Director of Master of Arts in Teaching Program in the Division of Teacher Education
FRESNO PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program in the Division of Teacher Education
POSITION: Full-time, with faculty rank; continuing status (tenure) track; 11-month faculty appointment in the School of Education.
START DATE: July 1, 2021
Applications will be reviewed beginning March 1, 2021, and an appointment made as soon as a suitable candidate is discerned. Position is open until filled.
Fresno Pacific’s University’s (FPU) growing teacher preparation program is housed in the School of Education FPU offers the multiple and single subject teaching credentials which are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Graduates of FPU’s teaching programs are highly respected throughout the San Joaquin Valley and beyond. FPU’s Master of Arts (MAT) program includes the credential coursework and 4 additional courses which students complete in two semesters during their first years of teaching.
Throughout the arc of the MAT, students are encouraged to develop habits of inquiry and reflection on the persistent problems of practice that they face as beginning and new teachers. These problems form the basis of their classroom research projects. They develop an understanding of qualitative research methodology and the research skills which they will apply by completing an action research project. The program utilizes features such as the cohort model and blended instructional delivery systems to foster a robust, and supportive professional community of new teachers.
The Director of the MAT program provides overall leadership and management of all aspects of the post-credential MAT coursework. The Director teaches courses in the credential sequence as well as in the MAT sequence of four courses:
EDUC 701: Issues in Teaching: Investigations of Problems of Practice
EDUC 703: Curriculum Study: Theory, Analysis and Practice
EDUC 704: Research Methodology: Qualitative Action Research
EDUC 705: MAT Research Project
Specifically, the Director is responsible for the following duties:
- Work collaboratively with the Chair of the Division of Teacher Education and other faculty within the division to lead the MAT program.
- Collaborate with faculty who teach in the Division of Teacher Education.
- Recruit, support and train adjunct faculty to teach in the MAT coursework.
- Admit and advise MAT students.
- Mentor MAT students throughout their culminating action research projects.
- Teach in the MAT and credentialprograms. Teaching assignment is dependent on candidate’s experience, research interests and program needs.
- Pursue an active scholarly agenda.
- Earned terminal degree (or completion of degree by July 1, 2021) in education or related field.
- Evidence of successful experience teaching college or post-BA students.
- Evidence of successful experience teaching in K12 schools.
- Record or promise of scholarly achievement.
- Knowledge of and experience with qualitative research methodology.
- Ability to work with students, staff, and faculty in a collegial environment.
- Ability to multi-task, solve problems and resolve conflicts.
- Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.
- Experience and skill with addressing issues of educational equity.
- Commitment to the Christian faith and the University’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning and involvement in a local church.
Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Some 4,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches about 10,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university, is a Hispanic Serving Institution, with a Hispanic student population of 44 percent, and is one of the top 10 HSIs nationally in graduating Hispanic students. The Valley’s only comprehensive Christian university granting master’s degrees, the university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top tier among western universities—master’s category by U.S. News & World Report. FPU is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church, and all employees express a personal Christian commitment and support the Christian mission of the university. A description of the unique quality of FPU as an academic community can be found in the Fresno Pacific University Idea at fresno.edu/about/fpu_idea.
THE VISION AND MISSION OF THE DIVISION OF TEACHER EDUCATION
The Fresno Pacific Idea, our institutional guiding document, leads us to invest in recruiting colleagues who in their scholarship, teaching and service demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and sensitivity to the needs of culturally diverse and oppressed communities. As a program with a core mission of equipping future educators to serve a deeply diverse student population, we seek faculty with a demonstrated commitment to work with marginalized communities and with students holding a range of worldviews.
COMPENSATION: Dependent on qualifications and experience, and paid out over 12 months. Full-time benefits include insurance (medical, vision, dental, LTD), retirement (TIAA).
APPLICATION: The link to the application is within the job description at http://www.fresno.edu/visitors/careers
Send a letter of application, a completed faculty application form (including personal statements), curriculum vita, three letters of reference (including one pastoral), and transcripts or placement file to:
Dr. Gary Gramenz
School of Education, Box 2001
Fresno Pacific University
1717 S. Chestnut Avenue
Fresno, CA 93702
OR: email [email protected]
Fresno Pacific University is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic or social background, sex, age, or disability. Committed to excellence and actively supportive of cultural diversity, FPU invites individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply.