Berry College

Berry College Mount Berry, Rome, GA, USA
Oct 04, 2019
Full time
ABOUT BERRY COLLEGE: Located on more than 27,000 acres in northwest Georgia in a setting of great natural beauty, Berry College has an enrollment of about 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students. The college is located in Rome, Georgia, 75 miles northwest of Atlanta and 75 miles south of Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a comprehensive liberal-arts college with a distinctive mission and purpose, Berry unites a challenging academic program with practical work experience in a context that nurtures spiritual and moral growth, including significant service to others. We seek faculty who are committed to excellence as teachers-scholars-mentors and staff who are also committed to serving as mentors and supervisors for students who work on campus. Although not required, more than 90 percent of our students participate in our premier student work program. Employee benefits are competitive.     JOB DESCRIPTION: Berry College seeks applications for the position of Director of Teacher Education Programs, with the position to be filled by fall 2020.  This is a full-time (10-month appointment), tenure-track faculty position at the rank of associate/full professor. Candidates must possess a record of service in higher education in the area of teacher education, and a solid record of scholarship commensurate with a tenure-track position.  In addition to teaching, the Director is expected to provide leadership and expertise regarding teacher education programs across campus, collaborate with other faculty and staff in our varied majors and programs to implement any required or suggested changes from the GaPSC, evaluate and mentor faculty, budget departmental funds, lead Teacher Education Program accreditation efforts, continuously improve our Teacher Education Program at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and design and implement innovations to maintain a cutting-edge stance in teacher education, as well as provide academic advisement to students in the program(s) and to prospective students.  Additionally, the Directors of our laboratory schools (Berry Elementary and Middle School, Child Development Center, and South Rome Early Learning Center) will report to the Director of Teacher Education Program. The Director will report to the Dean of the Charter School of Education and Human Sciences.     MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS An earned doctorate with specialization in Literacy and Early Childhood or a related field. Demonstrable knowledge and ability to collaborate with school district personnel, administrators, teachers, and community partners. At least three years of teaching experience in K-12 grades, along with teaching experience in post-secondary institutions. Ability to provide quality academic advisement to college students. Excellent writing and communication skills. Ability to work independently and as a member of a collaborative team. Evidence of or potential for maintaining an active research and publication agenda. Skill in developing and implementing undergraduate and graduate teacher education recruitment plans. Experience in a leadership role in higher education.   PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Experience with successful design and implementation of teacher education programs. Knowledge of edTPA. Knowledge of accountability and accreditation practices. Willingness to work collaboratively with faculty and to mentor students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds are essential.   ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Department of Teacher Education has a long history at Berry College, with a far-reaching reputation for preparing highly qualified teachers who are sought out by school districts and private schools throughout the state of Georgia and southern region.  As a significant professional program at Berry, the program is accredited by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and is held to high standards of planning, monitoring, and delivering an educational program that graduates highly qualified professional teachers who are prepared to lead classrooms and teach children from diverse backgrounds, socioeconomic strata, and ethnicities, including those with unique challenges.   The department offers Elementary, Middle Grades, Secondary, and P-12 Education majors, a Family Studies minor, and a Teaching English as a Foreign Language minor, as well as Autism, ESOL, and Reading endorsements. See details regarding our department on our website: .   Berry is a selective independent college of 2,100 students located adjacent to Rome, Georgia, midway between Atlanta, Georgia, and Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Berry's educational approach deliberately unites challenging academic programs with practical work experience in a residential campus community that encourages faith and emphasizes caring for the needs of others above self.  This commitment to an "education of the head, heart and hands" remains as relevant today as when our founder instilled this ethic more than a century ago.    Nationally recognized for quality of learning and quality of life, Berry offers first-rate undergraduate degree programs in the sciences, humanities, arts and human sciences, as well as undergraduate and master's level opportunities in business and teacher education.  The College's stunning 27,000-acre campus affords opportunities that cannot be duplicated elsewhere.  Berry's ongoing commitment is to provide exceptional educational experiences to talented students from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds.   Berry is a Chronicle of Higher Education 2018 "Great College to Work For."  The college offers competitive benefits and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  An Equal Opportunity Institution, Berry complies with all applicable laws and provisions prohibiting discrimination in its educational and employment policies.  Berry respects the essential dignity of all individuals and accordingly hires and promotes employees without regard to matters of personal identity such as ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and political affiliation.  Berry College provides benefit options with no employee costs for medical, dental, disability, and life insurance, including spouse and dependents at a reduced rate. Berry College is committed to ensuring facilities, programs, services, and activities are accessible to everyone, including those seeking employment at Berry College.  Inquiries about interview or workplace accommodations are welcomed and can be directed to Wayne Phipps, Director of Human Resources, at 706.290.2698.   APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Interested applicants should submit: a letter expressing qualifications and interest in the position, a curriculum vita, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching and leadership philosophy and three letters of recommendation through . Applications must include a separate statement that addresses how their cultural, experiential, and/or academic background contributes to the understanding of diversity at the College. The review of applications will begin October 15 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.  Candidates from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.  EO/AA employer.