The Hill School seeks an Instructor of History for the 2018-19 academic year. Working closely with other members of the History and Social Science Department, this teacher will be responsible for classroom instruction; communication with students, parents, and student advisers; and remaining current on educational practices. This is a 10 month, residential faculty position. Housing and dining privileges are included.
More specifically, responsibilities for this position include (but are not limited to):
Teaching four assigned sections of history, possibly including U.S. History and AP Government. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach a wide range of history courses.
Teaching 50-60 students per year;
Serving the school’s co-curricular program for two trimesters as either a coach or program leader;
Participating in the school’s student life program as an adviser and by providing residential or supervisory duty on periodic weeknights and weekends;
Writing official school course, advisory, residential, and co-curricular comments on students throughout the year;
Writing recommendations to college and various programs on behalf of individual students as necessary;
Meeting with parents as appropriate.
History Department Profile:
Featuring a close-knit, collegial group of historians with seven to 25 years of classroom experience, The Hill’s Department of History and Social Sciences offers core courses in 20th Century Global Studies, World History (with various student-selected trimester emphasis on Latin America, Middle East and Modern Europe), and three distinct levels of United States History to go along with electives in Government (AP), Economics (Regular, AP, Post-AP), Psychology (Regular, AP), an advanced seminar and various term courses. Pedagogies vary from course to course and year-to-year, each explicitly emphasizing historical method and humanities skills development. Projects vary from video oral history documentary creation, to written thesis papers of expanding length, and several multi-modal and multi-discipline works.
Ideally, a candidate will possess at least 5 years of experience teaching history in secondary schools or higher education. The teacher will also be expected to undertake responsibilities that are normally associated with a boarding school, such as serving on various school committees and participating in the school’s co-curricular and residential programs. Other skills and/or qualities necessary for this position are: effective verbal and written communication skills; a genuine willingness to work closely with students and colleagues; a high energy level; and, of course, a good and enduring sense of humor! A bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree is preferred. Start date for this position is August 20, 2018.
About The Hill School
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 our 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 impro...ved 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.