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Assistant Professor of Education/Field Placement Director - Tenure Track

University of Maine at Augusta
Maine, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Aug 5, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership, Other Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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UMA transforms the lives of students of every age and background across the State of Maine and beyond through access to high-quality distance and on-site education, excellence in student support, civic engagement, and professional and liberal arts programs.

UMA is the third-largest public university in Maine. In addition to its main campus in the state’s capital, UMA also serves students at its campus in Bangor (UMA Bangor) and through UMA Centers around the state. With its multiple locations and long-term expertise in online and distance learning, UMA is generally considered the university of choice for Mainers of all ages who want to attend college without uprooting their lives.

The University of Maine at Augusta is seeking applicants for the full-time position of Assistant Professor of Education/Field Placement Director in the Education department. UMA's education program offers a variety of certification degree areas including Elementary Education K-3, Elementary Education K-8, and Secondary Education math, English, social studies, and sciences. UMA also offers pathways to early childhood teacher B-5, K-3, K-8, and secondary education.

This position's workload is made up of half-time field placement director duties and half-time teaching (6 credits per semester). The responsibilities include teaching two courses per semester, developing and maintaining partnerships with area school districts to enhance students' placement opportunities, working with students and faculty to coordinate field and student teaching experiences, and supervising student teachers.

This is a full-time tenure track 10-month position.

Field Placement duties include but are not limited to:

  • Serve as the point of contact for local school administrators, teachers, UMA education faculty, staff, and students for the field-based Teacher Education Program courses and experiences.
  • Solicit and coordinate field experience and internship placement for undergraduate students. Secure placements for students in all field-based Teacher Education Program courses including student teaching. Match students' requirements, preferences, and availability with actual opportunities in surrounding schools and community sites.
  • Supervise at least two student teachers per semester.
  • Collaborate with UMA faculty to determine the nature of the field experiences or internship placements that students require to meet course goals.
  • Actively engage in outreach to sustain and develop new partnership opportunities for field placement opportunities that reflect student and faculty course goals.
  • Conduct pre-placement meetings, orientations, and post student teaching portfolio presentations for students and teachers.
  • Facilitate and participate in the evaluation of student participation, performance, and work related to field placements.
  • Maintain regular contact with supervisors of field experiences and troubleshooting administrative and/or placement issues with students and faculty.
  • Maintain a database for tracking placements, including fieldwork sites, site supervisors, and clinical teachers; ensuring diverse experiences and that candidates meet the number of required hours.
  • Initiate, track, review, and monitor the status of placements and all associated paperwork including required clearances. Collect, maintain, and disseminate information and data related to student clearances.
  • Participate in ongoing analysis of field experiences and procedures.
  • Work with department coordinator and department faculty to ensure currency and accuracy in program handbooks on an annual basis and assist with revisions and updates.
  • Complete mandatory state and federal reports.
  • Develop and implement a strategic and comprehensive approach to providing UMA students field and/or clinical experiences with ethnically, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse K-12 student populations.

The appointment will begin spring semester of 2022.  For additional information about UMA's programs and degrees, please visit our website at

UMA faculty are expected to be excellent teachers, responsive to changing professional needs; committed to innovative delivery of instruction resulting in improved student learning; committed to effective use of technology including distance learning; involved in scholarly activities as appropriate to the appointment; and to provide service to the community, College, and University.

UMA serves a mix of traditional and non-traditional students and offers a wide array of liberal arts and professional programs leading to certificates, associate, baccalaureate, and master's degrees. Programs are delivered on campus and using a network of University centers and sites across the state and internationally. The Education department program offers general education and degree-specific courses using modalities including in-person, interactive television, video conferencing, and online instruction. The successful candidate will be active in university service through student advising, curriculum development, committee activity, and community outreach. The duties of this position may also include supporting the university's early college programming. 

Salary:  A typical salary for this ten-month appointment is low 50s and is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University offers an excellent fringe benefits package.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Doctorate or ABD in Education or related field
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience as a teacher and/or administrator in public or private schools
  • Demonstrated organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (oral and written) along with the ability to maintain confidentiality

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience utilizing instructional technologies to deliver hybrid and online classes
  • Demonstrated record of professional development with teacher education students or practicing teachers
  • Evidence of administrative ability, experience with database software, assessment, curriculum design, and alignment
  • Competence in tracking several projects simultaneously
  • Willingness to learn state and federal mandated reporting processes
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations
  • Demonstrated ability to build positive relationships with schools and the community

Applicants must complete an online application and submit a cover letter and resume at must be submitted via "Apply for Position." You will need to create an applicant profile, complete an application, upload a cover letter which fully describes your qualifications and experiences with specific reference to the required and preferred qualifications, a resume/curriculum vitae and contact information for three professional references. You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form.  

Review of applications will begin August 24. Materials received after August 23, 2021 will be considered at the discretion of the university. We are not able to consider applicants who require Visa sponsorship support. 

The successful applicant is subject to appropriate background screening.  

The University of Maine at Augusta is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following office has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:  Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754 or at 207.581.1226.

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