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Assistant/Associate Professor

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 12, 2024

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Type of Position:Faculty - Non-Tenure

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Job Type:Regular

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Institution Name: University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is a dynamic, mid-sized public university that’s redefining higher education. We’re on a mission to provide transformative, hands-on learning experiences for students of all backgrounds and aspirations. Our multi-faceted approach to education offers a wealth of opportunities, with over 70 academic programs, including certificates, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. We’re committed to building a diverse community that mirrors Arkansas’s rich tapestry, reflecting our dedication to serving the state’s varied population while enhancing the quality of our institution.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life, and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10 percent of employee salary.

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Nestled along the Arkansas River, this vibrant city offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the Old West at the Fort Smith National Historic Site, explore the eclectic local art scene, or take a scenic stroll along the picturesque riverfront trails. With a welcoming community, diverse dining options, and a thriving downtown, Fort Smith is the ideal destination for history enthusiasts and those seeking modern amenities.

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:School Of Education

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Summary of Job Duties:Will serve as the Coordinator of Teacher Licensure for the School of Education while collaborating with stakeholders including school districts, educational cooperatives, and the Arkansas Department of Education. Will teach a wide range of undergraduate education courses for students seeking licensure in Elementary K-6, Middle Childhood 4-8, and/or Secondary Education 7-12; teach graduate courses in Master of Education; supervise and place students in a variety of field experience placements; serve in various leadership roles within the department; apply technology to curriculum and instruction in the teaching and learning process; maintain positive collaboration with local public schools; serve as academic advisor to elementary and/or middle childhood education majors; participate in committee activities; maintain involvement in scholarly endeavors and activities; be proficient with technology and software applications currently utilized in the public school system; be required to travel to and from area schools; and perform other duties as required or assigned. This is a 10-month position and the position reports to Executive Director of the School of Education


Required Education and/or Work Experience: Minimum qualifications include a Doctorate in Education or in a core area related to the assignment and preferred expertise in the Science of Reading (ABD will be considered). Must have a valid teaching license. A successful candidate must have a working knowledge of technology used in public schools; a knowledge of assessment; and a minimum of three years of successful teaching experience in K-8 schools. Experience teaching in higher education in an education department is preferred. The successful candidate must be willing to pursue training as a reviewer for an accreditation organization and have a strong research agenda, with preference for significant publications. The position requires a commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship, advising, competency-based learning, and close partnerships with local school districts. Also required are well-developed teamwork and communication skills, expertise in integrating technology across the curriculum, and experience in the development of instructional materials

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

To perform the job successfully, the following competencies are required for the essential functions of this position:
  • Strong knowledge of instructional technology
  • Comprehensive knowledge of public school practices and current initiatives for school reform • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Ability to lead diverse partners to consensus
  • Ability to provide professional development to school and college faculty as needed
  • Ability to teach a variety of courses in a diversity of formats inclusive of full-online
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Classroom instruction
  • Place and Supervise field experiences of teacher education candidates • Serve as student advisor
  • Scholarly activity
  • Service to department, college and University, including committees and assessments • Recruitment and retention of students
Other Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Attendance and participation in all faculty and administrative meetings, Student Research Symposium, commencement ceremonies, and other meetings/events as required.
  • Curriculum planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Assessment and evaluation of instruction
  • Professional development
  • Other duties as assigned
Responsible for maintaining a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating to foster teamwork and providing leadership to subordinates. Requires consistent on-time attendance.

Additional Information:

Working Relationships: Maintain positive collaboration with public schools. Has frequent contact with university staff, faculty, and students. Frequent contact with vendors, personnel from other agencies and institutions and the public. List

Employees Supervised: None

Special Job Dimensions: Work performed primarily in an office/classroom setting. Occasional travel and extended hours required. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into the computer. Required abilities include walking, standing, and sitting for extended periods. Visual demands include close, detailed vision when focusing on a computer screen. Employees regularly talk and listen. Employees occasionally lift items up to 10 pounds.

Background Check Requirements: Criminal background check, child maltreatment check, and Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check

Salary Information:

$56,000 to $62,200.00 /year, commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

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

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

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 does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

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.

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Benefits Eligible:Yes



The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith offers a rich, vibrant learning environment for nearly 6,000 students each semester. UAFS aims to build its reputation as a regional destination for high-quality, affordable education, where diverse groups of aspirational students and faculty thrive and excel.

For more than 90 years, the university has been a mainstay of Fort Smith with a history as unique as each student who ever enrolled.

Through dynamic academic programs, innovative research opportunities, and transformational centers of intellectual and economic development, UAFS will advance its community and become an institution renowned for educating and inspiring the ambitious students who call it home.


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