Portuguese American Journal

World Learning: Seeks Academic Director to Study Abroad Portugal – STI

World Learning is seeking an Academic Director to manage the Study Abroad program located in Lisbon, Portugal. The theme of this program is Sustainability and Environmental Justice. This program follows the School for International Training (SIT) model, focusing on experiential learning to complement classroom instruction.

SIT Study Abroad Academic Directors (AD) manage SIT’s undergraduate study abroad programs located in 42 countries worldwide. The program themes vary from development and social change to arts, environmental studies, post-conflict transformation, health, and human rights.

All SIT Study Abroad programs emphasize field study while examining critical global issues in keeping with the broader organizational missions of peace and social justice. SIT’s educational model focuses on cultural immersion as its primary heuristic component and uses theories of experiential education to inform its curricula and augment student learning. The academic centerpiece of most SIT Study Abroad semester programs is the independent study project. This component weaves together theory and practice and synthesizes the other program coursework. 

The Academic Director is responsible for: (1) Planning, delivery, and supervision of the academic program offered by SIT Study Abroad at its assigned program location; (2)Ensuring program academic excellence and facilitating student learning experience in a safe environment; (3) Managing the program site and supervision of local staff, budget planning and oversight, and financial reporting;  (4) Representing SIT Study Abroad in the program location and developing and maintaining positive relationships with local partners. 

 The Academic Director must remain current in their particular areas of expertise and familiar with in- country issues and practices in higher education. When required by local law, the Academic Director will have a local employment contract. The position is full time for the entire contract period. For applications terms and conditions visit program website at: https://www.sit.edu/por

Source: World Learning Inc