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START fosters a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment to create a team to meet the needs of the homeland security enterprise and train the next generation of scholars and practitioners. 

Education and Training Director

Education and Training Director

Open Until Filled
Jobs at START


The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is now hiring an Education and Training Director (University Rank: Assistant/Associate Clinical Professor) to work at START’s headquarters at the University of Maryland, College Park. (For more information on START, please visit www.start.umd.edu.) This is a full-time, professional track faculty (non-tenured) position with an initial term of 12 months.

About START:

START is s a university-based research, education and professional training center comprised of an international network of scholars committed to the scientific study of the causes and human consequences of terrorism in the United States and around the world, as well as societal responses to terrorism. START emphasizes a variety of approaches to education from traditional undergraduate courses at the University of Maryland campus, to fully online synchronous graduate courses, to a robust internship program, to courses abroad. In addition, START seeks to advance homeland security and terrorism-related education at colleges and universities nationally and internationally through the provision of teaching tools and funding for course development. START also offers practitioner-focused trainings, which are designed to advance the empirical basis for understanding terrorism, counterterrorism, and community resilience and to support real-world application of research findings. More information about START’s education and training programs is available at http://www.start.umd.edu/education/about-education and http://www.start.umd.edu/training.


The Education and Training Director will be responsible for overseeing START’s undergraduate, graduate, and experiential learning programs as well as professional training initiatives. The Director will be supported by an experienced Assistant Director who leads the training team and has background in program management, instructional design, and the creation of online educational products. The Director and Assistant Director will supervise and mentor four junior staff members who oversee day-to-day administration of undergraduate, graduate, experiential, and training programs. The Education and Training Director is part of START’s executive leadership team and will work closely with other START center-wide directors in charting the future development of the center.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the successful implementation of START’s existing education and training programs;
  • Oversee curriculum development for educational and training programs;
  • Coordinate strategic vision for START’s education and training programs with START’s Executive Director and Director;
  • Liaise with campus and college leadership regarding educational programming;
  • Teach at least one course in START’s undergraduate or graduate course offerings each semester;
  • Identify and support other instructors for START’s undergraduate and graduate course offerings;
  • Identify strategic opportunities to expand START’s educational and training offerings, including through grant applications;
  • Serve as a lead trainer within START’s training offerings;
  • Provide mentorship to junior education team members to enhance their professional development;
  • Provide mentorship to students in START’s educational programs;
  • Respond to requests for information regarding educational programming to external stakeholders (to include funders);
  • Oversee the collection of program statistics for educational programming.

Minimum Qualifications (Assistant Clinical Professor):

  • Ph.D. in a social science field with expertise in terrorism, counterterrorism, countering violent extremism, and/or resilience.
  • At least two years of experience with teaching terrorism-related courses and/or providing professional training;
  • Experience in developing and delivering innovative curriculum;
  • Familiarity with online course management tools;
  • Comfort with both online and in-person delivery modalities;
  • Ability to work with a wide range of learners, from traditional undergraduates to mid-career professionals;
  • Strong leadership and facilitation skills;
  • Strong presentation, oral and written communication skills.

Additional Minimum Qualifications (Associate Clinical Professor):

  • At least five years of experience developing and delivering terrorism-related courses and/or professional training;

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience developing grant applications for education and/or training programs;
  • Experience administering education and/or training programs;
  • Knowledge of university policies regarding the development and implementation of new education programs, or the revamping of existing programs.

The annual salary range for this position starts at $93K, but is commensurate with education and experience. The person selected for this position will work on site at START’s headquarters at the University of Maryland and will report directly to START’s Executive Director.

Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply by July 23, 2018 for best consideration with an anticipated start date in mid-to-late August. (We have extended the best consideration date to July 23.)

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV and teaching/training portfolio (including a teaching/training philosophy statement, teaching/training activity summary, teaching/training course summary, and professional development related to training/education) by email to Joyce Rasing at jrasing@umd.edu with the subject line of “Education and Training Director Application.”

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, gender, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.