Geneva College invites applications for a non-tenure track faculty position teaching Physical Science, Calculus, and other math courses beginning in September 2017 and will remain open until filled. All faculty ranks will be considered. Minority and female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
This individual will be one of two faculty members in residence at the College’s program in Shanghai, China. Consideration will be given to candidates who have a strong interdisciplinary background, and who are interested in expanding their knowledge and ability to teach in the areas described above, and who are willing to live on campus. A strong record of excellence in teaching, particularly in lecture and discussion facilitation, as well as in teaching a diverse population of students, is expected. Applicants are expected to provide evidence of leadership and personal qualities that are applicable to fostering a positive learning environment and sustained interaction with non-American traditional undergraduate students.
Selected candidates will be expected to fulfill the following:
- Live full-time in Shanghai, China site (10 months each year)
- Teach 12 credit hours per semester
- Advise Chinese students for their transition to an academic program in the U.S.
- Assist in the leadership of extracurricular activities
- Assist in planning and overseeing all aspects of the academic program in cooperation with the Director of Crossroads: Geneva’s Center for Enriched Learning, appropriate faculty oversight committees, College administrators, a second Geneva College faculty member in China, and New Channel, the College’s academic partner in China
- Adequately prepare all course materials and lessons (Note: preparation time will vary based on instructor experience in teaching a particular course)
- Provide each student with clear course expectations, evaluations, and timelines through carefully written topical outlines and approved, standardized syllabus
- Provide interesting and relevant assignments for students that demonstrate learning outcomes in a real-life setting
- Keep abreast of current developments in their disciplines through scholarly activity, continuously update course content, improve the method of instruction, and regularly evaluate the effectiveness of their instruction
- Suitably challenge, engage serve and communicate with students to encourage their participation and learning while maintaining mutual value and respect
- Complete grade books, final grade sheets, learning assessments and final exam assessments on a timely basis
- Respond to student questions on a timely basis
- Ensure course and program learning outcomes are delivered as defined by the syllabus
- Work with the Director of Crossroads to review and alter the curriculum as needed
- Plan, lead, and participate in College-sponsored academic activities
- Participate actively in the community life of the Shanghai campus
- Together with the Director of Crossroads and a second resident faculty member, serve as a liaison for the Shanghai program and its participants with U.S.-based faculty, staff, administration, and other stakeholders as well as China-based constituents
- Model appreciation for Chinese culture
- Report directly to the Director of Crossroads and, ultimately, to the College’s Academic Dean/Chief Academic Officer
The Shanghai Program is a new initiative offered in cooperation with New Channel International Education Group and is slated to commence in the Fall of 2017 at the Zizhu International Education Park. Each year beginning in the fall semester and continuing into the spring, a different group of students will rotate through the two-semester program in China before spending 10 weeks during the following summer on Geneva College’s Beaver Falls campus. The students will then enroll at Geneva College or one of its partner institutions to complete their undergraduate degree.
The primary goal of the program is to offer a pathway program that will prepare Chinese students for successful entry into a four-year undergraduate degree program at Geneva College or one of its partner institutions in the United States.
Benefits include housing and two round-trip airline tickets per year between the US and China each academic year.
PERSONAL QUALITIES - Christian Commitment
The candidate must be a thoughtful and articulate Christian and an active member of a Protestant evangelical church. Preference will be given to candidates who support and have an articulate understanding of the Reformed faith. Faculty members are expected to be in agreement with the principles established by the “Foundational Concepts of Christian Education,” the “Statement of Commitment” found in the College Catalog, and with principles stated in the College charter and by-laws.
Education and Experience
Candidates should possess a terminal degree in a math, science or engineering discipline or demonstrate that they can complete a terminal degree by the fall of 2017. Ph.D. candidates who are ABD will be considered if they can demonstrate that their Ph.D. work can be completed within one year of hiring. A strong record of excellence in teaching, particularly in lecture and discussion facilitation and work with non-American students, is expected. Applicants are also expected to provide evidence of leadership and personal qualities that are applicable to fostering a positive learning environment and sustained interaction with undergraduate students.
Faculty will work in an international educational setting in a new, modern facility shared by other international programs. Teaching is at the undergraduate level with Chinese students transitioning to an undergraduate program in the U.S.