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Adjunct Supervisor Pool - Curriculum & Instruction

Position Announcement

Position Details

Proposed Start Date 08/16/2017
Working Title Adjunct Supervisor Pool - Curriculum & Instruction
Position Number D93464
Representation AP - AFT, Local 3571

Position Summary

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept

Portland State University, with an enrollment of approximately 30,000 students, serves the Portland metropolitan area, which is a vibrant and growing community with a culturally diverse population of 1.5 million people. Portland State University’s motto is “Let knowledge serve the city”, which highlights the campus as a national leader in university–community partnerships.

“Leading, Learning, Life Changing” is the motto of the Graduate School of Education (GSE), Oregon’s largest and most comprehensive school of education. We are leading through applying best practices to educator preparation and preparing all of our graduates to understand and apply best practices in their work. In addition, we are leading through the research and other scholarly work of our faculty and students that contributes to the knowledge base in our field.

The GSE is a learning community. Faculty, educator candidates, and our practitioner partners are working and learning together to improve education for all students. Through rigorous assessment and reflection, we seek to continuously improve our programs. Most importantly, we realize the tremendous influence of educators and how they can change the lives of their students. Through our programs we seek to prepare our educator candidates so they can positively and maximally influence the lives of their students. Ultimately, we seek to prepare all educators and students to contribute to improving the quality of life in Oregon and throughout the world and to creating a more just and democratic society.

Position Summary

The Graduate School of Education at Portland State University hires part­‐time faculty on an ongoing basis to supervise teacher candidates in clinical field experiences as part of their licensure or endorsement programs.

Requisite Skills and Abilities:

- Understand, recognize and foster effective instructional practices (i.e., current instructional and content-specific pedagogies, research informed practices).
- Promote instructional strategies that reach all learners (e.g., culturally and linguistically diverse, range of abilities).
- Problem-­solve and remain flexible in seeking solutions.
- Respect the cultural implications and expectations of the school.
- Value other’s professional opinions and time, and give the time necessary for feedback and discussion.
- Communicate clearly in a timely manner and participate as a member of the team with the cooperating professional, teacher candidate and other school personnel.
- Recognize culturally responsive instructional and classroom practices.

Supervision Responsibilities:

• Support teacher candidates.

- Provide constructive support and suggestions to assist each teacher candidate’s professional growth, including instructional and content-specific pedagogies.
- Question activities and teaching strategies that assist the teacher candidate in reflecting on their teaching lesson and broadening their own self-evaluation.
- Regularly communicate with the cohort leader (i.e., at least two times a term) regarding teacher candidate progress and areas for growth.
- Provide brief “drop-in” observations often and schedule a minimum of three observations and three-­way conferences with the teacher and candidate.
- Document plan of action/interventions used to assist teacher candidates in gaining skills.
- Complete evaluations and/or assessments of teacher candidate performance according to program established timelines.
- Engage cooperating professional and teacher candidate team(s) in field-based professional learning about co-teaching/collaboration and encourage use of these approaches.
- Respond to email, phone calls, questions and other inquiries in a timely manner.

• Support PSU-GSE communications with the schools.

- Promote and sustain positive collaborative working relationships among the cooperating professional and the teacher candidate.
- Establish and maintain working relationship with the building administrator at each site and build communication between the school and the University.
- Help to build and identify future sites that may be used for clinical experiences.

• Support PSU-GSE communications with the schools.

- Participate in supervisor professional learning.
- Complete teacher evaluations in TK20.

Minimum Qualifications

• The applicant must hold a Master’s degree.
• The applicant must hold or have held (or be eligible to hold) an Oregon license appropriate to the authorization level being supervised.
• The applicant must either hold (or be eligible to hold) an Oregon license in the content area to be supervised, or be licensed as an administrator who can supervise across content areas.
• The applicant must be willing to have fingerprints or background check on file with the PSU Field Placement Office.
• The applicant must have a minimum of three years teaching in early childhood, elementary, middle, or high school.

Preferred Qualifications
Key Cultural Competencies

• Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.
• Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.
• Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement.
• Adheres to all PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.

Environmental Stewardship
Required Professional Standards of Conduct

At Portland State University, all employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner which maintains a safe, respectful, and productive environment for faculty, students, administrators, and staff. It is the responsibility of every member of the Portland State University community to conduct themselves in accordance with our PSU Professional Standards of Conduct which are available at www.pdx.edu/hr/professional-standards-conduct.

Compensation .5 CREDIT per student per term ($464 per candidate, per term) PLUS mileage.

Application Instructions

Additional Information

If you are hired to supervise for practicum in one or more of our endorsement programs, the payment is $200 per student per quarter as the work assignment is different from the student teaching supervision for candidate licensure.

