Associate Chair of the Division of Teacher Education - Director of Clinical Practice

Full-time, with faculty rank; continuing status track position in the Division of Teacher Education; 11 month faculty appointment, in the School of Education.

Start Date:

August 1, 2014; review of applications will begin March 3, 2014 and continue until a suitable candidate is discerned.

Job Description:

The associate chair of the Division of Teacher Education provides overall leadership for the design and coordination of the field experience component of the multiple and single subject credential programs. The position involves engaging a highly collaborative faculty in preparing elementary, middle school, and high school teachers who are completing a credential/master of arts in teaching program in each of Fresno Pacific University’s four regional centers (Main Fresno Campus, Merced, Visalia and Bakersfield). Under the direction of the division chair for teacher education, the associate chair directs the mentor program (university mentors supervise teacher candidates in early field experiences, student teaching and internships) and provides overall leadership for developing university-district/school partnerships.

The position of associate chair is a new position within the Teacher Education Division. It reflects the division’s commitment to the importance of clinical practice. We believe that by resourcing our clinical practice program in this way, we demonstrate our belief that learning to teach must always be grounded in the classroom. The division currently consists of 11 full-time faculty members and 65 adjunct faculty instructors. Adjunct faculty mentor student teachers and teach in the FPU regional centers. The division has achieved a reputation for excellence throughout the Central Valley and beyond. Evidence of this reputation is the high employment rate for graduates (2012 graduates: 95% employed) and the current rate of program growth (+60% from 2012-13 to 2013-14.)

Responsibilities:

  • Sustain and develop the research-based clinical practice component of the credential program;
  • Sustain and develop university-district/school partnerships that provide high quality student teaching experiences for all FPU credential candidates;
  • Provide direction and guidance for the mentoring program across the division including programs at FPU’s regional centers;
  • Collaborate with regional center directors and field experiences coordinators to design a curriculum for mentors;
  • Develop and maintain a working relationship with the state accreditation agency (CTC) with respect to requirements related to field experience;
  • Maintain updated program handbooks, which include guidance for field experience colleagues;
  • Maintain updated communications system that supports all personnel involved in the field experience component of the division’s credential programs;
  • Coordinate and lead Teacher Education Advisory Board functions;
  • Recruit, select, train and evaluate university mentors who work with Fresno-based student teachers and interns;
  • In collaboration with the director of field experience, assign mentors to student teachers each semester;
  • Intervene in clinical practice situations that are problematic;
  • Supervise student teachers each semester and directly support at least one school partnership;
  • Plan and facilitate professional workshops for final student teachers;
  • Teach student teaching seminars;
  • Additional opportunities to teach courses within the program are available (e.g. curriculum, English learner studies).

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Earned doctorate in education or related field (candidates with ABD or evidence of substantial progress toward degree completion will be considered);
  • Record or promise of scholarly achievement;
  • Demonstrated exemplary experience in working with student teachers, leading field experience programs, mentoring in-service teachers;
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively in a highly collaborative environment;
  • Strong personal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated skills in utilizing technology to enhance communications;
  • Evidence of successful experience teaching in K-12 environment;
  • Commitment to preparing teachers to work in high poverty schools;
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the university’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning and involvement in a local church.

University Description:

Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Some 3,600 traditional and adult students attend classes on the main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches more than 8,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university and is the Valley’s only comprehensive Christian university granting master’s degrees. The university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church. All employees must express a personal Christian commitment and support the Christian mission of the university.

Compensation:

Dependent on qualifications and experience, and paid out over 12 months. Full-time benefits include insurance (medical, vision, dental, LTD), retirement (TIAA-CREF), Section 125 options.

Application:

Download and complete an application form. 

Send a letter of application, a completed faculty application form (including personal statements), curriculum vita, three letters of reference (including one pastoral), and transcripts or placement file to

  • Gary Gramenz, Ph.D.
  • School of Education, Box 2001
  • Fresno Pacific University
  • 1717 S. Chestnut Avenue
  • Fresno, CA 93702
  • Or email: FPU Prov@fresno.edu