Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Elementary Teacher Education

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Classification:Assistant Professor (F9)
Grade:UNAC Grade 30
Work type:Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF School of Education
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Education/Instructional

Position Summary:

The School of Education (SOE), in the College of Natural Sciences and Math (CNSM) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), seeks exceptional candidates for two Assistant or Associate Bi-Partite professor positions in its innovative elementary teacher education programs. The UAF School of Education is accredited by the national Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP).


10%Service duties to include: -Provide a wide range of services at the department, school, college and university level. This includes serving on committees, working on accreditation and continuous assessment, tasks related to admission of applicants to the internship year and on-going elementary department professional development.Essential
10%Supervision duties to include: -Provide in-school supervision to student teaching interns in Fairbanks and/or in other Alaska locations. -Assist with locating placements in Fairbanks schools for BAE students completing practicum requirements for education foundation coursework prior to the internship yearEssential
80%Teaching duties to include: -Teach elementary education courses that are required for the diverse population of students in the BA in Elementary (BAE) degree and in the Post-Baccalaureate License/Certificate program. -Teach education courses in both face-to-face settings and by distance delivery using synchronous technology strategies. -Teach education courses at the lower and upper divisions and some at the graduate level. Required courses include education foundation courses (e.g., Introduction to Education, Children’s Literature, Assessment of Learning, Teaching with Technology, Media Literacy) and methods courses which are offered in all of the major subject areas during the senior/internship year. -Develop coursework that is relevant and place-based and demonstrates respect for the unique and highly diverse cross-cultural Alaska context. -Work in close collaboration with a team of elementary faculty and advisors (courses, curriculum, fieldwork, assignments and evaluation in elementary programs are all tightly integrated) -Serve on M.Ed. graduate committeesEssential

The successful candidates will: teach elementary education foundation and methods courses in Fairbanks and by distance; supervise elementary student teaching interns in Fairbanks and/or in other locations in Alaska; serve on M.Ed. graduate committees; and provide service for the Elementary Department, SOE, CNSM and UAF (e.g. service related to accreditation, assessment, admission).

The Elementary Department provides a BA in Elementary Education degree and an Elementary Post-Baccalaureate graduate-level licensure program to students in face-to-face settings on the Fairbanks Campus and to students in locations throughout Alaska with interactive synchronous distance coursework and on-site supervisor visits. The Department focuses on providing relevant, meaningful, place-based coursework and fieldwork in the unique and highly diverse cross-cultural Alaska context, and emphasizes core practices in teaching as the foundation of the preparation process.

Close collaboration among the team of elementary faculty and academic advisors is required to support the tight alignment among required readings, assignments, assessments, and fieldwork experiences in all required education courses. The successful elementary teacher education programs at UAF provide excellent professional opportunities for applicants who are motivated by a desire to contribute to meeting the special challenges of working in the Alaska K-12 and teacher education environment.


  • Experience as an elementary classroom teacher in recent years

  • Experience working with adults in a teaching/learning situation (e.g., teaching at a university level, mentoring a student teacher/intern, providing in-service workshops for teachers)

  • Participation in professional development in recent years

  • Experience working with students from diverse groups: non-traditional college students; ELL students; low-income students; students with special needs

  • Knowledge of the Alaska context

  • Knowledge of Alaska Native people and communities  

  • Experience working with Indigenous populations in schools

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Willingness to work collaboratively with a team of elementary faculty and advisors

  • Experience and expertise with Google Applications and with distance learning platforms

Required Education:

  • Master of Education degree or similar degree in relevant field
  • PhD preferred

Required Experience:

  • Three years of K-8 teaching experience in the last ten years

  • Holds a current teaching license

  • Experience working with adult learners

  • Evidence of continued professional development

  • Direct experience in Alaskan schools or direct experience with Indigenous populations in K-12 schools

Application Instructions:

Qualified candidates should submit the following documents:

  • A cover letter describing how the candidate's educational background and professional experience meet the required and preferred qualifications for the position, including achievements and future plans;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A one page education philosophy statement
  • Transcripts showing highest degree earned (unofficial transcripts may be submitted; official transcripts will be required prior to an offer;
  • Two recent letters from professional references addressing the requirements of the position
  • Copy of current K12 teaching license

All application documents should be uploaded to https:www.alaska.edu/jobs .

Please submit your application on/by 11:59pm (AKST) Sunday, February 10th. Applications submitted after that date/time will be saved, however, there is no guarantee the application will be reviewed or considered. For more information on the position please contact Carol Barnhardt, at cabarnhardt@Alaska.edu. 

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check.  Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Union Representation:

This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF.  The policy can be located at:  http://www.uaf.edu/chancellor/policy/04.07.010/

Tobacco-Free Campus:

UAF Campus is a tobacco free campus.  For more information, please go to: http://www.uaf.edu/tobaccofreecampus/

Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination





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