The Mercer University Tift College of Education is a community with the mission to advance the study of education and prepare educators to teach, to learn, to create, to discover, to empower, and to serve, all for the betterment of a diverse and just society. In support of this mission, the Tift College is seeking an Instructor of Educational Leadership with experience and credentials in Higher Education or P-12 Leadership (school or district level) to teach and provide professional service in support of the College’s Teacher Education programs. Professional service activities will include advising teacher education students and supporting student recruitment efforts. Reporting to the Chair of the Atlanta Teacher Education and Educational Leadership units, the successful candidate will be housed on the University’s Atlanta Campus and work with students across the two campuses and two centers at which Tift College programs are offered. The position is a 9-month appointment, with the opportunity for summer employment. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Duties and Responsibilities
The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching in-person, blended, and online courses in the College’s graduate-level Higher Education or P-12 Educational Leadership programs and supporting the research of doctoral students. It is also expected that the successful candidate will participate in activities of programmatic development and professional development linked to instructional quality and student success.
The successful candidate will also provide advising for teacher education students through the development and monitoring of academic plans and facilitate student progression and graduation by maintaining students’ advising records, registering students for classes, and completing students’ degree audits and degree certification. In addition, the successful candidate will apprise students of field experience requirements, pre-requisites, grading practices and policies, and graduation and teacher certification requirements; participate in information sessions and New Student Orientation sessions; register students and communicate with students about account holds (e.g., Statement of Student Responsibility, immunization requirements, etc.); manage the Limited Flexibility Exemption (LFE) support template and maintain documentation for each LFE-granted student; and coordinate with the College’s Office of Field Experiences regarding students’ field placements, the Certification Official for student certification, and with the unit Chair regarding course scheduling and student issues.
It is also expected that the successful candidate will assist with the development and distribution of recruiting materials and with the planning and coordination of recruiting events such as information sessions and recruiting fairs. In addition, the successful candidate will coordinate with University Enrollment Management regarding recruitment campaigns and social media presence and, as appropriate, visit with prospective students and key influencers to share information about the College’s programs and career opportunities.
- A master’s degree from an accredited college/university in Higher Education, P-12 Educational Leadership, or a closely related field is required.
- Superior interpersonal, organizational, and oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to support a culture of inclusion and diversity and develop understandings of education academic programs, teacher certification requirements, and administrative processes for student registration.
- Knowledge of modern computing, networking, and communication systems, including proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
- An earned doctorate in Educational Leadership or a related field from an accredited college or university is highly desirable.
- Facility in the use of technology to develop and deliver online synchronous and asynchronous instruction.
- Experience teaching in-person, blended, or online classes in higher education or P-12 educational leadership.
- Experience providing dissertation advisement to doctoral candidates as a committee chair or member.
- At least three years of experience providing academic advising or related student services.
- Understanding of education academic programs, teacher certification requirement, and administrative processes for student registration.
- Knowledge of best practices in academic advising and mentoring in higher education.
- Experience planning and coordinating recruiting events and developing recruiting materials.