University Liggett School, the oldest independent school in Michigan, is a forward-thinking institution located in suburban Grosse Pointe, just outside of the city of Detroit. Liggett enrolls 600 students in grades PK through 12, and innovation and opportunity abound within the school and the region. Understanding is the core value of a Liggett education. Students identify, develop, and pursue their passions as teachers work to make the process of learning relevant and engaging. Each Liggett graduate leaves well-prepared for the changing demands of college and career, equipped as a lifelong learner committed to embodying – and fostering – inquiry and discovery. At Liggett, we shape lives that shape lives.
Our mission is to empower students to develop intellectual curiosity, leadership and confidence to contribute to a complex and changing world. We challenge students to excel and to achieve their highest potential. We create opportunities for discovery and achievement by developing a faculty who foster the strengths of each student through the Curriculum for Understanding. We teach and practice the values of respect and responsibility in an emotionally and physically safe environment.
The English chair directs the rationale, development, continuity, and implementation of the English curriculum in keeping with a broad vision of the school’s mission and Liggett’s commitment to the Curriculum for Understanding. The chair works collaboratively with other departments across disciplines to integrate learning for our students. As the school continues to implement the Curriculum for Understanding, we will be examining departmental structures to make certain literary, mathematical, scientific, technological and affective competencies are woven into the fabric of our students’ learning. All department chairs at Liggett are responsible for the program in grades PK3 – 12. Specifically, the chair will:
• Assist the division heads in hiring faculty for the department.
• Mentor, support and supervise departmental faculty in meeting established standards of excellence.
• Support and supervise the planning and publishing of the school’s literary magazine, The Lambrequin.
• Communicate regularly with provost, division heads, and assistant division heads on curricular initiatives and faculty and student issues.
• Communicate with department coordinators in each division.
• Serve as a leader and promoter of relevant and current research in methodologies and pedagogy.
• Facilitate and engage department members in meaningful professional growth.
• Promote and oversee departmental initiatives that enrich the curricular goals of the school.
• Plan and oversee budget expenditures including reallocating resources as appropriate.
• Develop and implement departmental policies related to academics, academic enrichment, school life, logistics and communication. Department policies encompass, but are not limited to assessment, honors placement, exam procedures, late work, trips, book orders, departmental awards, and substitutes.
• Attend to the scope and sequence, PK3-12, of the English curriculum, particularly focusing on strategically planning and designing an array of electives in the Upper School.
• Serve as role model in providing excellent classroom instruction in the paradigm of the Curriculum for Understanding.