Assistant Professor of English

Location
Chicago, Illinois and/or Wheeling, IL
Posted
Mar 26, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary:

National Louis University is pleased to announce a full-time Assistant Professor of English position. This is a 10-month position that requires instructors to collaborate on a regular basis with the support team that surrounds each student. This position requires on-site teaching at the Chicago and/or Wheeling campus for daytime courses.

 

The position will offer a new curriculum and an unparalleled experience to undergraduate students with the belief that all students can be successful students. As an active team member you believe in a supportive environment and a student-driven culture.

 

Will also facilitate blended classes that utilize technology and data to drive instruction and work collaboratively with a dedicated team of Coaches and Instructors, Content Experts and Data Analysts to determine how to personalize the learning experience for students. In addition to teaching content, you will also encourage growth mindset, increase non-cognitive skill development and nurture academic confidence.

 

CORE COMPETENCIES
• Student-Focused: Make decisions based on what is best for students with the belief that when all students have access to resources and support, they are empowered to achieve success.
• Expect Excellence: Hold high expectations for our students and for the adults to serve them and hold ourselves accountable for achieving excellence.
• Personalized Support: Take a holistic approach to providing individualized support that encourages students to realize their full potential in college and beyond.
• Data-Driven, Collaborative Environment: Work together as a unified team, utilizing real-time data and technology to adapt to student needs.
• Continuous Improvement and Innovation: Remain agile and open to changes and new ideas-incorporating data as well as student, faculty and administration voice-to ensure that we are continuously learning, improving, and innovating in all aspects of the student experience.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND/OR RESPONSIBILITIES
Demonstrate excellence in teaching:
• Collaborate with faculty team to develop an effective student experience for students.
• Facilitate courses by delivering engaging instruction in a blended, flipped classroom environment.
• Empower students to develop competency by sharing a passion for the subject and skills being taught.
• Utilize technology-based teaching platforms, including but not limited to an adaptive courseware engine to aid students in the development of competencies.
• Communicate professionally and relate well.
Demonstrate, maintain, and continuously strengthen content expertise: 
• Maintain current and active content knowledge in the expertise area that is reflected in instruction.
• Possess appropriate expertise as demonstrated by appropriate credentials.
• Maintain currency in field.
Promote student success with a proactive, high expectations, high support approach:
• Demonstrate and share a passion for postsecondary success for diverse learners and for teaching.
• Demonstrate flexibility in delivery and work schedule to provide personalized student support (includes but is not limited to office hours)
• Identify gaps between student needs and existing resources and services; generate creative resolutions.
• Significant on-campus presence on days when not teaching.
Engage in data-driven instruction and student support planning:
• Track student course data weekly in multiple university data systems as needed.
• Engage in regular data-driven planning meetings with faculty, coaches and support specialists to report student progress and obstacles and to plan student support interventions.
• Engage in regular content area team meetings with peer faculty to review curriculum plans, determine implications of student data, and plan curriculum revisions.
Participate in continuous improvement of UGC curriculum, as governance model evolves: 
• Actively document and share suggestions for curriculum revision with content area lead faculty to support ongoing revision/enhancement of UGC curriculum.
Commit to continuous improvement of self and colleagues (i.e., professional development):
• Create, attend and actively participate in training opportunities provided in online and in person settings.
• Contribute to a learning culture by participating on committees, supporting local campus events such as orientation and graduation, and participating in various other workshops and meetings.
• Participate in faculty governance related to college and/or university operations and improvement, as governance model is developed.

Qualifications:

Skills:
• Passionate about working with a highly diverse student body.
• Excellent facilitation and classroom management skills.
• Agile and creative in pedagogy and student support.
• Prepared, yet flexible.
• Empathetic, yet tough.
• Ability to differentiate instruction and support based on student needs.
• Ability to consistently connect instruction to its real world relevance, tying in concepts and theories in the classroom to students’ current and future work experiences and highlighting immediate applicability.
• Willing to pursue and support students in multiple modalities.
• Technology proficient, including experience with digital tools for teaching, and teaching in either online or blended/hybrid formats.
• Willing and able to use data to inform instruction.
• Effective adult collaboration skills, able to work in teams to support student success.
• Experience using a learning management system.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Experienced educators who EXPECT and DESIRE to grow pedagogically.

Experience and/or Education
• Graduate degree in English (or closely related field), or Graduate Degree in other fields with 18 graduate hours in English. PhD credentials preferred.
• Experience with digital tools for teaching, teaching in either online or blended/hybrid formats, and teaching to students of diverse backgrounds and abilities strongly preferred.

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