Director of Teacher Preparation
NLU’s National College of Education and College of Professional Studies and Advancement serve thousands of students at graduate and undergraduate levels seeking to advance their careers and change their communities. With an overall enrollment of over 5,000 students, our campuses in 5 Chicago area locations, Florida and on-line are hubs of innovation and learning, with a focus on professional attainment and service.
NLU’s National College of Education School of Teacher Preparation and School of Advanced Professional Programs are home to academic programs that offer degrees and professional licenses for teachers, school psychologists, educational leaders, curriculum designers, and scholars. We provide BA and MAT degrees to individuals seeking initial licensure in IL, as well as a wide array of endorsement, MED, EDS and EDD programs for experienced educators to advance their careers. Our teacher preparation programs prepare teachers for early childhood, elementary, middle grades and secondary education classrooms, as well as with expertise in special education, ESL/bilingual education, math, reading and other disciplines. Our graduates serve in virtually every school and district in the greater Chicago metropolitan region, across Illinois, and in many other states. Since 1886, we’ve prepared thousands of Chicago-area teachers, and we boast more than 70 Golden Apple Award winners – one of the most prestigious teaching awards in the state. All of our programs strive to be student-centered, clinically driven, technology-forward, and practice and research based, informed by district and community interests, and inspired by the needs of the 21st century learners.
Our faculty are seasoned practitioners who are also published scholars with significant impact on their students, in their communities, and beyond. Our pioneering Adaptive Cycles of Teaching (ACT) model has driven the redesign of our undergraduate teacher preparation programs, and is informing our masters programs as well. We place primary importance on the role of integration of theory and practice in a clinically-driven teacher preparation experience that provides candidates with the skills they need to succeed in their chosen profession. By focusing on deepening students’ clinical work and high leverage practices across our programs, and designing online and blended learning opportunities to support today’s learner, NLU continues to pursue innovation in teacher preparation while simultaneously supporting core beliefs that encourage students to examine learning and learners in a way that will inform their instructional practices. Moreover, to demonstrate leadership in teacher preparation, NLU is committed to the disciplined evaluation of its programs and their impact through systematic collection of data that reflects teacher employment, longevity in the profession, and student growth.
NLU’s National College of Education seeks a visionary and practice-based leader to guide the future of its teacher preparation programs. This is an exceptional opportunity for an innovative, forward thinking individual to work with faculty, students, schools, districts and other stakeholders to develop and implement high quality, relevant and rigorous teacher preparation programs to meet the demands of 21st century classrooms. This is a key leadership position in the College of Education, working to advance the work of a strong and established faculty to build enrollment of a large and diverse student population, support retention and completion, and measure student satisfaction, program and candidate impact. As a member of the College leadership team, the Director works with the Dean, faculty and staff to coordinate and direct the development and delivery of teacher preparation programs, in alignment with College’s and University’s strategic goals.
This position is a highly visible representative of the College and will work to lead and facilitate the development and execution of an academic portfolio of programs that are relevant, mission driven and market aligned; achieve annual enrollment and revenue targets; ensure an excellent academic experience for students; and contribute to the distinction of the College.
The successful candidate will have a combination of relevant academic and practitioner experience. He/she will bring a demonstrated track record of accomplishment in teacher preparation program development and implementation, including effective use of technology and the integration of research and practice. He/she will be a broadly experienced professional possessing a record of academic accomplishment as well as superior analytic and interpersonal skills. Experience at the secondary or middle school level, or in STEM disciplines, is preferred but not essential.
The successful candidate will be innovative, organized and disciplined; committed to using evidence to guide decisions; a highly collaborative advocate for faculty combined with the ability to be decisive and able to execute necessary change in the service of our students. A history of success in building innovative educational programs and demonstrated ability to develop relationships with school districts across Illinois and throughout the country is essential. Experience with urban environments and schools, using technology to enhance student learning, and residency-based teacher education programs are preferred. A terminal degree in curriculum and instruction or other related field, with a minimum of five years of relevant experience is also required with the requisite academic qualifications necessary for an assistant or associate professor level appointment.
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