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Davidson College seeks a leader and educator to serve as the John and Ruth McGee Director of the Dean Rusk International Studies Program. The term of the appointment is five years, with the possibility of renewal. Compensation is competitive.
History and mission
Founded in 1837, Davidson College is a selective residential liberal arts college located near Charlotte, North Carolina. The Dean Rusk International Studies Program was created in 1985 to support Davidson College’s core mission: assisting students in developing humane instincts and disciplined and creative minds for lives of leadership and service. The program is dedicated to fostering in students the intellectual and social capabilities that are indispensable for their creative participation in an interconnected world. The Dean Rusk Program and the McGee Director are responsible for cultivating in students the desire and ability to apprehend and experience our world from many points of view. Davidson believes that knowledge of the cultural, economic, political, religious, and scientific forces that shape our times is integral to a liberal arts education, and engagement across cultural and societal boundaries is vital to living meaningful, ethical, and compassionate lives in a globalized context.
We are seeking someone who can draw together individuals and groups on campus and connect Davidson students, faculty, and staff with individuals, opportunities, organizations, and experiences around the world. The program is named for Dean Rusk ‘31, a Davidson alumnus who served in numerous positions in the U.S. government, including as Secretary of State from 1961 to 1969. Its founding director, Ambassador Jack Perry, served from 1985 to 1995. The John and Ruth McGee Directorship of the Dean Rusk Program in International Studies was established by the John F. and Ruth B. McGee Foundation of Charleston, West Virginia in 2002.
Application deadline is October 13. The anticipated start date is January 3, 2022.
Responsibilities of the McGee Director
- Administering the Dean Rusk Program in collaboration with the faculty’s International Education Committee and under the supervision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty
- Collaborating with students, faculty, and staff to develop on-campus programming that centers on international education as a response to developments in the global arena, enhances courses and curricula, and promotes campus-wide familiarity with diverse cultures
- Reinforcing and expanding Davidson’s international visibility and political and social capital in Washington, D.C., and abroad, including cultivating contacts at the state, national and international levels to yield new opportunities for students to learn, intern, work, travel, and explore overseas
- Increasing the visibility of international educators, leaders, and activists on the Davidson campus as a means of highlighting the value of cross-cultural exchange and intercultural understanding
- Coordinating the distribution of over $250,000 in annual funding for international experiences for students and faculty, including publicizing these funding opportunities to the campus community and cultivating a wide and diverse pool of applicants
- Advising and mentoring students to help them develop proposals for international experiences as well as post-graduate opportunities including careers, graduate study, and fellowships
- Serving as a member of the Experiential Learning Advisory Team to promote experiential learning opportunities to students and cultivate relationships with external organizations and businesses that produce a wider array of experiential learning opportunities available to Davidson students
- Teaching one course per year in a relevant field
- Assisting in fundraising to support the Dean Rusk Program, specifically by partnering with College Relations to cultivate new sources of dedicated funding for international opportunities for students and faculty
- Working with College Communications and the Office of Admission and Financial aid to publicize the program, including to prospective students
For the McGee Director of the Dean Rusk Program, we are seeking a person with:
- At least 10 years’ experience as an international affairs professional. Relevant fields include public service, non-governmental organizations and advocacy, economic/commercial/financial affairs, academics, cultural fields, and scientific and medical administration.
- An advanced degree (MA, PhD, JD, etc.) in a relevant field, or commensurate professional experience
- A genuine interest in undergraduate students’ personal and professional development and a willingness to work with them to cultivate their international interests, including designing immersive personal experiences and individual research projects abroad, to be funded by Dean Rusk Program grants. A demonstrated track record in professional development and mentoring that could be applied to undergraduate students will support this qualification.
- An established network of global contacts
- Experience in budgeting and management. (The Dean Rusk Program annual operating budget is approximately $60,000.)
- Contacts and skills necessary to help identify potential sources of financial support for the program and assist College Relations staff in realizing those opportunities
- Proven capacity to interact and collaborate with diverse communities and to attract a diverse audience for Dean Rusk Program events
- Teaching experience is not required or expected, but is a plus. Enthusiasm for teaching and openness to professional development are a must.
A top-tier highly selective liberal arts college in Davidson, N.C., twenty miles from Charlotte, Davidson College has a low student-faculty ratio and a collegial atmosphere honoring teaching and academic excellence. At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community. In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures, and national origins.
Application materials should include:
- A letter explaining how your personal, educational, and professional experiences prepare and inspire you to apply for this position at Davidson College. We are interested in understanding how you think about global education; how you would explain the importance of global education to students, parents, and friends of the college; why being part of a liberal arts college community is attractive to you; and what opportunities your career has offered that would indicate your capacity for mentoring and teaching undergraduates.
- A resume
- A list of three references (with contact information) who can speak to your professional qualifications and your aptitude and potential for mentoring undergraduates in a liberal arts setting. We will inform applicants before contacting references.
Applications should be submitted to: https://employment.davidson.edu
At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community. In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures, and national origins.