Lecturer/Program Director – Elementary Edu Program (Edwards Campus)
Curriculum & Teaching
The Department of Curriculum & Teaching at the University of Kansas is seeking applications for a Lecturer and Program Director for the Elementary Education Program located at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, KS beginning August 1, 2021.
This position is a full-time, 12-month, non-tenure track appointment for a one-year term with the potential of reappointment based upon performance and University need. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching elementary education courses as part of the undergraduate program and providing programmatic leadership and coordination support.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage with students and work with collaborative colleagues across the School of Education and Human Sciences located at multiple campus locations, and the education community. The Department of Curriculum & Teaching carries an atmosphere of collegiality that is supportive of an environment which is interdisciplinary, collaborative and diverse. We work together as a supportive intellectual community and seek a colleague who will enhance our organization in the following ways: 1) Demonstrate a strong commitment to calling the academia to more fully live up to its ideals regarding to access and success; 2) Support the broad public, social justice functions of academia; and 3) Participate in the School’s commitment to public engagement and activism that better serves underserved communities of students and employees locally, statewide, and (inter)nationally.
Successful applicants will have a doctorate in Elementary Education or Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in elementary curriculum or a closely related field. Applicants are encouraged to outline areas of interests in their application materials.
In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal education and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.
The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the time of appointment.
Serve as an instructor in the Elementary Education Program at KUEC. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching five courses per academic year and one in the summer. The courses must conform to the curricular needs of the program and be based on the curriculum developed by the Curriculum and Teaching Department. Courses may be taught in person, hybrid, or online, based on the needs of the program and decided in consultation with KUEC administration. In addition to teaching courses, the successful candidate should be available to students for advising, consultation, and supervision.
The Program Director will be responsible for providing leadership, supervision, and administrative support for the Elementary Education Program. The position fills a critical link between Edwards Campus administration, the KU Curriculum and Teaching Department, and program students.
Program Coordination and Campus Leadership (5%):
Course Scheduling: In consultation with the Curriculum and Teaching Department, coordinates the development of the course schedules with Edwards Campus student needs in mind. Promotes best practices in course scheduling based in part on student feedback. Collaborates with the Academic Support Center and with directors of partner programs for core courses, electives, and KU Core offerings both in terms of semester offerings and time scheduling. Drafts a two- or three-year course rotation plan for the Elementary Education degree program.
Serves as the lead liaison between Edwards Campus and Curriculum Teaching Department for program communication needs.
Serves on the Edwards Campus Academic Leadership Council.
Participates regularly in Curriculum and Teaching Department meetings and other committee meetings as necessary in the School of Education and Human Sciences.
Provides leadership for program planning, metrics, reporting, and annual review process.
Course Staffing and Supervision (10%):
Develops staffing plans.
Responsible for coordinating with Curriculum and Teaching in the hiring of faculty consistent with academic unit and University policies and procedures. Coordinates with the Edwards Campus liaison and Curriculum and Teaching on hiring processes.
Supervises and evaluates lecturers appointed for a semester term basis.
Promotes an inclusive team atmosphere by encouraging and inviting participation of the Elementary Education program faculty in professional development opportunities and social events from the Edwards Academic and Faculty support center and facilitates internal and external communication with all partners.
Teaching Quality (5%):
Ensures that course curriculum and pedagogy adhere to the Curriculum and Teaching standards and expectations.
Collaborates with Edwards Campus faculty governance and the Academic Support Center to encourage program faculty to participate in professional development.
Ensures courses utilize syllabi developed by the C&T unit.
Ensures that teaching provides students both theory and practical exposure to the discipline, including guest speakers, service learning, internships, etc.
Works with C&T department to ensure continued relevance of the curriculum to meet student needs and develops mechanisms to receive consistent feedback from the relevant professional communities in the Kansas City metro area, including advisory board and participation in professional associations.
Ensures that program objectives are being met through developing and implementing program-level assessments and measures of student success within and after completion of the program.
Coordinates regularly with Curriculum and Teaching leadership to meet pedagogical standards, curricular mapping, and course transformation goals of courses offered to KU students.
Recruitment and Advising (5%):
Oversees student recruitment activities in collaboration with the Curriculum and Teaching Department and the Edwards Campus. Defines professional career path advising and works with KU Career Center, academic unit career centers, and Edwards Campus staff to provide career services to student.
Defines coordinated recruitment messages for the program and audiences.
Determines enrollment goals in collaboration with Curriculum and Teaching and Edwards Campus partners and tracks data in relation to these goals.
Participates in the development of recruitment plans.
Participates in recruitment and orientation activities coordinated by the recruiter/advisor and Edward Campus staff.
Provides mentoring for students on career and educational choices.
Advises students on job hunting and professional networking.
Doctorate in Elementary Education or Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in an elementary content area (i.e., literacy, mathematics, science, or social studies), or a closely related field. If ABD, terminal degree must be conferred prior to the employment start date.
Teaching experience in a post-secondary education setting.
Minimum of three (3) years of full-time teaching experience in grades P-6.
Demonstrated (or high potential for) teaching excellence with best-practices initiatives (including a culturally responsive pedagogy) in a university setting including the ability to develop and teach online courses.
Contact Information to Applicants
Steve White, Chair of C&T (email@example.com)
Additional Candidate Instruction
A complete application consists of:
A cover letter that describes teaching philosophy and teaching experience.
A current and complete curriculum vitae listing your record of accomplishments and productivity.
Evidence of teaching effectiveness in a post-secondary educational setting (e.g., student evaluations)
The names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references.
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Only complete applications will be considered. Review of applications begin on April 23, 2021 and continues until a pool of qualified applicants is collected.