The Northwest Missouri State University School of Education seeks an engaging, knowledgeable, and passionate educator to serve as faculty member and colleague in a rural-based educator preparation program with a rich, University-wide tradition of high-quality educator preparation. The faculty member will serve as an Instructor/Assistant Professor (dependent on qualifications and experience) and must possess strong teaching, advising, research, leadership, presentation, collaboration, and communication skills. The selected candidate must model life-long learning and continuous renewal as an educator, and be grounded in the most current research, curriculum, pedagogy, and practice; this requires evidence of strong and successful experience.
The faculty member will join a vibrant, productive team who possess an unyielding commitment to a campus-based, undergraduate educator preparation program supported by the on-campus Horace Mann Laboratory School and Leet Center Preschool. The selected candidate must demonstrate thorough knowledge of educator preparation and curricular redesign, as well as online learning and course and program development. They will join a faculty with a burgeoning suite of entirely-online graduate programs which are nationally-focused and experiencing rapid growth. The ideal candidate can thus effectively teach in face-to-face, blended, and online environments while balancing these performance expectations: excellent teaching, robust creative and scholarly achievement, skilled, dedicated advising to undergraduate and graduate students; and service to the students, school, university, and the profession. The ideal candidate will be innovative, possess strong listening and collaboration skills, exhibit kindness, possess attention to detail, and care deeply about educator preparation, quality, and organizational viability.
AREAS OF NEED: The School of Education is seeking a reflective educator with a strong background in general Educator Preparation, AND one or more of the following areas of need:
Early Childhood Education (priority)
Reading and Literacy (priority)
Curriculum and Instruction
The Instructor/Assistant Professor will teach, conduct research, and contribute service. He/she will collaborate and assist in the facilitation and co-evaluation of teacher candidates in clinical field experiences. The instructor must hold, and promote, high expectations for students and self, work well with colleagues at Northwest and in the discipline, communicating effectively with stakeholders. The faculty member must work closely with other university faculty in education and across multiple content areas and several on-campus departments to ensure program quality, while providing high quality feedback, instruction, and assessment practices steeped in current research and effective teaching practices. The faculty member will ensure superior clinical experiences are provided to teacher candidates and work well with school partners and PK-12 teachers to develop mutually co-beneficial, strategic partnerships to grow teacher candidate practicum opportunities. The instructor must demonstrate an appreciation and promotion of diversity as a commitment to the School of Education and Northwest Missouri State University.
Provide excellent, research-based instruction to undergraduate and graduate students.
Teach 12-13 undergraduate or graduate credit hours per trimester in an area of need (PK-12 Education, Graduate courses in either Early Childhood Education, Reading/Literacy, Curriculum & Instruction, and in a variety of formats including online, face-to-face, and/or blended, as well as teaching at different sites; summer teaching may be possible.
Provide timely, constructive feedback to undergraduate and graduate students to help them monitor their progress and support learning.
Supervise students in clinical field experiences and practicums at various sites.
Participate in highly collaborative, professional learning activities with colleagues.
Build relationships with school and community members to promote enhanced involvement in educator preparation and support ongoing (and develop new) partnerships.
Exhibit skill in development and expansion of mutually co-beneficial PK-12-university partnerships to assist both entities.
Actively participate in department, college, and university initiatives to ensure quality programs and state and national accreditation and overall excellence in the teacher education program.
Advise, recruit and retention of students at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Collaborate within School, and with department, college, university faculty and staff, educators in PK-12 environments, and area agencies.
Pursue scholarly work at the local, regional, and national levels.
Attend and participate in School of Education Advisory Council Meetings.
Supervise, coach, mentor, and support teacher candidates in clinical practicum experiences.
Exhibit strong skills in educational technology, scholarly research, and collaboration.
Support university and school initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Assist with university and program accreditation (HLC, CAEP, AAQEP, DESE, and/or other).
Perform other duties and tasks as required of all faculty in the School of Education.
Education: If seeking Assistant Professor Position, earned doctorate or ABD-status in Education, Early Childhood Education, Reading/Literacy, Curriculum and Instruction, or other closely-related field. At least 18 graduate hours in a field or sub-field of education (Early Childhood or Literacy/Reading) is required. Must furnish evidence of completed doctorate by August 20, 2019.
