SIT Study Abroad Academic Directors (ADs) manage SIT’s undergraduate study abroad programs located in 42 countries worldwide. The program themes vary from development and social change to arts, environmental studies, post-conflict transformation, health, and human rights. All SIT Study Abroad programs emphasize field study while examining critical global issues in keeping with the broader organizational missions of peace and social justice. SIT’s educational model focuses on cultural immersion as its primary heuristic component and uses theories of experiential education to inform its curricula and augment student learning. The academic centerpiece of most SIT Study Abroad semester programs is the independent study project. This component weaves together theory and practice and synthesizes the other program coursework.
The Academic Director is responsible for:
• planning, delivery, and supervision of the academic program offered by SIT Study Abroad at its assigned program location
• ensuring program academic excellence and facilitating student learning experience in a safe environment
• Managing the program site and supervision of local staff, budget planning, and oversight, and financial reporting
• representing SIT Study Abroad in the program location and developing and maintaining positive relationships with local partners
Please see the job posting at: http://www.worldlearning.org/employment/ for detailed responsibilities.
The Academic Director must remain current in their areas of expertise and familiar with in-country issues and practices in higher education. When required by local law, the Academic Director will have a local employment contract. The position is full-time for the entire contract period.
• Terminal degree (PhD) in Africana Studies or a related field.
• Academic and practical knowledge of the region with advanced proficiency in English, French, and Wolof required.
• Eligibility to work in Senegal is also required.
• College teaching and experience with U.S. undergraduates are strongly desirable.
• ADs must be attuned to the educational philosophy and expectations of SIT and possess both committed to academic excellence and the personal leadership qualities required by the program. Among the latter are cultural sensitivity and adaptability; intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm for the challenge; tact and diplomacy in working with host nationals and American students; organizational ability; budget management skills; and computer literacy.
• Effective communication skills.
• Proven ability to be flexible, collaborative, and patient plus a sense of humor.
The position will begin in January 2022. A training period may take place in the U.S. and/or at an SIT Study Center in Chile. Salary commensurate with experience and academic qualifications.
Please visit the World Learning employment website at http://www.worldlearning.org/employment/ and apply via the online application system by uploading your letter of interest, as well as a CV (including the contact information of three academic references).
November 6, 2021, or until filled. The review of applications will begin in early November.
Why World Learning Inc.
Eighty-five years later, World Learning Inc. continues to lead worldwide efforts to foster empathy among people from different cultures. Our global nonprofit World Learning offers 79 global programs that improve education and employment opportunities around the world while promoting civic engagement and strengthening institutions. Our School for International Training offers study abroad programs to 2,200 students each year. And the Experiment in International Living has provided semester-long homestays, service, and study opportunities to more than 70,000 students since its inception.