Director, Office of Fellowships and Advanced Studies
The University of Missouri (MU) invites nominations and applications for the Director of its newly configured Office of Fellowships and Advanced Studies (FSA).
Reporting to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, the Director will be responsible for building on the successful programs that have been separately managed as the MU Fellowships Office ( https://fellowships.missouri.edu ) and MedOpp ( https://premed.missouri.edu ) and for establishing MU's first formal pre-law program. In time, the Director will expand FSA operations to include more general post-baccalaureate advising, complementing efforts made by faculty and staff within academic units.
The Director will hold ultimate responsibility for merging the essential Fellowships, MedOpp, and pre-law efforts, including planning, implementing, and assessing programs and events; supervision of staff; and preparation of budgets. The Director will promote excellence in a culture committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Currently, the Fellowships Office consists of staff of two professionals and a graduate assistant and serves undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent alumni, seeking nationally competitive fellowships. The Director of FAS will replace the current fellowships director and be responsible for some of the major fellowships (e.g., Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, Truman). The current assistant director and an additional full-time staff member, who will replace the graduate assistant, will lead efforts on many of the other programs currently supported (e.g., Fulbright grants, NSF Graduate Research Fellowships, Boren Awards, Critical Language Scholarships).
The Director will oversee and assist with some elements of MedOpp, which currently consists of two full-time professionals who advise undergraduates and recent graduates in preparing for careers in health care, principally through medical or dental school training. Because of increasing numbers of applicants for placement in medical and dental schools, FAS will add another MedOpp advisor.
The Director will also be responsible for implementing the new pre-law advising program, drawing on the current pre-med example while collaborating closely with MU's School of Law and key faculty and staff across campus to ensure that the new program is sound and effective in its practices. FAS will hire a full-time professional staff member to serve as the principal advisor; program growth will dictate the extent to which the pre-law advising staff will grow over time.
In combining these three operations, the University will take advantage of overlapping responsibilities and staff skills to offer a rarely seen combination of services, all housed in one office. Fellowships is currently free-standing but staff collaborate closely with Honors College, MedOpp, Undergraduate Research and other services/offices on campus, all under the umbrellas of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies. MedOpp is currently embedded within the Honors College, but some students mistakenly believe that they must be in the Honors College to take advantage of MedOpp services. Adding additional pre-professional advising services, including law, will logically complement fellowships and MedOpp offerings; many students principally focused on one area have additional interests and will benefit from proximity to both advisors and students whose primary work lies in a different field.
FAS staff will maintain close relationships with the Honors College, Undergraduate Research, the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy (a program from which many MU graduates go on to law schools) to provide a holistic approach to post-baccalaureate studies and fellowships. The Director will oversee the establishment of the umbrella program and be responsible for maintaining strong and appropriate relationships with the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, deans, departmental leaders, and directors of offices and services that serve MU students across campus.
Terminal degree preferred but not required. Preferred but not required qualifications for the successful candidate include professional leadership experience, teaching experience at the college or university level, and an understanding of student and adult learning. Outstanding communication skills and a demonstrated collaborative leadership style are essential
In addition to the criteria noted above, the successful candidate should have:
Minimum of 3 years' experience in a supervisory capacity
Record of commitment to equity and inclusion
Experience in fostering student development
Excellent presentation, writing, editorial, and collaboration skills
Experience in program development
Experience in data analysis and assessment
Demonstrated budgetary experience
Familiarity with AAU metrics
Letter of application in which candidates describe in detail their qualifications for the position
Statement on inclusion, diversity, and equity
Statement on student development
Two writing samples, one of which must be non-scholarly
Names and contact information for three references
The CV/Resume and Cover Letter must be uploaded in the Resume/CV and Cover Letter section. Other materials must be uploaded in the Attachments section of the application.
Formal review of applications will begin July 1 2019, and continue until the position is filled.
Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits
The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.
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