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Instructor of Humanities at NCSSM

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM)


Recruitment for 2 vacancies

1 Vacancy is at 1.0 FTE and 1 vacancy is at .75 FTE


WORKING TITLE: Instructor of Humanities

DEPARTMENT: Humanities

POSITION NUMBERS: 65027681 .75 FTE; 65027682 1.0 FTE                                                                                                                  

POSTING DATE: March 19, 2018                                                                                                                                                                        

CLOSING DATE: April 9, 2018, 5:00 PM                                                                                                                                                                      

POSITION TYPE/SALARY: EHRA Faculty – Salary commensurate with education and experience

   One 10-Month, 1.0 FTE Position #65027682

   One 10-month .75 FTE Position #65027681

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) invites applications for two Instructor of Humanities positions—one full-time position (1.0 FTE) and one .75-time FTE position. Both are permanent-track positions with full benefits through the State of North Carolina. Inclusiveness and diversity are integral to NCSSM’s commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, outreach, and engagement. We are particularly interested in candidates who have demonstrated experience engaging with diversity through activities such as fostering an inclusive environment, working with students from diverse backgrounds, or incorporating diverse perspectives in teaching.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Master’s degree in American Studies, literature, history, cultural studies, or a related field in the humanities. Teaching experience, preferably with advanced students.


Experience or interest in team-teaching; willingness to teach in both NCSSM’s residential and distance-learning programs; experience in teaching writing as a tool and extension of thought, a means by which students integrate and articulate what they have learned; ability to teach a variety of interdisciplinary humanities and/or social science courses.

Please include a CV and statement of teaching philosophy with the online application.

Description of Work:

Positions report to the Dean of Humanities and are responsible for providing instruction in American Studies, senior-level cultural studies courses, and elective courses in interdisciplinary studies, literature, history, and the social sciences, with an emphasis on critical reading, critical thinking, and academic writing. Since the school’s inception, the arts and humanities have been an integral part of an NCSSM education. The heart of NCSSM Humanities is our American Studies Program, the core experience for all juniors. American Studies doubles as the base of the NCSSM Writing Program, which emphasizes writing-as-reasoning. As seniors, students choose from a variety of cultural studies courses, including African Studies, Asian Studies, British Literature and Culture, East-West Studies, Latin American Studies, Literature and Philosophy in the Twentieth Century, Modern World Fiction, Research in the Humanities, Southern Literature and Culture, Topics in Literature, and courses focused on Western European cultures. Elective courses in the humanities include Black Studies; Classical Myth; Ecocriticism; Fiction and Poetry Writing; Film Studies; International Relations; Race, Ethics, and Leadership; Research Experience in the Humanities; Twenty-first Century Media Studies; Women’s Studies; and courses in economics, entrepreneurship, political theory, psychology, and sociology. Offerings in our Fine Arts program include studio and performance courses in the visual arts, music, and drama.

Humanities Faculty are responsible for developing and teaching innovative and engaging humanities curricula, with a focus on interdisciplinary studies, in NCSSM’s residential and highly interactive online and video-conferencing programs. Faculty should plan on playing an enthusiastic role in ongoing, collegial conversations about ideas, goals, pedagogical methods, and authentic assessment, within a collaborative teaching and learning environment.

General duties include:

Develop and communicate to students clear course objectives and goals; plan and develop an instructional program that helps students assimilate specific course content and skills; hold office hours or tutorials as outlined by the department; regularly monitor and evaluate students’ progress, providing them with resources and feedback on their performance; structure and manage an environment conducive to learning; model for students responsibility to self and others; follow the school’s philosophy, policies, and procedures; serve as academic advisor to a small group of students (beginning in the second year of employment); serve as a Mini-Term sponsor; attend departmental, faculty, and all-staff meetings; serve on departmental, faculty, and school-based standing committees; write recommendations for as many as 15 students each year, as requested; participate in professional development and personal intellectual growth activities. Participate in one or more of the following activities: provide information, service, and expertise to other schools and organizations; assist students on special projects, independent and individual study, and seminar-based studies; participate in the admissions process by recruiting, selecting, and advising prospective students; participate in NCSSM alumni activities; provide assistance for school-sponsored programs and extracurricular activities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Since NCSSM is committed to an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the humanities, applicants should have a wide-ranging knowledge of literature and its cultural and historical contexts, a passion for teaching and learning, and a love of ideas, combined with a commitment to serving as mentor and guide for students—both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities. These qualities are more important than any particular set of credentials. Applicants should be dedicated to continual growth, both as teachers and learners. Since all NCSSM faculty and staff are expected to support the intellectual, cultural, emotional, and social growth of students—responsibilities that transcend a traditional high school or college teaching schedule—applicants should have the commitment, energy, and stamina to participate actively in the multi-dimensional life of the NCSSM community.

