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Professor of Practice, Director of Field Experiences

Apply now Posting #: 2071
Position Status: Faculty, Full-time temporary
Location: San Diego
Position Type: School of Leadership and Education Sciences, Faculty

Position Title & Department:

 Professor of Practice, Director of Field Experiences; School of Leadership and Education Sciences
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Department Description:

The Department of Learning and Teaching and USD have a strong commitment to diversity and to global education. Faculty candidates should be committed to working with diverse students and populations and interesting in fostering community engagement at the local, national, and global levels. The department has developed strong collaborative relationships with local schools and districts to provide an array of practicum, student teaching, and action research sites. In addition, all graduate students are required to participate in at least one global education experience prior to graduation.

Detailed Description:

The Department of Learning and Teaching in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego seeks a dynamic, energetic, and skilled educator to serve as Professor of Practice (POP)/Director of Field Experiences. 

The position of Professor of Practice (POP)/Director of Field Experiences leads, manages, and coordinates the teacher credential field placement experience for programs in General Education, Educational Specialist, and the MEd in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, as well as new approved credential programs in the future. In tandem, the POP/Director of Field Experiences advises students and teaches four courses per academic year in the Department of Learning and Teaching.

The POP assures all students benefit from a high-quality fieldwork experience. In particular, the position manages and coordinates student teaching and practicum supervision as well as monitors all aspects of student performance across all fieldwork experiences. The position requires strong administrative and mentoring skills. The incumbent must be able to collaborate with faculty and, school district personnel, recruit and manage supervisors and cooperating teachers, ensure integrity in assessment and evaluation of teacher candidates, and maintain active communication with and pay regular visits to schools and classrooms where teacher candidates are placed. The POP must create and deepen partnerships and engage in outreach at the university, district, and school level.

In addition to teaching, the position specifically requires the incumbent to:

● evaluate current practices and provide strategic and innovative leadership to faculty and staff to ensure the integration and efficacy of best practices for field experience.

● ensure student placements meet all requirements of the CTC standards and address discrepancies/issues working in close collaboration with candidates, schools, districts, faculty, supervisors and cooperating teachers.

● collect, analyze, and report evaluation data required for quality assurance system.

● oversee consistent application of clinical practice policies and procedures across all field placement sites.

The position interfaces with the Assistant Dean of Assessment and Accreditation and the Credential Analyst and is responsible for ongoing accreditation and assessment activities relative to the field experiences of our candidates (including monitoring credential required examinations and trainings or support for the California Teacher Performance Assessment (CALTPA), California Subject Matter Education Test (CSET), and RICA).

Job Requirements:

Required Qualifications

● Extensive K-12 teaching or distinguished leadership experience in the field as a teacher, resource teacher, instructional coach, school principal, education specialist, superintendent, director of curriculum and instruction, special education, or other type of instructional leader.

● Master’s degree in Education required with extensive experience in K-12 education.

Preferred Qualifications

● Doctoral degree in Education preferred, Curriculum and Instruction (all disciplines), Teacher Education, Educational/Social Justice and Equity, Educational Psychology, Biliteracy, with preference for accredited doctoral training in K-12 education. 

● Strong background and knowledge of clinical practice

● Familiarity with California Credentialing policies

● Higher education teaching experience with strong evaluations from students and peers

● Strong interpersonal skills; must have the ability to work collaboratively with people at multiple levels of the organization.

● Demonstrated leadership, interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills

● Demonstrated ability to organize, manage and interpret data Specific Responsibilities to include

● Teaching four courses throughout the academic year. Teaching includes practicum, fieldwork supervision, or online course facilitation in credential, masters or doctoral level programs.

● Individual and group student advising regarding practicum placements and career paths.

● Train supervisors to conduct student teaching observation protocol.

● Contributions to university, school, and departmental service including program outreach, student orientation, admissions reviews and interviews, and other activities to be determined.

● Attendance at departmental meetings.

Rank: The Professor of Practice-Director of Field Experiences is an eleven-month position in order to provide ample time to build and maintain strong relationships with local school districts and schools in an atmosphere of collegiality, respect, and shared goals. This collaboration, we believe, will ultimately provide our teacher-candidates with an educationally rewarding experience and TK-12 pupils with optimal learning. The position is a non-tenure track, three-year contracted appointment (conditioned on satisfactory performance and favorable yearly evaluations), with a possible extension beyond the third year.

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits. 

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:
All applicants should submit (1) letter of application which clearly identifies your area(s) of specialization, philosophy of teaching, and service to your profession and community, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) official transcript of highest degree earned, and, (4) two letters of reference. All applications and supporting documents will be due on or before January 20, 2020. The faculty is especially seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to promoting social justice, as evidenced by their teaching, research questions they explore and/or their experiences working with students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The letter should help the faculty identify candidates who have the professional skills, experience, and/or willingness to engage in activities that will advance USD’s campus diversity and equity goals.
Click Apply Now to complete our online application.
Contact: Department of Learning and Teaching Search Chair, Dr. Bobbi Hansen, chansen@sandiego.edu
If you have any technical questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu
Additional Details:

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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