Assistant/Associate Professor & Program Lead, Organizational Learning & Effectiveness - UOP Benerd School of Education - Sacramento, CA

19 May 2019 9:27 PM | Anonymous

Assistant/Associate Professor & Program Lead, Organizational Learning & Effectiveness - Sacramento, CA

Position Description

We seek a leader with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit to serve a vital role as we fulfill our vision to be a center of innovation and learning in Northern California and beyond.  We are searching for a colleague with a deep commitment to engaging students in real-world practice through teaching that challenges dominant norms.  We are building a curious, inquiring, and courageous community of practitioners who are committed to revolutionizing learning systems, structures, and cultures.  

As one example of that commitment, our faculty members facilitate all courses through an experiential-focused, project-based curriculum.  Our master’s courses are all centered on culminating projects where students work with clients in real-world settings.  We hope to find a colleague who will help us move even further in creating the most transformational and impactful programs possible.

This new colleague will serve as program lead of our successful MA in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness, launched in Fall 2016.  The program is designed to develop students to be creative, flexible, and caring professionals who lead the development of people, performance, and organizations.  The program is unique in its deep focus on real-world application and focus on innovation and creativity.

The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of or potential for research, leadership, and the ability to work collaboratively with students, colleagues, and stakeholders.  This position will take an active role in our community engagement efforts in the region. 


The basic teaching workload is three courses each semester and two courses in the summer.  Program leadership responsibilities will result in a one-course teaching release in the fall, spring, and summer.  The position also includes involvement in EdD dissertations, student recruitment, community engagement, curriculum development, internal service, and scholarship (which can include contributions to research outlets or practitioner settings).

As Program Lead, this position will play a key role in working to build and sustain the programs in Organizational Learning and Effectiveness by:

  • Providing overall vision and direction for the program
  • Leading the iteration and assessment of the program purpose, scope, and outcomes (MA Concentration and EdD Specialization)
  • Leading the conceptualization and implementation of a student-based consulting practice, leveraging our project-based curriculum and the Benerd Innovation and Change Collaborative (faculty-run consulting practice)
  • Building community and regional relationships to advance the program
  • Enhancing and executing our marketing plan for the program
  • Serving as faculty contact for prospective students
  • Presenting and engaging with prospective students at various recruitment events, both in person and online
  • Developing faculty and providing opportunities for professional development/collaboration to transform the teaching/learning experience
This colleague will hold the rank of assistant or associate professor, depending on experience level.  This is a 12-month, non-tenure position with eligibility for promotion to associate and/or full professor.  The position will work at both the Sacramento and Stockton Campuses, with primary campus assignment in Sacramento. 

Basic Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in a field related to learning, leadership, and change.  Possible areas of study include human resource development, organization development, and organizational learning (outstanding ABDs considered, if completing degree by August 2019)
  • Demonstrated success as a practitioner in a field related to organizational learning and effectiveness
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a caring and rigorous educational environment
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with colleagues in innovative program and curriculum development, and teaching practices
  • Demonstrated commitment to personal development and growth in one’s own teaching and practice
  • Demonstrated excellence in applied scholarly research or evidence-based practice
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in working in partnership with community groups, businesses, government agencies, and other organizations, as appropriate to the position
  • Demonstrated successful teaching and/or training facilitation experience with adult learners
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and working with students from multicultural communities
Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated successful hybrid or online teaching experience
  • Demonstrated experience with innovation methodologies (e.g., design thinking, human-centered design, lean startup)


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