The Dean is an academic administrator whose primary responsibility is collaborating with and supporting high school faculty and department chairs in the areas of program design and development, pedagogy, and professional growth within and across disciplines.
The Dean of Teaching and Learning will work with high school teachers to invigorate their curriculum with the latest educational practices, to innovate and collaborate, and to create new synergies.
Areas of focus will include: identifying inquiry-based, interdisciplinary, and experiential learning opportunities; evaluating and incorporating contemporary educational research, trends, and best practices; and establishing a coherent and continuous professional development program for the high school including engaging with other schools.
Working with teachers as they continue to pursue excellence in teaching, the Dean will develop the means for teachers to take active leadership roles in implementing new ideas and cultivating partnerships within the University of Chicago and beyond.
The Dean reports to the High School Principal and is a member of the high school administrative team. The Dean works closely with academic administrators and department chairs in the other schools, the Middle School in particular, to create a more holistic understanding of the students’ educational experience, to coordinate scope and sequence, and to insure consistent transitions to high school.
Working in conjunction with the Learning and Counseling Department and Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Dean will engage with faculty on incorporating differentiated instruction and cultural competencies into their teaching.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree required.
Masters degree strongly preferred.
Teaching experience at the middle school, high school, or collegiate level.
A minimum of three years experience in program development and leadership.
About University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide one of the world's most outstanding pre-collegiate educational experiences. Because Lab is part of the University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life—of thought and exploration—infuses all aspects of our curriculum, and students in every grade benefit from outstanding UChicago academicians and access to unmatched resources. John Dewey—one of the great minds in education—established the Schools in 1896 as a place to explore and implement his theories on childhood education. Today’s students still benefit from his vision, and today’s Lab faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field.
Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are affiliated with the University, half live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northern Indiana. Lab’s student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the Schools and its community; approximately half of our 2,000 students are people of color and families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes.
The Laboratory Schools seek the fine...st employees—people who wish to inspire a love of learning in our students and join a vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training, in many different disciplines. At Lab, we value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity. We seek employees who share a similar commitment to these values. Lab people are engaged and excited by our mission of igniting and nurturing an enduring spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence in the youngest members of the University of Chicago’s academic community.
The Laboratory Schools is a great place to work and our connection to the University provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment.
Interested candidates should apply via our website at: http://www.ucls.uchicago.edu/about-lab/employment
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