The Earlham College Border Studies Program (BSP) is an undergraduate liberal arts program based in Tucson, AZ, that uses the transnational U.S.-Mexico border region as a critical context for unpacking contemporary global realities. Students in the Border Studies Program undertake semester-long immersion education that involves academic classes, travel to communities across southern Arizona and on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, homestays, and internships with local organizations involved with immigration, human rights, education, social justice, and environmental sustainability.
BSP Administrative Faculty play a critical part in the development and deployment of BSP’s academic curriculum, and act as a bridge between BSP and the broader Tucson community. This involves college-level classroom instruction, with a commitment to engaging in a decolonial education model that questions hegemonies of knowledge production and their intersections with issues of language, identity, power, privilege, and oppression. In addition, the new hire joins a team of three other full-time administrative faculty, who are collectively responsible for organizing and implementing all of the Border Studies Program’s logistics and curriculum.
Academic and Community Engagement (40%, approximately 16 hours per week)
Curriculum Development: Develop curricula each semester that meet the needs of incoming students.
- Create a syllabus and gather class materials to provide students with both digital and printed access.
- Work with other full-time BSP instructors to ensure class content and materials are integrated with other program components.
Instruction: Assume primary responsibility for instruction of one, 4-credit course each semester.
- In-person classroom instruction, including lectures, discussions, activities, inclusion of multimedia examples, guest speakers, etc.
- Creating and grading assignments and assessing students progress on an ongoing basis.
- Use of instructional technologies, as appropriate, and online submission of course grades.
- Advising and mentoring undergraduate students in the course of their educational progression.
Co-direction of the Border Studies Program (40%, approximately 16 hours per week)
- Attend weekly meetings with other BSP faculty and work with a team using a collective management approach.
- Plan and implement new student orientation and finals/wrap-up week.
- Work with other BSP faculty and community members to plan and implement travel excursions in the borderlands and Southern Mexico.
- Work as a team to support student wellness and academic success throughout the semester.
Administration (15%, approximately 6 hours per week)
Administrative duties may contain several of the following:
- Help to oversee and manage BSP facilities and equipment.
- Complete monthly accounting.
- Support with student services, including interviewing new applicants.
- Support with advertising and student recruitment.
- Maintain relationships with college contacts at affiliated universities.
- Help plan meetings with outside constituents and stakeholders.
- Oversee and coordinate the Home Stay program component.
Other Duties (5%, approximately 2 hours per week)
Professional development: Participate regularly in regional, national, or international professional development opportunities and networks.
Ad hoc assignments: Complete other duties as assigned by Earlham College.
- MA or PhD in Anthropology, Gender and Women’s Studies, Geography, History, Mexican-American/Chicano/a/x Studies, Environmental Justice, Native American/Indigenous Studies, Peace Studies, or another related social science and/or ethnic studies field
- Strong commitment to social justice and community engagement.
- Conversational-to-advanced level of Spanish language.
- Demonstrated skill in and passion for working with undergraduate students
- Demonstrated interpersonal relationship-building skills and experience working with a wide range of constituents, including community members, faculty, students, and alumni
- Experience communicating with and supporting people from diverse backgrounds and an expressed commitment to uphold and further Earlham’s Diversity Aspirations Vision Statement
- Experience in curriculum development and instruction
- Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality
- Experience and comfort with digital tools and technology, including social media
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced setting
- Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills
- Possession of a valid driver’s license and willingness to drive a 12-passenger van
- Ability to travel regionally and to southern Mexico, in program excursions ranging from a few hours to 10 days in duration
Additional Preferred Qualifications:
- Familiarity with U.S. immigration policy, political economy, and the U.S.-Mexico border
- Knowledge about Tucson and established relationships in Southern Arizona, and/or in other communities in the U.S. / Mexico border region
- Training and/or research interests associated with Mexican-American/Chicano/a/x studies, critical ethnic studies, food/environmental justice, and/or indigenous histories and decoloniality
- A commitment to both inclusive excellence and decolonial approaches to off-campus study and education.
- Bilingual in Spanish and English