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Lecturer and Assistant Director of Lead Forward - John Martinson Honors College, Purdue University

22 Feb 2024 12:50 PM | Leah Georges (Administrator)

Lecturer & Assistant Director of Lead Forward

Job Summary: The John Martinson Honors College seeks a candidate with interest and experience in leadership development and community engagement for a position as Lecturer and Assistant Director for Lead Forward. Primary responsibilities include working in a small team to continue development and delivery of a new, innovative program called Lead Forward, which promotes the capacity of undergraduate honors students for social change leadership. This is a continuing, 9-month AY salaried position, with a start date of August 12, 2024, or earlier if available. 

Principle Duties: The position involves teaching courses on social impact leadership and community engagement as well as courses on leadership development more generally. The normal teaching load is 3-3. Administrative responsibilities include support with program assessment, a visiting speaker series, and administering a fellowship grant that provides funding for social impact initiatives. The position may provide support to other leadership programming efforts in the college, as needed.

Experience: Strong teaching skills are essential for the position. The successful candidate will have experience promoting leadership and community engagement skills through various teaching strategies, such as those related to experiential learning, applied learning, service learning, and/or community-based learning. Experience with leadership frameworks commonly taught to undergraduate students, such as the social change leadership model, is desired. The successful candidate will also have experience and skills related to program administration, such as planning and delivering events or other educational activities outside of the classroom.

Education: The candidate must have a Ph.D. in any field. Education in a field with emphasis on engagement, applied learning, and/or social issues would be favorable.

The College: The John Martinson Honors College is Purdue’s interdisciplinary college that serves highly motivated undergraduate students in an academic-residential environment. It is grounded in four pillars: interdisciplinary academics, research and creative endeavors, global and community engagement, and leadership development. The college has 3,600 undergraduate students, reflecting the range of disciplinary fields across the university.

Additional Information & Application ProcedureSalary is set at $57,000 with benefits and a moving allowance.Purdue will not sponsor an employment related visa for this position. A background check will be required for employment. Questions regarding this position may be directed to the lead recruiter, Assistant Dean Adam Watkins (

To be assured full consideration, complete applications should be received by March 11, 2024. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit through the link below: 1.) a letter of application detailing their qualifications and interest, 2.) a curriculum vitae, and 3.) a teaching statement. Additionally, three letters of recommendation should be sent to Sherry Hardebeck (

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The John Martinson Honors College is committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We value input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the university; our goal is to create an academic community that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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