I’m pleased you’re interested in joining the faculty of Keene State College! As I write this letter, fall’s rich colors surround our campus and region. In addition to the community’s natural beauty, allow me to share why you should consider Keene State for your next career step.
As the public liberal arts college of New Hampshire, we offer an enriching campus community and achieve academic excellence through the integration of teaching, learning, scholarship, and service. Recently, our College Senate unanimously approved College Wide Learning Outcomes which will guide our curricula for years to come. These outcomes include an emphasis on critical thinking, creative inquiry, intercultural competence, civic engagement, and a commitment to well-being. Our new Strategic Plan emphasizes collaborations between our unique and high quality Integrated Studies Program and discipline curricula with a wide, diverse range of co-curricular activities.
We’re a vibrant community of scholars that regularly hosts nationally recognized speakers, which have recently included Angela Davis, Hillary Clinton, Claudia Rankine,and Robert Putnam, along with a year-long Symposium entitled, “Sustaining the American Dream: Public Education and the Common Good.” Significantly, Keene State College has been selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive the Community Engagement Classification since the inception of this honor.
We seek teacher-scholars who have an interest in engaging their students in active, deep learning. We also value opportunities for students to participate in a variety of creative endeavors including: undergraduate research, performances, internships, and exhibitions, many of which are brought together in our annual Academic Excellence Conference. Finally, we have a dedication to supporting the kind of faculty-student mentoring that fosters the academic, professional, and personal successes of our students. We seek faculty members who are invested in mentoring students and have a desire to enhance quality of life in the community.
Please contact my office if we can provide any additional information.
William R. Seigh, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Who We Are
Keene State College, a University System of New Hampshire institution and founding member of Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, is a residential undergraduate college that has liberal arts education at the core of its mission.
All Keene State College students gain proficiency in the content of their own major, and they learn academic, career, communication and interpersonal skills to prepare them to pursue meaningful work (see College Wide Learning Outcomes).
The faculty, staff, and administration are committed to providing a learning environment for our students that fosters exploration, encourages inquiry, and challenges personal growth. Students are encouraged to engage in active citizenship and pursue work that is meaningful by embodying the College’s motto, "Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve."
For information about the College, the Factbook produced by the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment tells our story through a set of data that touches on the full range of characteristics that define Keene State College.
Keene State College embraces the Teacher-Scholar model. The intersection of teaching and scholarship is an invigorating and sometimes exhausting place to be. But engaging students deeply in learning at this intersection matters so very much for our campus. The deep approaches to learning that one encounters at the intersection of teaching and scholarship are transformative for our students.
- “Teacher-scholars are committed to high quality undergraduate education, pursue an active program of research and scholarship, and are presumed to enliven and enrich their teaching and the student experience by incorporating insights from their own research into their instructional activities, student advising, and related work.”
- “When they collaborate with faculty on research, students learn firsthand how experts think about and solve practical problems; their teachers become role models, mentors, and guides for continuous, lifelong learning.”
- “…in the twenty-first century, all students must master the arts of inquiry and innovation. Essential to this task are faculty members who work with students to help them acquire such requisite skills and competencies as identifying and analyzing problems, finding and evaluating evidence, and developing and weighing competing interpretations and conclusions.”
Keene State College helps faculty succeed as teachers and scholars. Examples of faculty enrichment include new faculty orientation and peer mentoring during the first year on the job, or participation in a faculty learning community and collaborating with offices across campus as faculty needs and interests shift over the course of their careers.
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Academic Structure & Areas of Study
The College has nearly 100 majors and minors delivered within 40 areas of study offered within the three Schools and the Mason Library.
- School of Arts and Humanities
- School of Professional and Graduate Studies
- School of Sciences and Social Sciences
- Mason Library
Areas of Study
Student Engagement and Enrichment
There are many curricular and co-curricular opportunities offered at the College for our students to have engagement and enrichment experiences.
- Service Learning and Internships
- Study away through the Global Education Office
- Undergraduate research and creative Endeavors through the Center for Creative Inquiry
- Academic Excellence Conference
- Student Involvement including community service, leadership development, and student activities and organizations