Summer Academy Instructor - Upward Bound Programs

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Arkansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 30, 2023

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Type of Position:Faculty - Non-Tenure (Clinical)

Workstudy Position:


Job Type:Temporary (Fixed Term)

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Sponsorship Available:


Institution Name: University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is a vibrant mid-sized public university dedicated to breaking the higher education mold by bringing truly transformative, hands-on experiences to every student. From high school seniors to senior professionals, first-generation students to second-chancers, our goal is to provide a high-quality, future-focused education that honors each student's unique, personal situations and goals. Our tiered approach to learning offers students access to more than 80-degree plans and programs including certificate, associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse population of Arkansas, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, and perspectives.

Located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border and situated in a region of lakes, Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and features a vast array of cultural activities, shopping, dining, and entertainment, including a thriving downtown entertainment district. Parks, trails, and water recreation are all within the city limits, and true outdoor enthusiasts will find the area’s lakes, streams, and mountains offer adventure only minutes away from campus. Fort Smith was recently named by Forbes as the number one city in America for the cost of living, and a top city in the nation for the highest-paying tech jobs. The city is within easy driving distance of Tulsa, Kansas City, Dallas, Little Rock, and Memphis.

Thank you for your interest in joining our university. Below you will find details for the position including any supplementary documentation and/or questions you should review before submitting your application. For general application assistance or if you have questions about a job posting, please contact Human Resources at (479) 788-7080.

If you have a disability and need assistance with the hiring process please contact Human Resources at 479-788-7080. Applicants are required to submit a request for each position to which they have applied.

Department:UB Shared Programs

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Summary of Job Duties:The Upward Bound Summer Academy Instructor is responsible for teaching courses in a given subject area for two federally funded Upward Bound programs for high school students. Instructors will participate as team members to ensure that the Upward Bound Summer Academy is a student-centered environment that serves to promote academic and personal success among students. The goal of the Upward Bound Summer Academy is to prepare students for the next academic year. The position reports to the Upward Bound Assistant Director.


Required Education and/or Work Experience: A bachelor’s degree and high school teacher licensure in subject area or a master’s degree and prior teaching experience is required. Expertise in one or more of the following subject areas is required: English, literature, history, foreign language (Spanish or other), computer related classes, math (geometry, algebra II, algebra III, and trigonometry/pre-calculus), science (biology, chemistry and physics), career planning, oral communications, drama, art, music, physical education, journalism, graphic design, health, personal skills, career exploration, or ACT preparation.

Preferred Education and/or Work Experience: Preference given to individuals who are former Upward Bound participants or who have overcome barriers similar to target population and/or experience working with diverse populations.

Additional Information:

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Teach one or more sections of a given course daily or bi-weekly, depending upon the program schedule and the needs of the program.
  • Create a five-week summer course lesson plan (including a syllabus for each course that contains weekly course activities and learning objectives) that aligns with Arkansas Department of Education Smart Core Standards.
  • Maintain student records related to academic progress, including student grades or other assessments and any other requested data related to course-level student performance. Present cumulative summary reports to program staff on a weekly basis.
  • Develop and implement an effective means of assessing student progress in the course.
  • Meet regularly with program staff to discuss participants’ attendance, academic progress, and academic needs.
  • Maintain discipline and a positive learning environment in the classroom which is conducive to learning.
  • Work with program staff to promote academic and personal success among program participants.
  • Participate in one or more planning sessions with the Upward Bound program staff prior to the beginning of the Summer Academy.
  • Report any infractions of Upward Bound program standards and policies or student issues and concerns immediately to the Upward Bound Directors.
  • Attend and support students/staff during awards ceremony.
Responsible for maintaining a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner to foster teamwork and by providing leadership to subordinates. Requires consistent on-time attendance.

Other Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Perform other similar or related duties as requested or assigned.
  • Maintain strong working relationship with staff.
  • Contribute to the overall success of the department by performing all other duties as requested or assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

To perform the job successfully, the following competencies are required for the essential functions of this position:
  • Knowledge of effective teaching strategies, curriculum development, and learning theories.
  • Ability to present material using verbal, visual, or written methods.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Ability to display a positive attitude and be an academic role model.
  • Ability to motivate and encourage students to reach their academic potential.
  • Ability to model academic skills that will help students succeed.
Knowledge of high school remedial and core curriculum, study, and test taking skills preferred.

Working Relationships: Instructors have regular contact with students, fellow Summer Academy instructors, and Upward Bound staff.

List Employees Supervised: None

Special Job Dimensions: Work will primarily be performed in a classroom setting. Instructors will be required to stand for long periods of time. Occasional travel may be required. Normal working schedule: Monday - Thursday; 8:00 am - 3:30 pm during the five-week Summer Academy program.

Salary Information:


Required Documents to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Resume, Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

Optional Documents:

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Recruitment Contact Information:

Human Resources 479-788-7080

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, financial history background check, and/or drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:N/A

Frequent Physical Activity:N/A

Occasional Physical Activity:N/A

Benefits Eligible:No

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