The Michigan State University African Studies Center is one of a suite of highly respected international studies programs at MSU, whose purpose is to offer a global education while engaging in cutting edge research on the world’s most pressing challenges. The Assistant Director for Outreach works closely with the Center Director to provide strong support and leadership for Center outreach on campus, in the broader community and through online digital initiatives.

Posting Snapshot:

The African Studies Center (ASC) is located in International Studies and Programs. A longtime recipient of U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS), the center has over 200 affiliated faculty who teach and conduct research in diverse fields across the continent. The Assistant Director for Outreach works closely with the African Studies Center Director to provide strong support and leadership for the Center’s outreach initiatives on campus, in the broader community, and through online digital initiatives.

The duties of the Assistant Director for Outreach position include but are not limited to:

Outreach to K-16 Educators:

Coordinate Exploring Africa: a web-based curriculum for middle and high school level students and teachers;

Develop on-line and campus-based programming to increase and certify global competency among both pre-service and in-service educators in Michigan;

Coordinate and support in-service work¬shops (such as LATTICE) for Michigan educators in international and cross-cultural education;

Liaise with other MSU International Studies units (for example Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Muslim Studies, Center for Gender in Global Context) and MSU College of Education for joint outreach endeavors;

Continue to innovate and support curriculum development and staff training for community-based institutions (for example Binder Park Zoo) for Africa-focused programming;

Coordinate and support summer workshops for Community College and HBCU educators on Africa and international and cross-cultural education.

Digital Outreach:

Work together with MATRIX to develop innovative and collaborative digital projects related to Africa including online courses and curriculum resources for educators;

Co-create interactive public humanities projects involving students, faculty, and community members;

Oversee social media platform engagement and other initiatives to enrich African Studies outreach and dissemination at Michigan State University and among our partners and networks.

Education Abroad:

Support and facilitate education abroad programs in Africa; serve as African Studies Center liaison to Education Abroad Office. Where possible lead Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad or other programs for educators, alumni and community members in Africa.

General: Provide support for other Center programming, as needed.