Assistant / Associate Professor of PEDL (Professional Education Distributed Learning)

Bemidji State University
Minnesota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 25, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Teacher Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Initial review of applications will begin on November 24th, so applications should be submitted by that time for guaranteed consideration.

APPOINTMENT DATE:  August 16, 2022

JOB TYPE:  Full-time Probationary/Tenure-Track

Bemidji State University (BSU)
invites qualified applicants to join our team as an Assistant or Associate Professor of PEDL (Professional Education Distributed Learning). BSU’s vision is to educate people to lead inspired lives. To accomplish BSU’s vision, the University prioritizes creating a culture in which diversity is embraced and all people are safe, welcome, and validated. BSU also prioritizes increasing engagement with Indigenous communities to become a destination university.

BSU is located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota and occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji.  BSU balances rigorous academia with the opportunity to enjoy a fun, robust, outdoor culture.  The proximity to the lake and the surrounding north woods allows easy access to an assortment of recreation.  Major campus facilities are connected by all-season underground passages for safe and warm travel during the cold, winter months. 

Enrolling around 5,000 students, BSU offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values include civic engagement and leadership, international and multicultural understanding, belief in the power of the liberal arts, and environmental stewardship.

PEDL, which includes DLiTE and FasTrack, is a highly regarded, student-focused, hybrid/online teacher licensure program that serves teacher candidates across Minnesota. PEDL has been offering high quality teacher licensure programming since 2002.

This is a distance learning position and does not require a full-time presence on the BSU campus in Bemidji, MN. Attendance on the BSU campus and at North Hennepin Community College will be required for several events throughout the year. The applicant must live in Minnesota and be available to drive to Bemidji within a one-day notice. Although a distance position, proximity to Bemidji and/or the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro area is required for in-person interactions with other professional education faculty, PEDL students, and MN K-12 schools.

Since 1919, BSU has focused on preparing thoughtful, competent and compassionate teachers. Over the years, we’ve developed numerous partnerships with local public schools to ensure that our programs remain relevant, rigorous and replete with opportunities for hands-on learning. We offer undergraduate, graduate, licensure and certificate programs, as well as a variety of endorsements and electives. The Department is fully committed to equity and diversity in our faculty and students.

Responsibilities of the Assistant or Associate Professor of PEDL

  • Teaching Standards of Effective Practice (SEP) courses at the graduate and the undergraduate level in online and hybrid learning environments. Example courses include, but are not limited to, Foundations of American Education, Educational Psychology, Human Relations, Pedagogy, and Adaptions and Management.
  • Teaching online graduate level courses in the Masters of Teaching program and serving on a Master’s level research paper/capstone project as an advisor or committee member. 
  • Contributing to a program of scholarship within the discipline, student advising of graduate and undergraduate students, service to the University and community, and other associated faculty duties.
  • Contributing to a collegial and supportive environment that advances the goals of PEDL and the Professional Education Department, which includes curriculum development, committee work, assessment, and other departmental governance activities.  
  • Performing PEDL faculty duties such as, supervising student teachers, connecting with K-12 public schools, marketing PEDL programs, and serving PEDL students with our “high-tech, high-touch” approach.
  • Assisting the Professional Education department with ongoing state, regional, and national accreditation and program approvals.
  • Commitment to quality, student-centered teaching and continued professional development to improve online teaching practice and better serve K-12 teacher candidates.
  • Knowledge and use of D2L Brightspace and/or other online instructional platforms, and experience with recent education technologies with expertise focused on effective online delivery.
  • Contributing to interdisciplinary teaching and involvement in activities that support BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values.

Minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • Earned doctorate in education or related field with preparation from an accredited university or college at the start of employment.
  • At least three years teaching K-12 as a teacher of record.
  • Professional teaching licensure.
  • Demonstrated experience with and/or interest in working with students and colleagues from multicultural and diverse backgrounds and utilizing culturally responsive pedagogy and practice.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Experience teaching in higher education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Experience teaching, or knowledge/interest in working with Native American students.
  • Demonstrated technology skills and demonstrated digital skills to deliver interactive, student-centered online and hybrid instruction.
  • Demonstrated expertise and dedication to prepare K-12 teacher candidates to create effective learning environments for all learners and to differentiate learning for individual students.
  • Evidence or willingness and ability to collaborate with peers on topics such as curriculum planning, instruction, and assessment for a variety of learners.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with supporting students to successfully complete the edTPA.


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Dr. Jessamay Pesek (Search Committee Chair)


If you have general questions about this posting or submitting an application, contact Teresa Hanson at



Bemidji State University is nestled among the pines along the shores of Lake Bemidji, just blocks from a thriving downtown community. In this Northwoods setting, students, staff, and faculty have a variety of activities at their fingertips. Possessing all the charm and character of a college town, Bemidji remains a tight-knit community of good neighbors and engaged citizens who always come out to cheer for the Bemidji State Beavers. While the city of Bemidji — named after the Ojibwe Chief Shaynowishkung (nicknamed Bemidji) — is home to a diverse population of more than 15,000 people, it serves a regional population of more than 100,000.

Located between three American Indian reservations – Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth, students at Bemidji State University have the opportunity to experience a dynamic local culture and history. Bemidji also sits at the center of the legends of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. The famous statues of Paul and Babe greet students as they drive in from the south along Lake Bemidji.

Though quaint and historic, the city offers the urban conveniences upon which college students rely. Bemidji State is conveniently located minutes away from affordable restaurants, cozy coffee shops, grocery stores, city parks and more. Small, locally owned shops and art sculptures line the streets of downtown Bemidji, while national chains can be found in and around the Bemidji area, including an uptown selection of department stores and restaurants.

The thriving downtown community presents ample opportunities for engagement off-campus. Among other things, there are fine-dining restaurants, cafes, and a natural foods co-op in downtown Bemidji. The historic Paul Bunyan Playhouse has a calendar of classic shows; restaurants and lounges offer weekly live music performances; the First Friday Art Walk provides a tour of new monthly art exhibits; and annual events such as the Loop the Lake Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Blue Ox Marathon, Bemidji Winterfest, and The Minnesota Finlandia bring the community together.

For those who love the outdoors, there are wooded, multi-use trail systems within minutes of campus and community parks with walking trails, playgrounds and a skate park. Lake Bemidji State Park and its miles of navigable trails is located directly across the lake from BSU, and the Buena Vista Ski Area — just 12 miles north of campus — offers downhill skiing and BSU-sponsored student transportation in the winter months. Further, the Mississippi River Headwaters is a mere 45 minutes from Bemidji.

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