Director of Inclusion and Diversity Faculty Position

  • Virginia Tech, College of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Blacksburg, VA, USA
  • Sep 24, 2019
Full time Education

Job Description

The College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech (cnre.vt.edu) is seeking applicants for a Director of Inclusion and Diversity with a faculty rank of assistant or associate professor of practice. This is a full-time, 12-month position that is renewable on an annual basis. The position has a start date of January 1, 2020 or as negotiated.


Position Description
The College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech is committed to inclusion and increasing diversity among its students, staff, and faculty. The purpose of this position is to provide leadership and education in diversity, equity, and inclusion-related efforts and topics. The Director of Inclusion and Diversity will lead inclusion and diversity initiatives within the college and teach courses that critically analyze identity and equity through the lens of natural resources and environment.


As the Director of Inclusion and Diversity, the selected candidate will work to: (1) develop and sustain diversity, equity, and inclusion programming and training within the college; (2) assist with the recruitment and retention of a diverse body of faculty, staff, and students; (3) serve as the college’s liaison with Virginia Tech’s Office for Inclusion and Diversity; (4) coordinate activities amongst the college’s InclusiveVT representatives; (5) assist the college and departments with refining and monitoring diversity and inclusion goals; (6) serve as a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented populations or cultures; and (7) teach two courses per year that enhance student understanding and awareness of inclusion and diversity.


The selected candidate will also be appointed to the rank of assistant or associate professor of practice. Professor of practice faculty are successful and effective professionals in a given field of study with the capability of bringing specialized expertise to instructional programs. Professor of practice faculty are full members of a department, and they are afforded a promotion path through assistant, associate, and professor levels. The selected candidate must be an effective teacher of the profession or discipline who is capable of understanding and evaluating research that applies to their field and teaching it to students. In alignment with duties as the Director of Inclusion and Diversity, the successful candidate will teach two courses per academic year that contribute to improving critical thinking, reasoning, and awareness of inclusion and diversity through the Pathways general education curriculum. Subject area and content of the courses will be based on the faculty member’s disciplinary training and expertise.


Required Qualifications
• Master’s or doctoral degree in any disciplinary area related to natural resources and environmental issues or the study of diversity, inclusion, and equity.
• Demonstrated experience developing and delivering diversity, inclusion, and equity programming.
• Research or industry expertise in the development, attainment, and reporting of strategic goals focused on diversity, inclusion, and equity.
• Demonstrated ability and interest in developing and teaching highly effective courses that enlighten students about the role and importance of identity and equity.
• Excellent interpersonal skills that facilitate coordination and cooperation amongst individuals, offices, and entities.
• Exceptional communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications
• Experience implementing diversity programming, particularly within disciplines represented within the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
• Prior experience teaching collegiate-level courses in subject areas associated with the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
• Prior involvement with the recruitment and retention of individuals from underrepresented minority (URM) groups.
• Previous engagement with advancement officers seeking to secure scholarships and endowments supporting URM students and faculty.
• Background in developing relationships and interfacing with state and federal agencies, industry, and NGOs that hire graduates of natural resources programs.
• Experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate students from URM groups.


Application Process
Candidates must apply online at: http://careers.pageuppeople.com/968/cw/en-us/listing/. Job # 511222


Application materials should include the following information:
• Curriculum vitae;
• Cover letter expressing a statement of interest in the position;
• Separate statements regarding interest and personal philosophies associated with (1) inclusion, equity, and diversity, and (2) teaching (candidates should address required and preferred qualifications in these statements); and
• Names, titles, and complete contact information for three references.


An official transcript for highest degree earned is required prior to the start of employment for the selected candidate.


Questions and inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Keith W. Goyne (goynek@vt.edu), chair of the search committee.


Application review will begin October 21, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.


Equal opportunity/affirmative action statement
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Office for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.