Assistant Professor- (Curriculum and Instruction)

University of Massachusetts Boston
UMass Boston

Job Details

Job no: 519919
Position Type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Curriculum & Instruction
Pay Grade: 03
Date opened: 25 Jul 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:

Job Description:

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the University of Massachusetts Boston’s College of Education and Human Development seeks applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor in educator preparation who will serve as the Director of Educator Preparation, to begin on September 1, 2024. We are seeking a collaborative, creative, and equity-minded colleague who shares UMass Boston’s commitment to urban education, anti-racism, and social justice and who possesses culturally sustaining perspectives on education from birth through 12th grade.

We are seeking scholars working on the leading edge of teacher education, especially those whose teaching and research engage critical frameworks related to learning in urban contexts that are linguistically, racially, and culturally diverse. Strong research skills and qualitative and/or quantitative methodological expertise is expected. an established publication record or indication of significant promise in research; a demonstrated capacity for conducting research.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the development, growth, and enhancement of educator preparation in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and across the College of Education and Human Development. As the faculty director of educator preparation, the successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing several urban education-oriented education programs. They will also be tasked with developing a stronger infrastructure for teacher preparation programs with a commitment to supporting all students in general and Black and Latinx students in particular.

Sample of Duties:

  • Serve as the college coordinator of school/program partnerships. This involves preparing and supporting student teacher supervisors, selecting and supporting supervising practitioners (cooperating teachers), conducting school and center site visits including early childhood programs (early intervention, center-based and family childcare), and maintaining and initiating partnerships.
  • Help improve field experiences around issues of racial justice and equity, including better preparing teacher candidates for racially diverse and urban contexts and ensuring that teacher preparation programs align with the College of Education and Human Development’s mission to be an anti-racist college:
  • Teach courses and/or supervise student teachers in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (1-1 teaching load in conjunction with Director role).
  • Collaborate with faculty to write and apply for grants related to educator preparation.
  • Engage in high-impact research and scholarship related to teacher education, teaching, urban education, and social justice.
  • Collaborate with Dean’s Office and Department personnel around teacher preparation sites, accreditation, and evaluation.
  • Attend national- and state-level meetings pertaining to teacher preparation policies and regulations.
  • Maintain and review the educational assessment plans, as required for the college’s accreditation reviews, in conjunction with the Director of Faculty Support Services for the College of Education and Human Development, the Chair and the department faculty.
  • Context:

    UMass Boston is the third most racially diverse research university in the United States. We are a federally funded Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and an Asian-American and Native American Pacific-Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) committed to anti-racism; we are looking for someone who will engage in this work with us. UMass Boston’s student body is majority students of color, and we are engaged in efforts to ensure that the faculty better represents the student population. Our scenic oceanfront campus is minutes from downtown Boston, and we are a nationally recognized student-centered urban public research university.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    Candidates must have: a terminal degree (Ph.D., Ed.D.) or ABD in curriculum and instruction, or a related field; experience teaching at the PreK-12 level, preferably in multicultural, linguistic, and socioeconomically diverse settings; evidence of scholarly productivity and/or promise in research; and experience teaching at the university-level in teacher preparation and/or field supervision. Candidates from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are strongly encouraged to apply; Knowledge of and experience in basic qualitative and quantitative analysis is required. Experience with school/community partnerships and program accreditation and assessment is preferred.

    Application instructions:

    To Apply, submit the following materials online: a cover letter describing teaching, research and service experience related to the above description; a current curriculum vitae; links to at least two samples of scholarship published in academic venues such as peer-reviewed journals, academic books, and conference proceedings, or scholarly artifacts in the form of reports, digital publications, blog posts, policy briefs, among other products; names and contact information for three academic references.

    Application review will begin on September 1st and continue until the position is filled.

    UMass Boston is an urban public research university with a teaching soul, whose impact is both local and global. We are the third most diverse university in the country - more than 60% of our undergraduate students come from minoritized communities and groups and more than half of our students are the first in their families to attend a college or university. Thus, our students come to us from richly diverse life experiences and backgrounds; they bring to our classrooms and research settings the robust range of perspectives growing out of the socio-cultural, economic, and historical contexts in which they have lived, along with the challenges they encounter, engage, and strive to overcome. We invite applications from candidates who engage the diverse life experiences of our student body, who appreciate that students bring their holistic selves into the academic setting, and who recognize and articulate how their own life experiences and backgrounds have shaped their journeys, practices, and commitments as researchers, scholars, and educators.

    UMass Boston is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations for the hiring process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact the ADA/504 Coordinator Andrea Haas or 617-287-5148.

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    The University of Massachusetts Boston is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities. The scenic waterfront campus is located next to the John F. Kennedy Library, with easy access to downtown Boston. 

    The second-largest campus in the UMass system, UMass Boston combines a small-college experience with the vast resources of a major research university. With a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students easily interact with professors because most teaching occurs in small class sizes. Ninety-three percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.

    UMass Boston’s academic excellence is reflected by a growing student body of nearly 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university’s eight colleges offer more than 100 undergraduate programs and 50 graduate programs. The University Honors Program serves 300 students who thrive on intellectual challenge. Enriched courses probe more deeply into theory or venture further into application.

    UMass Boston’s diverse student body provides a global context for student learning, and its location in a major U.S. city provides connections to employers in industries such as finance, health care, technology, service, and education, offering students opportunities to gain valuable in-school experience via internships, clinicals, and other career-related placements.

    More than 100 student organizations — including clubs, literary magazines, newspaperradio stationart gallery, and 16 NCAA Division III sports teams — offer a rich campus life. Students live throughout Greater Boston and in apartment communities just steps from the campus, and enjoy the rich amenities, cultural attractions, and educational opportunities that make the city the biggest and best college town in the nation.

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