Virginia Commonwealth University Focused Inquiry Instructor or Asst Professor in Richmond, Virginia

School/Unit: Division of Learning Innovation and Student Success

Rank: Open

Department: Department of Focused Inquiry

Purpose of Position:

Faculty members teaching in the Department of Focused Inquiry participate in shared curricula, with the expectation that students across all sections of a course achieve similar learning objectives. Primary teaching responsibilities include instruction of UNIV 111, 112, and 200, which students are expected to complete in their first two years. This three-semester interdisciplinary course sequence is learner-centered and promotes integrative thinking as well as student engagement, with a particular emphasis on written and oral communication, critical thinking, collaborative learning, information fluency, and ethical reasoning. Faculty are expected to participate actively in faculty development programs, including faculty learning communities, and to serve on committees within the University College and across the University. University College academic programs seek to promote an interdisciplinary approach to curriculum design and there may be additional opportunities to participate in curricular innovation and development.

Position Responsibilities:


Teaching is the primary responsibility of Focused Inquiry faculty. Faculty members generally teach a full load of UNIV 111/112/200 courses with the possibility to teach other courses occasionally.


As the primary responsibility of UNIV 111/112/200 faculty is teaching and/or designated administrative roles, scholarship is not required for contract renewal. However, research and presentation/publication in the scholarship of teaching and learning is welcome. Faculty members are particularly encouraged to develop interdisciplinary collaborations with colleagues to enhance the scholarship of teaching and learning.


—All full-time faculty will be required to serve on at least one standing committee for the length of the academic year. —Membership on more than one committee is voluntary and subject to approval by the Chair and the Department Council. —Other service to the department, such as ad hoc committees or assistance with new student programs, may be required on a periodic basis. —Such service will be noted in faculty evaluations.

Required Qualifications:

—Master’s degree in an academic discipline. —Evidence of excellence in college-level teaching. —Evidence of strong teaching skills in written and oral communication and critical thinking —Strong communication skills, demonstrated ability to work in collaboration with others, and an interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning. —The desire to work in a learning-centered environment —Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred Qualifications:

-A terminal degree in an academic discipline is strongly preferred. -At least three years of college teaching experience in a general education curriculum. -Experience or expertise in interdisciplinary methods and approaches. -Evidence of strong teaching skills in information fluency and/or collaborative learning and/or ethical reasoning. -Demonstrated interest or proficiency in the use of digital, networked technologies for teaching and learning.

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