Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
The School of Education at St. Thomas Aquinas College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment (Assistant Professor of Teacher Education with an emphasis at the Elementary level), starting Fall 2021.
About the College
STAC is a coeducational, independent, nonprofit institution of higher education founded by the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, whose values and spirit continue to pervade the campus. Occupying a bucolic 60-acre campus in the historic Hudson Valley of New York, the College has the advantage of being located in close proximity to New York City and the major metropolitan area of northern New Jersey. The College serves both undergraduates and graduate students and offers a values-based education in the liberal arts and sciences, business, and education.
Total enrollment in fall 2019 was 1,700 undergraduates and 140 graduate students; transfer students numbered 130. The institution attracts a diverse student body (57% Caucasian, 19% Latinx, 9% African-American, 4% Asian-American); one-quarter of the student population is Pell eligible. Three-quarters of the students come from New York State. STAC has a robust dual enrollment program with local high schools and has close to 900 students enrolling in these programs each semester. Students of all backgrounds are attracted to STAC, including recent high school graduates and returning adult students, working professionals, and veterans of the armed services. First-year to second-year retention in fall 2018 was 81%, and the 6-year graduation rate of the 2012 cohort was 53%.
Approximately 45% of students live in college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing. The College sponsors 20 NCAA Division II athletic teams (10 for men, 10 for women), involving over 300 student athletes, and another 150 students participate in Club football and Club eSports. STAC hosts more than 30 student clubs --- from those with an academic, ministry, or cultural orientation, such as Future Leaders in Healthcare and Multicultural Student Association. The College conducts 1st Destination Survey the year after graduation. On the most recent survey, 90% of recent bachelors-level graduates are employed or engage in graduate studies.
The School of Education
Consistent with the mission of the College, the vision of the School of Education is to prepare knowledgeable, caring educators who are dedicated to their students' intellectual growth and overall well-being. This vision is reflected in the mission statement of the school- to prepare educators who are informed decision-makers who create learning opportunities for all students. Regardless of content area or developmental levels, this mission applies to all the teacher preparation programs, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The SOE offers several initial teacher preparation programs at the undergraduate level: Childhood Education, Childhood and Early Childhood Education, Childhood and Special Education; BA/BS degrees with 7-12 teacher certification in several disciplines; and BA in Visual Arts with K-12 certification. At the graduate level, the school offers Masters of Science in Teaching (MST) for career changers that leads to initial teacher certification in Childhood, Secondary, Art, and Special Education. It also offers advanced programs, Masters of Science in Education (MSEd.) for professional certification in Literacy, and Special Education and three post master's certificate programs in Literacy, Special Education, and Autism.
The current total enrollment in the School is 300 students and it has increased consistently in the last five years. The organizational structure of the School includes the Dean, and six full time faculty members, two of whom serve as the Assistant Dean, and Director of Graduate Education. Two part time administrators, Director of Clinical Experiences, and Coordinator of MST, programs support the work of the school. The School is a cohesive unit that is committed to the success of each candidate and is continuously engaged in the process of curriculum review and development in response to changes in the field, candidates' performance data, and regulations of the New York State Department of Education (NYSED).
Since 2004, all our teacher preparation programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) now known as the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Currently, the School is pursuing accreditation for its initial and advanced educator preparation programs by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). AAQEP's mission is to promote and recognize quality educator preparation that strengthens the education system's ability to serve all students, schools, and communities.
Responsibilities and Qualifications
Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in foundations and special education; advising teacher candidates; engaging in scholarship; and working collaboratively on program development and evaluation.
Qualifications include an earned doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction/Special Education or a closely related field (ABD considered); work experience in K-8 schools; strong research interests and commitment to scholarship; college teaching experience; and certification in special education preferred.
Applicants should submit: 1) a cover letter addressing the applicant's credentials and experiences as they relate to the position; 2) a statement of teaching philosophy; 3) a curriculum vitae (CV); 4) all graduate transcripts; and 5) three letters of recommendation. Materials should be sent electronically to Dr. Francesca Ciotoli, Chair of the Search Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Preference will be given to applications received prior to Monday, December 7, 2020, though applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
It is the policy of St. Thomas Aquinas College that no person on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability shall be discriminated against, excluded from participation or employment in, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity for which St. Thomas Aquinas College is responsible.