Faculty Vacancies

Vacancy - Associate Director/Lecturer Leadership Institute

(Recruitment Number 3821013)

Washburn University seeks a creative and dynamic professional to serve as the Associate Director of the Leadership Institute/Lecturer.  The Associate Director will report to the Director of the Leadership Institute (LI) and play a central leadership role in the administration of the curricular and co-curricular components of this interdisciplinary leadership development program. 

The incumbent works closely with the Director of the LI to lend support and assist in the development of goals and objectives for the LI program at Washburn University.  The employee is expected to work independently with minimal instructions from the Director and provide a visible presence in the LI office during regular business hours.


Oversight and facilitation of co-curricular student leadership activities. 

  • Serve as primary advisor to the Student Leadership Council (SLC), a campus student-run organization composed of:
    • One SLC Fellow (president) who leads the organization
    • Student Directors in the areas of Programming, Community and Alumni Outreach, Communication and Recruitment/Transition
    • Thirteen team leaders, and approximately 200 student members
  • Guide, direct, coach, counsel, and otherwise support LI students to facilitate their continued growth as they design and implement plans in the following team areas: Marketing, Newsletter, Social Media, Leadership Laboratories, Service Outreach, Community/Alumni Outreach, K-12, PALS (mentoring), Socials/Banquets, Homecoming/Family Day, Tabling, Orientation and Scholarship/Interview Day.
  • Provide oversight in planning, coordinating, facilitating and generally assisting LI special events to ensure their success; these include LI's involvement with campus events (i.e. Welcome Week, New Student Orientations, Homecoming, Family Day, and Junior/Senior Days).
  • Coordinate LI Leadership Exchange Program, LI Residential Learning Community, and LI student conference attendance
  • Collaborate in developing, teaching, and assessing outcomes of seminars, workshops and other LI educational activities that contribute to the development of students and enhance their LI experience.
  • Assist the Director and Leadership Challenge Event (LCE) Fellow in planning and implementing the LCE, a two-day conference/simulation which draws approximately 200 high school and college students to the Washburn campus.

Advisement of Leadership Institute students.

  • Track scholarship fulfillment criteria, enforce student requirements, and standardize processes to ensure LI program and University standards are upheld.
  • Advise students regarding enrollment requirements, Leadership Minor and Certificate progress requirements, and other LI program participation as needed to ensure their understanding of LI.
  • Assist the Director with advisement of students participating in the Leadership WTE (Washburn Transformational Experience) and completing internship experiences.

 Teaching and curricular involvement.

  • Teach one to two sections of leadership courses per semester, as needed.  Courses may include LE100: Exploring the Concept of Leadership, LE200: Ethical Responsibilities of Leadership, LE300: Leadership Skills Development, and LE400: Leadership Internship.
  • Assist the Director in assessment and evaluation of academic programs.

Administrative and Miscellaneous.

  • Ensure web content is updated on the Washburn LI website.
  • Edit all LI communications (i.e. e-newsletter, summer newsletter, etc.) to verify accuracy, timeliness and relevance of information, and consistency with LI and University standards.
  • Assist Director in coordinating Leadership Advisory Board to foster relationships with advisory board members and enhance LI program quality.
  • Assist in the continued development of partnerships with community and campus constituents.
  • Serve on various campus committees as relevant and appropriate to develop and strengthen campus connections.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director.


Required:  Master’s degree with two years administrative experience in higher education.  Demonstrated ability to advise, mentor and administer co-curricular programming, and also teach at the University level.  Knowledge of leadership theory, literature and pedagogy. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with experience in developing intra-institutional collaborative partnerships.  Evidence of creative thinking regarding approaches to program creation, problem solving and program renewal.  Commitment to a team-based and inter-disciplinary model of learning.

Preferred:  Earned Doctorate. Five years of administrative experience in a higher education setting.  Significant teaching experience.


Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Submit a curriculum vitae/resume, letter of interest including vision for integration of learning within the classroom and co-curriculum, names/titles/phone numbers of five professional references to Dr. Michael Gleason, Director of the Leadership Institute (Washburn University, 1700 SW College Ave, Topeka, KS, 66621), preferably in PDF format, at michael.gleason@washburn.edu

Application review begins November 1, 2013 and continues until position is filled.  Direct questions to Dr. Gleason at michael.gleason@washburn.edu.  Additional information about the Leadership Institute can be found at www.washburn.edu/leadership.  Employment at Washburn University may be conditioned upon satisfactory completion of a background check.  Washburn University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.