Senior Instructor/Program Supervisor - Educator Preparation
Category:: Adjunct Faculty
Department:: School of Education
Locations:: Multiple Locations, MA
Posted:: May 28, 2020
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: PT No Benefits
Ref. No.:: 2375
About American International College:
American International College is a private, coeducational institution of higher education located on a 70+ acre campus in Springfield, Massachusetts. The campus has 42 buildings on two sites approximately 1/2 mile apart with a total of approximately 660,000 gross square feet. Included in the inventory of buildings are student residences for a resident population of 900 students. Founded in 1885, the College has approximately 3200 graduate and undergraduate students. AIC offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs through the Schools of Business, Arts and Sciences; Health Sciences; and Education. The mission of the College is to transform student lives through career focused learning, with a strong foundation in the liberal arts, a commitment to serving the community, and a high level of involvement in the global economy.
AIC strives to create a diverse and inclusive campus community that is representative, at all job levels, of the students we serve. We are an EEO employer and we welcome applications from individuals for positions where they are underrepresented.
Teach Practicum-related seminars in one of the following areas of educator preparation for state licensure: (1) Teacher Preparation (e.g., Urban Education Pathways (4+1), early childhood, elementary education, middle/secondary education (encompassing STEM, History, English, and Foreign Language-Spanish), and reading specialist; (2) Administrative Preparation (principal/assistant principal; special education administrator), and (3) School Support Personnel (e.g., school guidance counseling & school adjustment).
Supervise Pre-Practicum/Practicum experiences aligned with Massachusetts licensure regulations and AIC practices, procedures, and processes for the program assigned. Contribute to strategic academic planning and continuous improvement of candidate success. Ensure alignment of field experiences to instructional consistency supporting licensure-specific requirements for the program/s assigned. Provide evidence of learning outcomes and performance standards specific to educator preparation for Massachusetts licensure.
Provide deep learning and calibrated feedback supportive of enhanced candidate performance. Mentor students aligned with educator preparation requirements. Maintain professional and social presence; advance critical thinking and "learning to learn" skills. Maintain effective documentation and reporting systems for decisions on candidate preparation and submission of grades; timely submit grades and reports documenting candidate's history and program matriculation required for endorsement.
Maintain effective communication and professional interactions with candidates. Draft and timely distribute correspondence in consultation with academic leaders for the area assigned. Maintain a strong AIC presence within the field and campus while working with candidates and other stakeholders at the campus, community, and state level. Be available to meet with and support candidates both individually and as a learning community; while working F2F and synchronously or asynchronously when working remotely via Zoom and Blackboard.
Timely submit candidate feedback on performance, assignments, and end-of-course grades; adhere to established campus policies, practices, and procedures (e.g., attendance, notification on student engagement; withdrawal , disciplinary, etc.). Timely respond to inquiries and paperwork required to systematically document candidate performance. Contribute to unit-level assessment for continuous improvement.
Advance stakeholder engagement and provide feedback sessions supportive of candidate and AICs collective success. Provide reports and evidence for candidate endorsement, program reviews, and accreditation. As needed, attend annual orientation and professional development sessions specific to duties assigned as Senior Instructor/Program Supervisor.
Establish and adhere to clear expectations for helping students "know what to do next." Manage virtual experiences to inspire deep learning and student engagement within Zoom and Blackboard LMS format (community chat, discussions, announcements, group areas, etc.). Timely respond to candidate questions and draw upon professional/practical experience as an educator to facilitate deep learning, make salient connections to best practices in the field, and to advance candidates' application of subject matter knowledge, professional skills, and performance within a community of practice dedicated to all learners.
Collaborate with academic leaders to support inclusive excellence and deep learning for enhanced candidate performance. Build rapport, openness, trust, equity, and mutual inquiry for learner success respectful of people from diverse backgrounds. Mentor candidates for capstone experiences; provide assistance in timely responding to all learners. Create supportive professional communities within the program/s assigned. Maximize campus relationships to support candidate inquiry, performance, and professionalism in meeting program learning outcomes.
Other duties as assigned.
- Required Degree(s): MEd or CAGS aligned with one of the areas of educator preparation assigned.
- Preferred Degree(s): EdD or PhD from an accredited institution in a field of study or a related field (required) specific to the program assigned.
- Required Field of Expertise: 3-5 years of rich experience in P-12 and licensure-related programs in higher education for assignment in one of the three areas of educator preparation, with expertise specific to one or more of the following programs: Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Middle/Secondary Education, Moderate Disabilities, Reading Specialist, Principal/Assistant Principal, Special Education Administration.
- Required Licensure(s): Licensed professional in Massachusetts with current/recent experience in a supervisory role as a teacher/mentor and/or principal/assistant principal specific to the program assigned. Valid, insurable driver's license.
- Preferred Licensure(s): Massachusetts professional licensure and/or eligibility for licensure in one of the areas noted.
- Ability to listen deeply and respond to students/candidate concerns, be approachable, and consistently support candidates while upholding AIC's policies and performance expectations for educator preparation. Prior success working with candidates in educator preparation programs seeking licensure in higher education.
- Knowledge of best practices appropriate to the area/program assigned, developmental practices specific to higher education, and best practices in educator preparation.
- Must possess strong relationship-building skills, including prior success working with candidates who are first-generation and/or from low-income from diverse backgrounds. Capacity to develop candidates and leaders to foster positive social change supporting all learners as practitioners.
- Ability to successful mentor candidates aligned with learning outcomes in academic programs for preparation in licensure area assigned. Ongoing professional development as reflective practitioner either as a faculty member and/or academic leader focused on preparation for career advancement of teachers and leaders in educational settings.
- Deep commitment to inclusive excellence, diversity, and success of urban education. Advocacy for teaching, learning, and leadership supporting the diverse needs of learners, candidates, and communities served.
- Strong writing, research, and verbal communication skills. Strong time and co-project management skills. Ability to multi-task and consistently meet obligations even when faced with competing priorities.
- Strong technological skills, including experience working virtually with Zoom and Blackboard; teaching online for educator preparation.
- Openness to feedback and willingness to perform other duties and responsibilities to ensure candidate success, accreditation, and effective unit operations.
Ability to travel to various site locations within assigned region(s). The regions are Eastern, Central, and/or Western Massachusetts. These will be determined based on applicant location and preferences.
This is a part-time adjunct, non-benefited position. The hours of work are flexible to the needs of the department. Candidates will need to accessible for collaborative conversations about curriculum and when meeting with candidates (e.g., while teaching and observing field experiences).
AIC is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Qualified applicants should save and submit the following documents with the online application.
- Brief cover letter
- Current resume
- Contact information for three professional references (one of which must be a current or prior supervisor)
Review of applications will continue until the position has been filled.