Post Date: 04/18/2019
Close Date: 06/15/2019
University Mission: Concordia University is a Christian university preparing leaders for the transformation of society.
Department Mission: With Christ as our teacher, the College of Education prepares educators to serve diverse communities, promote moral leadership, demonstrate effective teaching skills, and encourage life-long learning.
Position Title: Assistant/Associate Professor of Secondary Education (Language Arts/Social Studies Methods).
Department: College of Education
Reports To: Dean of the College of Education
FLSA Status: Exempt
Position Number: FAC071
Salary Grade: Hiring range: Assistant Professor $49,620-$54,843; Associate Professor $62,664-$69,260
Primary Work Location: Portland Main Campus Onsite, PK Elementary School setting
Work Schedule: Weekdays during regular business hours; some evening and weekend work required.
Position Summary: The Assistant/Associate Professor in Secondary Education (Language Arts/Social Studies – LA/SS) is a full-time ranked faculty member within the College of Education who provides instruction in secondary LA/SS, lesson planning and edTPA, as well as professional courses in teacher education programs, field supervision, and program support in the area of secondary education. S/he will be entrusted with considerable responsibility for supporting the development of secondary LA/SS methods related curriculum, implementing secondary initiatives in teacher preparation, and collaborating with partners in 3 to PhD around secondary education.
Preference in Hiring: Concordia University is a private, Christian university. Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based on religion in order to further the Lutheran objectives of the University and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
•Facilitate student learning from an inclusive, multicultural, and transformative perspective, provide effective instruction, and perform evaluations of student learning for all assigned classes, using each course's standard course outline as a guide.
•Adhere to and enhance provided course syllabus, curriculum, course handouts, and presentations.
•Provide prompt and meaningful feedback to students in a fair, objective and consistent manner. Use established rubrics and clear grading criteria and the Blackboard management system and Taskstream where appropriate.
•Assign grades and maintain course/student records in accordance with FERPA regulations.
•Meet all classes and other scheduled responsibilities such as office hours and meetings at the designated times (See University policy on class cancellation and sick leave).
•Provide course updates and revisions for on-ground and online courses in the areas of secondary Language Arts and/or Social Studies, including textbook adoptions/editions, edTPA revisions relative to humanities, lesson planning, etc.
•Assist the Undergraduate and MAT Program Directors with program development, program maintenance, marketing, and recruitment as appropriate.
•Support the annual assessment and analysis of the undergraduate and MAT programs for continuous improvement.
•Collaborate with other partners in 3 to PhD around initiatives related to secondary education for PK-8 students, university students, and the community.
•Stay abreast of innovations and updated practices in secondary LA/SS environments in K-12 schools.
•Engage in appropriate scholarly research; participate in professional conferences at the regional and national levels; and participate in scholarly publication and activity (including grants for external and internal funding).
•Engage in University and community service (service activities include, but are not limited to, University and College committees and participation in student recruitment events).
•Perform other administrative and academically-related duties as assigned by the Dean, Associate Dean, Assistant Dean and/or Undergraduate and MAT Program Directors.
Membership on the College of Education Faculty:
•Participate in regular professional development sessions and activities, including ongoing equity work and culturally responsive practices.
Collaborate on vision setting and problem solving.
•Coordinate with university changes that impact COE programs.
•Plan new program directions that address local, regional, and national needs.
•Encourage and support the work of all COE personnel.
•Review COE assessments yearly for action and input to the process.
•Assist the Dean, Associate/Assistant Deans, and Program Directors to organize and prepare for accrediting agency reviews.
Work Contacts: Contacts include Department Dean, Associate Dean, Assistant Deans, Department Directors, Chairs, peer faculty, staff, and students on a regular basis.
Scope of Work: Activities and tasks support the operations of the College of Education and includes following standard operating procedures through course of work. May initiate actions in support of departmental operations. Requires knowledge of institution policies and practices.
Working Conditions: Classroom and office environment within a PK-8 school setting and occasional virtual classroom.
Minimum Physical Requirements:
Able to be present to teach coursework onsite or in a virtual classroom.
Able to use technology and administrative software (i.e. Blackboard, Microsoft Office Suite, Taskstream, etc.) to enter data, respond to inquiries and create teaching materials.
Able to use computer hardware and peripherals as well as office equipment including copiers and scanners.
Able to communicate effectively in person, in front of audiences, electronically and via telephone.
Tolerance to repetitive motions including keyboarding and writing.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
An earned doctorate in secondary education, teacher education, Language Arts/Social Studies education, or a closely related field preferred.
Note: If the candidate does not hold a terminal degree, enrollment in a doctoral program to enhance personal instructional performance and support the needs of the college is expected within 3 years of hire.
Successful classroom and/or online teaching experience that demonstrates a capacity for excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. 3‒5 years of undergraduate and/or graduate-level teaching experience in higher education is preferred.
3-5 years of middle or high school teaching experience in Language Arts and/or Social Studies with valid teaching license required.
Demonstrated experience in LA/SS interdisciplinary teaching, edTPA portfolio assessment, or other comparable experiences. 2+ years of related experience preferred.
Familiarity with and the demonstrated ability to use and integrate the latest educational technologies.
Demonstrated ability to provide support in intensive learning environments.
Minimum Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):
Ability to demonstrate excellent organizational and problem-solving skills; outcome-oriented.
Ability to be highly productive and self-motivated with minimal supervision.
A genuine commitment to and ability to demonstrate intercultural sensitivity and cultural competence in a diverse work environment and to perform duties in a culturally responsive and equitable manner.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
Willing and able to work collaboratively as part of a larger faculty team.
Proficient using the educational research software (Qualtrics, SPSS, Atlas.ti, IRBNet) Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Access PowerPoint, and Outlook.
Able to enter data in a database in an accurate and timely manner. Able to readily learn to use existing administrative software including Banner, Blackboard and Task Stream.
Working knowledge of FERPA and ability to handle confidential information with tact, discretion and good judgement.
Post Offer, Pre-Employment Screening Requirements:
Successfully pass a criminal background check for Oregon public schools.
Attitude and Demeanor of all Concordia University Employees:
Publicly support the mission of Concordia University.
Communicate effectively with warmth, sensitivity, and understanding as s/he deals with administrative colleagues, teachers, students, parents, faculty, college personnel and program associates.
Work as a team member in a professional environment.
Possess a “service attitude” (willingness to be flexible to meet the demands of the college and/or department).
Have a professional physical appearance (appropriate clothing, hygiene, etc.).