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About Coe

Who are we?

Coe College, a highly selective private liberal arts college, offers superior academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. With 1,400 students, Coe's attractive campus is located in the heart of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a vibrant metropolitan area of 175,000 people in Iowa's Creative Corridor, providing a wide variety of cultural and recreational opportunities.

What is our pledge to creating and maintaining diversity?

Coe is committed to increasing the diversity of its campus community and encourages applications from individuals who will help fulfill that goal. If you have individual needs, concerns, or accommodation requests, please contact our Human Resources Director for a complete job description, and for assistance with requesting accommodations that may be helpful. Coe College is an equal opportunity employer.

Is there anything else I should know?

When making a hiring decision, Coe College will select the applicant who meets the required knowledge, skills and competencies necessary for success in each position, who displays the Coe competencies required in every position on campus, and who successfully completes a criminal background review. Credential, driving, and credit background reviews may be required when in accordance with institutional policy.

Coe Competencies

  • Dedication to the educational mission of a private, residential liberal arts college.
  • Ability to maintain positive relationships in a collaborative and diverse team atmosphere.
  • Commitment to excellence in service to students and other constituencies, internal and external.
  • Demonstrated ethical and responsible decision making.
  • Consistent attendance and accountability necessary to meet position objectives.

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Position Information and Application Instructions

Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Coe College seeks a dynamic, innovative, and collaborative leader to become its Provost and Dean of the Faculty, beginning July 1, 2016.

Coe College is a selective, private, nationally-recognized four-year coeducational liberal arts college offering majors in the traditional liberal arts and in selected professional areas of study. Founded in 1851, Coe is lauded for its faculty's commitment to teaching and service to students, for the percentage of students who later attend graduate school, and for the number of Fulbright awards its students and faculty have received. Over the last five years, the college has experienced significant growth in enrollment, while at the same time strengthening the academic profile and diversity of the student body. The college has active chapters of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi, competes athletically in the NCAA Division III, and is a member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. The college's residential campus is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the state's second largest city.

The Provost and Dean of the Faculty is the chief academic officer, reporting directly to the President of the college. Position responsibilities include providing robust academic leadership; enthusiastically embracing the continued mission of liberal arts education; supporting curricular innovation, scholarship, research, and grant writing; and serving as primary advocate to and for the faculty. In addition, the provost/dean leads the college in numerous administrative roles in academic affairs which include, but are not limited to, creating and managing the college's instructional budget, leading an institution of shared governance, facilitating diversity and inclusion, promoting internationalization efforts, and implementing new college initiatives. Finally, the provost/dean serves as an important liaison for Coe's students and faculty, representing them to groups such as the college's board of trustees and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. Coe College invites applications from, and nominations of, enthusiastic and passionate candidates who embrace a student-centered approach to education and administration and who wish to lead and participate in an exceptional, vibrant, diverse, and inclusive community.

Coe College is embarking on a new strategic plan of development and growth to be adopted in early 2016 after a shared discernment process. The new Provost and Dean of the Faculty will be integral to advancing the five-year plan to grow the college's student enrollment by 20 percent; move toward a more diverse, international, and multicultural student body, faculty, and staff; create and maintain a unified core of liberal arts and professional programs; and strengthen relationships between the college and the greater Cedar Rapids community. The strategic plan will offer substantial opportunity for creativity and academic leadership on the part of the provost and dean.

The prospective candidate must possess the following qualifications:

  • Doctorate or appropriate terminal degree;
  • Seven years of higher education experience, preferably in a liberal arts setting, sufficient for appointment at the rank of professor or associate professor;
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship, academic advising, and college service;
  • Administrative experience, preferably at the senior level; and
  • A critical understanding of and an established commitment to diversity, inclusion, and multicultural initiatives.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicant materials received before December 31, 2015, will be given priority consideration. Candidates should provide a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five references. Candidates will be informed prior to contact of references. For more information and to apply for the position, visit http://apply.interfolio.com/33240.

Coe College is committed to increasing the diversity of its campus community and encourages applications from individuals who will help fulfill that goal. Coe is an equal opportunity employer.

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Art - Assistant Professor

Coe College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Art beginning Fall 2016. The primary teaching responsibilities include digital art and filmmaking. Applicants should have a strong foundation in digital media from a studio art perspective, as well as the ability to teach traditional and emerging modes of moving image production. Experience teaching 3-D modeling or animation is also desirable. The successful candidate will direct the Digital Art program in the Art department, and also will work with the faculty of Film Studies to develop that program. Preference will be given to candidates who also can collaborate with other disciplines such as Communication Studies and Public Relations in digital media instruction and usage across campus. The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to teaching in a liberal arts setting and a willingness to contribute to all-college programs, including the college's first year seminar program. MFA required.

Please upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation, along with examples of your work to http://apply.interfolio.com/32502. All completed applications received by December 15, 2015 will be considered for interviews. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Biology - Part-time Instructor

Coe College invites applications from persons interested in a part-time teaching position in biology. Responsibilities include teaching Topic in Evolution in the spring term. At least a Master's degree and relevant teaching experience is required, preferably at the college level. This position is to begin January 2016. This is a part-time temporary position. Please send cover letter and resume that identifies three professional references to biology@coe.edu. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Communication Studies - Assistant Professor

Coe College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Communication Studies beginning Fall 2016. Applicants should have a strong foundation in qualitative research methodologies and expertise in applied communication.

