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Position announcement

Closing date: Open until filled

Position title: Assistant professor - educational leadership/administration

Position summary:

Saint Martin's is a comprehensive university affiliated with Saint Martin's Abbey, a Benedictine Monastery of the Roman Catholic Church. The university is located in the Pacific Northwest, near Olympia (Washington's State Capital), within easy driving distance of Seattle, Mount Rainier, and Pacific Ocean beaches. Saint Martin’s University is a Catholic Benedictine institution of higher education that empowers students to pursue a lifetime of learning and accomplishment in all arenas of human endeavor. Saint Martin’s students learn to make a positive difference in their lives and in the lives of others through the interaction of faith, reason, and service. The University honors both the sacredness of the individual and the significance of community in the ongoing journey of becoming. The College of Education and Professional Psychology’s conceptual framework is oriented to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed in classroom teachers, counselors and administrators.

The College of Education and Professional Psychology offers programs leading to certification as a teacher in Washington at the bachelor’s, post-baccalaureate certification only, and master’s levels, with endorsements offered in 24 subject areas. At the graduate level, in addition to teaching specialties, masters and post master’s certification programs are offered in school counseling and school administration as well as in counseling psychology.

The College of Education and Professional Psychology at Saint Martin’s University invites applications for a tenure track position in Educational Leadership/Administration at the assistant professor level (rank may be negotiable for experienced candidates) to begin August 2013 (June or July 2013 start may be negotiable). 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 tenure track position is being filled. Primary responsibilities will include directing the school administration program, instruction in school administration at the master’s/post master’s certification level and at least one of the two following teaching areas:

  • Arts block (integrated art, health/PE, and music methods)
  • Core certification courses (curriculum and instruction, classroom Assessment, classroom management)

Other responsibilities may include:

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

Partial assignment at an extension campus 30 minutes from the main campus is normally expected of each faculty member. Opportunities exist for experiences in alternative routes programs, summer programs, and international teacher education programs.

Required qualifications

  • An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution—ABD’s may apply (with the understanding that the doctoral degree will be earned prior to completion of the third year review period)
  • Specialization and extensive experience in school administration and one of the additional areas listed above
  • A minimum of 3 years P-12 school teaching experience with either an elementary or secondary focus
  • A minimum 3 years school administration experience
  • 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. To better understand the Catholic, Benedictine Values in an Educational Environment," we are providing a link to a well written article on the subject: http://www.osb.org/acad/benval1.html. 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
  • Evidence of a focused scholarly effort
  • Evidence of a disposition towards service
  • More than 3 years teaching and more that 3 years of school administration in P-12 school settings
  • Experience serving as a mentor to school administration interns
  • Awareness of trends in educational reform in Washington State
  • Experience directing theses and/or dissertations
  • Team teaching experience
  • Experience in program approval efforts and working with respective state and professional agencies
  • Membership in appropriate professional organizations.

Salary: Commensurate with rank, experience and qualifications

Application process: 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.

If you are contacted for an interview, we also will require your authorization to order a background check before any employment offer can be finalized. Please print the background check authorization form and bring it with you to the interview.

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 February 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.

Send application packets to:

Steve Siera, Ph. D.
Search Chair, Associate Dean
College of Education and Professional Psychology
Saint Martin's University
5000 Abbey Way, SE
Lacey, Washington 98503

For information contact:

Joyce Westgard, Ed. D., Dean
College of Education and Professional Psychology
Saint Martin's University
5000 Abbey Way, SE
Lacey, Washington 98503

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.