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History Project Academic Coordinator II

Application Window

Open date: June 4th, 2021

Next review date: Monday, Jun 21, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Position Description: Coordinator / Academic Coordinator II
The History Project
Department of History
University of California, Davis
Salary Range: Step 1 or 2

Nature and Purpose:
Academic Coordinators are appointees who administer academic programs that provide service closely related to the teaching or research mission of the University. This service may be provided to academic departments, to organized research units, to students, or to the general public. Determination of the appropriate level for an appointment for an Academic Coordinator shall take into consideration such factors as program scope and complexity. The duties of an Academic Coordinator are primarily administrative. Individuals in an Academic Coordinator title who are assigned research or instructional duties are required to hold a dual title.

The History Project at UC Davis is one of five sites in the California History Social Science Project (CHSSP) network, which is one of nine discipline-based programs in the California Subject Matter Projects (CSMP) administered by the University of California Office of the President. According to the authoring legislation, a CHSSP Coordinator provides support for (a) the development of teachers’ history and social science content knowledge and pedagogical skills to implement state content standards; (b) the improvement of history and social science education in low-performing schools, and (c) the development of long term school-university partnerships focused on the teaching of the discipline and the improvement of student achievement.
As an outreach unit of the Department of History, the History Project at UC Davis (HP) seeks to bridge the academy and K-12 communities to help teachers strengthen their history-social science and ethnic studies inquiry-based instructional practice and provide equitable educational opportunities to all students, through a model of learning, practicing, and doing. HP Programs strengthen teachers’ instructional capacity to develop students’ content knowledge, academic literacy and disciplinary thinking skills, and civic empowerment. The HP is committed to our own growth as antiracist educators and works to foster classrooms that are student-centered, academically rigorous, culturally sustaining, and community-oriented spaces, which provide students with opportunities for learning and engaging in civic action as change makers.
The Ethnic Studies, History, and Social Sciences (ES-HSS) Coordinator’s primary responsibility is to lead the development and implementation of ethnic studies and history-social science professional learning for K-12 teachers in schools served by the History Project (HP; http://historyproject.ucdavis.edu). Specifically, the ES-HSS Coordinator will help strengthen the HP’s ethnic studies programs to support teachers, schools, and districts, who currently, or plan to, offer ethnic studies as a separate course and those who are integrating ethnic studies into other history-social science courses. The ES-HSS Coordinator reports to and receives general direction from the Director, but works with a great deal of independence. In addition, the coordinator works closely with the Director in the development and oversight of the full range of HP programming for the greater Sacramento region. This is a fiscal year appointment.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

I. COORDINATION OF ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (80%)
● Assessment of program and constituency needs
○ Works with the Director and other HP staff for ongoing reviews of programs to make recommendations to improve HP’s service to the region.
○ Works with teachers and local educational agencies (schools, districts, county offices of education) to identify professional learning needs and design programs to address those needs.

● Academic program planning and development
○ Develops and implements ethnic studies and history-social science professional learning initiatives for teachers in local schools and districts with an emphasis on place-based inquiry and centering counter narratives.
○ Strengthens and builds new relationships with ethnic studies teachers, scholars, and community organizations throughout the region to advise and contribute to programs for teachers.
○ Leads teacher inquiry groups/professional learning communities to support teacher practice and inform HP programs. Identifies and supports teachers as leaders.
○ Communicates with school and district leaders to schedule professional learning activities and recruit participants, including developing and disseminating publicity materials.
● Evaluation of academic program activities and functions.
o Monitors program delivery and effectiveness. Engages in reflective cycles of continuous improvement to improve programs and performance.
o Maintains detailed records of all professional learning programs to provide information for evaluation plans and reports.
● Development of proposals for extramural funding of campus programs and identification of support resources.
o Works closely with the Director to seek and maintain contractual agreements with local education agencies for funding necessary for the Project’s sustainability.
o Supports efforts to identify and respond to additional opportunities for extramural funding including local, state, federal, and foundation grants.
● Liaison representation with other agencies and institutions
o Works with staff in the California History-Social Science Network, other California Subject Matters Projects in Region 3, local education agencies, educational organizations, and community organizations, as projects dictate.
● Supervision and leadership of other academic appointees or staff.
o Provides direction and feedback for students, staff, scholars, and teachers on projects he/she/they lead.
● Performs other duties as assigned by the Director.
II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (15%)
● Provides intellectual leadership and scholarship to HP programs with specific attention to deepening the Project’s understanding of the discipline of ethnic studies (including its epistemologies and pedagogies).
● Participates in professional societies and conferences related to ethnic studies and history-social science education. The coordinator will give presentations to public and professional interest groups at seminars, meetings, and educational functions.
● Represents the History Project and the University in their work with educators at schools, districts, and county offices of education, and with other agencies and institutions including professional associations; local archives and museums; community organizations; and departments of ethnic studies, history-social science, and education at other post-secondary institutions.

III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5%)
● Participates in the administration of the History Project including policy formulation and long-range planning.
● Engages in University service activities by participating on merit review committees, guest lecturing, and committee service.

● Facilitates public service for the members of UCD’s Department of History by coordinating programs in which their skills and knowledge benefit K-12 teachers.
● Develops relationships with the Hart Hall Interdisciplinary Programs and seeks to collaborate on their public service efforts in which the scholars’ expertise benefit K-12 teachers.
● May serve on other public educational committees to further the University’s public service mission.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    BA. and California Teaching Credential or graduate degree in ethnic studies, history, or education. Experience teaching ethnic studies at K12 or postsecondary levels. Commitment to antiracism, diversity, and equity. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, including public speaking. Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team setting and independently with limited supervision. Basic computer skills (MS Office, Google Suite, Zoom).

Preferred qualifications

    K12 classroom experience. Experience developing curriculum and facilitating professional learning/development programs or coursework to improve planning and instruction. Experience working in diverse, high poverty schools; with students learning English as an additional language; and with culturally sustaining pedagogies. Experience in connecting community organizations with students’ educational experiences and in engaging students in civic action to address problems and improve society. Knowledge and understanding of relevant California’s educational policies and guidance documents including the 2016 History-Social Science Framework, Common Core Literacy Standards, English Language Development Standards, and the 2021 Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum. Bilingual or multilingual.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Lesson Plan or Writing Sample (no more than 3 pages)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
    (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04215

Help contact: lyyang@ucdavis.edu

Job location

Davis, CA