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Clinical Assistant ProfessorWorking Title:
Instructor/Clinical Assistant Professor - #240976Department:
School of Teaching and LearningAbout WCU:
Western Carolina University has been named to the 2022 “America’s Best Employers by State” list by Forbes, ranking 14 out of the top 100 employers in North Carolina. Forbes has also ranked Western Carolina University in the Top 100 of America’s Best Midsize Employers for 2023. Western Carolina University is the UNC system’s westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South. WCU’s main campus is nestled in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville. WCU is located just 25 miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one of the nation’s most spectacular and most visited national parks. The entire region is known for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities.Position Summary:
Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance plans – eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.
Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, and free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus.
The primary location of this position is the main Cullowhee, NC campus.Carnegie statement:
This is a fixed-term, 9-month position at either the Instructor or Clinical Assistant Professor level. Final determination of rank will be made at point of hire. Anticipated begin work date is January 2024. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected for hire.
The successful applicant will join a strong faculty in the School of Teaching and Learning at one of the nation’s most beautiful and dynamic universities. In a school that highly values on campus collaboration and commitment to diversity/equity, the successful candidate will be expected to teach (in person) general education courses, engage in clinical supervision of preservice teachers, and teach in the Leadership minor.
Half of the workload (equivalent of two classes) will be to work with the Language Experience After school Program (LEAP) as a curriculum liaison and engage with the program each week. The Language Enhancement After-school Program (LEAP) is a partnership between WCU’s College of Education and Allied Professions, Jackson County Public Schools, Cullowhee United Methodist Church, and WCU’s Educational Outreach Programs. LEAP serves approximately 50 K-8 students who are English Learners from local schools and includes more than 100 tutors and volunteers (mostly teacher education majors) each semester.
More information on the LEAP Program: The LEAP Program is an after-school program that provides high-quality programming to students who are learning or who have learned English as a second language. We also conduct parent outreach to involve parents in the process of educating their children. LEAP provides meaningful learning activities to help scaffold and prepare students for school and for life. We work with Jackson County Schools and Cullowhee United Methodist Church to create a program in which many stakeholders are interested in the long-term success of the children enrolled in the program.
The LEAP after school program is a grant-funded organization and our continued service to the students depends on the success we can help them achieve through our teaching and facilitation of activities. Through activities that have a basis in the NC Standard Course of Study, as well as other academic goals, field trips, clubs, and working with peers, students have the chance to learn skills that will help them excel academically. We approach our work with the children with a loving, positive standpoint. Our tutors and volunteers in the organization are trained to give each child the very best instruction, using the most up-to-date technologies and methodologies.
The successful candidate will be expected to meet annual performance requirements in the School of Teaching and Learning for teaching.
The position will require teaching and supervising in general education programs. The teaching load for this position is a four-course per semester equivalency (e.g., half devoted to the LEAP program plus two classes each semester). Expertise and experience with K-8 English Learner student populations is expected for this position. Eligibility for a NC teaching license is preferred.
Applicants should provide evidence of these qualifications and experiences. Also, applicants should demonstrate the potential to work collaboratively and across disciplines, contribute to the department’s multicultural and diversity goals, and show successful collaboration with in-service teachers in public school settings.
The institution has fully embraced the Boyer model of scholarship as a means of supporting its commitment to the stewards of place model and integrated learning. As such, faculty members are encouraged to utilize the scholarship of engagement to enhance student learning and fulfill its mission to the region and support the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Applicants are encouraged to visit the WCU website (www.wcu.edu) and read the university vision and details about the QEP.
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:
• an earned masters, Ph.D., or Ed.D. in education, TESOL, or a related field, from an accredited institution.Preferred Qualifications:
• expertise in and experience working with children, youth, and/or young adults who are English Learners .
• evidence of or potential for excellence in university teaching, including face to face and online formats.
• demonstrated knowledge of inclusive practices and current research in teaching English Learners.
• eligibility for North Carolina teaching licensure and a minimum of three years of full time K-12 classroom teaching or TA experiencePosition Type:
• advanced conversational skills or fluency in Spanish
• experience teaching introductory courses, instructional methods, and supervision of preservice teachers.
• experience in online and face-to-face instruction and development of courses.
• collaborative work across disciplines; support of underrepresented multilingual, culturally diverse students; and implementation of culturally responsive practices
Permanent Full-TimeNumber of Months Per Year:
09/21/2023Open Until Filled:
YesSpecial Instructions to Applicants:
Application must be made online. Hard copy materials will not be accepted for review.Background/E-Verify:
Please submit a CV, letter of application, unofficial transcripts from terminal degree, and a list of at least three professional references to include their complete contact information.
For more information, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Kelly Tracy, 828-227-3302, firstname.lastname@example.org
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Credential Verification:
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 www.dhs.gov/E-Verify. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.
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.AA/EOE:
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.University Safety:
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at email@example.com.
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.