This is a temporary position in the Early Childhood Education program within the Division of Education at Governors State University for the Spring 2024 and Summer 2024 semesters with approximately 16 credits of supervision and teaching over the two semesters. The visiting professor will teach courses and supervise candidates in their clinical experiences in schools and early learning centers. This position does require the ability to travel to schools and centers; paid travel included.
- Teach classes, both online and in-person.
- Serve as a supervisor to observe candidates in the field, which involves traveling to various early learning centers and schools.
- Observe and evaluate candidates in their clinical placements and student teaching placements, including informal and formal observations (teaching lessons).
- Offer valuable feedback to help candidates improve in their coursework and instruction in the classroom.
- Monitor candidate progress.
- Guide candidates through their coursework and fieldwork/clinical requirements.
- Complete teaching evaluations and other forms for clinical placements, as well as record and enter data in the system.
- Collaborate with faculty and staff at the University and clinical sites in order to follow the policies, procedures, and standards.
- Communicate and build relationships with Mentor Teachers and schools to accomplish clinical goals and outcomes as well as fulfill partnership responsibilities.
- Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of teaching (curriculum, instruction, learning and child development).
- Demonstrate sensitivity to candidates whose cultural and educational experiences differ from their own.
- Ability to build relationships through empathetic listening, motivation, and support, creating a respective and inclusive environment for all candidates, Mentor Teachers, and schools/early learning centers.
- Ability to meet deadlines, manage multiple tasks, prioritize, and organize.
- Ability to remain flexible and handle vague or changing information.
- Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the mission and goals or the university, college, and program.
- Demonstrate a professional demeanor and use professional communication at all times.
Governors State University is the only regional, public, comprehensive university in Chicago's south suburban area, serving approximately 7,750 students annually. GSU provides accessible, high value undergraduate and graduate education to culturally and economically diverse students. With the lowest undergraduate tuition in Illinois, GSU offers accredited programs that have earned high praise from national accrediting agencies. Founded in 1969, GSU is undergoing major transition this year as we are now are a residential institution, accepting first-year students, transfer and graduate students. The university has an ambitious five-year Academic Master Plan, greatly expanding current programs. GSU is implementing a state-of-the-art General Education program and working to greatly expand student academic and support services to foster student and community engagement. New faculty at GSU must demonstrate enthusiasm and ability to work with students at all levels, from first-year to graduate.
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