Champlain College — Assistant Professor of Elementary Teacher Education

About Champlain College:
Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, private, not-for-profit college in Burlington, Vermont which boasts a diverse and forward-thinking population. Champlain College overlooks Lake Champlain and the Adirondack mountains, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Its career-driven approach to higher education prepares students for professional life from their very first semester. For the fifth year in a row, Champlain was named a “Most Innovative School” in the North by U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” 2020 regional rankings and listed among The Princeton Review’s “The Best 385 Colleges” in 2020. Champlain is also featured in the 2021 Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of the “best and most interesting schools” in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain and is recognized as a 2020 College of Distinction for its “Engagement, Teaching, Community, and Outcomes. The College offers 30 undergraduate degrees as well as online undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs.

Champlain’s Centers of Experience provide students from across all majors with experiential learning environments that guide them in how to take their classroom knowledge and put it to the test in practical applications allowing them to gain real-world experience firsthand. Each Center connects Champlain to the local community and the world, turning theory into practice. The Centers entrust students with responsibility, engage them in ambitious goals and empower them to lead with creativity, confidence, insight, and integrity. At the helms of the Centers are cutting-edge industry professionals who share the goal of providing the most relevant, career-focused education, enriched with hands-on learning opportunities.

Job Description:
The Education Program in the Division of Education and Human Studies at Champlain College seeks a practitioner/scholar K-6 Elementary Education Specialist. This faculty member will be an integral part of a growing Education Program that has a reputation for its many field experience opportunities over a four-year program. In addition, the Education Program excels at developing students’ skills and habits of mind to become educational leaders while supporting these preservice teachers to meet initial teacher licensure requirements. We seek candidates who demonstrate a personal and professional dedication to supporting diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. We seek a faculty member committed to service to the college and larger local, professional, and global communities. The candidate will join the Champlain College Community with its focus on teaching excellence, experiential learning opportunities, and preparing graduates as leaders in their professions. Champlain College strives to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to do their best work. The Champlain Community is committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in our work environment, across the curriculum and in our teaching. We are fully focused on equity and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and national origin. We seek a candidate that will contribute to this vision as well as prepare the next generation of educators to be agents of change in the education system to reflect these values.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Teach undergraduate primary and upper elementary grades curriculum and methods courses.
  • Place and supervise students in local schools and agencies related to curriculum course internships and student teaching. Chittenden County is a highly diverse community welcoming families from all over the globe. Area schools serve a diverse population, and more than 900 students in the Burlington School District come from homes where English is not the primary language.
  • Advise Education majors supporting student success and retention. Advise BIPOC, Pell-Elible, and First-Generation college students.
  • Participate fully in state-wide accreditation and evaluation processes, including portfolio development.
  • Participate in College, Education & Human Studies Division, and Education Program service activities to support student, faculty, and college-wide initiatives.
  • Engage in professional development activities that foster growth as an educator, practitioner, scholar, and member of the Champlain and broader community.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in Elementary Education or closely related field (at time of position start).
  • Experience in working with diverse student populations and demonstration of past and current involvement in promoting equity, inclusion, diversity, and belonging.
  • Expertise and concentration in K-6 Elementary Language Arts and Literacy and/or STEM.
  • Minimum of four years teaching experience or equivalent at the K-6 grade level.
  • Hold a current Vermont Teaching License or has the ability to obtain the Vermont Teaching License within the Elementary Education K-6 Endorsement.
  • Experience teaching at the college level.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong understanding of K-6 school culture.
  • Experience supervising and evaluating students and/or student teachers.
  • Experience creating and maintaining partnerships with local schools.
  • Familiarity with licensure and accreditation processes.

Additional Information:
The successful completion of a criminal background check is required as a condition of employment.

Champlain College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, religion, age, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, veteran or military service status, HIV -positive status, qualified disability, or on the basis of any other status protected by law, and does not discriminate in the administration of its education and admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, employment practices or co-curricular and other College-administered programs. Champlain College will make reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified students, applicants for admission or employment, or employees. Please contact the People Center at 802.651.5800 with questions concerning the hiring process or future employment at Champlain College, or if auxiliary aids or services are needed to apply for employment at Champlain College.

Champlain College is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse community. Recognizing that diversity is both a reflection of our world and a source of rich education, Champlain strives to be diverse and inclusive in ways that reflect the world in which we live and work. All members of the Champlain community are valued as individuals. The College seeks candidates who, through their work and life experiences, service to the community, teaching, or research can contribute to the diversity, inclusivity, and academic excellence of Champlain College.

Application Instructions:
Application materials must include CV, Cover Letter, Statement of Diversity in Action (Please include both your philosophy statement focused on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) and also examples of DEIB in action in the K-6 and/or college settings.) This position closes on November 5, 2021

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