We invite applications for a full-time faculty member to design, direct, and teach our performing arts program. Founding faculty will teach across the middle school (grade 7) and the upper school (grade 9) in year 1, and will collaborate with colleagues across disciplines and divisions, including the directors of the middle and upper schools, to develop the curriculum for subsequent years. Founding faculty will have opportunities to think strategically about the development of performing arts at Thaden School, and to initiate partnerships with exemplary organizations in Northwest Arkansas.
About Thaden School
Thaden School, a new independent school to be located in the downtown Bentonville’s Market District, seeks to hire a team of educators who will bring to our campus a passion for and mastery of the subjects they teach and a demonstrated ability to inspire and mentor young people. We seek faculty who will integrate and balance many forms of instruction – traditional seminar-style discussions, hands-on learning in our signature maker spaces, and outdoor and community-engaged projects – that enable students to connect their studies to the region and the world. The school will open in August 2017 with grades 7 and 9 (totaling no more than 120 students) and grow incrementally over the next four years to serve students in grades 6 through 12 (with a total enrollment of approximately 500-625 students). Thaden will offer a challenging and balanced educational program that ignites in its students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose, and responsible global citizenship.
The school hopes to attract students from all parts of the growing and diverse region of Northwest Arkansas, which includes Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, and a number of other townships. With more than 500,000 residents, the region combines a thriving economy with the natural beauty of the Ozarks and a rich variety of cultural and recreational amenities such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Razorback Regional Greenway Trail System, the Scott Family Amazeum, and the Bentonville Film Festival. Northwest Arkansas is also home to the world headquarters of three Fortune 500 companies (Walmart, Tyson Foods, and J.B. Hunt) as well as the University of Arkansas, the flagship campus of the state’s higher education system. Due to its growth and dynamism, the region has been featured prominently in major media outlets and travel magazines.
Further information is available on the school’s website.
The position responsibilities include:
- teaching several sections of performing arts courses (theater, music, dance, musical theater, and may even include circus arts or spoken word),
- serving on a grade-level team to support the socioemotional, academic, and intellectual development of students,
- collaborating with faculty, staff, and administrative members in integrating curricula through our Wheels, Reels, and Meals programs,
- serving as an Advisor to a small group of students (includes academic coaching, facilitating conversations on social justice and cultural competency, and supporting the development of skills),
- sponsoring a student club and/or coaching an activity or sport,
- supporting field learning and outdoor education trips,
- attending and participating in faculty meetings,
- planning collaboratively and in advance for two separate Intensives (week-long collaborative, hands-on, and deep interdisciplinary learning experiences facilitated by teachers),
- taking advantage of professional growth opportunities and presenting learning to the community,
- identifying program needs and supporting the recruitment of necessary faculty,
- advising on the procurement of necessary learning equipment and materials,
- considering the best use of technology in enriching student learning,
- supporting all school programs.