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Associate Professor/LaVonne Plambeck Montessori Endowed Chair, Teacher Education

University of Nebraska at Kearney
Nebraska, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Mar 29, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Description or Duties

The University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) Teacher Education Department seeks a qualified individual at the Associate Level (Assistant level with strong potential will be considered) to serve as the LaVonne Plambeck Endowed Chair and provide leadership/ direction in the Early Childhood and Elementary I Montessori graduate and undergraduate program options (with future expansions to Infant Toddler and Elementary II), as well as supporting the development of the Montessori classrooms/teachers in the campus’s Early Childhood Education Center (lab school), and corresponding training site.   Primary responsibilities include: (1) teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in the area of the candidate’s expertise, and potentially, Montessori courses, (2) providing supervision and supports to students in practicum sites, (3) facilitating Montessori-based interests of UNK faculty at the Early Childhood Education Center and supporting the Montessori teachers and curriculum, (4) supporting and maintaining Montessori accreditation and (5) encouraging collaborative efforts and outreach with state, national, and international Montessori programs, schools, and entities. Responsibilities also include serving on departmental, college, and university committees, contributing meaningfully to departmental, college, campus and university-wide areas of service, and showing evidence of scholarly accomplishments and the ability to support a Montessori-based research agenda in one’s area of expertise.


Required Qualifications:              

 1) Doctorate in Education or a related field (ABD’s considered), (2) have a minimum of three years of successful Montessori teaching and /or directorship, Early Childhood or Elementary Education teaching, (3) have AMS certification, and has or has held state teaching certification. Must meet university criteria for their rank.

Preferred Qualifications:             

Relevant and successful university teaching experience, including graduate level teaching and field supervision; experience in online course delivery or willingness to develop this skill; experience in directing or working in a university-based Teacher Education Program; experience with interdisciplinary collaboration in service or research; and national/international experience with Montessori certification or willingness to develop this skill.


HOW TO APPLY: To ensure full consideration, please submit all application materials before review date April 28, 2022. For more information and to apply visit UNK Employment Opportunities. For more information about the position contact: Carrie Kracl at For more information about the online application process contact: 308-865-8516 or


SALARY AND BENEFITS:  With contingent offer of employment, the University of Nebraska will conduct an investigation of employment records, educational records, criminal records, and other records to verify the information provided in your application and/or any additional information you have provided is accurate.  Salaries at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are competitive.  The University provides a flexible benefits program at minimal cost to the employee. Benefit choices include a Medical Plan and Prescription Drug Program, Vision Care, Dental Plan, LTD, Life Insurance, AD&D Insurance, Dependent Life Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, and Reimbursement Accounts for Health and Dependent Care.  The Employee and Dependent Scholarship program is also available to eligible employees.  Basic Retirement Plan options include TIAA and Fidelity.


The University of Nebraska at Kearney, serving over 6,000 students, is one of four University of Nebraska campuses. Established in 1905, the University has a tradition of emphasis in scholarly teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in a variety of disciplines. Kearney, a progressive city of over 33,000, is the educational, medical, cultural, commercial, and agricultural center of a large mid-state area.  The University of Nebraska at Kearney is responsive to University issues which support a diverse work and academic environment The University of Nebraska at Kearney does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. This policy is applicable to all University administered programs including educational programs, financial aid, admission policies and employment policies.  UNK is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity employer. Veterans and persons with disabilities encouraged to apply. The University affirms a policy of equal educational and employment opportunities, affirmative action in employment and nondiscrimination in providing services to the public. University employees, students and others associated with the University who have not received the benefits of these policies, are encouraged to contact the Chief Compliance Officer/ADA Coordinator.


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