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Director of Field Immersion and Senior or Principal Senior Lecturer

Vanderbilt University Peabody College
Tennessee, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 14, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education, Teacher Education
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Teaching and Learning (DTL) of Peabody College at Vanderbilt University invites applications for the Director of Field Immersion and Senior Lecturer (non-tenured, three-year renewable appointment) or Principal Senior Lecture (non-tenured, five-year renewable appointment), beginning fall 2022.                                    

For this newly developed position, we seek a visionary individual who will serve as a bridge between the Department of Teaching and Learning and the Nashville community by cultivating thick partnerships with community stakeholders.  The Director of Field Immersion will collaborate with district level personnel, school administrators, teachers, and community stakeholders, as well as DTL program directors to strengthen practicum, student teaching, and other field experiences in ways that support preK-12 students as well as prospective and practicing educators.

This position carries two broad areas of responsibility.  As the Director of Field Immersion, the individual will commit a portion of time serving in an administrative role that will require cultivating partnerships, communicating frequently with program directors, spending time learning about and visiting local schools, communicating regularly with local school district personnel, placing students for practicum and student teaching experiences, building a team of university supervisors, providing professional development for mentor teachers, and attending and participating in regular partnership meetings.  As a Senior or Principal Senior Lecturer, this candidate will teach courses in the Department of Teaching and Learning.  Courses taught by the chosen candidate will be aligned with the candidate’s expertise. 

Applicants should have demonstrated the understandings and skills required to contribute to already established research-practice partnerships, provide professional development for university supervisors and mentor teachers, communicate with area school districts about various initiatives, and personally connect with families, children, and other partners within the community.  We seek someone who can affirm and validate the assets that abound in communities around our city and can connect Vanderbilt students so they can be immersed in the community to learn from, and alongside, K-12 students, teachers, and families. Additionally, we seek a colleague who is committed to anti-racist instructional practices and centers their work on culturally responsive and sustaining practices in both their teaching and administrative work.           

Applicants should have an earned Ph.D. or Ed.D. in a field related to education. Senior Lecturers are mentored and reviewed regularly and are eligible for promotion, with approximately half of their time committed to the role of directing the field immersion experience and half of their time committed to teaching courses within the department.                                           

All faculty members contribute to the Department’s and Peabody’s reputation as a place where high standards of theory, research, practice, and policy are the norm. Due to the small size of our teacher education program, we have the opportunity to think critically about how our teaching practice influences the pre-service teachers with whom we work, and ultimately the learning of their students. Department faculty members collaborate with school partners in Metro Nashville Public Schools, as well as suburban and rural surrounding counties. Partner schools provide diverse settings for teacher development and educational research.                                  

Applications will be reviewed beginning December 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of interest, their vita, a teaching statement, the names and contact information of three referees to  The committee will request letters of recommendation from a small group of finalists.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the Vanderbilt Peabody College website at Inquiries about the search should be directed to the search committee chair, Brian Kissel,                                                        

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity, intersectional identities, and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates, without regard to race/color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Vanderbilt University has made the safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University recently announced that students, faculty, and staff, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at Vanderbilt, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Effective August 1, 2021, proof of full vaccination or an approved accommodation will be required before the start of employment in order to work at Vanderbilt University.

Accommodations for medical and religious exemptions can be requested with the Equal Opportunity and Access Office

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