North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics –
Morganton Campus seeks a Chair of
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Location: Morganton, North
The founding faculty of the
Durham campus are regarded as iconic figures among alumni, and this
position as a founding faculty leader of the brand new
NCSSM-Morganton campus will help to shape the unique culture of
this new learning community for decades to
- Reporting to the Dean of Science, collaborate with leadership
and faculty across NCSSM’s two residential campuses and the online
program to develop and deliver an innovative, challenging academic
curriculum, with a special focus on interdisciplinary courses and
hands-on laboratory experiences.
- Provide effective leadership and supervision for the Science
department at NCSSM-Morganton, supervising approximately 7-15
department members, chairing departmental meetings, and
participating in the Board of Trustees, Foundation Board of
Directors, and Instructional Council meetings.
- Share responsibility for departmental budgeting and purchasing
and otherwise lead and support day-to-day activities of the
department. This position may require regular travel between
NCSSM’s Durham and Morganton campuses.
- Finalize the outfitting of the Science labs and classrooms.
Oversee the purchase of lab equipment and consumables for the
biology, chemistry, and physics programs.
- Determine students’ placement and exemptions in appropriate
areas of the curriculum; submit draft schedules of course
offerings; consult with faculty about their new course ideas, and
keep them on track to submit new course proposals and shape the
- Handle departmental personnel oversight, including hiring,
monitoring, and evaluating faculty and staff work plans,
self-appraisals, and improvement plans, and ensuring class
- Develop and teach innovative and engaging courses in NCSSM’s
residential and online programs, with an initial course load of 1
per semester, increasing to 2 per semester in year 3 when campus
startup duties have lessened.
- Master’s degree in a related academic field (expertise in any
natural science discipline including but not limited to biology,
chemistry, or physics).
- Experience with experimental and/or computational scientific
research and familiarity with scientific instrumentation.
- Teaching experience in a related field, preferably with
high-achieving secondary students or undergraduates. A proven track
record of effective and inspiring
Preferred Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent organization, communication and interpersonal
- Experience with purchasing and budgeting.
- Commitment to a hands-on lab program, lab safety, active
learning, and authentic scientific experiences for students.
- Experience with hiring committees.
- Comfort with technology used for hosting virtual meetings and
classes and the use of collaborative tools to create and manage
documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
- Demonstrated preparation for teaching a diverse student
- Willingness to support the intellectual, cultural, emotional,
and social growth of students—a responsibility that transcends a
traditional high school or college teaching schedule and requires
the commitment to participate actively in the extracurricular life
of the NCSSM community.
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Why You Should Consider the Opportunity:
- Public school, public service values: As a
public school, NCSSM extends opportunities to students in every
corner of North Carolina for the betterment of the state.
- Leadership role: The Chair will organize and
lead the colleagues in its discipline in Morganton and work closely
with the dean based in Durham.
- Professional opportunities: The school offers
funding for conference and other professional travel and
professional development opportunities, including taking free
courses in the UNC System.
- Academic freedom: Curricular freedom, no state
standardized testing, and the support for faculty to publish
original research (only if desired).
- Interdisciplinary innovation: Many courses
integrate more than one disciplinary approach, inviting students to
make meaningful connections across academic disciplines.
- Resources: In addition to generous public
funding, NCSSM raises millions in private gifts each year through
its NCSSM Foundation to further the mission of the school, with
funding and endowment earnings supporting each academic department,
students with financial needs, participation in academic
competitions, and more.
- Motivated, talented students: NCSSM is
training the next generation of scientists. Academically talented
students have competed for the opportunity to attend and have
persuaded their families they are ready to live independently as
high school juniors and as a rule are engaged, curious
- Collaborative student body: NCSSM eschews
class ranks and valedictorians and encourages students to
collaborate and support one another rather than compete.
- Salary: To recruit top educators, NCSSM is in
a multi-year process of raising its faculty salaries to be
competitive with the highest paying public high school systems in
- Quality of life: Close professional and school
community, low cost of living, friendly community atmosphere,
outdoor recreational opportunities, and accessible travel
About the Institution:
School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) is a world-class public
high school with statewide reach empowering students with the
skills and knowledge to design their own future. Specializing in
science, technology, engineering, and math, and embracing the fine
arts and humanities, it challenges 680 talented high school juniors
and seniors from across North Carolina through a residential
program on its historic campus in Durham—and beginning in 2022, on
a new second campus being built in Morganton that will serve 300
more residential students. NCSSM’s extensive online program and
summer offerings extend its impact to every corner of the state and
to hundreds more students annually. NCSSM embraces diversity,
equity, and inclusion, and seeks to recruit employees who share
these same values. The residential program intentionally admits
half male and half female students, and NCSSM opens its
life-changing opportunities to students from all economic
circumstances across the state from urban, rural, and suburban
communities. Attending is free of cost, inclusive of books, room,
and board. To learn more: https://www.ncssm.edu/
Founded in 1980 as the first school of its kind, NCSSM has
become the model for 18 such specialized schools around the globe
and is a member of the 17-institution University of North Carolina
System. Its 11,000-plus alumni include local and global leaders in
medicine, technology, commerce, education, and the arts—a community
of problem solvers who build a brighter future. The new
NCSSM-Morganton campus will focus on the booming fields of data
science and sustainability, preparing the leaders of tomorrow to
navigate a future driven by the need to solve the grand challenges
of our time, in health, environment, and economic
Faculty at NCSSM become part of a close-knit campus community
with colleagues, with students in residence alongside community
coordinators, and with student life staff. The resources (including
a brand-new campus), academics, and extracurricular opportunities
rival those of private boarding schools—but with a public school
mission. NCSSM enjoys unique curricular freedom, encouraging
faculty creativity and innovation not possible at most high
schools. In Morganton, students and faculty will have access to
cutting-edge technologies, authentic science laboratories, and
hands-on learning as part of NCSSM’s hallmark holistic,
Confidential review of
applications will begin immediately and continue until the position
is filled; parties who apply before or by July 19, 2021
will be given first consideration. Interested candidates
should submit a resume and letter of interest.
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