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Affiliate Faculty of Instruction - Integrative Religious and Intercultural Studies (IRIS)

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Position type: FAC - Affiliate Faculty of Instruction - One year/Academic Year
Location: Allendale
Categories: Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Summary: The Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies Department (IRIS) at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is located within the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies with its primary departmental faculty, staff, and administrative offices based on GVSU’s Allendale Campus in Lake Ontario Hall. This affiliate faculty of instruction position is a 9-month, full-time, academic year position to be housed within the IRIS Department with the goal of primarily supporting the LEADS (Lifelong Educational Attainment for Diverse Students) Initiative run in collaboration with GVSU’s Center for Adult and Continuing Studies. Normal teaching load is 24-credits/year.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions: 

  • It is expected that this affiliate faculty member will become certified to teach online/hybrid courses at GVSU and will demonstrate innovative and effective teaching with particular strengths in adult, online pedagogy.
  • The faculty member is also expected to participate in regular professional development activities that support their teaching activities, regularly participate in department meetings, and be in ongoing communication with the Department Chair and/or Assistant Chair. Specific additional duties associated with this role will include:
  • Partnering with the Unit Head and Assistant Chair(s), Center for Adult and Continuing Studies, regional IRIS faculty, and the Brooks College Office of Integrative Learning and Advising to organize and support professional networking and community-based learning opportunities as needed; and
  • Potentially providing faculty advising support for Integrative Studies majors and certificate earners to facilitate retention to graduation.

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated teaching expertise at the undergraduate level;
  • Demonstrated ability to teach online and/or hybrid courses;
  • Experience working with and understanding of underrepresented and diverse populations;
  • Commitment to serving diverse communities of learners, collaborating with diverse colleagues whose expertise spans disciplinary and geographic boundaries, the General Education Program, and Center for Adult and Continuing Studies;
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaborating with colleagues – both faculty and staff – including ability to work well as a team with both faculty and staff;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently while remaining inactive touch with collaborators and supervisors;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Have completed at least a Master’s Degree in a relevant field by time of application;
  • Academic qualifications in fields of greatest teaching need in order to serve the department’s growing academic programs;
  • Strong organizational skills that span both administrative and teaching-focused work;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the value of a liberal education;
  • Demonstrated ability or strong potential to teach a range of core courses within two or more of the department’s academic programs. Examples may include: INT 100 (Reflect, Connect, Engage), ITC 100 (Introduction to Intercultural Competence), INT 201 (Diversity in the U.S.), INT 310 (Creativity), INT 312 (Dialogue), INT 314 (Life Journeys), INT 331 (Person and Profession in a Global Environment), INT 341 (Leadership for Social Change), INT 400/401 (Global Visionary Thinkers/American Visionary Thinkers), REL 335 (Sacred Texts, Global Communications); and
  • Commitment to working with adult learners as part of degree completion initiatives.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated teaching excellence at the undergraduate level in online and/or hybrid formats;
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence in working with adult learners and diverse communities of learners;
  • Experience with integrative and community-based learning in a higher education context;
  • Experience advising and mentoring undergraduate students;
  • Experience advising and mentoring undergraduate internships, practicum, and/or community-based research;
  • Strong community ties in communities serves by Grand Valley State University;
  • Demonstrated experience teaching in accelerated, hybrid, and online modalities; and
  • Academic training in adult learner pedagogies.

Salary: $46,000 with benefits

Campus: Grand Rapids/Allendale

Department/Division: Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies/Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

How to Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".Please include a cover letter, cv/resume, three letters of recommendation, teaching dossier (to include: teaching statement, sample syllabi and additional teaching materials)

Application Deadline: The review of applications will begin on May 15, 2021, and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to Theresa Rowland, Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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