Deerfield Academy seeks a Dean of Teaching &
Learning to start on August 17, 2022. We are looking for a
leader who will promote, lead and build a culture of professional
renewal and ongoing improvement among faculty. Reporting to
the Dean of Academic Affairs, the Dean of Teaching and Learning
will work with Department Chairs and faculty to support
instructional leadership and innovation. They will foster
collaboration and study and renew the Academy’s commitment to the
liberal arts, ensuring that our curriculum and instructional
practices offer an inclusive curricular program.
Deerfield faculty enjoy an outstanding work environment and
excellent benefits, and work with colleagues who are deeply
committed to their craft. Deerfield actively seeks to increase the
diversity of its faculty and develop an inclusive community.
Interested candidates should be enthusiastic about living in close
proximity to teenagers and working with students both in and
outside of the classroom.
Deerfield offers an unmatched environment for
teaching. Near the Five Colleges (Amherst, Smith,
Mount Holyoke, Hampshire College, and UMass Amherst), Deerfield’s
300-acre campus hosts exceptional facilities that enable powerful
teaching both in and out of the classroom. Our students are
engaging and excited to learn—and they are willing to work hard at
their studies. Outside the classroom, our community is focused on
active and ethical living.
Our teachers are committed to ongoing renewal.
We seek candidates who are genuinely committed to their own growth,
who are eager to work with colleagues to review the curriculum and
programs we offer, and who can foster critical thinking, empathy,
and determination in our students. As a boarding school, our
faculty teach, mentor, and model in the classroom, in the dorm, at
the dining hall, and in co-curricular activities.
Diversity is essential to Deerfield’s success.
Diverse perspectives within our school population fuel creative and
innovative thinking, build empathy and consideration, and provide
varied skills and experiences from which the entire community
can benefit. Deerfield actively seeks candidates who are members of
or support traditionally underrepresented groups—especially in
terms of race, sexual orientation, and educational background.
ABOUT THIS POSITION:
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- In collaboration with the Dean of Faculty Office, build on
existing systems of appraisal and develop professional development
programs that support growth and learning at each stage of a
teacher’s career during the school-year and the summer.
- Lead Department Chairs, set departmental goals, evaluate their
leadership efforts, and provide ongoing feedback.
- Encourage structured collaboration among colleagues. Explore
further opportunities for co- and team-teaching, multi-disciplinary
curricula, and the effective implementation of the Profile of the
- Work collaboratively with Department Chairs to identify
high-impact evidence-based practices in support of intellectually
inclusive practices and enfold them across our curriculum.
- Collaborate with the Head of School, Dean of Faculty, and Dean
of Academic Affairs to develop and oversee the annual calendar of
sustained professional learning, including summer professional
development opportunities and orientation efforts that align with
- Lead efforts to fully institutionalize the Deerfield Forum
which invites scholars and civic leaders to discuss contemporary
issues, modelling constructive dialogue, active-open-mindedness and
- Oversee Deerfield’s Teaching Fellow Program in collaboration
with Penn Residency Master Teaching. This includes hiring Teaching
Fellows, coordinating their visits to UPenn and peer schools,
meeting weekly with the Fellows, and working with the mentors to
support the Fellows.
- An understanding of Deerfield’s distinctive history as one of
the nation’s leading residential boarding schools
- Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred
- 3 - 5 years of combined experience teaching and leading or
influencing other teachers
- 3 - 5 years of administrative experience, particularly in
- Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion and viewpoint
- A demonstrated capacity to think strategically and lead
professional development efforts
- An exceptional ability to connect with people, work in teams,
and establish partnerships with third parties
- A relentlessly student-centered approach to teaching and
- Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
- Experience in K-12 schools and/or college or university
- Possess a high degree of energy and flexibility
- Demonstrated success in strategic planning and future-oriented
initiatives, as well as previous experience in a curricular
- Broad understanding of and curiosity about the research on
high-impact educational practices, including inclusive classroom
practice, assessment and instructional design
- Excellent leadership and communication skills
- Experienced mentor with the capacity to cultivate new skillsets
and mindsets of teachers
Deerfield Academy is a private, coeducational boarding school
located in western Massachusetts with 670 students and 140 faculty.
The Academy was founded in 1797 and has no religious
Deerfield Academy is committed to equal employment
opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and
prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard
to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability
status, genetics, protected military veteran status, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other
characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.