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Drury is a mid-sized private liberal arts institution known for its student-centered approach to education, with approximately 3000 students (including 1,400 traditional full-time, undergraduate students, 1200 undergraduate adult learners and 250 graduate students) and 110 full-time faculty. The University’s rigorous academic environment, intentional professional development experiences, and many professional clubs and organizations produce students who are prepared to be the next generation of leaders in their chosen careers. Drury’s dedicated and conscientious mentoring of students allows them to explore their personalities and many career options to find their best professional paths.

Drury is a member of the New American Colleges and Universities and is regularly recognized by national publications for its high-quality programs, highlighting it as the private university of choice in the Midwest for ambitious students seeking a liberal arts education integrated with selective professional programs. The University has been a catalyst for progressive changes in the region since its inception in 1873, and continues to be a leader in transformative educational experiences.

The university is located in Springfield, Missouri, centered in Springfield’s largest historic district. With more than 456,000 people in the metro area and millions of tourists each year, Springfield is rich with interesting and entertaining attractions, many dining options and a variety of shopping and cultural activities, as well as a plentiful and growing job market, great schools and excellent health care. Among Springfield’s finest assets are its beautiful scenery and clean environment.

Drury University is an open and welcoming community from a rich variety of cultures, races and socio-economic backgrounds. The mission and goals of the university dedicate the institution to being a community which “affirms the quality and worth of all peoples” and appreciates the “diversity of human culture, language, history and experience.”

Drury University does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or veteran status in its programs and activities.

Tenure Track Openings

Assistant Professor of Architecture

The Hammons School of Architecture at Drury University seeks applicants for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin August 2022. The successful candidate will contribute to a dynamic program and a distinctive educational model that provides rigorous professional education in the context of a flexible curriculum grounded in the liberal arts.

Candidates must demonstrate experience or promise of excellence in design-studio teaching, along with more focused teaching area(s) including but not limited to: introductory design, advanced design representation, and advanced building-materials or building-systems studies.

The ideal candidate will also demonstrate an enthusiasm for interdisciplinary work and for collaboration across the university, as well as the ability to develop or continue a successful pattern of scholarship or critical design practice.

Candidates must hold a graduate degree in architecture, with a PhD desirable. Teaching and/or professional experience as well as licensure are also preferred. Interested candidates should submit (in .pdf format only) an application package comprising a CV, a statement of teaching approach, copies of unofficial transcripts, a portfolio, and names and contact information for three references. The application materials should provide evidence of a commitment to fostering and engaging with a diversity of ideas and experiences in support of an inclusive environment in the classroom and at the University. Applications should be sent to Professor Keith Hedges, Faculty Search Committee Chair (khedges@drury.edu). Review of applications will begin December 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Assistant/Associate Professor of Biology – Human Anatomy

Drury University is currently accepting applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Biology with expertise in human anatomy. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in biology or related discipline within the biological sciences and have experience using human cadavers to teach anatomy. The successful candidate will contribute to an established undergraduate program in biology and a Physician Assistant program that will begin fall 2023.

To apply, send a letter of interest, a current CV, copies of unofficial transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research interests suitable for undergraduates, a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through teaching, professional activity, and/or service, and names of three references to: Chair, Anatomy Search Committee, Drury University, 900 North Benton Avenue, Springfield, MO 65802. Complete applications may be e-mailed as a single PDF file to AnatomySearch21@drury.edu. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Non-Tenure Track Openings

Instructor of Art - Graphic and Digital Design

Drury University is currently accepting applications for an Instructor of Graphic and Digital Design. The successful candidate will teach courses to undergraduate majors in graphic and digital design. The teaching load will include other undergraduate courses in areas of expertise such as User Experience, Interaction Design, Motion Graphics, and/or general education. Candidates must possess an MFA in Graphic Design. The successful candidate will have a background in graphic design with additional experience in web design, user experience, and/or interactive design preferred; proficiency and experience with typography, illustration, and web/interactive design with knowledge of applicable software and Adobe Suite; experience teaching at the university level or the equivalent combining applicable academic and professional experience; and excellent written and verbal communication skills  

The graphic design program has experienced considerable growth through innovative curricular revision and development of interdisciplinary collaborations on campus and at large. A new Graphic & Digital Design curriculum engages contemporary technologies and pedagogies while having graphic design courses that are actively involved in three general education certificates for Your Drury Fusion: Professional & Visual Communication, Graphic Storytelling, and Interactive Design.  

