Emma Willard School seeks an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher to work as a full-time Science Instructor starting the 2023-2024 academic school year. This position requires the flexibility to teach across various levels and disciplines of science and have an interest in designing elective courses (e.g.. neuroscience, environmental science). The school is accepting applicants who can teach biology, chemistry, physics or any combination of the three. The instructor should be prepared to teach across multiple levels and will collaborate regularly with other teachers of all levels. The instructor will work with the department chair and Science faculty to ensure an integrated and cohesive curriculum. Additionally, the instructor will be encouraged to use creative and innovative teaching practices. This person will demonstrate a commitment to bringing out the absolute best in each student, open collaboration with colleagues, and meaningful professional development.
The instructor will participate in the active review and creation of scope and sequence for science courses while using the Emma Willard School academic program pillars of intellectual flexibility, purpose and community, and equity and justice as a guide. The Science faculty use a variety of tools and techniques, including but not limited to experiential learning and reflection practices, to help students be confident learning science. Instructors encourage and scaffold higher-order thinking about scientific concepts and facilitate exploration and enjoyment through laboratory experiments. Dedication to the holistic wellness of students is essential, as is the ability and comfort in frequent communication with students’ advisors and parents. Emma Willard School faculty regularly participate in community-wide professional development and each faculty member works with their department chair to develop a plan for their personal professional growth. Faculty are given the opportunity to regularly participate in professional learning through the school’s Center for Teaching and Learning.
As a boarding school, Emma Willard asks all teachers to contribute to the overall life of the school. These responsibilities will include helping with dorm life and co-curricular activities (e.g. coaching, after school physical education, advising a student activity group, etc) that fill the needs of the school and, ideally, intersect with the interest or expertise of the instructor.
We seek someone who is committed to and willing to navigate today’s changing and diverse landscape. This individual will help the school promote and nurture diversity, equity, and inclusion. The School encourages candidates from under-represented groups and individuals who have demonstrated experience with diverse populations who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service to apply.
Key Areas of Responsibility:
Teach four classes which may include a combination of year-long graduation requirement courses and upper-level electives
Create and administer appropriate assessments as consistent with departmental philosophy and practice
Grade assessments and offer substantive feedback within a timely manner
Keep accurate records of assignments, attendance, and grades on an online learning management system
Compose student comments quarterly or as assigned
Provide individual support to students as needed
Communicate with students’ advisors, parents, and/or houseparents as appropriate
Participate in school-wide functions and events
Attend and contribute to departmental, faculty, and faculty/staff meetings
Lead co-curricular activities (coaching, advising a club, etc.)
Be a positive force in the lives of students
Bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline (physics, chemistry, biology) or a related field
Be a strong advocate for the Emma Willard School mission
Demonstrate excellence in course design, planning, and implementation
Demonstrate a commitment to laboratory safety and best-practices in the lab
Have a strong desire to contribute to a collaborative course-level team
Have a good working knowledge of Google, Microsoft Word, comfort with online learning-management systems, and enthusiasm for experimenting with learning technologies
Patience, enthusiasm, and the ability to manage priorities and meet deadlines
Demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and development
Demonstrate superior judgment
Have a valid driver's license
Advanced degree in science or in education
3 years of science-teaching experience
Knowledge and experience of how to teach science online
Experience using experiential learning practices such as project-based learning, problem-based learning, and community engagement in a science classroom
Emma Willard School requires employees to be fully vaccinated with the exception of medical exemptions.
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and teaching statement to be considered for the position.
Since 1814, Emma Willard School has been one of the nation's leading college preparatory boarding and day schools for young women. At Emma Willard, every possible resource is dedicated to developing in students the values and skills that form the foundation of a life of accomplishment, leadership, and fulfillment. These include a love for the life of the mind, a commitment to service, courage and confidence, grace and creativity, and collaboration and friendship. Known for its rigor, the school promotes intellectual curiosity and disciplined study habits through a challenging curriculum distinguished by a wide array of advanced placement courses and electives. It also promotes active involvement in the life of the campus and off-campus communities through a rich co-curricular program. In all they do, students are both challenged and closely supported by an outstanding faculty and staff. The school's extraordinary physical plant is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and provides a breathtakingly beautiful yet state-of-the-art setting for learning and living. Throughout its history, Emma Willard has been committed to enrolling a diverse student body from across the Ca...pital Region, across the country, and around the world. This commitment is honored by significant expenditures in financial aid to assist families who might not otherwise have the opportunity to provide an extraordinary secondary education for their daughters.