Review of applications begins immediately and continues as new sections are needed.

For assistance, please contact Long Tran at 503-725-4684/lt@pdx.edu

Applicants should upload:
- CV.
- Cover letter.
- Names, telephone numbers and email addresses for three professional references.

Adjunct supervisors are hired on either a per quarter or an academic year basis.

Does this position require the employee to drive a motor vehicle? No
Background Check Required Yes

Search Details

Posting Close Date
Projected Close Date for Posting Open Until Filled

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Master’s Degree in Education (or closely related field)?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Please state which of the following licenses you hold now or have held in the past: Administrator License, PK-12 General Education Teaching License, PK-12 Special Education License, School Counseling License.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have a minimum of three years’ teaching in early childhood, elementary, middle or high school?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Please indicate languages you speak in addition to English (If any).

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please indicate content area endorsements you hold or have held in the past: (please write in all the apply)  Art  Drama  English as Second Language  Health/PE  Language Arts  Library Media  Literacy/Reading  Math  Multiple Subjects (elem)  Music  Science  Social studies  World language

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Please indicate the levels of students you have taught: (please write in all the apply)  PK-12  Early childhood  Elementary  Middle School  High School

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * If you are applying to supervise in a specific program, please list it here: Please go to the Graduate School of Education website https://www.pdx.edu/education/programs for descriptions of these programs.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * Briefly describe how your qualifications and professional experiences have prepared you for supervising teacher candidates (500 words or less).

    (Open Ended Question)

  9. * What efforts have you made, or been involved in, to foster multicultural understanding and cultural competence?

    (Open Ended Question)

  10. * Briefly describe your philosophical approach to classroom instruction and how that shows up in practice.

    (Open Ended Question)

  11. * Briefly describe an experience working with a student with disabilities and/or learning difficulties and how it impacted you.

    (Open Ended Question)

  12. * Describe a time when you’ve had to mediate differing opinions about instructional practices.

    (Open Ended Question)

  13. * The following list of skills will be necessary for your role as supervisor. To help us understand if you already possess these skills, or if you will participate in training to develop these skills, please indicate your proficiency level with the following skills. Novice - I am not a regular user of this technology Developing - I am a regular user of this technology, but consider my skills entry level. Proficient - I am a regular user of this technology and consider myself somewhat proficient. (Note: a level of novice does not disqualify you as an applicant, but it will be used to help prepare professional development for you to succeed as a supervisor.) Please rate your skills on Items 14 – 17.

    (Open Ended Question)

  14. * 1. Email
    • Novice
    • Developing
    • Proficient
  15. * 2. Internet/websites
    • Novice
    • Developing
    • Proficient
  16. * 3. Ipad or other types of Tablet
    • Novice
    • Developing
    • Proficient
  17. * 4. Google apps (docs, sites, calendar)
    • Novice
    • Developing
    • Proficient
  18. * In Items 19 – 27, please rate your experience with the following items related to teaching and teacher preparation. Novice - I am aware of this but have not studied or attended professional development on this topic. Developing - I am aware of this and have studied or attended professional development on this topic. Proficient - I am aware of this and have studied or attended professional development on this topic very recently OR am able to teach this topic. (Note: a level of novice does not disqualify you as an applicant, but it will be used to help prepare professional development for you to succeed as a supervisor.)

    (Open Ended Question)

  19. * 1. Culturally responsive practices
    • Novice
    • Developing
    • Proficient
  20. * 2. Inquiry-oriented instruction
    • Novice
    • Developing
    • Proficient
  21. * 3. edTPA
    • Novice
    • Developing
    • Proficient
  22. * 4. Inclusive classrooms
    • Novice
    • Developing
    • Proficient
  23. * 5. Coaching/mentoring adults
    • Novice
    • Developing
    • Proficient
  24. * 6. Co-teaching
    • Novice
    • Developing
    • Proficient
  25. * 7. Collecting and using formative assessment data in planning
    • Novice
    • Developing
    • Proficient
  26. * 8. Current best practices
    • Novice
    • Developing
    • Proficient
  27. * 9. Learning theories
    • Novice
    • Developing
    • Proficient
  28. Please indicate the number of teacher candidates that you would be willing to supervise during the coming year.

    (Open Ended Question)

  29. * How did you first find out about this position?
    • PSU Website
    • Indeed.com
    • HERCJobs
    • Urban League of Portland
    • Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber
    • Oregon Employment Department
    • Social Media
    • Person Referral
    • Career Builder
    • Glass Door
    • Other - Please describe in the next Question
  30. If you selected Other, please describe.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Professional References
Optional Documents