Teaching English at Western Reserve Academy
Western Reserve Academy, one of the nation’s premier boarding schools, invites experienced, dynamic and collaborative educators to apply for an opening in the English Department. Candidates should have the ability to inspire students and colleagues and the willingness to participate fully in all that is associated with a vibrant boarding school community.
The English Department
English classes at WRA draw students into exciting conversations with themselves, their classmates, and great ideas. Through individual and collaborative learning, students ask some of the most fundamental questions of what it means to be human in a world that is filled with exciting and challenging complexity. We read texts that are both canonical and contemporary from a broad range of traditions, encouraging our students to learn the art of civil discourse. We hope to inspire curiosity in our students and invite them to think critically, imaginatively and compassionately in both speaking and writing.
The first three years of English embrace common writing goals and a set of core texts, supplemented by readings chosen by instructors in individual sections. In the fourth year, students select semester-long courses that explore special topics. In the 2017-2018 year, the school will embrace a fully independent curriculum that prepares our students for a complex, interconnected, and rapidly-changing world.
The ideal candidate possesses most or all of the following qualifications:
- Significant experience teaching high school English.
- Master’s degree in English or a closely related field.
- Experience leading effective seminar discussions.
- Enthusiasm to engage and lead teenage learners in and out of the classroom.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work well with a group and independently.
- Willingness to develop connections with other WRA academic departments, university English departments and/or industry leaders.
- Motivation to provide enrichment experiences for students.
- Evidence of ongoing professional development in English and/or education.
- Proficiency in using technology to enhance learning in the classroom.
WRA strives to find the right balance of duties and responsibilities for each faculty member. Typical expectations include:
- Teach four courses (two “preps”), levels to be determined based on the needs of the department.
- Participate in the student life program, including dormitory duty.
- Engage in afternoon programs and Saturday Academy.
- Serve as an academic advisor for a small group of students.
- Attend school and faculty gatherings.
- Serve on appropriate committees.
We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our school: wra.net.
To apply, send a letter of interest and résumé/CV to WRA’s Associate Head of School, Kate Mueller, at email@example.com.