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Assistant Professor—Teacher Education Lees-McRae College
Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina
Date Posted 03/17/2021
Faculty-Education-Teacher Education
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Lees-McRae is a small, four-year, Liberal Arts College, serving Appalachia and the Southeastern United States. The College is located in the town of Banner Elk in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina. Banner Elk is nestled between two popular ski areas and is within a short drive of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Appalachian Trail. The area is popular with outdoor enthusiasts: skiing, cycling, hiking, climbing, and fly fishing are among the many attractions. The college also owns and maintains the Elk Valley Preserve and Field Station and the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Please visit our website at www.lmc.edu.

Lees-McRae College, in Banner Elk, NC invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Teacher Education within the School of Arts, Humanities, and Education. The Teacher Education program at Lees-McRae is recognized for its outstanding programs in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Theatre Arts Education. The college has a new MAT in Secondary Education which is growing. Our programs have received many state and national accolades, including being rated as one of the top 40 online education programs in North Carolina. Our graduates are accepted in many upper-tier graduate schools and are eagerly employed in public, private, and charter schools in North Carolina and surrounding states.

Lees-McRae College is seeking an individual to expand the outstanding programs currently in place. Ideally, this individual will have the expertise in any of the following areas: literacy, mathematics, and science curriculum (STEAM), and the ability to lead in both undergraduate and graduate program development and coordination. The person selected for this position will have taught in public schools and will have a current teaching certification in North Carolina or be eligible for a teaching certification in Elementary Education, Special Education, and/or Secondary Education in the state.

The successful candidate will share LMC’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, experiential learning, and community engagement. Reporting to the Dean of Arts, Humanities, Education, this faculty member will be involved in teaching, program development, and will provide leadership in one or more areas within the Teacher Education Program.

Essential Functions


  • The instructor will be required to teach 12-credit hours per semester in her/his discipline as assigned by the Program Coordinator. The successful candidate will provide evidence of innovative teaching and curriculum development. Teaching responsibilities include but are not limited to classroom management, student assessment, and assessment of student learning.
  • Maintain professional standards of practice in teaching in the classroom.
  • Meet LMC standards for course syllabi creation and submission, classroom management, use of technology, grade submission, and records management.


  • Support student success through mentoring, tutoring, and advising.
  • Scholarship and Professional Development.
  • Maintain currency in education and application through continuing education activities and professional development.
  • Promote and support undergraduate research opportunities.
  • Serve on committees of the College, School, and Faculty Senate.
  • Attend and participate in scheduled faculty/administrative meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Dean of the School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Know and be able to teach standards-based lessons within the teacher education program.
  • Provide short and long-range course planning in key curricular areas.
  • Maintain and improve the quality of all teacher education programs.
  • Contribute to the design of STEAM learning activities within the teacher education program.
  • Create and provide evidence-based instruction to assist students in acquiring key student learning outcomes.
  • Assist in mentoring/preparing students to take teacher licensure examinations.
  • Participate and lead community-based learning activities with school partners (public, private, and charter schools and community groups).
  • Supervise and mentor students within their clinical settings.
  • Collaborate with, and train, mentor teachers to provide ongoing mentoring activities for students in clinical settings.
  • Provide leadership in directing and leading the faculty and staff to achieve the vision, mission, goals, and objectives of the Teacher Education program, the School of Arts, Humanities, and Education, and Lees-McRae College.
  • Participate on key committees at the program, school, and college level.
  • Work with college officials and community partners to ensure the delivery of high-quality programs.
  • Program coordination and development, involving key stakeholders in each step of the process.
  • Coordinate assessment reports and other important data reports in a timely manner.


  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of North Carolina Standard Course of Study standards and objectives.
  • Exhibits the ability to provide supervision of student interns and student teachers in clinical settings.
  • Develops and maintains evidence-based lessons/instruction to assist students in acquiring student learning outcomes.
  • Plans, prepares, and executes focused instruction, assessment, and course creation.
  • Maintains personal professional development by remaining current with the body of knowledge in teacher education and evidence-based practices.
  • Exhibits the ability to maintain required program data and assessment reports.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to multi-task.
  • Ethical Conduct.
  • Stress Management/Composure.
  • Teamwork Orientation.

Required Education and Experience

  • PhD or EdD education from an accredited institution is required. The focus may be in Elementary Education, Special Education, and/or Secondary Education.
  • A current NC teaching license or be eligible for licensure in North Carolina.
  • A minimum of three years of experience teaching in public or private K-12 schools.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years in public or private K-12 schools
  • Experience teaching at the college/university level
  • Online Course Creation and Teaching Experience
  • Knowledge of adult learning principles and best practices
  • Experience with Learning Management Systems

Supervisory Responsibility
This position would assist in supporting adjunct instructors as needed.

Work Environment
Normal office environment where there is no physical discomfort due to temperature, dust, noise, and the like.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

No travel is expected for this position.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To apply – submit an application on the LMC website. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, unofficial transcripts, and the names of three references with contact information.

Any questions regarding the application process, please contact Tammy Franklin at franklin@lmc.edu.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Lees-McRae College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act employer committed to excellence through diversity.

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