Location: Chicago, Illinois
Type: Full Time
4 Year Degree
About the Department
At the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, students in Nursery through Grade 12 experience a world-class educational journey. Founded in 1896 by John Dewey as a place for educators to develop and explore novel approaches to pedagogy and curriculum, Lab continues to provide excitement and imagination in learning to this day. Academic rigor, experiential learning, and intellectual discourse are hallmarks of a Lab education. Lab educators are recognized for excellence in teaching and pride themselves on innovation in the classroom. Students in every grade have access to unparalleled resources, and all members of the Lab community benefit by partnerships and connections with the University of Chicago. Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. No less than scholarship, Lab’s mission prioritizes honoring diversity and exhibiting kindness. We are committed to building and supporting a teaching and learning community where young people see aspects of their backgrounds and identities reflected around them, where they feel a deep sense of belonging, and where they discover and use their voices to full effect. Today, 53-59 percent of Lab’s student body are students of color. Families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are also affiliated with the University of Chicago. Half of our families live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northwestern Indiana. Inclusion is a fundamental value at Lab, such that we celebrate every facet of community members’ identities, and even where we disagree, we emphasize respect, civility, and maintaining a spirit of community. Lab seeks the finest employees to join our vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training in many different disciplines, who have in common a love of learning and the wish to inspire that same love of learning in young people. We seek candidates for employment who thrive in an educational environment. We provide a great professional home for those committed to collaboration, ongoing personal and professional growth, and cultivating positive relationships. We strongly encourage applications from candidates of color, LGBTQ+ identified candidates, candidates from historically marginalized or underrepresented backgrounds, and candidates with a demonstrated commitment to a deepening diversity, equity, and inclusion practice. In turn, we strive to ensure that Lab is a joyful, welcoming, and inspiring place to work. Through our connection to the University, faculty, staff, and administrators enjoy benefits and opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment. Full-time assistant teachers are expected to work a 40-hour week and the required number of days as stipulated in the Faculty Association contract. All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The Photography and Film Teacher instructs how to shoot pictures, develop film, make prints, edit digital images and evaluate finished photos. Instruction includes filmmaking, film history and appreciation and related subjects.
- Confidently and creatively teach Beginning Photography (darkroom and digital), AP 2D Design (AP Photo), and Filmmaking, among other courses as determined by department Chairs.
- Creatively and effectively teach knowledge and skills in artmaking, including analog and digital photography skills with different formats (e.g., 35 mm, pinhole, medium, and large format).
- Wet darkroom and digital lab teaching experience (using Creative Cloud apps).
- Creatively and effectively teach knowledge and skills in filmmaking, including a variety of filmmaking processes (narrative, experimental, documentary, and animation if possible), using a variety of software (including, but not limited to: Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Animate, After Effects).
- Possess knowledge of Photo and Film history, early and contemporary.
- Provide instruction by which students develop aesthetic concepts and appreciations and the ability to make qualitative judgments about art.
- Knows and can apply elements of design and modern principles of art.
- Provide individual and small-group instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of students with varying intellectual and artistic abilities, and to accommodate a variety of instructional activities.
- Instruct students in proper care and use of tools and equipment.
- Organize storage areas and control use of materials, equipment and tools to prevent loss or abuse, and to minimize time required for distribution and collection.
- Evaluate each student’s performance and growth in knowledge and aesthetic understandings, maintain accurate and transparent records, and prepare narrative progress reports.
- Select books, instructional materials, tools, instructional aids, and maintain required inventory records.
- Plan and present art displays and exhibitions designed to exhibit students’ work for the school and the community.
- Maintain professional competence through in-service education activities provided by the school and/or in self-selected professional growth activities.
- Communicate with parents and school counselors on student progress.
- Participate in curriculum and other developmental programs.
- Perform any other duties as may be assigned by Administration.
- Teach 4 sections of photography and film courses, and one advisory.
- Maintain (keep all tools and materials in working order) a traditional, wet darkroom.
- Maintain cameras and related equipment for both film and digital photography.
- Maintain cameras and related equipment for filmmaking.
- Quickly adapt to changing circumstances and be flexible in work with students.
- Interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and parents required.
- Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues, and dynamics in the classroom and in developing healthy, supportive relationships with all students.
- Strong knowledge of course subject matter required.
- Knowledge of instructional methodologies required.
- Strong knowledge of child development is required.
- Develop curricula, lesson plans, and assessment tools required.
- Analytical skills required.
- Problem-solving skills required.
- Decision-making skills required.
- Attention to detail required.
- Organizational skills required.
- Computational skills required.
- Creativity required.
- Verbal and written communication skills
- Interpersonal skills required.
- Work independently and as part of a team required.
- Manage stressful situations required.
- Maintain confidentiality required.
- Work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet the deadlines required.
Education, Experience, or Certifications:
- Bachelor's degree in art education or BFA required.
- Master's of Fine Arts degree preferred.
- Minimum 2 yrs HS teaching experience in Photography (analog and digital) and Film required.
- 3-5 years HS teaching experience preferred.
- Practicing artist preferred.
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
- Use standard productivity software (Microsoft Office, calendar/scheduling software, etc.) required.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
- Move in and around the classroom/building to interact with students, faculty, staff, parents, and other members of the community.
- Move class-related equipment/tools, as appropriate, around school property.
- When appropriate, escort children from one classroom to another, in and out of the building during arrival and dismissal, and in an emergency situation.
- Demonstrate lessons, when appropriate.
- Cover Letter
- Professional Art Teaching Portfolio
- Professional References Contact Information (3)
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About The 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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