University of Wisconsin-River Falls College of Education and Professional Studies
Instructional Academic Staff: Clinical Assistant Professor or Clinical Instructor working title of TED Academic Director for Outreach Programs
The University of Wisconsin River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located in scenic west central Wisconsin, 30 miles from the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Year-round arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible from River Falls. UWRF's 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education and Professional Studies; Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; and Business and Economics.
The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued. More information about UWRF can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/workhere/.
This is a full-time, 12-month, annually renewable instructional academic staff position housed in the Teacher Education Department at the rank of clinical assistant professor or clinical instructor, depending on education and experience. The Academic Director (AD) for Outreach programs in Teacher Education is the liaison between campus administration and governance structures, faculty, and community constituents and works closely and collaboratively with academic program coordinators, Outreach program managers, and other university staff. The primary program will be in the Shared Inquiry Community (SIC), a two-year, cohort based professional development program for licensed teachers. This position will also provide initial leadership to other Outreach programs. Graduate programs include Reading, Montessori, and Principal Licensure, as well as Elementary Education and STEMteach (both initial certification programs). Undergraduate programs include Northern Lights (a pre-teaching collaboration with area high schools), and the ZISU 1+1+2 program, a Chinese Elementary Education partnership that annually brings a cohort of elementary education candidates from Zhejiang International Studies University to UWRF for classes and in-service teaching experience. Depending on qualifications and experience, teaching assignments in one or more of these programs is possible but will not exceed 50% of a 15-credit load in any semester.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Program academic administration functions:
Oversight and responsibility for ensuring that courses and related program activities have adequate staffing and resources;
Coordinate adjunct instructor hiring, training and periodic assessment for effectiveness and properly address any deficiencies;
Ensure assessment plans are in place; collect relevant assessment data; prepare routine and/or required assessment reports, including University and UW System requests;
Facilitate or support as needed student admissions, conduct or performance issues, and transfer of credits;
Oversee periodic review and revision of curriculum including making sure the course syllabi are up-to-date and accessible to all.
Program leadership functions:
The AD has overall responsibility to ensure that select programs meet expected learning, performance, and financial outcomes and serves as campus representative to relevant degree, curriculum oversight, and periodic meetings with program faculty and partners;
Understand faculty governance procedures and be effective in moving curricular and administrative issues though channels expeditiously;
Maintain positive and effective relationships with program coordinators, campus administrators, deans, department heads, and fellow faculty and staff, in support of program advancement and administration; and,
Ensure appropriate accreditation expectations and requirements are met, insofar as they apply to the select programs, as needed.
Other academic related functions:
Teaching courses in one or more of the degree programs;
Participation in department, college and campus-wide faculty meetings, activities and events.
Minimum of a master’s degree in a relevant field of education. A terminal degree (Ph.D/Ed.D) in a relevant field of education is highly preferred;
Minimum of three years of academic program administration experience, preferably in teacher preparation and/or advancement areas;
Demonstrated experience with and understanding of effective teaching and student engagement practices with non-traditional and/or adult learners;
Demonstrated leadership in academic program development and achieving exemplary outcomes;
Experience with assessment and accreditation planning, documentation, data analysis and reporting;
Demonstrated ability to contribute to a positive work environment and collaborate as a team member;
Ability to demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills;
Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to diverse demographic communities and experience in enhancing student ability to appreciate and engage effectively in diverse cultures, backgrounds and identities.
Experience teaching at the graduate-level in a college, university and comparable adult learning situation is preferred.
Deadline to Apply: Initial review of applications will begin upon receipt. Position will be kept open until filled; however for full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials by 11:59 p.m. August 13, 2017. A criminal background check will be completed on final candidate.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
UW-River Falls does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources at 715-425-3926.
UW-River Falls Diversity Statement: We declare that diversity and inclusivity are core values. We dedicate ourselves to build a culture grounded in principles of equity, social justice, and excellence. We fundamentally affirm and embrace the multiple identities, values, belief systems, and cultural practices of all individuals and communities. We will address fundamental issues of bias, discrimination, and exclusion.
The University is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and identities which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs. Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants.
UWRF is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran status, and membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin. All persons, especially women, persons of color, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
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