Science Teacher Educator
The Master in Teaching Program at The Evergreen State College seeks applications from candidates who are passionate and knowledgeable about teacher preparation, the sciences, science education, and the role of technology in 21st century learning environments. We are interested in candidates who are able to help pre-service teachers acquire the knowledge and skills to teach science, as well as to integrate science concepts with other content areas and with issues of social justice.
Evergreen’s approach to teacher education is founded on social justice and democratic principles of education. Building on a socio-constructivist philosophy of learning, MiT candidates and faculty engage in reflective practices by closely examining K-12 student learning to inform instruction. Faculty teams have the freedom to determine the pace, emphasis, classroom strategies and modes of assessments in the programs they teach, while aligning program learning experiences with the program’s conceptual framework and state standards for teacher certification. Teacher candidates in Washington must pass the state-required edTPA to be recommended for certification. For more information about the MiT program, please see www.evergreen.edu/mit.
The successful candidate will focus on (i) teacher preparation in general, and, (ii) preparing pre-service teachers to teach science in K-12 public schools to students from diverse ability, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience working with elementary-aged students. The individual’s primary teaching will occur in Evergreen’s Master in Teaching program (MiT), with periodic rotations into the undergraduate curriculum.
In addition to teaching, faculty are expected to advise and mentor students and participate in Evergreen’s system of shared governance. Through their participation in shared governance, faculty play a significant role in most aspects of how the college is run.
- Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Teacher Education, Curriculum and Instruction, or similar field;
- College teaching experience or equivalent work with adult learners;
- Knowledge of the impact of culture, ethnicity, and race on how learners approach, understand, and have access to content knowledge and processes;
- Ability to prepare pre-service teachers to engage standards-based instruction and assessment that are informed by K-12 students’ prior knowledge and cultural funds of knowledge;
- Commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and learning;
- An undergraduate or masters degree in science or science education, or equivalent science background, or experience teaching science education methods to pre-service teachers;
- Experience teaching science in K-8 public schools;
- Current knowledge about effective science pedagogies;
- Experience integrating appropriate technologies in instruction;
- Ability to support candidates with masters’ projects; and
- Experience supervising student teachers, mentoring a student teacher, or mentoring or coaching a first year teacher.
- Experience teaching underrepresented student populations;
- Understanding of the needs of English Language Learners;
- Experience designing, developing and facilitating professional learning opportunities for teachers of science;
- Knowledge of the Next Generation Science Standards;
- Experience with the Common Core State Standards; and
- Experience supporting candidates with the edT.
Faculty candidates who have background and interests beyond teacher education and have prior experience teaching with faculty from other disciplines are particularly encouraged to apply. We encourage applicants who have had experience teaching and/or working with students from underrepresented populations.
To apply, please enter the following information to our online application
- Contact Information
- Work Experience
- Affirmative Action
- A letter of application that addresses qualifications listed above. Please be specific about training and professional experiences;
- Curriculum vitae;
- Statement (300-600 words) of teaching philosophy and practice (must be separate from the letter of application);
- Statement (300-600 words) of cross-cultural experiences and expertise (must be separate from the letter of application);
- Statement or lesson plan that demonstrates how to make science inviting to K-8 students (must be separate from the letter of application);
- Examples of scholarly work;
- Three current letters of reference from professional colleagues (letters of reference may be submitted via regular mail or email (firstname.lastname@example.org); and
- Optional: Student evaluations and/or letters of support from current and/or former students.
Review of complete applications begins January 13, 2014. We will continue to accept application materials until finalists are selected.
The College reserves the right to extend searches or not offer positions advertised. As a condition of employment, persons hired must provide proof of identity and employment eligibility within three (3) days of contract start date. All position offers are contingent on funding. Persons with disabilities can receive accommodations in the hiring process by contacting the Faculty Hiring Coordinator. The Evergreen State College is an equal opportunity employer.
The successful candidate is eligible for continuing appointment based on the guidelines set forth in the Collective Bargaining Agreement