Education: If seeking instructor position, a Masters / Specialist Degree with commitment to pursue an Educational doctorate or Ph.D. in Education in area of School of Education need (Early Childhood Education or Literacy/Reading) may be considered; At least 18 successfully-completed graduate hours in a field or sub-field (Literacy/Reading and/or Early Childhood Education) will be required by start date. (Appointment will be at instructor level until fall term directly following when doctorate is complete).
Certification/License: State-level teacher certification with ability to successfully transfer to Missouri; Driver’s license
Experience: Successful experience in Early Childhood/Elementary/Middle School/K-12 and/or Secondary education in PK-12 education settings
Skills: Evidence of: teaching skill; effective communication ability; collaboration skills and the ability to work well with others toward common goals; strong organizational skills; attentiveness to detail; kindness.
Education: Earned doctorate in Education (Ed.D or Ph.D.) in Education, Early Childhood Education, Reading/Literacy; or Curriculum and Instruction and/or related field
Experience: Experience with PK-12 in Early Childhood/ Elementary/Middle/Secondary Education; Literacy; PK-12 partnership development; expertise in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive practices
Experience: Successful undergraduate and graduate-level college teaching experience in Education and strong evidence of excellent student learning
Certification/license: Missouri teacher licensure and Missouri Leader licensure
Additional Job Information
WORKING CONDITIONS: Collaborative team-based academic environment in a teacher education program at a regional, comprehensive University.
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL: Willing to be able to acquire/maintain required travel credentials and participate in international study away with faculty and teacher candidates.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Will supervise teacher candidates, practicum students, and graduate assistants
TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to complete essential classroom functions and lift up to 20 pounds.
SCHOOL: The Northwest School of Education prepares teachers and administrators/leaders for the nation's school systems and includes (fall, 2018) 1,274 students pursuing majors in education-related fields in undergraduate or graduate coursework. The Northwest School of Education includes the Department of Professional Education and the broader, campus-based Professional Education Unit, Horace Mann Laboratory School and the Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families as well as a site in Kansas City, Missouri featuring undergraduate completion and Master's programs for teachers and leaders. The Northwest School of Education hosts coursework for a Cooperative Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with the University-of Missouri-Columbia. Northwest has been continuously accredited at the national level since the inception of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), previously NCATE, and by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The mission of the School of Education is to prepare caring teachers who possess the highest level of professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to help all students learn in a diverse and every-changing world. For more information visit our website at http://www.nwmissouri.edu/academics/ed/index.htm.
SALARY: Competitive/market based and commensurate with qualifications
APPLICATION DEADLINE: The search committee will begin review of applications immediately and the position will remain open until successfully filled.
DATE AVAILABLE: August 13, 2019
APPLICATION MATERIALS: A letter of application describing PK-12 and University-level teaching experience and suitability for the position, current résumé or CV, copies of all post-secondary transcripts, evidence of effective college teaching, and a list of three current references who can speak to qualifications and experiences.
COMMUNITY: Northwest Missouri State University is located in Maryville, Missouri, a community of 12,000 with a diverse economy, and a strong industrial base. Maryville is located 45 miles north of St. Joseph, Missouri and 90 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri. For more information visit the website at www.maryville.org.
UNIVERSITY: Founded in 1905, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its Maryville campus as well as its Northwest-Kansas City location and through Northwest Online.
With an enrollment of about 6,500 students, Northwest has met all measures of the state’s performance-based funding initiative during four of the model’s first five years, and U.S. News and World Report has ranked it as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri during three of the last four years. Safewise ranks the city of Maryville as one of the “Safest College Towns in America,” while BestCollegesOnline.org has named the Northwest campus one of the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.”
The University boasts a 59 percent graduation ...rate, which is in the 89th percentile of Northwest's national peer group. In addition, 96 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 97 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data. Zippia, a career website, recently named Northwest the best college in Missouri for getting a job.
Northwest places a high emphasis on profession-based learning to help graduates get a jumpstart on their careers.
Students have opportunities to build their resumes with experiences on campus in nearly every area of study, including the Horace Mann Laboratory School, National Public Radio affiliate KXCV, the R.T. Wright Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area or Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing communications agency.
For more information, visit www.nwmissouri.edu.
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