University of Connecticut, Human Rights Institute

Position ID:UConn-Human Rights Institute-495139 [#18366, 495139]
Position Title: Assistant Professor In-Residence in Human Rights and Experiential Global Learning
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Areas: International Relations / Human Rights
Global Studies
Appl Deadline: (posted 2021/03/26, listed until 2021/04/09)
Position Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this position has passed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***


The University of Connecticut's Human Rights Institute and Office of Global Affairs is pleased to invite applications for an Assistant Professor in Residence of Human Rights and Global Experiential Learning. The successful candidate will be expected to share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, to the development of innovative courses, and to the mentoring of students in their professional development. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to scholarship and evaluation on the intersection of human rights education and experiential global learning, with a focus on Human Rights Education practices in both the United States and global locales. The candidate will participate in undergraduate and graduate level curricular development and implementation on intercultural citizenship and human rights education; Holocaust and genocide education; and human rights practice. They will collaborate with campus partners in education, social work, engineering, and business on innovative case-based approaches to teaching human rights and evaluating experiential global learning. The candidate will be expected to help broaden participation among members of under-represented groups and demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement a commitment to addressing issues of equity and social justice within the University and broader society, as well as demonstrated experience employing pedagogies designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

The Human Rights Institute (HRI) at the University of Connecticut is one of the nation’s leading academic centers in human rights research, teaching, and outreach. Faculty combine theoretical and practical expertise on contemporary human rights issues to produce innovative scholarship and prepare students to engage across a spectrum of professions on the most pressing rights issues of our time. We aim to educate well-rounded students with an informed understanding of human rights, promote interdisciplinary scholarship that advances human rights knowledge and practice, and foster dynamic forms of public engagement. HRI offers an undergraduate major/minor in human rights as well as a graduate certificate, and will launch a master’s program in human rights in 2021. The undergraduate program is among the largest in the country and UConn is the only public university offering a major. Pairing exposure to diverse, cutting-edge research in the classroom with hands-on learning opportunities in the community provides our students with critical thinking and problem solving skills. Home to Dodd Human Rights Impact, HRI also works in partnership with communities, policymakers, advocates, businesses, and others to advance a broader culture of human rights in Connecticut and around the world. In addition to awarding the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights, Dodd Impact programs include human rights education, business and human rights, democracy and dialogues, and human rights film and digital media.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state's flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


This position involves teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on introductory and advanced human rights topics, human rights advocacy, human rights education, and human rights practice. The successful applicant will also be involved in the launching of a new interdisciplinary human rights master’s program with a focus on human rights practice. Additionally, the position involves engaging in evaluation and support for innovative programs that address human rights education through experiential global learning opportunities and transdisciplinary case-based learning (such as with partners in the School of Engineering, School of Fine Arts, or School of Business). Past experience designing and implementing innovative online learning courses is critical to success in the position. Publishing research in academic or quality practitioner outlets, teaching-oriented journals, and/or scholarly books, as well as participating in service activities within the Human Rights Institute, Global Affairs related to its Experiential Global Learning Initiative, and the University are also expected. The successful candidate will also work with Dodd Human Rights Impact programs to support outreach and engagement, as well as integration of human rights education models for the proposed post-baccalaureate certificate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.


  • Earned Ed.D. or Ph.D. in Education, with dissertation defended by August 23, 2021. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.
  • Expertise in human rights education.
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence in higher education.
  • Demonstrated interest in global education.
  • A deep commitment to promoting diversity through academic and research programs.
  • Demonstrated record of seeking external grant funding.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated collegiality.


  • Demonstrated teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Demonstrated record of experience in developing and teaching in online and hybrid settings.
  • A demonstrated publication record related to human rights education.
  • Demonstrated record of working effectively on interdisciplinary teams in higher education, with preference for advancing human rights education.
  • A demonstrated record of human rights practice and maintaining relationships with human rights and community organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise students in collaborative learning and research projects related to human rights.


This is a full-time, 9-month non-tenure track position with the possibility of annual reappointment, contingent upon positive annual reviews and program funding, and may lead to a multi-year appointment.  The successful candidate’s primary appointment will be at the Storrs campus with the possibility of travel to regional campuses on occasion and/or online instruction. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • cover letter specifically addressing your credentials relative to the minimum and preferred qualifications listed above;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A one to two-page teaching statement with attached teaching evaluations;
  • A one to two-page research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.)
  • A one to two-page commitment to diversity statement (as related to broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.);
  • Names and contact information for three professional references.

Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by April 8, 2021. For more information regarding the Human Rights Institute, please visit the department website at

Inquiries other than applications can be directed to: Kathryn Libal, Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut, 405 Babbidge Road, U-1205 Storrs, CT 06269 or via email to

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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Further Info:
University of Connecticut
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
405 Babbidge Road
Storrs, CT 06269

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