Faculty Director of the Office of Faculty Advancement

Position Description

Applications due by 11:59 p.m. on April 19, 2024.

Date: March 2024
Business Title: Faculty Director, Office of Faculty Advancement
Department Name: Office of the Provost
Management Center: University General
Supervisor Name and Title: Provost and Executive Vice President (or designee)

Position Objective

The Faculty Director of the Office of Faculty Advancement is responsible for developing and sustaining activities, programs, and initiatives that serve to advance faculty development across the whole of Case Western Reserve University. The primary objective of this position is to achieve strengthened recruitment, advancement, retention, and quality of life for CWRU faculty members from entry into the university through and including emeriti status. This includes aspects such as transparency of promotion and tenure, workshops to develop grants and research, work-life balance and mental health, leadership development, dealing with grant and manuscript rejection and resiliency, strategies for maintaining research and teaching advancement throughout a career, and a variety of other supports that enhance faculty success.  Attention to new and emerging challenges and opportunities within the faculty development arena is expected, with an emphasis on developing leadership skills in faculty and increasing applications for faculty awards at national and international levels. 

The mission of the Office of Faculty Advancement is to provide resources and programming that support all faculty at Case Western Reserve University in their pursuit of excellence.

The Faculty Director is a member of the Provost’s Advisory Council (PAC).

This position requires 50% effort (negotiable) and requires status as a tenured, full professor at Case Western Reserve University.

Administrative Supplement

An administrative supplement is included in this position and is negotiated based on experience and level of responsibilities. 

Essential Functions

  1. Develop, plan, facilitate, and update annual Faculty Development Office signature programs, such as: New Faculty Orientation; the Senior Leadership Event; the Provost’s Leadership Retreat; Department Chair Leadership Forums; New Department Chair Orientation; To Tenure and Beyond Program; the Mentor Fellows’ Program; NSF CAREER Grant Writing Program; the Provost’s Promotion and Tenure Lunch; the ACES+ Faculty Opportunity Grants and Distinguished Lectureship programs; Weekly Open Writing; Faculty Development Council, etc.; and other activities as deemed important by this leader. 
  2. Work with faculty and other institutional leaders to collaboratively assess needs, develop programming, and evaluate strategies to enhance the knowledge and skills of faculty in achieving their goals related to recruitment, retention, service, advancement, performance, and leadership. Identify patterns of need among faculty from different disciplines and at different career stages in relation to their roles as teachers, researchers, and scholars. 
  3. Increase the potential for national and international awards for CWRU faculty.
  4. Direct the management, staffing and budgeting of the office. Supervisory responsibility for Emeriti Affairs Office. Establish job standards for Center staff and effectively manage staff performance.
  5. Provide visionary leadership and direction for faculty development and excellence and be responsive to the needs identified by the Faculty Senate and its committees. Cultivate and sustain a vision for faculty development across professional roles.
  6. Promote an institutional culture of faculty engagement and collaboration. Establish collaborative working relationships across the university community to identify resources and support the use of high-impact practices and emerging learning opportunities. Promote faculty excellence through marketing and communication to internal and external sources. Work with other university personnel, particularly marketing and communication to develop marketing plans related to faculty development and excellence. 
  7. Investigate and disseminate best practices in the area of faculty excellence. Foster and develop institutional policies, practices, and infrastructure that recognize and celebrate faculty success.

Nonessential Functions

  1. Perform other duties as assigned.


Department: Regular contact with the Provost and other professionals in the office.
University: Regular contact with the deans, senior administrators in the schools, and faculty. 
External: Periodic contact with administrators at other institutions. Frequent contact with members of the community.
Students: Occasional contact with students.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct supervisory responsibility and oversight for faculty development initiatives and supervisory oversight for the Emeriti Affairs Office.


Experience: This position is open to CWRU tenured faculty members holding the rank of Full Professor with a strong track record of collaborative leadership, communication, and organizational skills.
Education/Licensing: A terminal degree (e.g. PhD EdD) is required.

Required Skills

  1. Knowledge and appreciation of faculty role in joint administrative/faculty governance.
  2. Ability to develop and implement effective career development programs.
  3. Excellent decision-making skills and exceptional judgment.
  4. Strong skills in negotiation, collaboration, and consensus-building.
  5. Strong appreciation and advocacy for diversity.
  6. Ability to function as a member of a team across the University and among our partners.
  7. Superior ability to communicate persuasively, effectively, and thoughtfully (verbally and written). Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.
  8. Highest levels of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness and a commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards.
  9. Ability to address and resolve conflicts with integrity and compassion.

Working Conditions

General office environment.

Submission Requirements

Candidates should submit 1) a cover letter that states interest in the position, experience in areas related to the role, and vision for the role, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) a list of four reference contacts. Please submit application materials as one, combined PDF to Susan Karaba at slk18@case.edu. Please name your file "Last Name, First Name_Faculty Advancement"