To apply, send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, intentions for research or creative work, PDF portfolio of visual works, copies of transcripts, contact information for three references, and a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through teaching, professional activity, and/or service. to: Prof. Rebecca Miller, Chair, Graphic and Digital Design Search Committee Drury University, Rmiller01@drury.edu. Review of applications will begin 

December 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. 

Instructor of Biology

Drury University is currently accepting applications for an Instructor of Biology. The successful candidate will teach courses to undergraduate majors in biology and biochemistry. The teaching load will include introductory courses in molecular biology, genetics, and a laboratory methods course covering those disciplines. Candidates must possess a Master’s in biology or related discipline within the biological sciences. A Ph.D. is preferred. The successful candidate will contribute to established undergraduate programs in biology and biochemistry.

To apply, send a letter of interest, a current CV, copies of transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through teaching, professional activity, and/or service, and names of three references to: Chair, Instructor of Biology Search Committee, Drury University, 900 North Benton Avenue, Springfield, MO 65802. Complete applications may be e-mailed as a single PDF file to BiologySearch21@drury.edu. Review of applications will begin

November 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

 

 

Instructor - School of Education and Child Development (Special Education)

Drury University is currently accepting applications for a non-tenure-track instructor of education with expertise in special education. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. Ph.D. or Ed.D. in special education or related area required from an accredited university. The successful candidate will have a minimum of five years of experience in K-12 settings in special education, documented evidence of teaching excellence and contribution to student development, and demonstrated ability to integrate technology into teaching including experience teaching online courses. Higher education experience is preferred.

The primary responsibility will be teaching and teaching-related duties including, but not limited to undergraduate and graduate courses in seated, blended, and online formats. Subject areas for courses taught may include special education, foundations of education, and K-12 education as assigned by the Dean. The successful candidate will prepare course syllabi for assigned courses that meet the needs of students and include state requirements, participate in Teacher Education Council and other departmental meetings, and advise students seeking special education degrees.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of unofficial transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement addressing a commitment to fostering and engaging with a diversity of ideas and experiences, which create an inclusive environment in the classroom and at the University, and names of three references to: Chair, Education Search Committee, Drury University, 900 North Benton Avenue, Springfield, MO 65802. Complete applications may be e-mailed as a single PDF file to Natalie Precise at nprecise@drury.edu. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Visiting Assistant Professor-Health Psychology

The Department of Behavioral Sciences at Drury University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor position in health psychology to begin August 2022. The department is interdisciplinary and offers undergraduate degrees in Clinical and Behavioral Neuroscience, Criminology, Psychology, and Sociology. The psychologist will contribute to an interdisciplinary undergraduate program and will be expected to teach abnormal psychology, cross-cultural psychology, health psychology, holistic health practices, and other related courses.

Qualifications include a Ph.D. in health psychology or a related area, a commitment to liberal arts education and quality teaching, and successful mentoring of student work. Doctorate is expected by start date, but ABD will be considered.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching and research activity, a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through teaching, professional activity, and/or service, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Valerie Eastman at veastman@drury.edu. Information may also be sent to Department of Behavioral Sciences, Drury University, 900 North Benton Avenue, Springfield, MO 65802. Review of applicants will begin January 28, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture (2 year appointment)

The Hammons School of Architecture at Drury University seeks applicants for a non-tenure-track position at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor, to begin August 2022 and extending through the 2023-24 academic year. The successful candidate will contribute to a dynamic program and a distinctive educational model that provides rigorous professional education in the context of a flexible curriculum grounded in the liberal arts.

