Overview

PRIMARY DUTY: The School of Education is seeking a reflective educator with a strong background and ability to successfully:

1. Teach graduate and undergraduate Early Childhood courses using Constructivism as the core philosophy and a culturally responsive curriculum framework.
2. Supervise Early Childhood Practica and field experiences.
3. Work in collaboration with the Early Childhood Program Coordinator on Undergraduate and Graduate Program development.
4. Collaborate with the University K-6 Laboratory School (Horace Mann Elementary) and Preschool (Leet Center) and its staff to facilitate evidence based learning for young children as well as college education majors and graduate students.
5. Undergraduate and Graduate Student Advisement
6. Collaborate with public schools and area agencies
7. Participate actively in Department, College and University Initiatives

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Education: Earned Doctorate in Early Childhood Education; or ABD-status in Early Childhood Education; or a Specialist Degree in areas of need or related field with commitment to pursue a doctorate will be considered (appointment will be at instructor level until doctorate is complete); A very strong foundation in developmentally appropriate practices, emergent curriculum for young children, and constructivist behavioral guidance.

Experience: At least 2 years teaching experience in an Early Childhood Classroom; Supervision/ mentoring pre-service / in-service teachers;

Skills: Integration of technology in teaching; excellent communication skills; collaboration skills and the ability to work well with others toward common goals; strong organizational skill

Certification / License: Driver’s License and ability to travel to off-campus observation/practicum experiences

International Travel: Faculty member will need to possess valid passport for international travel to take students on Study Abroad programs.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Education: Rich background in Early Childhood Special Education and/or Reggio Emilia approach

Certification/License: Early Childhood / Early Childhood Special Education Certification

Experience: Teaching or supervision / mentor experience in Early Childhood inclusive settings;

Skills: Reflective Supervision / Mentor skills.

The successful candidate will be prepared to teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in face-to-face, videoconferencing (Zoom/Skype), and online formats; have relevant classroom experience, and experience teaching in early childhood. Other responsibilities will include student advisement, accreditation and assessment for School and University levels, leading PK-University collaboration with public schools toward new program development, community involvement with early childhood programs such as Head Start and related programs, active participation in department, college and university initiatives directed toward excellence in the teacher education program, as well as fulfilling a faculty team member role in the overall work of the School of Education. Summer courses may be available. Primary duties for specific areas of need included below.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
1. Teach 12-13 undergraduate or graduate credit hours per trimester in an area of need in a variety of formats including online, face-to-face, and/or blended, as well as teaching at different sites; summer teaching may be possible.
2. Supervise students in various field experiences and practicums at various sites
3. Skill in development and expansion of PK-12-university partnerships to assist both entities
4. Actively participate in department, college, and university initiatives to ensure quality programs and state and national accreditation and overall excellence in the teacher education program
5. Advisement, recruitment and retention of students at the undergraduate and graduate level
6. Collaboration within School, and with department, college, university faculty and staff, educators in PK-12 environments, and area agencies
7. Pursue scholarly work at the local, regional, and national levels

WORKING CONDITIONS: Collaborative team-based faculty working in an academic environment

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Provides supervision for field experiences and undergraduate and graduate practicum students as needed at various sites

EQUIPMENT/MATERIALS USED: Faculty are issued a personal laptop; classrooms are technology-enhanced (document stations, SMART Boards, video equipment, internet access); an online course management system is used for all courses

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to complete essential classroom functions; Ability to travel between Northwest campus and all Northwest sites as well as graduate/PK-12 partner sites; Ability to lift up to 20 pounds

COMMUNITY: Northwest Missouri State University is located in Maryville, Missouri, a community of 12,000 with a diverse economy, and a strong industrial base. Maryville is located 45 miles north of St. Joseph, Missouri and 90 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri. For more information visit the website at www.maryville.org.

UNIVERSITY: Founded in 1905, Northwest is a four-year university that offers a broad range of profession-based undergraduate and graduate programs on its Maryville campus as well as a location in Kansas City. With an enrollment of 6,600 students, Northwest was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri for the second consecutive year, and it is one of only four four-year institutions in Missouri to meet all measures of the state’s performance-based funding initiative during its first three years.

Northwest boasts a graduation rate that is in the 85th percentile of the University’s national peer group. In addition, 97 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data. For more information visit the website at www.nwmissouri.edu.

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION: The School of Education includes the Department of Professional Education, as well as the Horace Mann Laboratory School and the Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families. It is home to Northwest’s Professional Education Unit, preparing teachers, counselors, and administrators/leaders for the nation’s school systems. Northwest has been continuously accredited at the national level since the inception of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), previously NCATE, in 1954, and by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The mission of the College is to create learning communities in which students and professionals develop partnerships with families, communities, schools, businesses, and other public agencies. For more information visit our website at http://www.nwmissouri.edu/academics/ed/index.htm.

The Northwest Missouri State University School of Education offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, Secondary, and Special Education; and additional graduate programs in Educational Leadership, Teacher Leadership, Specialist in Education, Higher Education Leadership, Reading, and English Language Learners (ELL). A cooperative doctoral degree with the University of Missouri-Columbia and additional certificate programs are also offered. For more information visit our website at http://www.nwmissouri.edu/education/index.htm.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of positions will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

DATE AVAILABLE: August 14, 2017

TO APPLY: Please fill out a Northwest application online by clicking http://agency.governmentjobs.com/nwmissouri/default.cfmto reach our employment opportunities listing. You will also need to submit the application materials listed below in order for them to be complete. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 660-562-1127 or email mdrake@nwmissouri.edu for more information.

APPLICATION MATERIALS: A letter of application, curriculum vitae, list of three current references, pertinent to this position, and all transcripts (copies are acceptable)

INQUIRIES FOR THE POSITION CAN BE MADE TO:
Dr. Tim Wall, Dean of the School of Education, at timwall@nwmissouri.edu OR
Cathy Barr, Office Manager, cbarr@nwmissouri.edu