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McCormack Chair of Humanities (Open Rank) Job Description

Job Summary

The McCormack Chair of Humanities at Cambridge College is an endowed 3-year renewable full-time faculty position (Visiting Lecturer) which plays an active role in advancing the stature of the Humanities at Cambridge College through the identification and support of arts and humanities faculty, and the development of coursework, curricula, lectures, workshops, seminars and symposia, designed to engage students and the internal and external communities of Cambridge College.  This full-time academic appointment serves as an ambassador of the arts at the College and an advocate for the studies of the Humanities within the academy.  The McCormack Chair is instrumental in supporting the dean in identifying qualified instructors for Humanities coursework at Cambridge College as well as in scheduling Arts and Humanities courses within their academic calendars.

These duties involve a number of distinctive as well as overlapping responsibilities,  including: scheduling/coordination of several courses per year; short- and long-term strategic direction and vision for arts & humanities programming College-wide;  new course and curriculum development; alignment with other programs across the college (e.g., academic programs such as psychology, etc.; the advising center, tutoring center, and disability support); development of yearly schedule of undergraduate coursework in the arts and humanities; student advising; student orientations; and new faculty recruitment and support. This position also supports the dean with internal and external reviews (such as self-studies and accrediting reviews) of the arts and humanities programs/coursework.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

There are four broad components of the McCormack Chair position: 1. Internal and external promotion of the arts and humanities, 2. Humanities program/course development, coordination, delivery, and assessment, 3. Faculty recruitment and training and, 4. Teaching responsibilities. 

The McCormack Chair serves as the primary ambassador of the arts at Cambridge College, working to promote the arts and humanities through the development of symposia, special lectures, and other events intended to support and expand the influence and relevance of the humanities to internal and external audiences alike. 

The McCormack Chair is the primary academic responsible for the delivery, monitoring, growth, and support of academic programming in the humanities at Cambridge College.  This includes but is not limited to establishing a multi-year academic schedule, scheduling of courses and faculty within the department, monitoring and assuring program rigor, relevance, and compliance with internal and external standards, and development and delivery of strategic program growth initiatives.  The chair is likewise responsible for regular and ongoing program assessment within the unit, leading to a system of continuous improvement.

The Chair is responsible for identifying qualified humanities faculty for the College, and humanities faculty training, support and orientation at Cambridge College.  Additionally, the McCormack Chair is expected to anticipate future faculty resource needs, and to work with the deans with regard to planning for strategic program growth. 

The McCormack Chair will teach 15 credits (5 courses) of academic coursework within the academic year, delivered as two courses in the fall term, two courses in the spring term, and one course in the summer term.  Their teaching responsibilities are intended to set a standard for faculty teaching within the humanities, and to provide students within the department regular, direct access to the chair.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Schedule and monitor all courses within the humanities.  This includes coordinating with and supporting academic directors at regional centers to assure consistent College-wide program delivery and standards of rigor.
  • Identify, recruit and onboard humanities faculty candidates, as well develop and maintain a strong adjunct faculty pool within the humanities.
  • Develop and implement a humanities faculty support system for all sites.
  • Develop and implement symposia, workshops and other activities in the support of expanding the role and scope of the Arts and Humanities at Cambridge College
  • Develop, review and assess as appropriate the Humanities curriculum at the college to achieve program compliance with external agencies
  • Coordination with Cambridge College graduate schools to design and implement accelerated bachelor’s to master’s degree programming.
  • Regularly scheduled student office hours of no less than 8 office-hours per week per program chaired (includes meeting times; does not include teaching times).
  • Delivery of 15 credits of academic coursework within the academic year, delivered as two courses in the fall term, two courses in the spring term, and one course in the summer term.
  • Present an annual written documentation with a comprehensive report of activities and appropriate evidence of scholarly activity completed which supports the goals of the professorship and the goals and objectives of the endowed chair. Submit an annual report to the foundation that supports the endowed chair.

Other Duties/Responsibilities

  • Actively participate in the School’s promotion and growth initiatives; external partnerships, and marketing and enrollment initiatives.
  • Membership in the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, and attendance and participation in its monthly meetings.
  •  Attendance and participation in bi-weekly Coordinators’ meetings
  • Participation in new student orientation.
  • Manage student casework (advising, advocacy, discipline).
  • Special department-related projects identified by the dean
  • Seek external funding sources to advance the goals of the endowment.                                                   

Education & Experience Required 

Terminal degree (PhD or EdD); a sustained and demonstrated record of quality teaching in higher education; publications and/or research specific demonstrated interest in the Arts and/or Humanities; evidence of successful administrative oversight and leadership of academic programs in higher education.                                                                                                           

Skills & Knowledge Required

Proficient in Microsoft Office including excel, word and power point. Excellent communication skills. Excellent networking skills.


To apply, please forward cover letter and resume to jobs@cambridgecollege.edu.