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Director Teacher Education Program

Berea College announces a tenure-track search for the next leader of its Teacher Education Program, a position to begin no later than July 1, 2014. Candidates must have an earned doctorate in education or an education-related field and possess a solid, demonstrated publication record. The candidate must have at least five years of full-time teaching experience at the university/college level, as well as a minimum of five years of experience as a P-12 classroom teacher. The Program Chair/Unit Head will be responsible for leadership in the program, strategic development, program accreditation (so he/she must be familiar with NCATE/TEAC/CAEP Standards), and program assessment.

Berea College’s Education Studies Program has enjoyed a long and successful history of sending qualified and passionate educators to the Appalachian Mountains and beyond.  Today it is a growing program, popular with a diverse array of students, and a thorough green renovation of its home in historic Knapp Hall—originally designed in 1914 as a training school for prospective elementary teachers—will be complete in August 2014.  The program and curriculum are embedded in The Great Commitments of Berea Collegewhich include foundational commitments to both racial and gender equality, the value of all labor, the liberal arts, and to Appalachia.  The Program’s conceptual framework, the community of inquiry, reflects these commitments. The candidate for this position must be committed to this conceptual framework to lead the program. Please review the Education Studies webpage, which articulates this vision, for full details. The candidate should also have a demonstrated commitment to and experience with underserved and/or marginalized communities and individuals.  Berea College’s Educational Studies Program has a strong collaborative model of teaching, and we welcome candidates who would embrace this collaborative framework.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, including a teaching statement, a C.V., unofficial transcripts, at least three letters of recommendations, sample syllabi, and evidence of excellent teaching to Dr. Linda Strong-Leek, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, at  Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled.

Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 60 countries.  The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. The college admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a four-year tuition scholarship.  Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college.  The College is one of seven federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a labor position in which they work 10-12 hours per week.  Graduates distinguish themselves in a variety of fields, including social service, government, ministry, the arts, business, education, medicine, and science, and many go on to earn graduate degrees.

Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 14,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville.  More information about Berea College is available at

Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.

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