engagement with the world.
Leadership of the Global Studies Program:
- Serve as director of the interdisciplinary academic program in global studies. Collaboratively lead an interdisciplinary faculty (from disciplines including the social sciences, missiology, international business, and economic development) to advance the effectiveness, impact, and reach of the Global Studies program on campus and beyond, such that the program is quickly regarded as a premier program within CCU, the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), and the Rocky Mountain West region.
- In coordination with the Chair of the Department of Social Sciences, develop new and enhance existing courses in the Global Studies program, coordinate course scheduling, recruit affiliate faculty, and coordinate assessment. Continually improve and enhance the Global Studies program, develop community among faculty and students, and serve as point person for the recruitment, enrollment, and retention of students in the program. These duties will require active collaboration with various university faculty and deans, especially the Dean of the School of Theology (related to Intercultural Ministry degree) and the Dean of the School of Business and Leadership (related to International Business and Economic Development degrees).
- Develop relationships with organizations in the key global studies vocational tracks in the Denver Metro region, nationally, and internationally in coordination with global studies faculty.
Enhancement and Coordination of University Study Abroad and Global Engagement:
- Promote and further develop an effective study abroad program in partnership with the Vice President of Academic Affairs, and staff in the division of Student Life (who administrate students’ participation in off-campus study abroad programs).
- Partner with the Vice President of Academic Affairs to encourage participation in current study abroad programs and explore new avenues to enhance CCU’s study abroad opportunities, including, among other experiences, short-term faculty-led trips and a preferred set of semester-long programs.
- Establish systems, policies, and operating procedures for faculty-led academic trips. Work with faculty seeking to do short term trips to develop proposals, including itineraries, budgets, course syllabi, and more, and then vet all proposals to ensure compliance with study abroad vision and established policy.
- Spearhead and coordinate academic engagement in the University’s various internationalization efforts, including missions programs, organizational alliances, preferred semester-long study away programs, and developing global competencies within our graduates.
Teaching and General Faculty Duties:
- Advocate for CCU’s mission, traditional Christian beliefs, and the Strategic Priorities.
- Teach assigned undergraduate courses within the College of Undergraduate Studies (CUS) in accord with all standard policies and procedures using a variety of best-practice teaching and learning strategies, including classroom and online technology, to enhance instruction. A typical load is 24 credit hours of in-seat undergraduate courses during the academic year, but this faculty member will teach 18 credit hours due to the additional responsibilities as Director.
- Develop, implement, and evaluate course curriculum, teaching-learning practices, and assess student learning outcomes.
- Engage students; maintain established office hours and be available to individual students for questions, coursework, consultations, and informal mentoring.
- Engage in professional organization activities and scholarly work including, but not limited to, publications and presentations commensurate with experience and academic rank.
- Provide strategic thinking in fulfilling the goals of the College of Undergraduate Studies in support of the University’s Strategic Priorities as well as contribute effectively to the University community, ministry partners, corporate partners, and general audiences. Strong participation in faculty, committee, or other meetings is an integral part of this position.
- Add to the development of a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars within the College of Undergraduate Studies. Continue to grow in personal commitment to and effectiveness in the integration of Christian faith and learning and provide effective servant/shepherd leadership among faculty, staff, students, and administrators.
- Work effectively and positively with administrators, other faculty colleagues, and support staff to establish and maintain effective positive working relationships.
- Participate in extracurricular activities to support and encourage students, colleagues and staff.
- Assist the dean with other duties as assigned.
While performing the duties of this job, you may be required to walk, stand, sit, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, speak with clarity, and have appropriate vision and hearing capabilities. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The employee may work occasional irregular hours, including some nights and weekends. Regular public presentations to students, parents, and external constituents required. Colorado Christian University expects all faculty and staff to become a part of the University community by participating in activities and events that occur on the campus throughout the year, which may occur during evenings and weekends.
What we offer our employees:
We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages to all employees. Our benefit package includes: a tuition waiver program, excellent healthcare, generous paid time off, matching 403(b) retirement plan, and additional organizational paid benefits and voluntary benefit offerings. Pay and benefits will be discussed in more detail as candidates progress through the interview process.
- Committed follower of Jesus Christ, who believes there is no salvation apart from faith in his atonement on the cross, by grace alone becoming "born again" thus beginning a personal relationship with Christ, the Son of God.
- Able to effectively communicate personal faith and apply biblical principles and convictions in the workplace. Must have a strong sense of calling to the ministry of Colorado Christian University.
- Regularly attend and be engaged in meaningful involvement in a Bible-believing evangelical local church. Knowledgeable about the Word of God and passionate about Christian education.
- Must be a traditional evangelical Christian whose lifestyle is in consonance with sound Christian principles, is compatible with CCU’s Statement of Faith, and is in agreement with the Strategic Priorities promulgated by the University.
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