Director of Education Program

Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar, Virginia
Posted Date
Jul 1, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership, Teacher Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Sweet Briar is a liberal arts college for women with a long history of forging female leaders. After a near closure in 2015, the College was saved by its alumnae and underwent dramatic transformation. Today Sweet Briar College is repeatedly named by the US News and World Report as one of the most innovative liberal arts colleges in the nation. Sweet Briar College is financially stable and actively growing again, attracting students who are drawn to it for its excellent liberal arts program, coupled with distinctive programs in women leadership, engineering, sustainability, arts and its legendary equestrian program. Its campus is one of the nation's most spectacular, replete with nature sanctuaries, lakes, forests, trails, and most recently, vineyards, apiary and greenhouses.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Sweet Briar College is committed to enhancing our community and encourages applications from qualified individuals with varied backgrounds, experiences and ideas who would increase the diversity of the College.

Job Title: Director of Education Program

Classification: Full-time, tenure-track, benefits eligible faculty position

Reports To: Social Sciences and Humanities Division Head

Job Summary/Objective:

Sweet Briar College invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Education Department at any level to start no later than January 3, 2022. In this position the faculty member will serve as director of the education program and teach courses that lead to teacher licensure in both our undergraduate and graduate programs.  The successful candidate will be an engaged scholar-teacher with expertise in the areas of curriculum, assessment, differentiated instruction, and action research. Preference will go to candidates who are able to model backward design and differentiated curriculum and instruction. The faculty member will also responsible for supervising clinical and student teaching experiences and advising undergraduate and graduate students in our Masters of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.). Previous experience with national accreditation of education programs is preferred. Teaching load is 3 course equivalents per semesterand will be adjusted depending on the administrative burden.

At Sweet Briar College, elementary education and teaching majors may earn a B.A. and licensure in four years or earn a M.A.T. with licensure in a five-year program.  Students also can earn teacher licensure in secondary education in biology, chemistry, English, history and social science, or mathematics and PreK-12 education in dance arts, theatre arts, or visual arts through the M.A.T. Program.

Candidates ready to work with a diverse student body are especially welcome. Sweet Briar prides itself on creating a learning environment that encourages young women to fulfill their highest potential. Leadership in all walks of life is fostered by the special connections our faculty make with their students, and Sweet Briar women translate their academic experiences into interesting and important lives.

Other Essential Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and lead meetings and activities for program faculty and staff and the Teacher Education Advisory Council (TEAC);
  • Serves as a point of contact to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and CAEP state representatives;
  • Schedule availability of courses per semester;
  • Ensure required reports for CAEP and VDOE are filed accurately and on time;
  • Attend meetings held by Virginia Department of Education, Virginia Education Assessment Collective, and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation;
  • Analyze and interpret program data to improve program curricula;
  • Support admissions and completion of the teacher education program by identifying and tracking pre-service teachers’ and teacher candidates’ milestones throughout the program;
  • Communicate and collaborate with students, faculty, community, and P-12 partners the mission of the program and college;
  • Host informative session meetings with students about the MAT program, teacher licensure tests, and other program requirements;
  • Participate in recruitment and retention initiatives for the Education program;
  • Contribute to developing program assessments for the program quality assurance system;
  • Contribute to writing the quarterly newsletters with faculty and staff to update students on the program’s current events, opportunities, accomplishments, and milestones of the program;
  • Other duties to support the effective functioning and growth of the program; and
  • Foster an environment of belonging and respect that supports the success of all members of the Sweet Briar community.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Education or related field; At least three years of K-12 teaching experience; Demonstrated excellence in teaching at undergraduate level;
  • Demonstrated interest in working across disciplines and engaging in collaborative scholarship, teaching, and service;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Demonstrates ability to handle several responsibilities and manage important deadlines; and
  • Knowledge on the process of obtaining teacher certification.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with national accreditation of Education programs through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • Experience with strategic planning, leadership, budgeting, and management.

How to Apply:

To apply, visit the Sweet Briar College Career Center: All applications should include: 1) cover letter; 2) CV; 3) statement on teaching philosophy and research interests; and 4) a statement highlighting contributions to or future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion through work in this position; 5) the names and full contact information for three professional references. Materials should be assembled in a single PDF and uploaded to the job application portal.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

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