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Position announcement

Closing date: Open until filled; however, applications will be considered and evaluated as they are received.

Position title: Assistant Professor - Educational Foundations/Special Education (Half time, non-tenure track appointment, primary location Tacoma Community College)

The College of Education and Counseling Psychology at Saint Martin’s University invites applications for a half time term position in Education at the Assistant Professor level to begin June 30, 2014. The position is expected to be filled half time for 2014-15, with the expectation that it will become full time for 2015-16. The possibility exists that it could be converted to tenure track prior to the end of that term. This position presents interested and qualified applicants an opportunity to join a thriving and nurturing education program. Candidates who add to the diversity of the existing faculty are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Description

One position is being filled. Primary responsibilities will include teaching in and being the primary faculty liaison for the elementary education bachelors completion program housed at Tacoma Community College;

Teaching will be in at least one of the following teaching areas:

  • Special education;
  • Core certification courses (Curriculum and Instruction, Classroom Assessment, Classroom Management);
  • Elementary methods courses (Language arts methods; social studies methods; math methods, science methods; integrated arts methods – music, art, movement; reading methods).

Other responsibilities may include:

  • Intern supervision;
  • Administrative duties as dictated by area of specialty; and
  • Some online teaching.

Partial assignment at the main campus is normally expected of each faculty member (or an additional extension campus). Opportunities exist for experiences in Alternative Routes Programs, summer programs, and international teacher education programs.


Required Qualifications

  • An earned masters degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Specialization and extensive experience in at least one of the areas listed above;
  • A minimum of 3 years P-12 school teaching experience with either an elementary or secondary focus;
  • Willingness to establish a focus of scholarly work, and service to the university and community;
  • Evidence of program leadership experience or potential.

We are looking for colleagues with a commitment to quality educator preparation, who share in our commitment to social justice and to providing a caring, collaborative team focused on high quality instruction. Candidates must be supportive of a Catholic Benedictine mission. Selected applicants must provide evidence of eligibility to work in the United States upon being offered a position with SMU.

Desired Qualifications

In addition to the required qualifications, preference may be given to the following:

  • Teaching experience in higher education focusing on areas listed above;
  • Advanced academic preparation beyond the masters (An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution would be required for conversion to tenure track.);
  • Evidence of a disposition towards service;
  • More than 3 years teaching in P-12 school settings;
  • Evidence of a focused scholarly effort;
  • Experience serving as a mentor to teacher candidates;
  • Awareness of trends in educational reform in Washington State;
  • Team teaching experience;
  • Experience in program approval efforts and working with respective state and professional agencies; and
  • Membership in appropriate professional organizations.

Salary: Commensurate with rank, experience and qualifications.

Application Procedures: Send letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be required for the selected individual), three current letters of reference specifically addressing the position description, and names and phone numbers of three additional references who know of your teaching and work in P-12 and Higher Education.

As part of our recruiting and hiring process, Saint Martin's University requires candidates to review the university’s mission statement and values. If selected for an interview, each candidate must write a brief statement which highlights how the candidate’s work will contribute to the mission and values of Saint Martin's University. The University will require the candidates’ authorization to order a background check before any employment offer can be finalized.

Application Deadline: Review of applications begins April 8, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

Belinda Hill, Ph. D.
Chair, Educational Foundations
College of Education and Counseling Psychology
Saint Martin's University
5000 Abbey Way, SE
Lacey, Washington 98503
(360) 438-4315

Joyce Westgard, Ed. D., Dean
College of Education and Counseling Psychology
Saint Martin's University
(360) 438-4333

The principles of the Catholic Benedictine tradition, equal employment opportunity, and nondiscrimination are fundamental to the mission, goals, and objectives of Saint Martin’s University. The University does not discriminate in employment or in the delivery or administration of its educational programs, policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic or other University programs on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion (except as a bona fide occupational qualification for certain select positions), marital status, national or ethnic origin, military or veteran status, age, or disability.

Students or employees with concerns or complaints about discrimination on the basis of sex in employment or an education program or activity, or any other inquiries related to the University's non-discrimination policy, may contact the following individual:

Cynthia Johnson
Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator
5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey WA 98503

Consistent with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the regulations adopted under that law, the University has designated the above individual as the University's Title IX Officer, responsible for coordinating the University's Title IX compliance. Individuals may also contact the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 915 2nd Avenue, Room 3310 Seattle, WA 98174-1099, Telephone: (206) 220-7900, TDD: (206) 220-7907.