Instructor of Religious Studies and Philosophy (Fellow Position)
The Hill School
January 9, 2018
Full Time - Faculty
The Hill School seeks a full-time Instructor of secular academic Religious Studies & Philosophy for the 2018-2019 school year. Working closely with other members of the department, this teacher will be responsible for classroom instruction, communication with students and parents as well as student advisers, and remaining current on educational issues.
Teaching assigned 4-5 sections within the Religious Studies & Philosophy Department;
Teaching 50-60 students per year;
Writing the official school course comment on each student three times per year;
Writing recommendations to college and various programs on behalf of individual students;
Meeting with parents as appropriate;
Traveling to conferences and workshops in order to maintain professional activities;
Serving the school’s co-curricular program for two terms as either a coach or program leader;
Assisting the school’s residential program on weeknights and over weekends;
Serving as an Adviser to 4-7 students.
Founded in 1851 and located in Pottstown, PA, The Hill School is a selective boarding school for 520 students in 9th through 12th grade from a variety of geographic and socio-economic backgrounds. The Hill employs 108 faculty members and 137 staff members. All candidates should be highly qualified, with prior secondary education experience preferable. In addition to competitive salary and benefits, nearly all of Hill’s faculty members live on campus, and housing is typically provided as part of the employment contract. Along with one’s primary role, faculty members are expected to assist in both the co-curricular afternoon program and the residential program in the evenings and on weekends. The school is committed to creating a diverse faculty that is the best in the country and relishes the opportunity to work closely in all facets of school life with our tremendous students. The Hill School is an equal opportunity employer. Start date for this position is August 20, 2018.
Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies, Theology or Philosophy;
Experience teaching and working closely with adolescents
Ability to serve in the School’s co-curricular program as a coach or program leader
Ability to teach an additional subject is preferred
Excellent communication skills
Ability to work a challenging schedule to support the residential life needs of our boarding school community
Since its founding in 1851 and for 167 years, The Hill School has provided a traditional liberal arts education to its students. Although The Hill’s curriculum continues to evolve, we have never strayed very far from a proven, rigorous blend of humanities, classics and modern languages, social sciences, mathematics, science, and the arts. For our students, we have prioritized broad knowledge in ou...r steadfast belief that this comprehensive foundation best prepares students for “college, careers, and life.”
The Hill School also has begun implementing an ambitious STEM curriculum, which includes one of the most extensive secondary school engineering programs in the nation. We have bolstered our fine arts programs with courses in digital media, video production, design technology, rapid prototyping and fabrication, and design thinking. And, we are offering “pre-professional,” co-curricular programs in business and entrepreneurship.
Over the coming years, we will continue to affirm what we already do very well while honing curricular and co-curricular programs such as leadership training, service learning, experiential education, and interdisciplinary studies. We will find improved ways to teach all Hill students 21st century skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and leading, agility and adaptability, initiative and entrepreneurship, effective oral and written communication, accessing and analyzing data, and curiosity and imagination. We are working with our Faculty and Staff to become both the most traditional and the most innovative boarding school in the country, simultaneously.
The Hill was founded as The Family Boarding School and when you visit campus, you might note that we are still a bit traditional, despite our emphasis on innovation! We follow a dress code, our students regularly sit down with faculty members for family-style meals, we gather twice a week at Chapel for thoughtful reflection; many of our students study Latin and Greek; and we pride ourselves on a student-written Honor Code and demanding code of conduct. We enjoy historic and blossoming traditions such as 129-year-old athletics rivalries, revered a cappella vocal groups, school-wide service projects, community team-building events, small group meetings with caring faculty advisers, and a very special jump in the Dell pond after graduation!
Over the next three to five years, the Hill School is set to achieve several accomplishments sure to leave their mark on the School’s history. The School’s Advancement Office is a 25 person-strong organization driven to achieve the goals set forth in the current “Strength of All” capital campaign which is entering its fourth year of the five- to seven-year campaign. The capital campaign will fund many efforts, including a significant increase in our financial aid and faculty compensation endowment. The School is finalizing plans with its architectural firm and securing funding to construct the Quadrivium Center (a STEM facility) where our science, engineering, and mathematics classes will be housed. We will expand the seating capacity of our historic dining hall and completely renovate our food service and preparation areas used by our food service contractor, Sodexo, starting in June 2018. The School has developed property adjacent to our main campus by recently erecting beautiful new homes for our faculty in our East Faculty Village. This Faculty Housing expansion is likely to continue with additional property available for housing construction to ensure The Hill School offers the very best of this important housing benefit to our residential faculty. One of our most ambitious goals is to be a driving force in the economic revitalization of Pottstown and our immediate neighborhood and through our Hobart’s Run Community Development program and participation in Pottstown CARES, we are finding traction in ways both small and large.