The Assistant Director will play a critical role in shaping the future of the Math for Teaching program, a high quality twelve-year-old teacher education program located in the Harvard Extension School; instructors for the program are drawn mainly from the Harvard Math Department. The program currently has approximately 90 candidates, predominantly composed of current middle and high school math teachers. Responsibilities include:
strengthening the existing program
making curriculum decisions, developing new courses
helping to recruit and train faculty to teach Math for Teaching courses
acting as a liaison to local area schools, including Boston Public Schools (BPS)
representing the program at regional and national math education conferences
A major responsibility of the Assistant Director will be to act as the Research Advisor for the program, overseeing thesis proposal development for thesis track students (currently approximately 6 to 10 over the course of a year). This will require matching students with prospective thesis directors and overseeing final format review of completed theses. The Assistant Director will also take part in regular Extension School activities, such as participation in the Thesis Task Force along with other Research Advisor meetings.
Together with the Director, the Assistant Director will help manage a professional and effective teacher education program and facilitate outstanding faculty and student experiences in the following areas;
review program goals, policy, curriculum, and program requirements,
gather data to investigate, evaluate and implement new programs, course ideas, and certificates,
analyze curriculum and course content and restructure as needed
In addition, the Assistant Director will provide administrative support when needed such as helping with events for Math for Teaching candidates during the summer residency program, and other event development and management (annual Faculty meetings and Advisory Board meetings, etc.)
The Assistant Director will teach courses in the program as needed (for additional compensation).
The Division of Continuing Education (DCE) comprises several entities including the Harvard Extension School, the Harvard Summer School, the Harvard Professional Development Programs and the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement. For more than a century, Harvard Extension School has made Harvard faculty and teaching accessible to a diverse community of local, national, and international students. Harvard Extension School enrolls approximately 13,000 students per year in approximately 65 liberal arts and professional fields. More than 650 open enrollment online and classroom courses are offered at affordable prices to our communities across the world. Harvard Summer School offers approximately 300 courses on the Harvard Campus to 6,000 secondary school, college and adult learners and more than 30 international study abroad programs for up to 600 students each summer. The Division also includes the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement with approximately 550 active members and Harvard Professional Development Programs offering over 80 noncredit programs annually.
All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Masters in either Mathematics or Math Education
A minimum of 5 years' teaching experience in Mathematics
PhD in Mathematics preferred
Knowledge of current trends in math education.
Experience in curriculum development
Demonstrated interpersonal, communication, and problem solving skills.
Strong faculty and student focus with understanding of the adult learner.
Familiarity with Harvard and working knowledge of internal systems a plus
Experience working independently and managing multiple tasks and priorities under pressure without direct supervision.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
About Harvard University Division of Continuing Education
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. T...he University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.