Alaska Pacific University (APU) invites applications for Assistant or Associate Professor of Education and Director of APU’s Certificate Option Only Program (COOP). Candidates should have demonstrated expertise in K-8 teacher preparation programs and administration of college level education programs.
THE UNIVERSITY: APU is a small, private liberal arts university known for experiential and project-based learning. The university campus is in Anchorage, Alaska, a diverse city and home to more than 300,000 residents. APU offers a unique set of bachelors, master’s and doctoral-level degrees, with emphasis on Alaska-critical and globally relevant issues. Focused on competency development and cultural relevancy, the APU curriculum fosters high-level intellectual and practical skills, a wide-ranging knowledge of science, cultures, and society, and an active commitment to personal and social responsibility. APU is an Alaska Native-Serving Institution which seeks to become a Tribal university by honoring Alaska’s Indigenous heritage, exemplifying excellence, and preparing pathways for educational attainment and student success. The University is committed to growing innovative programs that are responsive to the workforce needs of Alaska, as well as growing Alaska Native and Alaskan professionals from within the state.
THE PROGRAM AREA: The Certificate Only-Option Program (COOP) is a graduate certificate designed for those individuals who have completed an accredited bachelors degree and wish to obtain their K-8 teaching certificate in the state of Alaska. The program is a hybrid delivery model combining distant education with on campus intensives and supervised classroom practicums. The program is in APU’s Institute for Culture and Environment. Other undergraduate degrees offered through the Institute are Liberal Studies, Marine and Environmental Science, and Outdoor Studies.
DUTIES OF THE POSITION: The contract carries a 9-month teaching load of 24 credit hours per year (typically, 2-3 courses per semester with some release for CO-OP Director). Teaching assignments span education methods and teacher preparation including curriculum instruction/evaluation, early literacy, classroom management, partnerships, and differentiated instruction. Course assignments are based upon expertise and needs of the program. Responsibilities also include: mentoring and advising students; coordinating of practicum and internships with school districts; assisting with recruitment of faculty and students; and coordinating education accreditation processes. All faculty are encouraged to develop scholarship or creative work in their chosen field. Faculty are expected to participate in assessment, curriculum development, and university committees, as well as other service to the university and broader community.
RANK AND SALARY: Assistant or Associate Professor. Salary is dependent upon educational preparation and experience, and is proscribed by a university-wide salary range. APU is a non-tenure college; faculty are eligible for multi-year appointments after initial contracts.
DATE OF APPOINTMENT: Fall 2021
QUALIFICATIONS: Alaska teaching certificate required, earned doctorate preferred in education or related field at time of appointment. Candidates should be able to demonstrate expertise in a core competency area related to K-8 education and an understanding of Indigenous education. Candidates with experience administrating college-level education programs and related accreditation processes are preferred.
APPLICATION PROCESS & DEADLINE: Please complete the Application for Employment – up through the “How did you hear about us?” section as well as the Background Check forms. The rest of the form may be skipped, as education and experience will be included in your Curriculum Vitae (CV). The Equal Opportunity Self Report is optional. Please upload your CV (in a .txt, .doc, .docx, or .pdf) at the end of the application form. Additional documents, noted below, should be emailed to email@example.com . If your CV exceeds 4 MB, please include it with the other documents.
In addition to a CV, interested candidates should send: 1.) a letter of interest describing how the applicant’s professional and pedagogical goals fit with APU’s dedication to experiential and project-based learning; 2.) unofficial copies of all academic transcripts; 3.) examples of teaching effectiveness and/or pedagogy; 4.) names of three references. Please submit materials to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please direct questions about the position to Professor Paul Twardock, Director of the Institute of Culture & Environment, Alaska Pacific University, email@example.com, 4101 University Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508. Applications accepted immediately. Position opened until filled.
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