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A competitive salary exists which will be commensurate with training and/or experience. In addition, JBU offers a comprehensive benefits package including 403(b) retirement plan, medical and dental insurance, tuition remission, leave related to the birth of a child, adoption leave, and moving expenses.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
The Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education and Social & Behavioral Sciences at John Brown University (JBU) seeks a full-time faculty position to serve as department chair beginning July 1, 2024. Both elementary and secondary teachers are encouraged to apply. Faculty rank is dependent on qualifications. This position reports to the Dean of the College of Education and Social & Behavioral Sciences (CESBS). Department chair responsibilities include teaching four courses throughout the academic year, providing guidance for the faculty and staff of the department, managing course loads, faculty duties and course assessment, overseeing the departmental budget, maintaining records required by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and communicating with the dean and university administration about the program. Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to teaching, advising current students, and participating in the recruitment of new students, attendance and participation at public events, as appropriate, and service on university committees.
The Teacher Education Program at JBU is a locally and state-recognized program dedicated to excellence in the field, innovative teaching through direct K-12 classroom experiences, and rigorous pedological training to equip them to honor Christ and serve their communities. JBU’s Department of Teacher Education seeks and prepares teacher candidates to teach in public, private, or Christian schools and develops educators who are skilled professionals and reflective decision-makers exhibiting Christ-like characteristics in their professional and personal lives.
John Brown University’s mission is to provide Christ-centered education that prepares people to honor God and serve others by developing their intellectual, spiritual, and professional lives. Founded in 1919, JBU is a Christ-centered, Biblically-faithful, interdenominational university that represents the best of Protestant evangelicalism in our commitment to the following theological principles: the fundamental human need for conversion and lifelong discipleship; the centrality of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection for the redemption of human beings; high regard for, and obedience to, the Bible as our authority; and active involvement in a local church, in missions and in ministries that work for Biblical justice and serve people in need. At JBU, we seek to integrate faith and learning, foster holistic Christian formation, promote pragmatic liberal arts education, and prepare people to follow Christ’s call to serve others in all areas of life. All employees must affirm JBU’s Employee Expectations and Articles of Faith.
With more than 2,250 students from 37 states and 42 countries, JBU offers approximately 50 undergraduate programs, seven fully online bachelor’s degrees, and 12 graduate degrees in business, education, cybersecurity, and counseling. JBU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and holds program-specific accreditations from various agencies.” More information is available at jbu.edu/accreditation.
JBU has benefited from stable and excellent leadership throughout the organization. President Chip Pollard started in 2004 and has led the organization in consistently meeting enrollment goals, completing two capital campaigns and launching a third, completing two strategic plans and launching a third, 17 major building projects, encouraging efforts to recruit and retain diverse faculty, staff, and students, and navigating the educational and financial challenges of the pandemic successfully. He served on the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) board for thirteen years and as chair for five years. Most of the president’s cabinet has served for over 20 years, and all cabinet members have held volunteer leadership positions in the CCCU, ACSD, CIC, NACUBO, and other higher education associations. JBU’s board of trustees are people of deep Christian faith, generous spirit, and professional expertise, with an average length of service of 11 years. They are deeply committed to maintaining JBU’s mission to educate students to honor God and serve others.
JBU has experienced a season of God’s favor and blessing, for which we are grateful. In the last 20 years, JBU has received over $300 million in gifts and grants and has built or renovated over 90% of the university’s facilities. JBU has only about $4 million of debt on over $220 million of assets. During that same time, JBU’s endowment has grown from about $50 million to over $150 million, much of it dedicated to scholarships and academic programs and to support maintenance costs for new facilities. This financial strength has enabled JBU to retain excellent faculty and staff with consistent compensation increases and funds for faculty and staff development. JBU has not been immune to the economic and cultural challenges facing higher education, but it is positioned better than many institutions to respond.
JBU has received national recognition from many national newspapers and industry journals. For instance, in eight out of the last nine years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has named JBU on its “high honor roll” in its “Great Place to Work” survey. The Wall Street Journal has named JBU to its Best Colleges list since 2019, ranking us the top private school in Arkansas (2020) and top Arkansas university overall (2022, 2024). We are typically in the top 10% in our category (master’s level universities in the South) in U.S. News and World Report rankings.
JBU is located in Northwest Arkansas, a region predicted to have the third fastest job growth rate in the country behind only Austin, Texas and Charlotte, North Carolina. Three of the largest corporations in the world are located here—Walmart, Tyson Foods, and JB Hunt—and there is a growing technology, entrepreneurial, and art business ecosystem in the region. The quality of life is enhanced with a world-class art museum, Crystal Bridges, 25 miles from campus, over 400 miles of mountain biking trails, several state and national historic sites, parks, and large lakes, and a new $33 million whitewater rafting park just five miles south of campus. Siloam Springs has approximately 18,350 people with affordable housing and good private and public schools.
Position begins July 1, 2024. The screening process begins January 22, 2024, and continues until the position is filled.
Master’s Degree or Ph.D. in the Field of Teacher Education.
Experience teaching undergraduate or graduate students.
Experience teaching in K-12 settings.
Experience designing and leading in curriculum initiatives.
A commitment to working with a diverse population of students, faculty and staff.
A commitment to the integration of Christian faith and learning.
Demonstrated experience with diverse populations.
Experience in programmatic and curriculum leadership.
Experience working with pre-service teachers and internship programs.
Demonstrated familiarity or direct involvement with Arkansas Department of Education initiatives and their impact on higher education.
Proven ability to navigate complex educational systems and adapt strategies to meet evolving standards.
Experience with or knowledge of grant writing and securing funds beneficial to educational programs and departmental initiatives.
John Brown University's mission is to provide Christ-centered education that prepares people to honor God and serve others by developing their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives. We are a Christ-centered, interdenominational university that leads the nation in integrating faith and learning, fostering holistic spiritual formation, promoting pragmatic liberal arts education, and preparing people to follow Christ’s call to serve others in all areas of life.