Reports to: Assistant Head of School for Academics
The Kinesthetic Arts Department is currently searching for a Kinesthetic Arts Faculty. Candidates should have a strong background in teaching introductory level to advanced rock climbing technical skills, and have coaching skills in movement and body awareness.
The Kinesthetic Arts Department strives to provide educational experiences that simultaneously demand mental and physical challenges of the students. We teach students how to be active participants in lifelong physical activities that also have an emphasis on developing mental fortitude and self-awareness skills. We offer adventure education style classes for students to be able to learn from challenges instead of fearing challenges. Our curriculum in each course is designed around the premise of having students grow in their own self-awareness, social awareness, and kinesthetic awareness. Our mission is to allow students the opportunity to grow through challenge, reflect on their learning, and leave our courses with a level of competency in the respective subject area so they can go into the world and continue their growth as life-long kinesthetic learners.
A bachelor’s degree or higher is required. A teaching credential and experience teaching high school or college classes, and an understanding of independent boarding school culture is preferred. This position reports to the Assistant Head of School for Academics. This position is part-time with the possibility of full-time.
All faculty actively engage and challenge students to learn. Respect and dignity of the individual student is a core value. Full-time faculty teach, coach, participate in recreation, mentor advisees, participate as class sponsors, and communicate with students, parents, educational consultants, and other faculty and administrators.
A full-time teaching load is considered instruction of 75-90 students, which often translates to five academic classes. A part-time teaching load is fewer students and fewer classes.
Teach a variety of levels of Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Yoga, and Bouldering
Design and document all relevant curriculum of their academic classes.
Effectively assess, support, encourage, and mentor each individual learner.
Actively engage in cross-disciplinary PBL (project-based learning).
Provide additional academic support time outside of classroom hours (afternoon and/or weekend hours, study hall).
Attend all Faculty Academic Work meetings and additional professional development workshops.
Maintain class pages on the school’s LMS.
Extracurricular Duties (Full-Time Faculty)
Although faculty members at Wasatch Academy are primarily teachers, the boarding school lifestyle requires faculty to take on some additional responsibilities. Wasatch Academy employs a professional residential life staff, so teachers are not responsible for dorm activities. Extracurricular duties are described below.
Weekend Recreation -- For one weekend each month, rotating faculty teams plan, guide, and supervise students on weekend recreational opportunities. Occasionally, faculty are required to be on campus for closed weekends such as the Horseshoe Mountain Hike and Parents Weekends.
Student Advisor -- Faculty members serve as an advisor for 6 to 8 students. Duties include meeting with advisees regularly, communicating with parents, assisting with academic or emotional needs of advisees, ensuring advisees have appropriate academic and emotional support, and encouraging and mentoring each individual advisee.
Class Sponsor -- Supervise the senior, junior, sophomore, or freshman class in the events that the class sponsors.
Communication -- Communicate regularly with students, parents, educational consultants, other faculty, and administration.
Coaching Sports and/or Clubs -- Coach student athletes in a sport, club, or experiential opportunity. For many faculty, academic teaching load subsumes this responsibility.
Support Wasatch Academy’s mission, values, institutional goals, and educational philosophy.
American Mountain Guides Association single pitch instructor certification.
Wilderness First Responder certification or higher certification.
Indoor climbing wall maintenance and route setting experience.
Prior teaching experience with proficiency in curriculum/program design.
Ability to quickly establish relationships and effectively collaborate with the school community.
Extremely well organized.
Value culture of respect, innovation, community, and ownership.
About Wasatch Academy
Located in the center of Utah, Wasatch Academy welcomes students from 40 countries and over 30 U.S. States. Today the school educates more than 300 students providing outstanding educational opportunities to a richly diverse student body. Realizing the need to form international partnerships, Wasatch Academy currently partners with more than seven international schools through a dual diploma program. These partnerships encompass a broad range of possible relationships, including agreements with schools that provide educational student and teacher exchanges.