Instructor of Economics and Social Science

State of North Carolina, NCSSM
  • Location
    Durham County, North Carolina
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 07

Position description

Founded in 1980, NCSSM is a state-supported residential and online high school for students who have demonstrated exceptional talent or interest in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Since the School's inception, the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts have been an integral part of an NCSSM education. NCSSM's residential program in the humanities includes advanced high-school and college-level interdisciplinary cultural studies courses as well as a variety of courses in history, literature, languages, economics, international relations, political science, entrepreneurship, psychology, sociology, philosophy, film studies, and classics. The department also offers courses in the visual arts, music, drama, and creative writing. NCSSM's online program provides honors courses in the humanities and social sciences as well, broadening the course options for students seated in schools across the state. Many NCSSM students have a keen interest in economics, entrepreneurship, and the social sciences, and have performed well in state and national competitions in economics and entrepreneurship.

This is a full-time, ten-month appointment in the Department of Humanities, with full benefits through the State of North Carolina. The assignment will include teaching sections of AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics in NCSSM's residential program, teaching online courses in International Relations and Western Political Thought, and facilitating courses in Entrepreneurship.
Major duties for this position include: For both the residential AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics courses and the online courses in International Relations and Western Political Thought, the instructor develops curricula, syllabi, students' activities, projects, and assessments in collaboration with NCSSM colleagues. In AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics, the instructor teaches students to apply economic theory to real-world problems, emphasizes current events and their economic effects, and integrates examples from global politics and trade into discussions of economic theory. The instructor designs projects that give students opportunities to relate AP theories to historical and contemporary economic challenges. In the online courses in International Relations and Western Political Thought, the instructor encourages critical thinking, written expression, and analysis of contemporary issues from alternative theoretical perspectives. While much of the online course material is taught asynchronously, the instructor holds weekly webinar sessions in the evenings. Additionally, the instructor meets with students at least once per semester for an "online weekend" to enrich course content.
Facilitation of the entrepreneurship classes includes attending evening classes, supporting entrepreneurship instructors with classroom technology, performing course management and administrative tasks, and meeting with students and monitoring progress among student teams.
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 develop skills; hold office hours and 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 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, or 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 / Competencies

Demonstrated excellence in teaching in the social sciences and in inspiring and supporting students as they learn and grow. Eagerness and ability to collaborate with colleagues in the Department. Demonstrated ability to teach in a variety of modalities and interest in educational technology as a means to extend the reach and engage students effectively. Applicants should be dedicated to continual growth, both as teachers and learners. Since all NCSSM faculty and staff are expected to participate in 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.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Master's degree in Economics, Political Science or Theory, or a related field. Knowledge of the Advanced Placement curriculum in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. Experience in successfully teaching economics to high school or undergraduate students. Knowledge of and teaching experience in International Relations and political theory.

Supplemental and Contact Information

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