Naropa University — Assistant Professor, Contemplative Education

Job Description

Position Title: Core Candidate – Assistant Professor
Job Code: FAC01
Department/School: Contemplative Education
Reports to: Chair

FLSA Classification: Exempt
Hours per Week:
Salary: $46,000 per year
Start Date: July 1, 2017
Diversity and Inclusion:
Tier I
HR Review Date:
August 28, 2017

Job Summary: Naropa University seeks candidates for a Core Candidate Assistant Professor for an appointment to the Contemplative Education masters and bachelors level programs. We seek a scholar-teacher-practitioner to teach courses in the graduate and undergraduate Education programs.

Successful candidates will have competencies in the areas of teacher preparation programs, university teaching and assessment, cultural responsiveness and familiarity with contemplative practice and pedagogy. The graduate and undergraduate Education programs offer a unique and creative approach to the field, integrating academic rigor, experiential pre-professional training, and contemplative education. We seek candidates with demonstrated track-records of excellence in teaching at the university level. The successful candidate will resonate with Naropa’s commitment to “transform yourself, transform the world,” and demonstrate excellence in transformative teaching.

Job Duties:

  • Teach 20 credits per year or equivalent combination of teaching and administrative duties;
  • Hold weekly office hours to meet with students and prospective students;
  • Collaborate with program faculty in Teacher Preparation Program curriculum development, and assessment;
  • Serve as a mentor to students in the programs;
  • Service responsibilities include participation in regular program and faculty meetings; program evaluation, assessment and curriculum design; participation in admissions recruitment and marketing efforts; support and retention of students (including interviewing prospective students), marketing, and other program tasks;
  • Attend University-wide faculty meetings and serve on faculty committees as appointed;
  • Pursue professional development in the education field (trainings, research, writing, presentations, etc.);
  • Engage in continuing development in contemplative practice and diversity and sustainability awareness.• Understand and adhere to the policies, procedures, and protocols outlined in the Faculty and Employee Handbooks.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Possession of an appropriate earned doctorate or mastery considered equivalent in the discipline being taught and significant professional experience; or evidence of substantial progress toward the doctorate with completion of all coursework and working toward completion of the dissertation (A.B.D.).
  • Capacity to build good working relationships locally in the schools and with area school district teachers who might serve as supervising teachers;
  • Minimum of 5 years teaching in K-12 educational settings;
  • Demonstrated commitment to contemplative and/or transformative learning pedagogies;
  • Demonstrated experience, understanding, and leadership abilities with respect to cultural responsiveness and diversity.
  • An understanding of the dynamics of privilege and oppression, and the impact these have on equity, access, and opportunity.
  • Commitment to co-create an inclusive community and actively participate in related professional development, including openness to feedback and ongoing self-examination.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated capacity to participate in Naropa’s contemplative education initiatives.
  • Experience in contemplative teaching.
  • Passion for preparing the next generation of teachers.
  • Expertise in teaching courses in either Elementary Literacy or General Education.
  • Experience with Curriculum Development and developing program assessment tools in line with state standards.
  • Capacity to engage nationally in the development of the academic field of contemplative education and contemplative teacher preparation programs.
  • Familiarity with teaching online courses and/or interest to learn.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish.

Applications: Application review continues until position is filled. For full consideration, applications must be received by Sunday, December 10. Qualified candidates should apply online and include a curriculum vitae (with names of at least two references) and letter of interest.

Naropa University is actively engaged in creating an inclusive, diverse community and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. In keeping with our diversity initiatives, we encourage applications from persons of historically under-represented groups and those who support diversity.

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