Instructor of Humanities
North Carolina Office of State Personnel - Durham County, NC

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Founded in 1980, NCSSM is a state-supported residential school for students who have demonstrated exceptional talent or interest in science, mathematics, and technology. NCSSM is inviting faculty who are willing to hear the call of its motto: “I accept the higher challenge.” We are a vibrant, growing, and close-knit community, united by our commitment to our students, our passion for learning, and for sharing what we have learned with our students—both in and outside the classroom. The Humanities Program includes university-level interdisciplinary courses, but also a variety of sophisticated electives. The center of the program is a team-taught American Studies class. American Studies doubles as the base of the NCSSM Writing Program, which emphasizes writing in context.

These are full-time, ten-month appointments in the Department of Humanities, with full benefits through the State of North Carolina. Humanities Faculty are responsible for developing innovative and engaging curricula, with a focus on interdisciplinary studies, and for team-teaching interdisciplinary cultural studies and humanities electives in NCSSM’s residential and/or DEEP (Distance Learning and Extended Programs) programs.

Major duties for these positions may include a combination of the following: team-teaching American Studies, Latin American Studies, or courses on Western European literature and culture, as well as possibly teaching International Relations or Economics in both the residential and online programs. Faculty should plan on playing an enthusiastic role in ongoing, collegial conversations about ideas, goals, pedagogical methods, and authentic assessment, within a collaborative teaching and learning environment. NCSSM features a content-rich curriculum that is designed to foster critical thinking and writing-as-reasoning.

Other responsibilities include a willingness to teach classes in the evening, as well as classes in the day; acting as an academic advisor; participating in collaborative curricular projects within the department; serving on school-wide committees; providing academic support for students through regular office hours and an extended presence on campus; sponsoring extra-curricular activities; and contributing to NCSSM’s Outreach mission by developing and sharing exemplary curricula and educational practices with teachers throughout the state, nation, and world.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies:

NCSSM is committed to an interdisciplinary approach to the Humanities. Applicants should have a wide-ranging knowledge of literature and its cultural and historical contexts, a passion for teaching and learning, and a love of ideas and of the applicant’s field of study, combined with a willingness to act as a mentor and guide for students—both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities. These qualities are more important than any particular set of credentials. Applicants should have an interest in online teaching, as well as an interest in team-teaching. Applicants should have a proven record of excellence and the ability to communicate effectively with all sectors of the NCSSM community. Applicants should be dedicated to continuing growth, both as teachers and learners. Life at NCSSM is very intense. Applicants should thus have the commitment, energy, and stamina to participate actively in the multi-dimensional life of the NCSSM community.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Master’s degree in American Studies, Comparative Literature, History, English, or Classics. Expertise in American Studies, Latin American Studies, or European Cultural Studies is a plus. Applicants should have a minimum of three years’ successful teaching experience at a college, university, or a college-preparatory school. Experience in university writing programs is a plus.

Supplemental and Contact Information:

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