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Job Announcement: Service Learning Instructor / Coordinator, Urban Studies at Stanford

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  • Michael Kahan
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      Service Learning Instructor/Coordinator

      Job ID
      Job Location
      School of Humanities and Sciences
      Job Category
      Date Posted
      Aug 14, 2012

      Service Learning Instructor/Coordinator
      Urban Studies Program

      75% FTE, 3 Year Fixed Term Position (ending 8/31/15)

      Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary, undergraduate program at Stanford
      that combines academic approaches with real-world experience to understand
      cities. The Service Learning Instructor / Coordinator (SLIC) will teach two
      collaborative community-based workshop classes per year, facilitate
      internship placements for Urban Studies students, and coordinate the Urban
      Studies summer fellowship program. Duties are as follows.

      45% Teaching Community Engagement Courses:
      Develop and teach two courses per year on mutually agreed topic(s) of
      importance to students in the Program on Urban Studies, such as urban
      planning and sustainability, urban design, or social services. The courses
      must include academic instruction in the subject material, as well as a
      community engagement component, such as group projects that students
      complete in cooperation with a local government or nonprofit agency. The
      courses should also include instruction in the principles of effective and
      ethical service learning, and provide opportunities for student reflection
      on their engagement with the community. Responsibilities include:

      � Identifying community partners;
      � Developing and overseeing student � community partnerships;
      � Creating the syllabus;
      � Teaching class sessions;
      � Evaluating student work.

      20% Preparing and Placing Students in Internships
      Work with students and faculty inside and outside of the classroom to
      prepare students for service internship experience and place students in
      internships. Responsibilities include:

      � Meeting with students individually and/or in groups for placement
      advisement, preparation and reflection;
      � As necessary, providing support to Urban Studies courses with an
      internship component. This may include: advising students prior to their
      internship or practicum; coordinating placements; and playing an active
      part in class sessions that focus on internship concepts and skills;
      � Developing course and workshop materials, preparing students to engage in
      a community setting and helping them to reflect on their experiences;
      � Evaluating the appropriateness of students� placements in relation to
      academic content of the course and organizational needs/ capacity;
      � Evaluating student accomplishment of internship goals, and assigning
      grades (pass/fail) for those students enrolled for credit;
      � Coordinating with staff at the Haas Center for Public Service to share
      best practices in service learning;
      � Publicizing internship policies and opportunities through website, email,
      printed, and personal communications;
      � Managing internship placement paperwork, internship blog and finances as

      20% Service Internships Development
      Work with community-based organizations and government agencies to identify
      and clarify internship opportunities for Urban Studies students.
      Responsibilities include:

      � Working with community partners to identify internship opportunities with
      discrete, achievable goals that meet both student learning outcomes and
      community partner needs;
      � Overseeing service-learning placements by phone, email and on-site visits
      to ensure that they are meeting goals of the service organization, course
      and Urban Studies;
      � Responding to feedback and concerns about internship placements;
      � Providing orientation for community supervisors on program requirements;
      � Adapting and implementing evaluation and assessment of internships.

      10% Coordinating Summer Fellowship Program
      Organize the annual awarding of 3 to 5 summer fellowships. Responsibilities

      � Publicizing the fellowship opportunity, especially to Urban Studies
      majors and potential majors, through email, website, and personal
      � Evaluating fellowship applications, and reaching award decisions as part
      of a selection committee;
      � Meeting with fellowship winners and ensuring that they are properly
      prepared for the experience; this may include leading workshops or
      referring them to appropriate academic opportunities on campus;
      � Communicating with fellows throughout the summer electronically, by
      phone, and, for local placements, in person; maintaining and facilitating a
      blog or developing other means of group communication; coordinating with
      site supervisors and soliciting evaluations of student work;
      � Arranging debriefing sessions, presentations, written reflections, and
      other opportunities as appropriate for post-summer reflection;
      � Coordinating the logistics of applications, including managing web forms
      and paper documents as necessary.

      5% Miscellaneous Duties within and beyond Urban Studies

      � Participating in core functions of Urban Studies, such as staff meetings,
      quarterly lunches, etc;
      � Acting as a liaison on issues of service learning to the Haas Center for
      Public Service, as well as to other campus units involved in service
      learning, in order to share resources and best practices;
      � Writing occasional articles for the Urban Studies newsletter or website;
      � Other duties as assigned.

      Qualifications the SLIC must have:
      � Expertise in an area of urban studies such as urban planning and
      sustainability, urban design, or community organizing, at a level that
      qualifies the SLIC to teach this subject to Stanford undergraduates;
      � An advanced degree in a related field (MA, MS, PhD)
      � Outstanding oral and written communication skills;
      � Experience in working with diverse populations and demonstrated ability
      to create strong working relationships;
      � Ability to teach in a variety of formal, informal, and one-on-one
      � Knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word.

      Highly desirable qualifications include:
      � Knowledge of the principles of effective service learning;
      � Experience teaching at the undergraduate level;
      � Experience advising students;
      � Experience working with governments and/or community organizations,
      particularly in the Bay Area.

      Michael B. Kahan, Ph.D.
      Associate Director
      Program on Urban Studies
      Stanford University
      Building 120, room 224
      Stanford CA 94305-2048

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