In line with Coe College’s liberal arts mission, the Department seeks a teacher-scholar capable of teaching a full range of upper and lower division classes, including courses such as persuasion, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, and/or health communication. Preference will be given to candidates capable of teaching courses cross-listed with our interdisciplinary program in Public Relations with special emphasis on the ability to teach digital media and media production courses.  Candidates should speak to their ability to support these curricular offerings as well as propose complementary courses within their areas of expertise in their applications.

The successful candidate will also demonstrate a willingness to contribute to all college programs, including the college’s first-year seminar program, and student organizations such as the campus newspaper and radio station. Coe College seeks applicants invested in mentoring students, supervising internships, and enhancing the overall intellectual community through innovative interdisciplinary programming. The successful applicant will showcase a commitment to supporting student research in addition to maintaining an active presence in the discipline.

Minimum Qualifications:
A Ph.D. in Communication is required by August 2016 (ABD applicants will be considered). Evidence of excellence in teaching, research, and service, and a strong understanding of and commitment to teaching in a liberal arts setting required.

Preferred Qualifications:
2-3 years of college-level teaching experience. Experience advising students, working with students on independent projects, and/or supervising student organizations (specifically, campus newspaper or radio station). Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and think creatively about the role of Communication Studies in supporting a liberal arts mission.

About the Department:
The Communication Studies program is housed within the Rhetoric Department at Coe College. The Communication Studies curriculum exposes students to courses emphasizing textual production, media studies, public discourse, and applied communication. The successful candidate for this position will be asked to work collaboratively with existing department members to shape the program’s communication course offerings.

Coe is committed to increasing the diversity of its campus community and encourages applications from individuals who will help fulfill that goal. Coe College is an equal opportunity employer.

Please send cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching excellence, and three letters of recommendation to: http://apply.interfolio.com/31024. To be considered for a preliminary interview at NCA in Las Vegas in November, applications must be received by October 16, 2015. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

English - Assistant Professor

The English Department invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in creative writing, with an emphasis on fiction and a secondary interest in another genre, to begin August 2016. We seek candidates with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, an active record of publication in fiction, and an interest in working collaboratively to shape our growing creative writing program. The teaching load is six courses per year, with primary responsibilities in fiction writing and opportunities to teach courses in another genre, in literature, or in multi-disciplinary programs across the college. All departmental faculty are expected to contribute to the college's first-year seminar program.

Qualifications: a terminal degree (M.F.A. or Ph.D.) in hand by August 2016, evidence of strong undergraduate teaching, and a commitment to liberal arts education.

To be assured of consideration, submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample (no more than 25 pages), teaching philosophy, and letters of recommendation to http://apply.interfolio.com/32130 by November 6, 2015.

Mathematics - Assistant Professor

Coe College invites applications from dynamic, student-centered individuals for a tenure-track position in mathematics beginning in August 2016. A Ph.D. in mathematics or a related field is strongly preferred by the start date. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate outstanding potential for teaching a wide range of undergraduate courses in the mathematical sciences. Particular areas of interest include (but are not limited to) applied mathematics, mathematical modeling and statistics.

Applicants should demonstrate their interest in and aptitude for teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts setting by providing a letter of application, statement of teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three current letters of reference, at least one of which should address the applicant's teaching ability, through mathjobs.org (preferred) or interfolio (32769). Review of materials will begin December 1.

Human Resources Coordinator and Benefit Administrator

Coe College is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join our newly created Human Resources team!

The Human Resources Coordinator and Benefit Administrator will be primarily responsible for employee benefit administration and Affordable Care Act (ACA) tracking and reporting. This position will also provide support to the Human Resources Director in administrative responsibilities, including staff recruitment, Worker's Compensation, compliance education, FMLA, and coordination of learning and development opportunities.


  • Bachelor's degree in business, human resources or a related field preferred.
  • 1-2 years human resources experience. Benefit administration and ACA tracking and reporting experience preferred.

To apply for the position, please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references to http://apply.interfolio.com/34058.

Payroll/Student Accounts Receivable Coordinator

Coe College is seeking a positive and detail-oriented team member to join the vibrant and student-centered Business Office team! This position is full-time, and is eligible for benefits that include a generous retirement contribution and tuition remission for dependents.

The Payroll/Student Accounts Receivable Coordinator will support multiple areas of the Coe College Business Office. The position responsibilities include monthly and bi-weekly employee payroll processing, support for the student accounts receivable function by receiving/monitoring payments and records and contacting students, and daily support for the cashier’s office through student or faculty/staff walk-in questions, payments, and work study payroll set up.


  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, or business-related field; two years recent experience with in-house payroll processing, customer service experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Payroll and Accounts Receivable experience is a plus.
  • Demonstrated proficiency and experience in with Microsoft Office, specifically Excel, and database programs.

To apply for the position, please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references to http://apply.interfolio.com/34055.