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Vacancy at Academic Department

Position: Humanities and Social Science Faculty (multiple positions)

Institution: Parami University

Employment Status: Full-time

Base: Ideally in Southeast Asia, but it can be anywhere virtually

Start Date: July 1, 2024

1. BACKGROUND

 

Parami University is a member of the Open Society University Network and a partner institution of Bard College, New York. Parami and Bard have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to offer value-added educational opportunities, such as dual degree programs, subject to approval by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), the institutional accreditor of Bard College.

 

Parami University was established as Parami Institute in 2017 in Myanmar (Burma) to provide high-quality continuing education programs to Burmese youth. Later, the institution was expanded to establish a residential liberal arts and sciences university in Hmawbi, Yangon, Burma. However, the plans to build a physical campus have been postponed due to the political instabilities caused by the 2021 military coup. In June 2022, Parami University was incorporated in Washington, DC, and licensed by the Higher Education Licensure Commission, a regulatory authority of the government of Washington, DC. 

 

Parami University currently offers Associate in Arts (AA) under the General Education program and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees in two interdisciplinary majors: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)  and Statistics and Data Science (SDS). 


Parami University is now seeking three full-time faculty members in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Faculty members will be asked to offer courses in the Social Sciences and Humanities and in General Education,  strengthen the academic programming and scholarly activities, and to support the academic expansion of the university in its founding years as an online degree-granting institution providing undergraduate studies.

2. POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

Faculty at Parami are dedicated instructors in their respective disciplines, eager to share knowledge in a student-centered way. Teaching currently takes place online using the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), and other educational technology tools, informed by Parami’s educational theory and practice. Because Parami University was created to educate students in protracted crises and developing countries such as Burma, faculty at Parami must actively apply empathy in their teaching.

 

A full-time faculty member at Parami is considered a regular core faculty, who works primarily within the General Education or the Social Science and Humanities Division and with the respective Division Chair. They are responsible for overseeing the proper functioning of their Academic Division in collaboration with the Chair and the Dean of Academic Affairs as laid out below.

 

A regular core faculty is expected to teach three courses per semester (i.e. six courses a year). This teaching task consists of the following responsibilities:

  • Develop course syllabi following Parami’s guidelines and in consultation with the respective Chair;

  • Prepare and teach courses using designated Parami software and tools, e.g. Canvas learning management system, Zoom, etc.;

  • Actively seek to improve their own teaching practice by soliciting student feedback, engaging in dialogue with faculty and peers, for instance in Faculty town hall meetings, staying up-to-date with state-of-art knowledge and research in online teaching and student-centered learning of second language learners, et cetera

  • Work with the Student Affairs team to maximize student retention.

 

  1. A regular core faculty is expected to participate in improving their respective academic Division and academic governance of the University as a whole. This task of 0.25 FTE consists of the following responsibilities:

    • Conduct and publish academic research;

    • Engage with and contribute to networks such as Open Society University Network, for instance through developing and offering network collaborative courses with other universities or participating in programs or fellowships;

    • Serve on academic committees (e.g. Course and Curriculum Review Committee, Internal Quality Assurance Committee);

    • Contribute to academic planning and programming in collaboration with the Division Chair; 

    • Support student initiatives, for instance by mentoring student clubs or guiding development and submission of student grant applications; and

    • Support the Academic Department in enhancing the overall quality of education at Parami.

3. DURATION

July 01, 2024 – June 30, 2026 (with a possibility of extension) 

4. POSITION REQUIREMENTS

 

  • Ph.D. in Social Sciences or Humanities

  • At least 2 years of teaching experience

  • Fluency in English

5. POSITION PREFERENCES

  • Teaching experience in Southeast Asia or other developing countries

  • Online teaching experience

  • Record of academic research output

  • Experience with collaborative projects in academic settings

6. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Please submit the following materials in a single PDF file, addressed to the Faculty Search Committee at hr@parami.edu.mm, with the subject line ‘Application for Faculty Position in Humanities and Social Sciences’ 

  • Single-page cover letter

  • CV

  • A sample syllabus

  • Contact information of two professional references (phone numbers and emails).

 

Please apply by 1 March, 2024. 

Job interviews are expected to be held in early March 2024.

7. Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Parami University is an equal-opportunity employer, and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.

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