Candidates must demonstrate experience or promise of excellence in design-studio teaching, along with more focused teaching area(s) including but not limited to: introductory design, advanced design representation, and advanced building-materials or building-systems studies.

The ideal candidate will also demonstrate an enthusiasm for interdisciplinary work and for collaboration across the university, as well as the potential to develop or continue a successful pattern of scholarship or critical design practice.

Candidates must hold a graduate degree in architecture, with a PhD desirable. Teaching and/or professional experience as well as licensure are also preferred. Interested candidates should submit (in .pdf format only) an application package comprising a CV, a statement of teaching approach, copies of unofficial transcripts, a portfolio, and names and contact information for three references. The application materials should provide evidence of a commitment to fostering and engaging with a diversity of ideas and experiences in support of an inclusive environment in the classroom and at the University. Applications should be sent to Professor Keith Hedges, Faculty Search Committee Chair (khedges@drury.edu). Review of applications will begin December 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Director of Didactic Education - Physician Assistant Program

Drury University, in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates, is seeking a Director of Didactic Education for their Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program. The MPAS program is slated to begin in August, 2023, and will be the first graduate healthcare program among several planned within the newly established School of Health Sciences at Drury. Reporting to the Founding Program Director, the Director of Didactic Education will be student-centered and have a passion for developing a dynamic didactic program.  Drury is seeking an individual who loves educating students, enjoys the educational process, and works well in a team-oriented environment.

The candidate chosen will be responsible for oversight of all aspects of the didactic phase of the physician assistant program, and provide effective leadership toward meeting program and student learning outcomes.  The Director of Didactic Education will work to ensure the program‘s didactic phase follows all ARC-PA accreditation standards pertaining to didactic training.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree as a Physician Assistant from an ARC-PA accredited program;
  • Current NCCPA Certification;
  • Eligible for Missouri state licensure as a PA;
  • Three (3) years academic experience (preferred);
  • 3 – 5 years clinical experience (required);
  • Experience in PA/medical classroom teaching;
  • Experience in PA education administration (highly preferred);
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with student and staff populations.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Creating and developing a dynamic curriculum for the academic year;
  • Preparing syllabi consistent with the program mission;
  • Directing didactic program delivery which includes creating and maintaining the didactic year schedule;
  • Course coordination and classroom teaching;
  • Working with faculty to ensure compliance with educational objectives and academic rigor;
  • Recruiting and scheduling of adjunct faculty for didactic courses;
  • Directing and leading test preparation and examination delivery;
  • Advising student academic and professional development;
  • Assisting with data collection and analysis to support the ARC-PA self-assessment;
  • Assisting in the continuous review and compliance of the ARC-PA accreditation process;
  • Serving on committees such as the curriculum committee and academic performance committee;
  • Participating in the admissions process.

Application and Nomination Process:

All correspondence relating to the Director of Didactic Education position at Drury University should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive recruitment consultant:

Mr. Jamie Marcus, Senior Associate Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates
jamiemarcus@scotthealy.com

The full and complete application should contain the following information:

1) A cover letter highlighting your professional experience;
2) A complete CV outlining your career in higher education and within health-related areas; and
3) The names of five professional references including their relationship to you, their position, email, and direct phone numbers. References will be contacted only after written permission is received from the finalist.

Applications submitted by October 15, 2021, will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.

