Instructor-Health and Physical Education - #150709

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Instructor-Health and Physical Education - #150709


School of Teaching and Learning

Position Summary:

This position is on site at our Cullowhee campus and on-site as the health and physical education teacher at WCU’s lab school (The Catamount School) for grades 6, 7, 8 for the full school year.

The School of Teaching and Learning at Western Carolina University invites applications for the position of Instructor in a one-year, fixed-term position beginning August 2021. Because this position includes serving as the on-site HPE teacher at TCS, it extends an additional 10th month beyond a typical 9 month WCU faculty contract.

The Position and the Responsibilities: The successful candidate will join a strong faculty in the Health and Physical Education and Health Liberal Studies program within the School of Teaching and Learning at one of the nation’s most beautiful and dynamic universities. In a program that highly values collaboration and diversity, the successful candidate will be expected to perform a broad range of activities. The workload is distributed among the following: serving as the on-site HPE teacher at WCU’s lab school (The Catamount School) for grades 6, 7, 8 for the full school year; coordinating and supervising HPE clinical experiences at The Catamount School; teaching courses within the Health and PE and/or Health Liberal Studies program as assigned.

The candidate must also provide service to The Catamount School (TCS), the department, and the college and advise undergraduate students. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to teach resident students in both on campus and online formats and show initiative in providing service to the public schools and the region. Preference will be given to candidates who can work collaboratively across disciplines to address the education of students living in diverse environments and those who can teach in other programs in the School of Teaching and Learning.

Carnegie statement:

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Minimum Qualifications:

The applicant must have a minimum of a Master’s degree from an appropriately
accredited institution in health, health education, physical education or closely related field required prior to start date.

Candidates must be eligible for North Carolina licensure in health and/or physical education.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to the candidate who has successful experiences in K-12 and/or post-secondary teaching environments; shows a willingness to work with middle grades students and pre-service teachers in a lab school environment; excellent oral and written communication skills; and ability/interest in using technology in the classroom.

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Permanent Full-Time

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

The applicant should submit the following documents with their application:
1.A cover letter addressing qualifications and experiences suitable to the position description
2.A current curriculum vita/resume
3.Unofficial transcripts for all post-secondary coursework and degrees
4.A list of five professional references with complete contact information

For more information, please contact Dan Grube, Search Chair at [email protected]

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected for hire.


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety:

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.




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Posted: 4/16/2021
Application Due: 7/15/2021
Work Type: Full Time