University foundation director

Job Description


Job no: 494419
Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Education and Training

About Us:Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at Boise State University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Boise State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. We are a welcoming campus that supports diversity and inclusion.
Job Summary/Basic Function:Boise State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the University Foundations Program. The University Foundations is Boise State University's signature general education curriculum, inclusive of distribution requirements across disciplines, a first-year course, an ethics and diversity course, and a capstone course in each major. Built around a set of university learning outcomes and supported by robust faculty governance, the program's mission is to support students to build foundational skills and knowledge.. The program touches every student and plays an essential role in student success. More information about the University Foundations mission and programming can be found at
The director works closely with faculty across multiple colleges and departments to facilitate the delivery of a high quality program to all students. In addition, the Director contributes to the development of policies and practices that govern general education at the State level. The new director will play an important role in guiding the program into the future, aligning the program with our emerging university strategic plan, and supporting the program to engage in the university's aspirational values around diversity, equity, and inclusion.This position is a 12-month, professional staff position. An appointment with faculty rank (and tenure) is possible, depending on qualifications and arrangements with an academic home department.
The new Director will find Boise State University is an exciting place to work. We are a large, public university in Idaho with an enrollment of more than 24,000 students, located in Idaho's capital city and largest metropolitan area. The university engages local government, businesses - including a growing high-tech sector, health care providers, and populations across the state as well as the region. Nested in the foothills, Boise is convenient to outdoor recreation, including world-class whitewater rivers, skiing, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, and camping. Boise is driving distance from many national parks as well as major metropolitan cities, such as Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco.Boise State University is a Carnegie Classified Doctoral Research University with an innovative model that emphasizes rigorous research and a strong commitment to teaching our undergraduate and graduate students. We have a Carnegie Community Engagement classification and are working to become an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution.
Level Scope:Oversees through subordinate Managers a large, complex organization with multiple functional disciplines/occupations, OR manages a program, regardless of size, that has critical impact upon the campus. Significant responsibility for formulating and administering policies and programs, manages significant human, financial, and physical resources, and functions with a very high degree of autonomy. Frequently influences business decisions made by senior leadership. Oversees through subordinate Managers the accountability and stewardship of campus resources and the development of systems and procedures to protect organizational assets. Negotiates and influences others to understand and accept new concepts, practices and approaches.

Essential Functions:Leadership
● Provides leadership and strategic direction for the University Foundations Program as a critical component of the undergraduate experience.
● Communicates the importance of and builds support for General Education to both internal (students, faculty, advisors, and administrators) and external audiences.
● Supports the engagement with University Learning Outcomes across colleges and departments.
● Supports student success initiatives throughout the University Foundations curriculum.
● In collaboration with the General Education Committee (GEC) and other campus entities, leads the development and implementation of the UF Summit and participation in other campus events (Bronco Day, Bronco Welcome, etc.)
Foundations Program development, implementation, and assessment
● Collaborates with colleges to identify faculty to design and teach University Foundations courses.
● Ensures Foundations faculty are supported on questions of course design and development, pedagogy, and assessment.
● Establishes expectations and support for practicing and assessing inclusive teaching across the University Foundations curriculum.
● Oversees the execution of routine administrative student issues (reviewing academic adjustments, addressing concerns in a University Foundations course, etc.)
● Sets course schedule for UF courses, in consultation with colleges/schools.
● Reviews student evaluations for Foundations courses; uses findings to support continuous improvement at the program level.
Engagement with University and State-Board leadership & Governance
● Convenes the University General Education Committee; supports faculty governance of the curriculum.
● Engages with appropriate policies at both the university and State Board level.
● Supports the process of assessment of University Learning Outcomes, in collaboration with GEC, academic departments and Institutional Research.
Management of Staff and Resources
● Supervises University Foundations Staff.
● Manages the University Foundations budget to meet the needs for instruction and student support across the program.
● Collaborates with deans and department chairs to identify strategies and resources for staffing courses.
● Makes determinations with respect to hiring and continued participation of faculty within the University Foundations program.
● Contributes directly to the university's teaching mission by instructing one course per academic year within the University Foundations program.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:● Demonstrated interest and experience in enhancing the undergraduate experience and student learning.
● Strong leadership, communication, and organizational skills.
● Experience with university level academic programs, curriculum development, course design, and assessment.
● Demonstrated commitment to the creation of inclusive and equitable learning spaces for students.
● Solid and sustained record of professional contributions within a candidate's discipline or cross-disciplinary area.
● Evidence of effective, inclusive teaching practice in general education course(s).
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
● Knowledge of effective general education teaching practice, especially strategies that have demonstrated value for student success, including those with minoritized identities and those who are first-generation college-going students.
● Demonstrated ability to collaborate and provide leadership across the campus community - with a broad range of faculty and across disciplinary boundaries.
● Knowledge and experience supporting faculty to be successful and inclusive teachers.
● Experience teaching (or supporting teachers to engage) students with learning outcomes focused around diversity, equity, and inclusion.
● Supervisory experience supporting the growth and development of staff and faculty.
● Experience with faculty governance, especially around program design and development
● Experience with state or system level curricular policy requirements.
● Experience managing departmental or program budgets.

Minimum Qualifications:● Masters degree
● Six (6) years of experience in university level teaching
● Two (2) years of supervisory experience

Preferred Qualifications:Earned doctorate degree or appropriate terminal degree from a regionally accredited college or university
University administrative experience (e.g., department chair, program director, etc.)

Salary and Benefits:Salary commensurate with experience. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:Cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for this position.
Resume or CV that includes employment history
The application interface will prompt you for the names and contact information for three professional references.
Statement of the applicant's "Philosophy of General Education" (1-2 pages) describing the most important elements of a successful general education program for students and faculty.

Advertised: January 25, 2021
Applications close: February 22, 2021

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