POSITION: Tenure-line, or non-tenure line, open-rank faculty position, beginning August 2021, Department of Education
QUALIFICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The ideal candidate will embrace Central College’s commitment to be a leader in preparing the next generation of pre-K-12 educators in the state of Iowa. Our new colleague will join an active and highly collaborative partnership with school districts, local corporations, cross-curricular college departments, and state-level agencies on current state education initiatives.
The successful candidate will preferably have a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Education or related field (ABD considered) for a tenure-line position or a master’s in special education for a non-tenure line position. Candidates should have special education teaching experience, preferably in a pre-K-6 special education setting. College teaching experience is desirable. Our new colleague will have the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses in the teacher preparation program (e.g., Classroom Behavior Management Strategies, Individualized Education Plans & Assessment, Elementary Curriculum & Methods for Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities and Instructional Strategist I: Behavior Modification) and college-wide liberal arts courses. Additionally, candidates will be expected to contribute to program development and assessment, advising and mentoring of students, supervision of practicum and student teaching experiences, and engaging in scholarship and service that contributes to the institution and profession.
Central’s DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION featuring both Elementary Education and Secondary Education is a highly collaborative, collegial department that is well integrated in the life of campus across disciplines and provides rich and meaningful collaborative opportunities with regional school districts and community partners. Central College Education students exhibit highly successful Praxis Exam completion rates (over 96%) and are annually awarded the Recognition of Excellence Indicator Award for exemplary scores.
The department is highly committed to a novel developmental model to prepare students to become effective educators in elementary and secondary education. This unique model aligns with InTASC standards for teacher preparation and provides students with fundamental, developmentally appropriate coursework and experiences. The Central Teachers Academy (CTA) is an exceptional teacher preparation program, highly regarded in the state, and the only one of its kind in Iowa. CTA students are trained and paired with mentor teachers in the Pella Community School District and Pella Christian School for three years.
About Central College
Founded in 1853, Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, residential four-year liberal arts college known for its academic rigor and strength in global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), sustainability education, athletics success and tradition, and leadership and service. Central continues to value its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the American Rivers Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and just minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa's largest lake.