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Limited Term Adjunct Instructor (University Supervisor - Early Childhood Education) (Spring 2023)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Teacher Education - Early Childhood

Posting Number: req12205

Department: Teachg Learning Sociocult Stds

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies Department invited applicants for part-time, non-benefits eligible Limited Term Adjunct Instructor/University Supervisor positions for the Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Program beginning in the Spring 2023 semester. We seek candidates with experience as a classroom teacher, administrator, instructional coach or having other relevant work experience with children from Birth-Preschool and/or Grades K-3.

A limited number of openings are available each semester contingent upon student enrollment and funding.

The University Supervisor, Early Childhood Education, is responsible for the clinical supervision of student teachers in preschool classrooms from birth-age 4 and in elementary schools grades K-3. The University Supervisor observes, coaches, and assesses the ability of teacher candidates to meet the required standards in their assigned school placement classrooms. The University Supervisor collaborates with supervising practitioners (cooperating teachers) to support and assess teacher candidates. The University Supervisor will work under the guidance of the Director of Field Experiences and will collaborate with related faculty which includes the teacher candidates' site coordinator. The University Supervisor will attend a teacher candidate meeting each semester, periodic training provided by the Office of Field Experiences, monthly professional learning collaborative sessions with teacher candidates and cooperating teachers and collaborative meetings with faculty in support of students as needed.

The ideal candidate will have (1) outstanding verbal and written communication skills, (2) demonstrated skill and experience in facilitating student learning, (3) experience in mentoring or coaching (4) knowledge of effective early childhood education programs (5) the ability to collaborate with multiple partners and navigate varying interests, and (6) a passion for education, teaching, and serving high-need communities.

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Travel to school sites located throughout Pima County.
  • Serve as a liaison between the Department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies teacher education program and teacher candidates' host schools.
  • Guide, support, and evaluate the teacher candidate through the capstone field experience, and student teaching.
  • Coordinate an orientation meeting at the start of the semester with the teacher candidate and supervising practitioner (cooperating teacher) to determine expectations regarding schedule, processes, standards, forms, and communications.
  • Review lesson plans and other assignments for thoroughness and anticipated effectiveness.
  • Conduct teacher candidate observations and evaluate progress and performance based on NAYEC, InTASC, ISTE, and Program Standards.
  • Provide oral and written feedback to teacher candidates and classroom mentor teachers following observations.
  • Provide written summaries of post-observation
    conferences to the teacher candidate.
  • Conduct mid-term and final evaluation meetings of student teacher performance in collaboration with the student teacher and supervising practitioner using provided forms to formally document the teacher candidate's progress.
  • Monitor student teachers' adherence to program requirements.
  • Facilitate communication between teacher candidates and supervising practitioner teachers through periodic collaborative meetings, as required.
  • Communicate regularly with the Director of Field Experience regarding teacher candidate performance and overall program quality.
  • Submit required paperwork in the approved electronic format in a timely manner as per program requirements.
  • Adhere to FERPA and confidentiality policies for UArizona and schools regarding records and communication.
  • The work of the University Supervisor is integral to the capstone field experiences and student teaching. The student teaching semester requires a minimum of six documented classroom observations, a mid-term evaluation, and a final evaluation.
  • Specific responsibilities as a University Supervisor for teacher candidates during the methods practicum semester:
    • Supervisor Training
    • Attendance at student teacher preparation meeting
  • Specific responsibilities as a University Supervisor for teacher candidates during the student teaching semester:
    • Orientation meeting with teacher candidate and supervising practitioner (cooperating) teacher
    • Supervisor training - as needed
    • A minimum of five classroom observations
    • Collaborative mid-term and final evaluation
    • Attendance at monthly Professional Learning Opportunities
    • Timely submission of required forms and documents
    • Program evaluation as required

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Working knowledge of NAYEC, InTASC and Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards.
  • Keyboarding skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Word.
  • Basic ability to use technology including tablets, video equipment (including cell phones), organizational online systems, and email protocols.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in an education related field.
  • Five years of experience as a preschool and/or classroom teacher with ages Birth-Preschool and/or Grades K-3, elementary school administrator or instructional coach, or other relevant work experience with children ages Birth - Grade 3.
  • Background in both early childhood education content and pedagogy.
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in facilitating student learning.
  • Experience in mentoring or coaching
  • Arizona Department of Public Safety IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card (required by first classroom observation).
  • Valid driver's license upon the first day of employment with a minimum of two years of driving experience. Ability to drive according to the UniversityFleet Safety Policy.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in Title I schools.
  • Experience teaching English language learners.

Rank: Instructor

Tenure Information

Adjunct (NTE)

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Part Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 8

Job FTE: 0.2

Work Calendar: Academic

Job Category: Faculty

Benefits Eligible: No Benefits

Rate of Pay: $600.00 per teacher candidate

Compensation Type: Contingent on Student Enrollment

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 3

Contact Information for Candidates

Margaret Shafer

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant

For your application to be considered complete, please submit the following three documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Name and contact information of THREE References' phone number and email address (To be uploaded as an Additional Document)

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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