The minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) and Brandeis University’s International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life (The Center) invite applications for a full-time 9-month position to provide intellectual leadership for our dynamic interdisciplinary minor and to serve as Assistant Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, housed in The Center.
This is a non-tenured, three-year position, pending positive review at the end of the first year, with potential renewal at the conclusion of three years. The role includes teaching, coordinating faculty development, student advising, planning CAST events, research and creative activities, as well as administrative responsibilities. It is possible that, over time, the position could become year-round. CAST and The Center will offer communities of inquiry supportive of this faculty member’s own research and creative work, ideally at the intersection of practice, reflection and analysis.
60% of the position, or 3 courses per year, will be devoted to teaching. These courses will include:
-CAST 150b, Introduction to Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation. This introductory course is required of all students who join the minor. It should link theory and practice, introducing students to the basic concepts and core capacities of the field.
-Two additional courses, based on the expertise and skills of the person holding the position. These would also be designated as CAST courses, but would likely be cross-listed in a department in one of the Divisions in the School of Arts and Sciences (Creative Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences). At least one of these two courses serve as one of several CAST capstone courses, meaning that students are learning skills through hands-on practice and also engaging in theoretical inquiry and critique.
Leadership within the CAST minor
20% of the position will involve leadership within the CAST minor, including co-chairing the advisory committee, which includes both faculty and staff; leading or coordinating faculty development workshops (1 – 2/year); advising students; representing CAST on campus; and planning CAST events. In future years, the person holding this position might sometimes also serve as the undergraduate advising head. The position also entails maintaining relationships with donors to CAST. These responsibilities are understood as the equivalent of one course.
Assisting the director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts
20% of the position will be devoted to research and responsibilities at the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, including attending monthly staff meetings and creating content for Center publications. The holder of this position would be invited to participate in IMPACT (Imagining Together Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation), a multi-regional infrastructure for the emerging Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation eco-system, involving artists, cultural workers, funders, policy-makers and researchers. These responsibilities are understood as the equivalent of one core course.
Review of applications will begin on Monday, February 25. March 1, 2019 is the final deadline.