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Instructor/Program Associate — Border Studies Program

February 15, 2017


Earlham College invites applications for the position of Instructor/Program Associate in its Border Studies Program. Based in Tucson, Arizona, the Border Studies Program is a unique off-campus semester for undergraduates around the country that explores the social, political, economic and environmental realities of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Applicants are encouraged to review the program website. This is a full-time, 12-month administrative position with full benefits that begins on June 1, 2017.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Course Instruction and Facilitation 

  • Teach core courses on the program.
  • Develop core curriculum with other staff.
  • Take students on course-related excursions.
  • Develop materials and syllabi as needed.

Program Facilitation

  • Conduct administrative and budgetary planning.
  • Support student life needs including semester orientation, emotional support, reflections and debriefs, and on-call for emergencies.

Community Engagement

  • Build program impact and relationships in Tucson and beyond.
  • Have an active and ongoing engagement with professional and community partners.

Student Recruitment and Selection

  • Participate in recruitment trips to several colleges.
  • Manage applications and student selection.

Office Work as Needed

  • Support Earlham/GLCA related activities.
  • Handle other activities that arise.

Experience & Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. or M.A. in a relevant subject area, such as Cultural Studies, Indigenous Studies, Latino/a Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Latin American Studies, History, Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, and/or Border Studies.
  • Superior speaking and writing skills in Spanish and English.
  • Strong teaching experience and commitment to the Liberal Arts and to liberal arts curricula.
  • Commitment to social, economic and environmental justice.
  • Prior experience of and strong connections within the Tucson community and the broader U.S./Mexico borderlands.
  • A flexible schedule.
  • Ability to work well with a diversity of people including students, community leaders, organizations, government workers and co-workers.
  • Ability to do quality work efficiently in a highly collaborative work environment.
  • Ability to travel internationally for up to 12 days at a time, to travel domestically for up to 5 days at a time, and to drive a 12-passenger van.

Application Instructions

Please email a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for three references to Kate Morgan-Olsen at

Or send by mail to:
Earlham College Border Studies Program
738 N. 5th Avenue, Suite 205
Tucson, AZ 85705

Priority will be given to applications submitted by March 1, 2017.

Earlham College continues to build a community that reflects the gender and racial diversity of the society at large, and, therefore, we are particularly interested in inviting and encouraging applications from African Americans, other ethnic minorities, and women. Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Earlham utilizes E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility for all newly hired employees within the United States.

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