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Affiliate Faculty of Instruction, Educational Foundations

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Position type: FAC - Affiliate Faculty of Instruction - One year/Academic Year
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Categories: College of Education and Community Innovation

Position Title:  AFFILIATE FACULTY OF EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATIONS - COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY INNOVATION (CECI)

Summary: Educational Foundations seeks one affiliate faculty, full-time, 9-month non-tenure track position, specializing in the social foundations of education. We are seeking an innovative educator who is excited about the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues who teach in this program.  This position will start August 6, 2024.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Master’s degree in the social foundations of education or closely related field (e.g., Urban Education, Cultural Studies, etc.)
  • Evidence of a minimum of three (3) years experience with Pk-12 educational settings
  • Demonstrated potential for teaching effectiveness in the social foundations of education
  • Commitment to contribute to the Educational Foundations program
  • Demonstrated commitment (through past, ongoing, and/or anticipated activities) to diversity, equity, inclusion, including the ability to interact with others with respect, empathy, and cultural humility

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • Experience with or demonstrated understanding of culturally relevant/sustaining pedagogies and/or sexual orientation and gender identity in educational contexts
  • Ph. D., Ed. D., or ABD (with an expected graduation date in 2024) in the social foundations of education or a closely related field

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:

  • Engage in teaching and ongoing development of educational foundations courses for both pre-service teachers and graduate candidates/practicing teachers
  • Teach baseline 12 credit hour (4 classes) teaching load per semester, on the Allendale and/or Pew Campus, using various modalities of instruction including: traditional, online synchronous, asynchronous, hybrid, and distance learning technologies as well as deliver courses on weekends
  • Advise students at the undergraduate level
  • Participate actively in the life of the department 

We encourage applications from candidates who are from historically marginalized groups and who have interest and/or experience in working with diverse student and community populations.

Salary:  Commensurate with experience 

How To Apply: Apply online at jobs.gvsu.edu and select "Apply now".  Please include:

  1. A cover letter addressing qualifications and your motivation to teach in the Educational Foundations program at GVSU
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. A teaching statement that addresses the applicant’s minimum of three (3) years experience with Pk-12 educational settings, teaching philosophy and methodology, the applicant’s potential for teaching effectiveness in the social foundations of education, and examples of the applicant’s ability to work productively with colleagues and students with flexibility and creativity
  4. A diversity statement that evidences past, ongoing, and/or anticipated activities to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, with particular attention to experiences engaging and supporting a diverse student body (Upload under *leadership philosophy)
  5. Graduate transcripts (unofficial issued to students are acceptable to apply)

The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts and three letters of recommendation, at least one of which attests to the candidate’s potential for effective teaching of the social foundations of education, prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

For questions about applying online or additional assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. Email questions about the position to: Dr. Chasity Bailey-Fakhoury, Educational Foundations Affiliate Faculty Search Committee Chair, baileych@gvsu.edu

Application Deadline:  Review of applications will begin November 9, 2023. The posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the university.

Department/Program: The Literacy, Educational Foundations, and Technology Department provides courses and programs in three main areas: reading/language arts, including teaching English to speakers of other languages; educational foundations; and technology/information literacy.  At the graduate level, the fields of Literacy Studies and Educational Technology provide online Master's programs. We also provide a graduate certificate program in Online/Blended Instruction.  Learn more at https://www.gvsu.edu/education/literacy-educational-foundations-and-technology-department-255.htm

Educational Foundations at Grand Valley State University serves both undergraduate teaching candidates and graduate candidates pursuing a master’s degree. Our students are actively engaged in learning through small classes that emphasize critical thinking, classroom application, effective communication, and a high level of faculty support. As Educational Foundations faculty, we believe that education is a public good, essential to the cultivation of a democratic civil society. We believe that our work should foster the exploration of diverse perspectives and the critical analysis of dominant power structures. We believe we have a responsibility to provide pre-service and in-service educators with the conceptual and practical tools to understand how their work is influenced by social and structural forces, school and community contexts, and their own life histories and belief systems, enabling them to advocate for their students and communities.  

College: The College of Education and Community Innovation (CECI) is the first academic college in the nation to unite the transformative power of education, social work, criminology, philanthropy, and legal studies with the community engagement of hospitality, health, nonprofit, and public management and policy.  We are dedicated to developing well-rounded and high-quality administrators, educators, social workers, paralegals, peace officers, counselors, community organizers, and civil servants through active, experiential and community-based learning. Our multidisciplinary environment will incubate innovative approaches to building healthy communities, promoting equity and social responsibility, and providing quality research and data.

Campus/University:  Grand Valley State 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 summer and winter recreational venues. Information can be found at Community Resources - GVSU. 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 enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and service. More information can be found at our home page.

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, titleix@gvsu.edu, (616) 331-9530.

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.

The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution, consistent with its obligations as a federal contractor. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the University. Members of the University community, including students, employees, faculty, staff, administrators, Board members, consultants, vendors, others engaged to do business with the University, candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, as defined by this policy. In accordance with applicable federal and state law and this policy, acts of discrimination or harassment by members of the campus community 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, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. This includes inappropriate limitation of, access to, or participation in educational, employment, athletic, social, cultural, or other university programs and activities. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Limitations are lawful if they are: directly related to a legitimate university purpose, required by law, or lawfully required by a grant or contract between the university and the state or federal government. For the purposes of this policy, sex-/gender-based harassment includes sexual misconduct, sexual assault, interpersonal or relationship violence, and stalking. 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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