Instructional Designer

Drury University invites qualified applicants to apply for the position of Instructional Designer as a member of our Online Education team. This is a non-tenure track faculty position with the rank of instructor and carries no teaching load. Collaboration is a fundamental component of this position and this department. The candidate must be highly skilled at collaborating with faculty, subject matter experts, administrators, and colleagues. While the ability to work in a team environment will be crucial, so too is the ability to work independently; motivation and initiative are essential. This position requires someone who is organized, can set priorities, and is an effective time manager. Responsibilities include:

  • Provide support to faculty in designing, building, and revising of instructional experiences that positively influence teaching and learning for online courses. This includes recommending the appropriate tools, media, and teaching strategies to accomplish course goals, objectives, and outcomes; assists with the identification, selection, and application of appropriate assessment tools and strategies needed by faculty.
  • Train and support faculty in the effective and efficient use of instructional technology, online tools, course design, and online instruction via workshops, one-on-one sessions, training videos/documents, and other technology-driven formats.
  • Support faculty in effective use of video, synchronous course delivery, and other relevant technology to meet course objectives as well as the technical process and the delivery of the final product in Drury’s LMS.
  • Oversee the course development process, ensuring deadlines are met and online courses adhere to university and accessibility standards.
  • Identify and assist in implementing innovative and effective online learning techniques, as deemed appropriate by academic leadership; explore and provide information to the academic community on emerging technologies.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree Instructional Technologies/Design, Education, Education Technology, or related field
  • 3+ years of experience in instructional design or closely related area
  • In-depth knowledge of multiple LMS systems (Moodle, Canvas, Blackboard, etc.)
  • Experience with graphic design, video editing, micro-learning, responsive design, gamification, simulations, and animation/motion graphics
  • Knowledge of best practices in instructional technologies, online, blended, and face-to-face pedagogy
  • Ability to conduct sound research and bring appropriate innovation to instructors
  • Flexible, upbeat, and energetic self-starter with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to supervise and track multiple ongoing projects simultaneously
  • Excellent public speaking skills, including the ability to provide training sessions for large and small groups
  • Ability to establish and maintain cordial and effective communications with faculty, departments, colleges, and other campus stakeholders

To apply, send a letter of interest, current CV, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: Chair, Instructional Designer, Drury University, 900 North Benton Avenue, Springfield, MO 65802. Application materials may be sent electronically as PDF files to academicaffairs@drury.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Drury is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Successful candidates will be able to assist the university in advancing its mission and strategic priorities, which includes institution-wide diversity and inclusiveness. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Adjunct (per course) Teaching Opportunities

Occasionally we have a need for qualified instructors in specific disciplines to each on a contract-base appointment a semester at a time.

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DRURY UNIVERSITY NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

Approved by Board of Trustees 5-16-14
Updated 10-1-15, 9-1-16, 9-1-19

Drury University is an open and welcoming community from a rich variety of cultures, races and socio-economic backgrounds. The mission and goals of the university dedicate the institution to being a community which “affirms the quality and worth of all peoples” and appreciates the “diversity of human culture, language, history and experience.”

Drury University does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or veteran status in its programs and activities. The University has designated the following administrators to coordinate inquiries regarding its efforts to carry out this policy, to comply with federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination, and to receive complaints of discrimination and harassment.

Interim Title IX Coordinator 
Director – Student Conduct
Drury University
900 North Benton Avenue
Findlay Student Center– Room 120
(417) 873-6894
phinkle@drury.edu

Deputy Coordinator – Non-Discrimination/Harassment & Title IX
V.P. for Student Affairs / Dean of Students
Drury University
900 North Benton Avenue
Findlay Student Center – Room 201
Springfield, MO 65802
(417) 873-7215
tjulian@drury.edu

Drury’s policies related to non-discrimination and their locations are as follows:

Annual Security Report Statement

The university will comply with the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” (commonly known as the “Clery Act”). Drury University is a safe, education-oriented and community-minded campus that maintains an academic and social environment conducive to intellectual and personal development of students and promotes the safety and welfare of all members of the campus community. Drury University is concerned for the safety and well-being of its students, employees and citizens. Drury University will cooperate with authorities in the enforcement of all applicable laws. Copies of the report are available upon request.  Requests can be made at the Safety and Security Office, Findlay Student Center Room 101.  For the complete report visit Drury.edu/security/clery-act.