About the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) challenges academically talented high school students from across the state with a comprehensive curriculum including highly specialized courses in science, technology, engineering/computer science, and mathematics. NCSSM opened in 1980 as something of an academic experiment: Would something excellent happen if we gathered together a highly motivated and diverse student body with a critical mass of equally motivated, accomplished, credentialed, and diverse faculty within a space dedicated to the power of the scientific method? Nearly four decades later, NCSSM has built a firmly rooted reputation as an academic powerhouse, educating intellectually gifted students from every corner of the state, representing rural and urban communities, and all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. Eleven states and several countries worldwide have since used NCSSM as the model for their own programs.

Today, as in 1980, the mission of NCSSM, an intellectually stimulating, diverse, and collaborative community, is to:

●educate academically talented students to become state, national, and global leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,

●advance public education in North Carolina,

●and inspire innovation for the betterment of humankind, through challenging residential and virtual programs driven by instructional excellence and the excitement of discovery.

Altogether, nearly 1,500 North Carolina students from all 13 congressional districts and nearly all 100 counties are enrolled in one of our three signature programs: our residential diploma program, our online certificate program or our interactive video conferencing (IVC) program. Our open enrollment courses expand local offerings to include enrichments and advanced coursework otherwise unavailable in students’ home communities. NCSSM instructors teach live to classrooms statewide daily, broadcasting more synchronous video than any other public provider in the state.

By 2021, NCSSM will expand to an additional campus in Morganton, NC. Funded primarily by the Connect NC Bond, the campus will initially accommodate 300 additional residential diploma program students as well as increased distance education enrollment.

NCSSM has nearly 10,000 graduates, nearly all of whom attended colleges and universities (a great majority within our own top NC public universities) and nearly half of whom have earned a graduate degree. Between 2000-2014, the latest period for which statistics are available, 68 percent of NCSSM graduates earned undergraduate degrees in a STEM field—approximately three times the national average for the general population. During that same period, 61.1 percent of NCSSM’s underrepresented minority (URM) graduates earned an undergraduate degree in a STEM field—more than 5 times the national average for URM populations. A 2009 economic impact study found that about 60% of our alumni continue to live and work in North Carolina, adding more than $500 million annually to the state’s economy. Many of our graduates, the oldest of whom are not yet 55, refer to their time at NCSSM as “life-changing” and continue to support their alma mater with charitable gifts, volunteerism, and other purposeful engagement.

Our school functions as a full constituent of the University of North Carolina System and is governed and supported by the UNC Board of Governors, NCSSM Board of Trustees, NCSSM Foundation, NCSSM Alumni Association, NCSSM Parent Association, NCSSM Faculty Senate, NCSSM Staff Council, and NCSSM Student Government Association. Notably, a representative from each of our Faculty Senate, Staff Council, and Student Government Association serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of our Board of Trustees.

Though a UNC constituent, NCSSM operates as a free public school open to qualified NC students, regardless of financial means. We generate nearly 10 percent of our institutional budget from private sources, a ratio that will likely increase during our next comprehensive fundraising campaign.

Consistent with our founding and governance, the institution is guided by a standing strategic plan. Though goals may shift from time to time, our core beliefs have remained fundamentally unchanged since our establishment:

  • Our greatest resource is the capability and creative capacity of the human mind.

  • Everyone is unique and has intrinsic value.

  • Diversity enriches and strengthens lives and communities.

  • Embracing challenge inspires excellence.

  • Individuals are responsible for their choices and actions.

  • Service to others builds and strengthens our community.

  • Environmental stewardship and resource sustainability are everyone’s responsibility.

  • With opportunity, support, and effort, all people can realize their full potential.

  • Personal fulfillment and professional success require a passion for learning throughout life.

  • Collaboration fosters learning, innovation, and community.

  • Adhering to high ethical standards is essential for a community to function and flourish.

  • A nurturing living and learning environment develops the well-being of the whole person.

  • Quality public education is essential to a free, democratic society.

  • Science and mathematics education stimulates innovation and invention and is critical to the wellbeing of our state, nation, and the world.

We invite and welcome all applications for employment within our institution. NCSSM is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. If you are an individual with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process, please contact us at (919) 416-2662.

How to Apply:

Submit electronic application via: Please create an account, search for the Instructor of Humanities position posting, and complete/submit online application. Please include a CV and statement of teaching philosophy with the online application.

NCSSM is an EEO/eVerify/VEVRAA Employer

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