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Job ID 25140BR Date posted 08/17/2017 Institution Kendall College City Chicago
General Summary
Kendall College currently seeks a part-time instructor to teach “Mindset Matters: Your Brain and You,” which is an interdisciplinary course with content emphasis on the science of the brain and skill emphases on problem solving and math. This is a part-time, one-quarter faculty position with responsibilities for teaching one or more courses, potentially including course development and updating of courses. After the first quarter, upon satisfactory performance, there is the possibility of returning for subsequent quarters.
Specifically for the fall quarter, which runs October 4 to December 20, 2017, we plan to offer one or two sections of this class and are seeking an instructor to teach one or more sections:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:20-12:00
Mondays and Wednesdays 2:40-4:20
Classes run for 10 weeks, plus a final exam meeting for campus classes. Please include in your cover letter your availability for these days and times, as well as other days and times, in the event of any future changes.
KCC 102—Mindset Matters: Your Brain and You (Course Description)
This course uses unique problem solving scenarios to launch a scientific analysis of your individual thought processes. From there, we will introduce the psychology and physiology of growth and fixed mindsets. Across several case studies, we will practice identifying and analyzing approaches to problem solving that other accomplished individuals have employed throughout their career. Students will then turn inward to study and reflect upon instances from their own lives when they aligned upon different spots on the mindset spectrum. Finally, we will create a personal plan to apply growth mindset as a citizen.
An ideal candidate will embrace changing approaches to teaching and learning, demonstrate competencies consistent with our department philosophy (as described below) and contribute valuable insight in the curricular design process.
Responsibilities include:
  • Teaching of courses as assigned.
  • Engaging in on-going personal professional and faculty development
  • Providing student support for every aspect of learning in the form of regular office hours, tutorial assistance, coaching and career and academic assistance and advice
  • May perform other duties and responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time such as course and curriculum development, evaluate textbooks and materials
  • Attendance at one-on-one and/or faculty meetings with the Dean of General Education
  • Development of curriculum with the school faculty and Dean or Director and assessment of curriculum with the school faculty, Dean or Director, college curriculum committee and Provost.
  • Participate in developing courses and curriculum
  • Provide leadership/mentoring to new instructors
  • Attend teachers' meetings
  • Maintain office hours
  • Other duties, as assigned
Department Philosophy
The General Education department aims for continuous improvement and customized learning approaches for Kendall students. Our courses are interdisciplinary in nature and employs the flipped classroom approach. As such, we seek instructors who:
  • use active learning strategies to engage learners
  • encourage students to take ownership of their learning
  • embody and foster a growth mindset
  • provide timely and specific formative feedback
  • improvise skillfully and comfortably, using creative problem-solving to improve student learning, which includes applying appropriate strategies as needed and seeking out technology resources to enhance individualized learning and re-appropriate uses of time in and out of the classroom
If you share a similar philosophy, we are interested in talking to you. Please apply with a cover statement and CV.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree required in a related field
  • At least one year teaching experience
  • Ability to teach and to motivate students
  • Ability to work effectively independently and in teams
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