Laboratory Schools: Humanities Teacher, Middle School

University Of Chicago Chicago , IL 60602

Posted 4 days ago

Department
11420 Lab Academic Divisions & Departments

About the Unit

The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provides one of the world's most outstanding pre-collegiate educational experiences. Because Lab is part of the University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual lifeof thought and explorationinfuses all aspects of our curriculum and students in every grade benefit from outstanding UChicago academicians and access to unmatched resources. John Deweyone of the great minds in educationestablished the Schools in 1896 as a place to explore and implement his theories on childhood education. Today's students still benefit from his vision, and today's Lab faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field. Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are affiliated with the University, half live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northern Indiana. Lab's student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the Schools and its community; approximately half of our 2,000 students are people of color and families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes. The Laboratory Schools seek the finest employeespeople who wish to inspire a love of learning in our students and join a vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training, in many different disciplines. At Lab, we value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity. We seek employees who share a similar commitment to these values. Lab people are engaged and excited by our mission. It is a great place to work and our connection to the University provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment. AA/EOE Statement: The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination. Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-1841 or by email talentacquisition@uchicago.edu with their request.

Job Information

Job Summary:

Humanities teachers report to the Middle School Principal, provide interdisciplinary instruction of language arts and social studies in the Middle School, and teach the following skills: critical thinking, reading, writing, research, and discussion. Middle school humanities teachers are expected to attend meetings, write narrative grade reports, respond to electronic communication, and organize and supervise student activities.

Responsibilities:

  • Humanities teachers work in collaborative groups at departments and within grade levels; in addition, they attend meetings to support the advisory program, and they serve as advisors to a group of middle school students.

  • Additionally, middle school teachers meet with counselors, learning specialists, and parents when necessary, to provide the most comprehensive and inclusive approach to student needs.

  • Full-time teachers are expected to work a 40 hour work week and the required number of days as stipulated by the Faculty Association contract. All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The anticipated start date for this position is 9/1/2020.

Competencies:

  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing circumstances and be flexible in work with students.

  • Ability to interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and parents required.

  • Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues, and dynamics in the classroom and in developing healthy, supportive relationships with all students.

  • Strong knowledge of course subject matter required.

  • Knowledge of instructional methodologies required.

  • Strong knowledge of child development required.

  • Ability to develop curricula, lesson plans, and assessment tools required.

  • Analytical skills required.

  • Problem-solving skills required.

  • Decision-making skills required.

  • Attention to detail required.

  • Organizational skills required.

  • Computational skills required.

  • Creativity required.

  • Verbal and written communication skills

  • Interpersonal skills required.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.

  • Ability to manage stressful situations required.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality required.

  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.

  • Ability to use standard productivity software (Microsoft Office, calendar/schedule software, etc.)

Additional Requirements

Education:

  • Bachelor's degree required

  • Advanced degree preferred

  • Coursework or degree that reflects multicultural content preferred

Experience:

  • Two years of teaching experience required

  • Experience teaching in a middle school setting strongly preferred

  • Experience working with students with diverse backgrounds such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language, and nationality preferred

Physical Requirements for Teaching Positions:

  • Ability to move in and around the classroom/building to interact with students, faculty, staff, parents, and other members of the community.

  • Ability to move class-related equipment/tools, as appropriate, around school property

  • When appropriate, the ability to escort children from one classroom to another, in and out of the building during arrival and dismissal, and in an emergency situation.

  • Ability to demonstrate lessons, when appropriate.

Required Documents:

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

  • Professional references

  • Brief statement of philosophy regarding:

  • Ways in which your qualifications can help Lab achieve its goals of inclusivity, equity, and diversity.

  • Approach to teaching

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

Benefit Eligibility

Yes

Pay Frequency

Annual

Pay Range

Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours
40

Union
000- American Federation of Teachers , Local 2063

Job is Exempt?

Yes

Drug Test Required?

No

Does this position require incumbent to operate a vehicle on the job?

No

Health Screen Required?

No

Posting Date
2019-11-07-08:00

Remove from Posting On or Before
2020-05-07-07:00

Posting Statement:

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: http://securityreport.uchicago.edu. Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.


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