The World Languages Team at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) is seeking a full-time French Teacher. World Languages at IMSA are taught in an immersion learning environment with a departmentally developed curriculum framework. We encourage individuals who enjoy making a difference in the lives of talented high school students to apply.
Successful candidates will have a master’s or doctorate degree in French, Second Language Acquisition (with an emphasis in French), or a related field and a record of demonstrated successful teaching. Preference will be given to those candidates with experience in curriculum design and knowledge of ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. Applicants must show native or near-native fluency in French.
This position fulfills the requirement for DFI (Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois) Fellows following completion of their academic program.
The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10–12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program. It also serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry.
The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) is committed to an equitable, diverse and inclusive teaching and learning environment. Through a model of Equity and Excellence, IMSA has committed to advancing equity in STEM education and representation and creating a diverse, inclusive community of global citizens who can realize their full potential, and execute our mission to advance the human condition.
This Equity and Excellence Model is the intentional integration of Cultural Competence, Diversity, Equity, Equity-Minded Frame, Excellence and Inclusion into every facet of the Academy, with the understanding that it is an active and ongoing process involving structures, processes and people and not an isolated initiative.
The successful candidate will be responsible for, but not limited to:
- Teaching French courses
- Guiding and tutoring students outside of class
- Participating in the department’s curriculum and assessment development work
- Close collaboration with colleagues when teaching the same course and when working on departmental priorities
- Participating in all department and faculty meetings, faculty development programs, and community development days
- Participating in non-teaching activities that support the department’s and Academy’s programs
- Participating in external professional organizations
- Support equity and excellence by ensuring the execution of culturally competent curricula, pedagogy, and interactions with our students.
- Other duties as assigned
The required skills and experience for this position include:
- A minimum of a Master’s degree in French, Second Language Acquisition (with an emphasis in French), or a related field
- Native or near-native fluency in French
- Effective communication with students, staff, and parents
- Active participation in a collaborative team environment
- Engagement in reflective professional practice
- Excellent interpersonal skills for working in a team environment with the ability to function diplomatically and communicate effectively with colleagues, administrators, students, parents, and the public
- An appreciation and understanding of working with diverse populations
Preferred skills include:
- High school equivalent teaching experience
- Experience in curriculum design
Salary and Benefits:
Salary and benefits are commensurate with training and experience expected at this level of employment. The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including health and retirement benefits. The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) is reciprocal with other Illinois public retirement systems such as the Teachers’ Retirement Systems of Illinois (TRS) and the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF).
Applicants must submit a letter of interest, complete and current resume/CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three current professional references. Applications will be accepted and reviewed as received until the position is filled. We are seeking a diverse applicant pool.
To continue moving diversity, equity and inclusion forward, IMSA seeks to recruit, support, and retain diverse, talented individuals who are culturally competent, equity- minded, and constituent–centered. IMSA provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, marital status, political affiliation, amnesty, arrest record, military status, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.