Assistant Professor – Social Studies Education

La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States

Job description

The Department of History at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse seeks applicants for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor rank in Social Studies Education (Early Adolescence-Adolescence licensure range, grades 6-12), beginning Fall 2019. Candidates for the appointment should have, or be near to completing, a doctoral degree in Social Studies Education or History Education. Degree must be earned by the first personnel review, no later than May 15, 2020. This position entails the unique opportunity to work closely with pre-service teachers as they work toward licensure. A successful candidate will teach 12 credits per semester-the majority consisting of courses on Social Studies and History Education pedagogy and the observation of pre-service teachers conducting their field experiences.

This position is affiliated with the School of Education, Professional, and Continuing Education (EPC) and the dean of the EPC will provide feedback regarding hiring and personnel reviews to the department.

School of Education affiliated faculty are expected to be engaged in service and scholarly activities that inform and enhance the work they do with prospective teachers. Some additional work hours outside the academic school year may be required in order to align duties with the PK-12 school year.

UW-La Crosse’s School of Education, Professional, and Continuing Education is committed to principles of equity, inclusion, and justice. We seek to advance UW-La Crosse’s strategic planning goal, “Achieving Excellence through Diversity and Equity” by increasing the retention of diverse students, faculty, and staff; teaching with identity inclusive and responsive pedagogies; and ensuring that everyone-regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual identity, citizenship, first language, religion, ability and other identities-is included and welcomed on campus
Faculty members in this position collaborate with the Department of Educational Studies on advising and curriculum related issues
· Ph.D. in Social Studies Education or History Education. Degree must be earned by the first personnel review, no later than May 15, 2020
· Evidence of ability to teach courses on social studies pedagogy, including teaching and learning in the secondary Social Studies classroom
· Knowledge of current middle and secondary curriculum, pedagogical practices, requirements, technology, and administrative practices appropriate to Social Studies Education
· At least 3 years of experience teaching Social Studies in a middle and/or high school in the U.S.
· Strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, including the willingness to mentor students during their fieldwork experiences

· Evidence of ability to serve as a Professional Development School (PDS) coordinator to support partner middle/high schools and secondary teacher education candidates
· Evidence of ability to teach methods and approaches to multicultural education, especially those strategies related to the teaching English Language Learners (ELs)
· Evidence of ability to recruit, retain, and facilitate graduation of students from under-represented backgrounds
· Evidence of teaching effectiveness, including examples of community-based learning
· Evidence of ability and willingness to assist with local and regional National History Day competitions
· Evidence of ability to foster school/community collaboration, including working effectively in partnership with a variety of institutional systems, educators, and the community
· Evidence of a functional knowledge of the Educational Teacher Program Assessment (edTPA)
· Desire to teach a First Year Seminar

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.

UW-La Crosse’s diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “… our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive.” The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse is a 2014 recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. UW-La Crosse is proud to be one of only 83 recipients of this national honor recognizing our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest. With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 94 undergraduate programs in at least 30 disciplines and 21 graduate programs in the following colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education, Professional and Continuing Education. There are 520 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 85 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.

The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten “Best Places to Live” in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.

How to apply

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UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse.

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The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse shares in the mission of the University of Wisconsin System which is to develop human resources; to discover and disseminate knowledge; to extend knowledge and its application beyond the boundaries of its campuses; and to serve and stimulate society by developing in students heightened intellectual, cultural, and human sensitivities as well as scientific, professional, and technological expertise and a sense of purpose.