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Faculty Instructor/School of Education - Part-Time

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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The Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leading in The School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh seeks a part-time instructor to teach IL 2750 (Techniques of Orientation and Mobility 1) for summer term 2021. We seek an individual dedicated to advancing equity and justice through excellence in teaching and committed to practice and engagement with communities.

The candidate would teach in a vibrant community in the School of Education, at a time of great excitement, synergy, momentum, and action, particularly in relation to our explicit commitment to education equity and justice. Our commitment to educational equity and justice is visible in an integrated set of cultural drivers for how we interact with each other and in how we facilitate the development of innovative programs, policies, and practices that advance educational, social, and human rights for all. As a School, we are committed to determining sustainable ways to disrupt and transform long-standing patterns of inequity and injustice in education. We value collaborative work that is not constrained by rigid boundaries, but that is committed to the interconnections of equity and justice among departments, centers, and institutes in the School of Education and with the many partners at the university, and in various regional, national, and K-12/global communities. The School's mission/vision can be found at the following link: https://www.education.pitt.edu/about/equity-and-justice .

This is the first half of the Orientation and Mobility techniques course (that will continue in O&M Techniques 2). The first half of the course will focus on introducing indoor travel skills with and without the long cane. Class will be conducted in a small group every day, Monday through Friday for 7 to 8 hours each day. Students will have the opportunity to both demonstrate and practice teaching outdoor O&M skills. The course focuses not only on execution of techniques under low vision and blindfold simulation, but there is also a heavy concentration on how to teach techniques and how to evaluate others as they execute and teach techniques. Discussions around adaptive techniques and teaching strategies for different populations and ability levels will also occur.

The position reports to the Chair of the department. Hiring is on a single-semester basis dependent on school needs. Part-time instructors must facilitate an environment where active learning is encouraged and where students and instructor collaboratively learn and develop knowledge of course materials. Professional responsibilities of a part-time instructor include, but are not limited to, the following: teaching a course(s), preparing appropriate course materials, and maintaining a professional educational environment. The syllabus must include all policies and aspects of the course(s). Part-time instructors are required to maintain one scheduled office hour per week per course.

Curriculum responsibilities include assisting with designing, developing, writing, and revising course curricula and syllabi, assisting with insuring intellectual integrity of curriculum and syllabi, and ensuring that all courses taught follow standard syllabus format.

The pay for teaching a 3-credit course is $3,900.00 ($1,300.00/credit). Part-time faculty will have access to our Canvas Learning Management System, Zoom, University email, faculty resources on the Pitt portal, and the university libraries.



1. Earned master's degree (depending on the level of the course) in education or a closely related field;

2. Demonstrated commitment to equity and justice;

3. Potential for or proven excellence in university-level teaching;

4. ACVREP certification in Orientation and Mobility

For questions about the position or School of Education, email Frances Mary D'Andrea, program coordinator, Vision Studies, fmd22@pitt.edu.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity. Members of historically underrepresented groups, including women, are encouraged to apply. We are committed to creating a diverse environment and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Posted: 2021-03-26 Expires: 2021-04-24
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