Director, Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity at Westfield State University- Westfield, MA

Director, Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

General Statement of Duties

Westfield State University invites applications for the position of Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (CURCA). The CURCA provides campus-wide framework for undergraduate research and creative scholarship, and is an integral part of The Westfield State Experience, our signature four-year student success program focusing on innovation, experiential and project-based learning, and workforce development.

The CURCA was established in 2016 as an inclusive faculty-driven initiative and is currently supported by part-time faculty and a highly-engaged advisory committee of faculty, staff, and students. The CURCA sponsors a variety of programs, including campus-wide symposia of undergraduate research and creative scholarship, faculty professional development, and offers internal grant programs that support a wide range of undergraduate research and creative scholarship activities. A dedicated space for the CURCA is being renovated in Ely Library and slated for a September 2018 opening.

The CURCA Director is responsible for developing, managing, and promoting programs and initiatives to support and expand all aspects of undergraduate research and creative scholarship across campus, actively participate in the Westfield State Experience, be a campus leader in promoting and enhancing research and scholarship, collaborate with faculty and Office of Sponsored Research on grant opportunities, and enhance creative and scholarly opportunities for students in the Honors Program.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties include; but are not limited to:

  • CURCA Programming
  • Support of Faculty and Students
  • CURCA Management / Organization
  • Curriculum, Assessment, and Reporting



The successful candidate will possess an in-depth understanding of undergraduate research and creative activity and an established track record of CURCA-type activities as related to high-impact teaching and learning practices in higher education. We seek a highly-motivated, well-organized, detail-oriented, and resourceful individual who enjoys working with students and has experience in teaching, mentoring, and advising undergraduate students.

  • A master’s degree from an accredited institution is required and doctoral degree is preferred; disciplinary specialization is open.
  • Teaching and administrative experience in undergraduate education is required; administrative experience in an academic department, program, or industry is preferred.
  • Experience in coordinating undergraduate research and creative scholarship programs at an undergraduate institution.
  • Ability to work effectively with professional, non-professional, and student staff.
  • Experience with institutional assessment and strategic planning in higher education is preferred.
  • Familiarity with external funding opportunities and success in securing such funding is preferred.

An on-line application is required.

Application Closing Date: 

Review of applications will begin on October 13, 2017. The  deadline for application is Monday, November 13th, 2017.

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