CCAPS seeks candidates for future instructional positions within the MPS in Civic Engagement program, which focuses on building leadership and community-building skills in order to empower graduates to create change in organizations, movements, and geographies. We are interested in building a diverse group of faculty with experience in civic and community engagement who are passionate about educating emerging leaders in the field. We’re also interested in engaging first-time instructors who are leaders in the civic engagement field.
Candidates would be responsible for course instruction as contracted by the MPS in Civic Engagement (CIVE) in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCAPS) at the University of Minnesota. The position requires teaching, course curriculum updates, and flexibility to meet students’ schedules.
Teaching Specialists report to the Associate Dean for Graduate Education, CCAPS and are typically contracted on a semester basis to teach at least one course per academic year. Courses may be offered in face-to-face, online, or hybrid formats.
As a new degree offering, CIVE has a need for additional instructional staff to offer coursework in topics such as:
- Leading in the public sphere
- Consensus building and facilitation
- Navigating democratic processes
- Analyzing real-world civic issues
- Diversity and social justice
- Intersectional approaches to community change and organizing
- Organizing coalitions for change
- Global dimensions of community development
In your cover letter, please describe a course or two that you feel you would be qualified to teach. Briefly describe why this subject area is vital to the development of students in civic engagement, how your lived experience and previous work has qualified you to teach in this area, and how you would give students practical experience in applying new skills and knowledge. There is no need to write a syllabus or design a full course; we’re looking for a sense of what your interests are and how you work as an educator.
- Teach the contracted class section(s), fulfilling University policies and using course-appropriate effective practices: setting high expectations; supporting achievement with clear instructions, examples and samples; establishing frequent, regular contact with students; grading and returning coursework promptly with relevant formative and/or summative feedback; engaging students in relevant collaborative work; and submitting final grades on-time.
- Revise course or provide input as appropriate to stay abreast of discipline practices and trends, and to support changes in the disciplinary goals and curricula.
- Stay current in the discipline and participate in activities to support professional development, faculty community dialog, self-assessment, and teaching reviews.
- Hold virtual office hours that are responsive to student schedules.
- Work with program staff as needed to resolve course- or student-related situations that require support or resources outside the classroom.
- Master’s degree in a field closely related to the course of instruction
- Five or more years of professional experience in a field directly related to the course of instruction
- A PhD or equivalent terminal degree in a field closely related to the course of instruction
- Ten or more years of professional experience in a field directly related to the course of instruction
- Experience in teaching higher education courses
- Experience in building curricula in civic engagement
- A demonstrated understanding of pedagogy blending theoretical concepts and professional application.
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