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Teacher Education, Co-Director of the Office of Clinical Practice

POSITION

Full-time, clinical faculty with rank in the Division of Teacher Education; 11-month faculty appointment in the School of Education. Clinical faculty positions are not designated as tenure-track.

STARTING DATE: July 1, 2022

Review of complete applications will start May 30 and continue until the position is filled.

Background

Fresno Pacific University’s teacher preparation programs are housed in the School of Education. The Office of Clinical Practice is responsible for developing and maintaining strong relationships with partner school districts by arranging student teaching placements, maintaining all contracts, and supporting University Mentors who coach and evaluate candidates in the programs. The Directors of Clinical Practice support students enrolled in the multiple subjects, single subject, and education specialist credential programs.

The Divisions of Teacher Education and Special Education are committed to providing students a strong foundation in educational theory and pedagogical skills in the context of the Christian faith. This Christian worldview invests the programs with purpose and direction; it provides a foundation for the understanding and development of excellence in teaching and responsiveness to the concerns of young people and their families and communities. The programs maintain a strong reputation within the educational community of the Central Valley as graduates are known for their excellent preparation to teach and serve in the diverse schools of the valley and beyond.

Role: Co-Director of the Office of Clinical Practice

The Co-Directors of the Office of Clinical Practice provide support for the field experience components of the Teacher Education and Special Education Division credential programs.

  • Co-lead Office of Clinical Practice with the Director of University Mentoring including establishing policy & procedures and planning clinical practice meetings.
  • Provide support for faculty assigned to manage directed student teaching and internship placements within the service area of their regional campuses: Visalia and Merced.
  • Manage district student teaching and intern contracts and Memoranda of Understanding.
  • In collaboration with program directors, maintain updated clinical practice handbooks. Handbooks provide guidance for FPU faculty, mentors, and district colleagues.
  • Respond to CTC accreditation requirements for clinical practice; and
  • Maintain databases which contain accurate information pertaining to all field experience assignments.

Role: Director of Field Experience - Fresno

The Director of Field Experience manages placement of multiple and single subject student teachers and education specialist practicum students in clinical practice settings.

  • Cultivate dynamic, working relationships with district and school personnel within the service area of the Fresno campus to arrange high quality field experience placement opportunities for teacher candidates.
  • Work collaboratively with credential program directors and the Director of University Mentoring to determine master teacher and university mentor assignments; and
  • Respond to reports from FPU faculty and/or school personnel regarding problems related to field experience.

Role: Teacher Education Faculty

Teaching, service, and scholarship are primary expectations of full-time faculty at FPU.

  • Teach courses in the teacher education program (course assignments based on academic and professional knowledge, expertise, and experience).
  • Assume activities in support of the governance of the university.
  • Meet expectations for clinical faculty scholarship and professional development as determined by the School of Education.

Qualifications

Required

  • M.A. in education or related field.
  • Commitment to preparing teachers to work in diverse and high poverty K-12 schools.
  • Experience in developing dynamic multi-agency partnerships.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Evidence of effective professional communication skills.
  • Significant, demonstrated skills in utilizing technology to enhance communications and maintain accurate records.
  • Record or potential for professional contributions to the field of education, and/or scholarly achievement.
  • Successful record of TK-12 teaching.
  • Demonstrated success working with diverse communities.
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the University’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning and involvement in a local church.

Compensation

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

Application

The link to the application is within the job description at https://fresno.edu/visitors/careers

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:

Dr. Gary Gramenz
School of Education, Box 2001
Fresno Pacific University
1717 S. Chestnut Avenue
Fresno, CA 93702
OR email: FPUProv@fresno.edu

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University description

Fresno Pacific University is the only accredited Christian university founded in the Central Valley. FPU connects every student’s untapped potential with unlimited opportunity for professional, personal and ethical growth. FPU offers undergraduate, graduate and seminary programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation to more than 3,500 traditional and adult students on the main campus in southeast Fresno and regional campuses in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches about 8,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university, and is a Hispanic Serving Institution, with a Hispanic student population of 47 percent. FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top tier among western universities—master’s category by U.S. News & World Report. Both U.S. News and Washington Monthly include FPU on their “Best Value” and “Best Bang for the Buck” lists, U.S. News places it at number 13 in its category for student social mobility and Money has ranked it at number 11 among 50 Best Colleges for Transfer Students. FPU is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church, and all employees express a personal Christian commitment and support the Christian mission of the university. A description of the unique quality of FPU as an academic community can be found in the Fresno Pacific Idea here.

Fresno Pacific University is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic or social background, sex, age, or disability. Committed to excellence and actively supportive of cultural diversity, FPU invites individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply.