The University of Notre Dame seeks a director for its Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI), which strives to improve the education of all children, especially those living in communities of low opportunity.
Founded in 1996, the IEI is home to more than 30 teaching and clinical faculty members and professors of the practice as well as 80 faculty fellows from across the University. Through teaching, research, and outreach, these distinguished scholars and practitioners pursue interdisciplinary collaborations to better understand and improve PK-12 education both in the United States and internationally, with a particular—though not exclusive—focus on Catholic schools. The institute’s reputation as a force for good has stemmed in large part from its programmatic thrust, including its wide array of distinctive graduate-level licensure programs.
The director of the IEI reports directly to the provost and provides leadership for all aspects of the institute. This includes:
Articulating and implementing the vision of the IEI
Overseeing the leaders of the IEI’s six component units (Alliance for Catholic Education; Center for Research on Educational Opportunity; Center for STEM Education; Center for Literacy Education; Interdisciplinary Minor in Education, Schooling, and Society; Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child)
Leading and implementing comprehensive strategic planning exercises
Recommending IEI fellows for appointment and reappointment and leading meetings of the fellows
Leading efforts to identify and recruit outstanding faculty and professional staff for leadership positions within the institute
Promoting the financial health of the IEI and its programs
Ensuring the quality and continued improvement of the programs within the IEI
Cultivating a spirit of inquiry and scholarship on education-related topics, with a special emphasis on Catholic education and service to low-opportunity students
Engaging diverse stakeholders to enhance awareness of the IEI and to advance its work and reputation
ABOUT NOTRE DAME: Founded in 1842 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame is a private Catholic research university ranked among the nation’s top 20 institutions of higher education in surveys conducted by U.S. News and World Report, Time, Kiplinger’s, and Kaplan/Newsweek. The University’s 1,260-acre campus is located adjacent to the city of South Bend, Indiana, which offers a small-town feel with a number of big-city amenities, including Broadway plays, first-rate musical and performance artists, and a vibrant and growing innovation culture. Approximately 90 miles east of Chicago, South Bend and the larger Michiana region are also home to ample opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.
The ideal candidate will be an intellectual leader in education or a related field who also has experience in strategic and administrative roles that have required the management of personnel, operations, and finances. He or she should demonstrate both an understanding and passion for Notre Dame’s Catholic character as well as a commitment to the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion, broadly construed. The ability to effectively communicate the IEI’s mission and priorities to potential donors and programmatic partners is essential. A master’s degree is required; a doctorate or other terminal degree is strongly preferred.
Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2020. Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest that speaks to the duties and qualifications noted above, as well as to why the candidate is interested in this position at the University of Notre Dame.
Preliminary inquiries about this position can be directed to "IEI Director Search" at email@example.com or James M. Frabutt, Senior Advisor to the Provost, firstname.lastname@example.org, 574-631-3055.
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About University of Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame is a Catholic academic community of higher learning, animated from its origins by the Congregation of Holy Cross. The University is dedicated to the pursuit and sharing of truth for its own sake. As a Catholic university, one of its distinctive goals is to provide a forum where, through free inquiry and open discussion, the various lines of Catholic thought may intersect with all the forms of knowledge found in the arts, sciences, professions, and every other area of human scholarship and creativity.The University prides itself on being an environment of teaching and learning that fosters the development in its students of those disciplined habits of mind, body, and spirit that characterize educated, skilled, and free human beings. In addition, the University seeks to cultivate in its students not only an appreciation for the great achievements of human beings but also a disciplined sensibility to the poverty, injustice and oppression that burden the lives of so many. The aim is to create a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice.Notre Dame also has a responsibility to advance... knowledge in a search for truth through original inquiry and publication. This responsibility engages the faculty and students in all areas of the University, but particularly in graduate and professional education and research. The University is committed to constructive and critical engagement with the whole of human culture.