Jacobson Distinguished Professor and Director of the Jacobson Institute for Innovation in Education

Des Moines, Iowa
Jan 10, 2019
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, is the home of the Jacobson Institute for Innovation in Education. The Jacobson Institute provides current and future educators access to innovative resources and strategies and promotes interactions among educators and transformational thought leaders. The Jacobson Institute’s current focus is on improving educational effectiveness in mathematics education through multiple programs, including hosting visionary thought leaders as visiting scholars, conducting research, evaluating programs, and collaborating with many educational partners to support the implementation of effective models and methods in mathematics education. Grand View University seeks an exceptional and innovative educator to serve as the Director of the Jacobson Institute for Innovation in Education and to hold the Jacobson Distinguished Professor Chair. The successful candidate will have the creativity, leadership and interpersonal skills, energy, and drive to further the Institute’s mission and to distinguish Grand View University as a leader in mathematics education. Both the chair and the Institute’s program operations are supported by an endowment from the Mr. Richard O. Jacobson Foundation.

The Jacobson Distinguished Professor will be responsible for identifying innovative theories and practices in mathematics education, coordinating the visiting scholars program, teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level (with flexible teaching load requirements), and working with K–12 and post–secondary educators in the local region, across Iowa and around the nation to implement evidence–based strategies for innovation and models that show the greatest potential for transforming teaching and learning.

QUALIFICATIONS – Candidates should have an earned doctorate and at least five years of teaching, advising, scholarship/research, and service in higher education. Candidates should be well–recognized through their professional activities, leadership positions, practice innovations, publications, grants, and awards. The successful candidate will be able to create, foster, and lead coalitions and opportunities for mathematics education on the campus and beyond. Experience should reflect the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people and success in grant development.

The successful candidate will join the University with the rank of associate professor or professor. Academic qualifications should qualify candidate for tenure consideration at the rank of associate or full professor in an academic department in the College of Social and Natural Sciences or the College of Humanities and Education. The anticipated start date is summer or fall of 2019.

The Institution and the Setting: Located in Des Moines, Iowa, and founded in 1896, Grand View is a university of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and offers a high quality education in a career–oriented, liberal arts–grounded curriculum. Grand View supports a diverse student population of approximately 2,000 full and part–time students in both undergraduate and graduate programs. With an average class size of 16 and a student–to–faculty ratio of 14 to 1, students know their professors and other students well. Grand View’s mission is to engage, equip, and empower students to fulfill their individual potentials and serve society.

Des Moines is the state capital, with a population exceeding 600,000, and serves as the communications hub for Iowa. Nationally recognized organizations that have their corporate offices in Des Moines include Monsanto, Corteva Agriscience (formerly Pioneer Hi–Bred), the Principal Financial Group, Meredith Corporation, and John Deere Financial. Committed to sustainability, the city is experiencing growth and revitalization. Des Moines is diverse and values its diversity. The city offers exceptional opportunities to enjoy lectures, concerts, museums, sporting events, and other cultural events.

Nominations and Expressions of Interest: Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Grand View is committed to building a diverse university community and encourages members of under–represented groups to apply.

Please submit letter of interest, vita, and contact information for five references via our online application process at www.grandview.edu. For more information, contact Dr. Carl Moses, provost and search committee chair, at [email protected].

Pre–employment background check required.

Grand View University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities.