Academic Director - Tunisia

Academic Director
SIT Study Abroad Tunisia

World Learning seeks an Academic Director to manage SIT Study Abroad’s program in Tunisia and Italy: Politics and Religious Integration in the Mediterranean. The program is based in Tunis, Tunisia, and goes on excursion Palermo, Sicily.

The start date for this position is July 1, 2020.

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SIT Study Abroad Academic Directors (AD) manage SIT’s undergraduate study abroad programs located in 42 countries worldwide. The program themes vary from development and social change to arts, environmental studies, post-conflict transformation, health, and human rights. All SIT Study Abroad programs emphasize field study while examining critical global issues in keeping with the broader organizational missions of peace and social justice. SIT’s educational model focuses on cultural immersion as its primary heuristic component and uses theories of experiential education to inform its curricula and augment student learning. The academic centerpiece of most SIT Study Abroad semester programs is the independent study project. This component weaves together theory and practice and synthesizes the other program coursework.

The Academic Director is responsible for:
• the planning, delivery, and supervision of the academic program offered by SIT Study Abroad at its assigned program location;
• ensuring program academic excellence and facilitating student learning experience in a safe environment;
• managing the program site and supervision of local staff, budget planning and oversight, and financial reporting;
• representing SIT Study Abroad in the program location and developing and maintaining positive relationships with local partners.

• Terminal degree (PhD) in political science, sociology, anthropology, religion or an academic discipline related to the theme of the program.
• Academic and practical knowledge of the region with advanced proficiency in English, French, and Arabic required.
• Eligibility to work in Tunisia is also required
• College teaching and experience with U.S. undergraduates is desirable.
• ADs must be attuned to the educational philosophy and expectations of SIT and possess both commitment to academic excellence and the personal leadership qualities required by the program. Among the latter are cultural sensitivity and adaptability; intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm for challenge; tact and diplomacy in working with host nationals and American students; organizational ability; budget management skills; and computer literacy.
• Effective communication skills.
• Proven ability to be flexible, collaborative and patient plus a sense of humor.

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