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Location: Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
Type: Full Time
Job Description - Upper School History Teacher
University Liggett School seeks a full-time, experienced Upper School History teacher for grades 9-12 who is willing to teach United States History as well as elective courses. This teacher will guide student skill growth in History and Social Studies with a focus on inquiry as a central methodology, evidence-based interpretation as a crucial tool and formal presentation of analysis. This position includes collaboration and planning with colleagues in all divisions. We seek knowledgeable candidates who understand the developmental needs of Upper School students, and are willing to teach students with dynamic, student-centered instruction.
- Teach five sections of United States. History classes for the first year and electives in the following years
- Create a class environment that is devoted to close reading of complex texts, thoughtful discussion, and analytical writing
- Create an equitable and inclusive class environment that promotes respect, integrity, responsibility, and empathy
- Design assignments that stretch student thinking and imagination
- Scaffold writing and project assignments effectively and respond thoughtfully and promptly with effective feedback
- Collaborate with colleagues and engage in department discussions about pedagogy and other concerns
- Participate actively in advancing the History and Social Studies department’s curriculum and The Liggett Approach
- Incorporate and advance the skills developed in the Academic Research Program (ARP)
- Serve as an Upper School advisor
- Write thoughtful, articulate semester comments that demonstrate a thorough understanding of each learner
- Communicate thoughtfully, professionally, and clearly with families
- Participate actively and positively in the life of the school
- Along with core teaching responsibilities, the candidate will be asked to take on a co-curricular duty.
- A bachelor's degree or higher in History, Social Studies, Geography, Political Science, Education, or an equivalent field
- An enthusiasm for Upper School students and an understanding of their developmental needs
- A thoughtful and engaging approach to teaching, learning, and assessment
- A growth mindset about teaching practices and an eagerness to work toward professional goals and development
- A keen desire to work in a collaborative, inclusive, responsive, and student-centered environment
- An ability to connect with students of diverse backgrounds to develop healthy, supportive, and responsive relationships
- An ability to read critically and communicate effectively
- An enthusiasm for reading a wide range of texts outside of teaching
- A willingness and desire to support and to be present in the life of the school
- Facility with technology in the classroom
About University Liggett School
The oldest independent co-educational day school in Michigan, University Liggett School is among the preeminent PreK-12 institutions in the Midwest. Enrolling more than 640 students, University Liggett School offers a rigorous and innovative academic framework that allows students in every grade to find their passions and explore them in depth while developing creativity, critical thinking, teamwork and adaptability. This guiding philosophy is supported by a rich array of co-curricular programs and empowers students to drive their own academic experience, preparing them to flourish at some of the strongest colleges and universities in the country. Concentrated class sizes and challenging academics shape students, giving them a keen sense of self while simultaneously fostering lifelong appreciation for and an understanding of learning.
The mission of University Liggett School is to empower students to develop intellectual curiosity, leadership and confidence to contribute to a complex and changing world. We challenge students to excel and to achieve their highest potential. We create opportunities for discovery and achievement by developing a faculty who foster the strengths of each student through the Liggett Approach. We teach and practice the values of respect and responsibility in an emotionally and physically safe environment.
Qualified candidates should send the following to Shernaz Minwalla, Head of Upper School, at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A letter of interest
- A resume or curriculum vitae
- Responses to the following prompts with a video, writing, or an artifact:
- Describe a recent professional development experience you participated in and its impact upon your practice.
- What is the most significant pedagogical shift you have made in your practice from the beginning of your career to today?
- What role does assessment play in your classroom?
University Liggett School is committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. It is the policy of the school to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, military service, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), genetic information, height, weight, marital or familial status or any other status specifically protected by applicable federal or Michigan law. Candidates from groups traditionally underrepresented in independent schools are encouraged to apply.