The Center for Resilient Communities in the Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia University invites applications for a director for its program on Community Leadership and Social Action in Appalachia. This is a 12-month renewable appointment with a faculty rank of Service Instructor. The preferred start date is August 12. The program director is expected to teach up to three courses per year (Fall, Spring, Summer); recruit and mentor undergraduate students in the Community Leadership and Social Action program; contribute to the development and implementation of workshops for the Center's community partners; assist with fundraising and grant management; and conduct action research within at least one of our collaborative action labs (e.g. food justice, health equity, youth development, water sovereignty, migrant rights, equitable planning). The program director reports the Director of the Center for Resilient Communities, Dr. Bradley Wilson, Associate Professor of Geography.
We seek a dynamic scholar-activist, community organizer, urban-rural planner and/or action researcher to work with disadvantaged communities to address systemic social, environmental or economic challenges.
The Center for Resilient Communities works with emerging leaders and community partners in the Appalachian region to advance justice, equity and grassroots systems change. We offer innovative action-oriented programs to elevate the work of community leaders and to learn from the wisdom of those struggling for a brighter future in our mountain communities.
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship, offers high quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU is located in Morgantown, West Virginia, has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America, with divisional campuses in Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg, and Montgomery. WVU is a Research University (Highest Research Activity) and ranks among the top 100 public universities in the nation, including a top 15 ranking in most affordable tuition for out-of-state students. WVU offers 184 degrees throughout the 15 colleges and schools within the university. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy, and forensics. There are more than 32,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide who are pioneering, passionate, innovative, tireless and caring.