How to Apply
To apply for this position, please upload your resume and cover letter as one document. The cover letter should address your fit for the position and your professional commitment to diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity. PLEASE NOTE THIS OPENING IS FOR A ONE YEAR TERM-LIMITED POSITION.
The mathematics specialist contributes specific expertise to a variety of projects and collaborates with other staff and faculty members at TeachingWorks. Some of the resources the mathematics specialist will be developing are video exemplars, curriculum materials, and performance assessments and scoring rubrics, based on the TeachingWorks high leverage practices. This would include helping to identify skillful practicing teachers in a range of communities and schools and working with demographically diverse or underserved groups who would be willing to allow their classrooms to be videotaped to create video exemplars and then helping to design the exemplars. The mathematics specialist will work with others to build detailed curriculum materials for use in teacher education, including instructional activities and assignments. Also, the mathematics specialist will conduct written analysis of existing research and collaborate with others who represent a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and areas of teaching expertise.
Who We Are
TeachingWorks, founded in 2012, is an organization located in the U-M School of Education dedicated to raising the quality of entry-level K-12 teaching and students' learning in beginning teachers’ classrooms. We believe that skillful teaching can be a powerful lever for creating a just and inclusive society. Our goal is that all students, whoever and wherever they are, consistently receive teaching that cares for and supports their growth and success. We are especially focused on achieving equitable educational opportunities for communities of color and children living in poverty by improving the consistent quality of teaching children to receive.
Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- designing materials for the initial preparation of teachers and to support the work of those who prepare and support beginning teachers;
- designing and implementing professional training opportunities for teacher educators; and
- designing and implementing professional training opportunities for practicing K-12 teachers.
- A doctorate in education or a related field
- A strong background in teacher education or professional development in elementary or secondary mathematics
- Experience designing, developing, and/or implementing professional training programs for new or practicing teachers and knowledge of the current education policy context, particularly as it relates to teacher education
- The ability to interpret research data and findings and clearly and accurately communicate complex or technical information to a variety of audiences, both orally and in writing
- Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, personal initiative, and the ability to work in a fast-paced, energetic environment
- Excellent writing and other communications skills and a strong orientation toward collaborative work are also essential
- An ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
- Experience working with school districts, higher education institutions, and non-profit institutions
- Experience and expertise in promoting diversity and equity, and whose experience with teaching and/or with teacher education has involved demographically diverse or underserved populations and/or communities.
The position involves regular travel (approximately twice a month) to facilitate the professional training opportunities. However due to COVID, travel has been halted and will resume once university and CDC lift travel restrictions.
Statement on Diversity:
We respect and value individuals from all races, ethnic backgrounds, ages, genders, religions, sexual orientations, disabilities, economic or veteran status, and other diverse perspectives and individual differences. Further, we are committed to tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect everywhere within our community and we affirm our promise to make the School of Education a welcoming place for all. In seeking new staff members, we are committed to hiring those who share in our reverence and expectation for diversity.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.