Assistant Professor of History/Social Studies Education (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
Job no: 493789
Position type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Summary: The Department of History seeks an assistant professor, full-time, 9-month, tenure-track, specializing in PK-8 History/Social Studies Education. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is hiring 3 assistant professors (English, Math, Social Studies) for its new program in Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Elementary Teaching (PCKET). We are seeking a group of innovative educators who are excited about the opportunity to collaborate on teaching, curriculum, opportunities for students, and research. Employment begins August 6, 2022.
Required Qualifications and Education:
- Doctorate in social studies education or other related fields with a specialty in social studies education expected by August 2022 (ABD candidates will be considered for a two-year contract with provision that the doctorate degree must be completed by December 2023);
- 3 years PK-8 teaching experience;
- Evidence of critical, reflective thinking about the teaching and learning of history/social studies at the PK-8 level or teacher preparation;
- Commitment to contribute to the multi-disciplinary elementary teacher preparation program;
- Commitment to maintaining a productive program of scholarship in history/social studies education;
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.
Preferred Qualifications and Education:
- Experience in multicultural contexts and/or with English language learners;
- Demonstrated potential for successful teaching in history/social studies teacher education;
- Demonstrated potential for successful research and scholarship;
- Experience in pre-service teacher preparation or providing in-service professional development;
- Grant participation or curriculum development related to PK-8 history/social studies, teacher education, or professional development;
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact with others with respect, empathy, and cultural humility;
- Ability to work productively with colleagues with flexibility and creativity.
Responsibilities - Essential Functions:
- The successful hire will be expected to engage in the teaching and ongoing development of social studies courses for elementary pre-service teachers.
- Duties each semester include a 9-credit hour teaching load in social studies teaching methods courses and integrative PCKET courses, baseline scholarship and service, and a significant focus (equivalent to 3 credit hours) of additional responsibilities in teaching, scholarship, and/or service depending on the candidate's interests and the department’s and PCKET program needs. Department faculty are expected to participate in the life of the department.
Salary/Benefits: The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The university offers an excellent comprehensive package that includes health/vision/dental plans, life insurance, retirement, sick/leave disability, tuition waiver, adoption resources, wellness coaching, and free access to campus fitness facilities. Family and child care options on and off-campus are also available. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit Benefits and Wellness - Grand Valley State University (gvsu.edu).
Department/College: The Department of History at Grand Valley State University is committed to the liberal arts tradition by studying the past. We are a group of 28 full-time faculty, including 6 faculty specifically focused on history/social studies education, that work with students to achieve a lifetime of learning and purpose with a commitment to democratic citizenship. The history department is a center of innovative history teaching, professional social studies teacher education, experiential learning, and faculty and student research. We help students develop skills of inquiry, reflection, critical analysis, dialogue, and expression through our multidisciplinary approach that combines our global cultural heritage with long-neglected voices, uses a range of tools and perspectives, and provides the knowledge and skills necessary for informed decision making. We recognize that active scholarship enriches our teaching and enables us to serve students, the university, and the broader community.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the largest college at Grand Valley, offering over 50 bachelor degrees and a growing number of advanced degrees in the natural and mathematical sciences, the fine arts and humanities, and the social sciences. CLAS is a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Our faculty are active teacher-scholars committed to equitable, inclusive, career-connected, and community-engaged liberal arts and sciences education. There are many opportunities for collaboration within CLAS and across a broad group of partners on and off-campus. We are interested in attracting a cohort of new faculty committed to these core values as we seek to foster a community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive together.
Campus/University: Grand Valley University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Detroit, Muskegon, and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high-quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities and has been nationally recognized for innovativeness and its contribution to students’ social mobility. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable, and offers rich cultural amenities. Grand Valley is located within easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summers and winter recreational venues. Information can be found at Community Resources - Human Resources - Grand Valley State University (gvsu.edu). Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance. The university seeks to create an inclusive and diverse environment for faculty and students while promoting the enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and service. More information can be found at Grand Valley State University (gvsu.edu).
How to Apply: Apply online and select “Apply now”. A complete application must include: (1) a cover letter addressing qualifications and your motivation to join the faculty at GVSU, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) teaching philosophy and sample syllabus, (4) a statement that describes ongoing and anticipated activities to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, research/creative activity, and service, with particular attention to experiences engaging and supporting a diverse student body, (5) contact information for three references, at least one of which could attest to the candidate’s potential for effective preparation of teachers and (6) graduate transcripts (unofficial issued to students are acceptable to apply. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to an on-campus interview. The online application will allow applicants to attach these documents electronically. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. Email questions about the position to Dr. David Zwart, Search Committee Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Application Deadline: The review process will begin on November 1, 2021. The posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.
Grand Valley State University has a COVID-19 Vaccine requirement that requires all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.
Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall, email@example.com, (616) 331-9530.
The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See www.gvsu.edu/affirmative/. TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.
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