Director of Secondary Teacher Education Preparation Senior Lecturer

Location
Amherst, MA
Posted
Aug 16, 2017
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Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director of Secondary Teacher Education Preparation Senior Lecturer

University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Education

Amherst, MA

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the major public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts, the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.

The Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a position in Secondary Teacher Education Preparation (STEP) at the rank of Senior Lecturer of Education. This is a full-time temporary, two year, non-tenure track position with a preferred start date of June 1, 2018.

The Secondary Teacher Education Preparation (STEP) program offers multiple pathways to licensure (immersion and traditional) across multiple content areas (mathematics, science, social studies, and English). The STEP program views teaching as an act of caring with complex intellectual moral, theoretical, and political implications. As part of the land grant university, STEP works directly with public schools throughout the Connecticut River Valley region of western Massachusetts with an emphasis on under-resourced urban and rural schools. STEP seeks to develop critically reflective educators who are committed to a life-long process of learning embedded in a set of core values: social justice, evidence-based practice, and community engagement.

The Director of Secondary Teacher Education (DSTE), as the public face of the program, will work closely with faculty to promote the intellectual mission and vision of STEP. We are particularly interested in innovative applicants who have a strong interest in collaborative, evidence-based approaches to teacher education, especially school/university partnerships. The ideal candidate will provide comprehensive leadership providing support for clinical faculty, classroom teachers, and teacher-candidates. Although the DSTE will be responsible for the coordination of the traditional pathway (University-to-Schools), this person will work with and across all three pathways including the two immersion pathways.

In collaboration with the Field Experience Specialist, the DSTE is expected to work within school districts (with site coordinators and principals) helping to build capacity for all three pathways. In addition, the DSTE will also work with the Director of Program Development to support the marketing and recruiting efforts of STEP. Candidates enthusiastic about teaching courses central to the STEP curriculum/goals (e.g. Supervision in Teacher Education) are especially encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in education or related field is essential
  • The ability to be a strong advocate for the College
  • Extensive experience working in and with public school, including teaching experience and a record of successful work with teachers and administrators
  • A strong knowledge of and interest in advancing research on teachers, teaching, and schools
  • A commitment to supporting and fostering evidence-based teaching practices
  • A commitment to social justice in education
  • Broad knowledge and experience with statewide credentialing systems including report writing

Desired Qualifications:

  • Grant writing and/or development expertise and experience
  • A history of success in building innovative educational programs, particularly residency programs
  • Demonstrated record of successful experience building, maintaining, and/or facilitating partnerships with culturally and linguistically diverse groups and populations

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a public research university, the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system and a leading center of public higher education in the Northeast. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University's goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational research or other work activities.

The campus is a member of the Five College Consortium along with Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and is also a member of the Academic Career Network, a resource for dual career couples. The College is NCATE-approved and offers a comprehensive program leading to Master's and doctoral degrees. We share a fundamental commitment to social justice and the pursuit of educational excellence.

To apply please submit cover letter, resume, and names and contact information of three professional references to: https://umass.interviewexchange.com/candapply.jsp?JOBID=87903

If you have any questions, you can contact Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Jennifer Randall, at 413-545-7125.

Review of candidates will begin October 16, 2017, and will continue until a qualified candidate is identified. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. For more information about the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, please visit our website at www.umass.edu/education.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a public research university, the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system and a leading center of public higher education in the Northeast. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University's goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational research or other work activities.

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