Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies | Assistant Registrar | Adjunct Instructor-Summer ESL

Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Divine Word College, A Roman Catholic Seminary College located in Epworth, IA, invites applications for a Department Chair position in Interdisciplinary Studies. We seek a broadly trained sociologist with a proven record of teaching, serious commitment to scholarship, and a minimum of three years of administrative experience. The College is particularly interested in candidates who can provide leadership in strengthening/restructuring our existing programs in intercultural studies. The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers a bachelor’s degree in intercultural studies, a minor in intercultural studies, an associate of arts degree in Interdisciplinary studies, and an associate of arts degree in intercultural studies. Faculty in the Department also contribute courses to the College’s core curriculum.

Divine Word College is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty in our multicultural environment. Many of our students are international, representing over twenty countries. We, therefore, encourage applications and inquiries from candidates of minority backgrounds who will enrich and contribute to the cultural diversity of the college.

A Ph.D. in sociology from an accredited institution of higher education is required. Candidates should be able to teach core courses in sociology with emphasis on culture, research methods, and social stratification focusing on race, gender, class and other forms of inequality. The Chair will model current best practices in teaching that include effective use of teaching technology and our course management system (Populi).  The Chair will teach two courses per semester, in addition to performing administrative responsibilities that include: determining faculty teaching schedules; cultivate a quality faculty through mentoring and effective annual evaluation; assure continuous improvement of the programs in the Department through program review and assessment of student learning; provide leadership and collaborate with faculty in developing new courses;  encourage and facilitate faculty professional engagement; recruit and supervise adjuncts; organize student advisement; plan and manage the department budget; work collaboratively with the other chairs and the administration; understand and promote the mission and core values of the College; and support the College’s Strategic Plan. The successful candidate is expected to be familiar with, and demonstrate a commitment to, the Mission of the College as well as to the values and traditions of Catholic higher education.

Applicants should send a copy of their current curriculum vitae; a letter describing teaching and research interests, administrative and other professional experiences; a sample of scholarly writing; a statement of teaching philosophy; and contact information (name, phone, email) of three references. 

Review of applications will begin on March 6 and will continue until the position is filled. Send all application materials to: Additional information about the College is available at: www.
Divine Word College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Assistant Registrar

Divine Word College, a Catholic liberal arts college seminary in Epworth, Iowa, is seeking applications for the position of Assistant Registrar.  The Assistant Registrar manages and coordinates the collection, entry, retrieval and sharing of data as directed by the Registrar, and acts as liaison with internal offices for information sharing.

The Assistant Registrar is responsible for the accuracy, completeness and confidentiality of all student and faculty records, including course creation, classroom assignments, registration, course enrollment and rosters, degree audit, enrollment verification and other academic records in accordance with FERPA.  The Assistant Registrar assists students and faculty with course registration and other matters.  Essential functions include: managing and supervising the collection and entry of all student records data, providing enrollment and registration services to students, maintaining adherence to school practices and policies, and other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications
  • Applicants must have at least three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in office records management.
  • An Associate's or higher degree.
  • Administrative support experience in a higher education setting.
  • Familiarity with and experience using school or student management systems.
  • Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience working with confidential information.
  • Ability to use higher functions of Microsoft Office suite.
Starting date is July 2015.   Apply with a letter of interest, resume, and a list of three references with contact information to Donna Puccio, Divine Word College, 102 Jacoby Drive, SW, P. O. Box 380, Epworth, IA  52045 or  Review of applications will begin on April 15 and continue until the position is filled. 

Divine Word College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Adjunct Instructor for Summer ESL Program

The Intensive English Language Institute at Divine Word College, Epworth, IA,  is seeking to hire an adjunct instructor for an 8-week summer ESL program beginning on May 26, 2015 and ending on July 17, 2015. 
The instructor will be responsible for 15 contact hours/week (9:00 AM-11:50 AM), plus related duties.
Courses to be taught include: high beginning grammar and writing; intermediate speaking skills; and advanced reading.
Requirements: M.A. in TESOL or Applied Linguistics and at least 2 years of full-time teaching experience at the tertiary level
Desired qualifications:
  • Good communication skills and clear pronunciation
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully teach English language skills to non-native speakers at the college level
  • Classroom experience with beginning, intermediate, and advanced ESL/EFL students
  • Ability to adapt materials and teaching style to meet the needs of every student in a mixed-level classroom
  • Strong computer skills, including course management systems, and CALL
  • Cross-cultural or overseas experience  
  • Working knowledge of at least one foreign language
Deadline for Application: Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Contact: Send cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information for three references to Ms. Donna Puccio at this address:
 Divine Word College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.