Director of Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health, Institute for Academic Outreach

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November 27, 2017

The Institute for Academic Outreach at Truman State University invites applications for the position of Co-Director of the Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health and its partner academy, the Summer Healthcare Experience – two summer health care academies for youth in the process of merging.

Responsibilities:  The two Co-Directors of the joint academy share responsibility for developing a challenging, multi-disciplinary, health care curriculum designed to expose high school students to a broad range of possible careers in health, as well as the faculty and resources of the partner institutions.  The Directors report to a Coordinator of Summer Academies and Institutes and collaborate with a team of colleagues in relevant departments at Truman, AT Still University, and the two local Area Health Education Centers’ offices.  The Directors build the program schedule, train student preceptors, and lead the implementation of the curriculum during the 8-day summer academy.  The 2018 Academy takes place on Truman and ATSU’s campuses from June 17-June 24, 2018, with staff training beginning a few days earlier.  While the Co-Directors do not need to physically reside on Truman’s campus, they are on call for emergencies 24-7 during the 8-day academy period and must be on campus 8 am – 9 pm during the program.

Required Qualifications:

  • A graduate degree in a health care profession (such as Health Sciences, Health Education, Public Health, Exercise Sciences, Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Communication Disorders, Nursing, Medicine, etc.) or at least ten years of professional practice in a relevant profession.

  • Experience teaching at the high school or college level in subjects relevant to health and/or health care.

  • A friendly and engaging demeanor, with strong communication skills, suitable for working with high school students.

  • A clear understanding of ethics and liability as it pertains to working with minors.

  • Ample familiarity with the range of possible health care careers and the ability to introduce them effectively to interested students.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three or more years of teaching experience at the high school or college level in subjects relevant to health and/or health care.

  • Experience conducting health care-related research and/or working with students on research projects.

  • Experience working at residential summer academies or camps for youth.

SalaryEach of the Co-Directors will be paid $2,500 for one week of summer service and the time required to organize the curriculum prior to summer.  Hires who do not live in the immediate vicinity can be provided free housing and meals.

The Institute for Academic Outreach:  The Institute for Academic Outreach seeks to provide support for the broader mission of Truman State University and respond to a changing economic and public educational climate in the United States.  Among the programs operated by the Institute is a program which provides graduate-level professional development coursework to K-12 educators – both online and in physical locations in larger metropolitan areas in Missouri.  The Institute administers the program on behalf of the School of Health Sciences and Education in support of Truman’s statewide liberal arts and sciences mission and continued desire to support alumni in their professional lives.

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 6,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree. Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research, and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World ReportWashington Monthly has included Truman in the top five of its master’s university rankings in each of the past five years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit

Application: The application process is coordinated by Truman’s Institute for Academic Outreach.  To apply, applicants should provide the following:

  • A cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications;

  • A current curriculum vitae or resume;

  • Contact information for at least three references.

Review of applications will begin December 7 and continue until the positions are filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate and undergraduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.  Directors must complete a criminal background check before they can be allowed to lead a program serving minors.

Questions about the position may be directed to Jared Young, Coordinator of Summer Academies and Institutes ( or Dr. Kevin Minch, Associate Provost (

Truman State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

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