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Job: Instructor of Science (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics), North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Morganton, NC

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General Information

Job title:
Instructor of Science (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)
Job location:
Morganton, NC  28655 United States
Requisition code:
Date posted:
HIRING SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience
Job category:
Learning Management
Employment type:
Full time

Job Description

POSTING DATE: 11/18/2021
CLOSING DATE: Open until filled
HIRING SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience
POSITION TYPE: EHRA Faculty, 10-month, 1.0 FTE

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) invites applications for full-time Instructors of Science at its new campus in Morganton, North Carolina. This recruitment is for six vacancies. Positions are 10-month, permanent-track positions with full benefits through the State of North Carolina.

We invite and welcome all applications for employment within our institution. NCSSM is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. If you are an individual with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process, please contact us at (919) 416-2662.

Description of Duties:

The six positions report to the Morganton Chair of Science and are responsible for providing instruction in Biology or Chemistry or Physics.

General duties:

Develop and communicate to students clear course objectives and goals;
Plan and develop an instructional program that helps students assimilate specific course content and skills;
Hold tutorial sessions;
Regularly monitor and evaluate students’ progress, providing them with resources and feedback on their performance;
Structure and manage an environment conducive to learning;
Model for students responsibility to self and others;
Follow the school’s mission, policies, and procedures;
Teach January-Term courses;
Attend departmental, faculty, and staff meetings;
Serve on departmental, faculty, and school-wide standing committees;
Write recommendations for up to 15 students each year, as requested;
Participate in professional development and personal intellectual growth activities;
Participate in one or more of the following activities:
Provide information, service, and expertise to other schools and organizations;
Assist students on special projects, independent and individual study, and seminar-based studies;
Participate in the admissions process by recruiting, selecting, and advising prospective students;
Participate in NCSSM alumni activities;
Provide assistance for school-sponsored programs and extracurricular activities.

Specific duties:

Teach 3 class sections each semester and 4 weeks of a January Term course. Adopt core science courses from NCSSM Durham and develop new elective and interdisciplinary courses.

About NCSSM:

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) challenges academically talented students from across the state with a comprehensive curriculum including highly specialized courses in science, technology, engineering/computer science, and mathematics. NCSSM opened in 1980 as something of an academic experiment: Would something excellent happen if we gathered together a highly motivated and diverse student body with a critical mass of equally motivated, accomplished, credentialed, and diverse faculty within a space dedicated to the power of the scientific method? Four decades later, NCSSM has built a firmly rooted reputation as an academic powerhouse, educating intellectually gifted students from every corner of the state, representing rural and urban communities, and all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. Eleven states and several countries worldwide have since used NCSSM as the model for their own programs.

Today, as in 1980, the mission of NCSSM, an intellectually stimulating, diverse, inclusive, and collaborative community, is to:

educate and nurture academically talented students to become state, national, and global leaders,
increase access to high quality public education in North Carolina, and
cultivate engaged citizens who will work for the betterment of the world,

through challenging programs, with an emphasis on STEM, driven by the pursuit of excellence and innovation.

Altogether, nearly 1,500 North Carolina students from all 13 congressional districts and nearly all 100 counties are enrolled in one of our three signature programs: our residential diploma program, our online certificate program or our Open Enrollment Distance Education program. Our Open Enrollment courses, taught via interactive video conferencing, expand local offerings to include enrichments and advanced coursework otherwise unavailable in students’ home communities. NCSSM instructors teach live to classrooms statewide daily, broadcasting more synchronous video than any other public provider in the state.

By 2022, NCSSM will expand to an additional campus in Morganton, NC. Funded by the Connect NC Bond, legislative appropriations, and private philanthropic gifts, the campus will initially accommodate 300 additional residential diploma program students as well as increased distance education enrollment.

NCSSM has more than 11,000 alumni, nearly all of whom attended colleges and universities (a great majority within our own top NC public universities) and nearly three-quarters of whom have earned or are seeking a graduate degree. According to a 2019 survey of alumni who attended the school between 1980 and 2018, 64 percent of NCSSM college graduates earn a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field -- over three times the national average for high school graduates. And 58 percent of NCSSM underrepresented minority (URM) graduates earn an undergraduate degree in a STEM field -- nearly four times the national average for URM students. A 2020 economic impact study found that 54 percent of our alumni continue to live and work in North Carolina, catalyzing nearly $1.3 billion in economic activity and making priceless contributions to our quality of life as teachers, physicians, scientists, entrepreneurs and other community leaders. Many of our graduates, the oldest of whom are in their mid-50s, refer to their time at NCSSM as “life-changing” and continue to support their alma mater with charitable gifts, volunteerism, and other purposeful engagement.

Our school is a full constituent of the University of North Carolina System and is governed and supported by the UNC Board of Governors, NCSSM Board of Trustees, NCSSM Foundation, NCSSM Alumni Association, NCSSM Parent Association, NCSSM Faculty Senate, NCSSM Staff Senate, and NCSSM Student Government Association. Notably, a representative from each of our Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, and Student Government Association serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of our Board of Trustees.

NCSSM operates as a free public school open to qualified NC students, regardless of financial means. We generate more than 10 percent of our institutional budget from private donations, a ratio that will likely increase as we undertake a comprehensive fundraising campaign.

Consistent with our founding and governance, the institution is guided by a standing strategic plan. Though goals may shift from time to time, our core beliefs have remained fundamentally unchanged since our establishment:

Our greatest resource is the capability and creative capacity of the human mind.
Everyone is unique and has intrinsic value.
Diversity and inclusion enrich and strengthen lives and communities.
Embracing challenge inspires growth and the pursuit of excellence.
Individuals are responsible for their choices and actions.
With opportunity, support, and effort all people can realize their full potential.
A nurturing community develops the well-being of the whole person.
Service to others builds and strengthens our community.
Environmental stewardship and resource sustainability are a shared responsibility.
A passion for learning throughout life leads to success and fulfillment.
Collaboration fosters learning, ignites innovation, and cultivates community.
Adhering to high ethical standards is essential for a community to function and flourish.
Access to high quality public education is essential to a free, democratic society.

NCSSM is an EEO/eVerify/VEVRAA Employer

Job Requirements

Minimum Education and Experience:
Master’s degree in Biology or Chemistry or Physics, other Natural Sciences or Science Education.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Experience teaching biology, chemistry, or physics and a commitment to engaging gifted and motivated students in face-to-face and online classrooms. Enthusiasm for student-centered, hands-on lab or field activities and familiarity with educational and laboratory technology. Interest in emphasizing quantitative or computational approaches to science content and incorporating the concepts and techniques of data science.

Please attach a cover letter, CV, and statement of teaching philosophy to the online application before submitting. The cover letter should clearly state which academic discipline (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) the candidate is interested in applying for.
(Job number: 4052870)
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