Academic Director - Tunisia

Reports to: Provost & Dean of Faculty
Salary Range:$50,000 - $56,000
Anticipated Start Date: January 2, 2023
Term of Employment: 1 year
Apply by: November 15, 2022
Base of Designation: Tunis, Tunisia
Conditional on Funding: program enrollment

To apply and for more details:

School for International Training seeks an Academic Director (AD) in the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to manage its program Tunisia and Italy: Politics and Religious Integration in the Mediterranean. Rank will be determined based on candidate’s teaching experience, scholarship, and contributions to the profession. The program is based in Tunis, Tunisia with an excursion to Palermo, Sicily.

ADs manage SIT’s undergraduate study abroad programs located in 42 countries worldwide. Program themes vary from development and social change to arts, environmental studies, post-conflict transformation, health, and human rights. 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 using 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.

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.

ADs must remain current in their areas of expertise and familiar with in-country issues and practices in higher education. When required by local law, the AD will have a local employment contract. The position is full time for the entire contract period.

The nature of the AD job is such that ADs may be called upon during irregular hours to deal with emergencies.

• Terminal degree (PhD) in political science, migration studies, sociology or anthropology.
• Academic and practical knowledge of the region with advanced proficiency in English required and in French and Arabic preferred.
• College teaching and experience with U.S. undergraduates.
• 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.
• Proven ability to create an inclusive learning space for students and staff
• Great intercultural skills to communicate effectively with students, homestay families, and program partners

SIT is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/veterans/ADA employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.


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