Summer Faculty Positions
Appalachian Summer Regional Governor's School
Program Dates: June 11 – 22, 2018
Proposals for course offerings in any area of science, technology, and the arts are
welcomed. Each course provides 30 hours of instruction for gifted high school
sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Compensation to the successful applicant is $1500.00 per class.
Application Deadline is December 1, 2017
Please send application letter, course proposal(s) and resume to:
Bill Grose, Director
Appalachian Governor's School
110 Fincastle Hall, WCC
1000 East Main Street
Wytheville, VA 24382
Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the Governor's School Website for additional information: www.wcc.vccs.edu/gs/
For further information, call Bill Grose at (276) 223-4817
Applicants must hold a valid Virginia Teacher's License or have special expertise deemed necessary by the Governor's School Board of Directors (e.g., a Master’s degree). Eighteen hours of graduate study in the field of expertise is preferred. A background check may be required as part of your employment.
Applicants should have:
1. A knowledge and understanding of the cognitive, social, and emotional characteristics, needs, and
problems found in gifted students as a result of their atypical mental development.
2. The ability to develop a flexible, individualized enriching curriculum appropriate to meeting the individual gifted pupil needs and nurturing group interaction.
3. The ability to create an environment in which the gifted can use their strengths, explore their personal and interpersonal development, risk new areas of thought and action, and feel challenges.
4. The ability to teach the gifted learner the skills of rational thinking, integration of mind and body, self-actualization, intuitive development, and self-evaluation.
5. The ability to nurture creativity in all its aspects of thinking, feeling, intuiting, and expressing talent through products.
6. The ability to encourage in gifted learners a sense of social awareness and commitment to humanity and to their environment, and a respect for the worth and dignity of others.
7. The ability to relate well to colleagues and parents of gifted learners and to conduct professional meetings for their benefit.
Wytheville Community College is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability. Instructional position funding is contingent upon the provisions of funds for this purpose by the 2010 Virginia General Assembly.
The Appalachian Governor's School is funded by the Virginia Department of Education and jointly sponsored by the School Divisions of Bland, Carroll, Galax, Grayson, Smyth, and Wythe, in conjunction with Wytheville Community College.
2017 Program Faculty Positions
Program Dates: June 12 - 23, 2017
Deadline For Course Proposals: December 1, 2016
Appalachian Summer Regional Governor's School is a ten-day program for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who are identified as gifted by the local school divisions. Set on the campus of Wytheville Community College, the program serves approximately 36 identified gifted high school students from the counties of Carroll, Bland, Grayson, Smyth and Wythe as well as the City of Galax. There are four morning courses and four afternoon courses. Morning classes are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Afternoon classes are scheduled for 12:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
The program will hire eight instructional positions. Instructors are expected to provide thirty hours of instruction (1 course) during one of these scheduled sessions for 10 instructional days. Additional responsibilities include attending the faculty training during late winter/early spring, weekly staff meetings, and the final closing program/open house. Other responsibilities may be assigned while the program is in operation. Each instructor receives a reimbursement of $1500.00. An additional benefit is the opportunity to work with highly motivated bright young adults in a small-group setting in an intellectually stimulating environment. Average class size is nine students.
The program's preferred focus is on the sciences, arts and technology including computer technology, mathematics, and language courses. Social Science and Humanities courses are also included in the curriculum, however. Preferred courses offer a curriculum surpassing courses typically offered in the high-school setting. A good course proposal will give a brief course description including how the course content exceeds the Virginia Standards of Learning for the subject area. Course objectives and/or sample syllabus are encouraged.
Applicants should include a cover letter, current resume, and an adequate description of the proposed course. If available, the course syllabus should be submitted.
Minimum desired applicant qualifications include:
- Virginia Teacher License in field of study OR a special expertise deemed necessary by the Governor's School Board of Director's.
- Master’s degree with eighteen hours of graduate study in the field of expertise is preferred.
- Knowledge of instructional technology is preferred.
Other desirable teaching qualities include:
- Knowledge and understanding of the cognitive, social, and emotional characteristics, needs and problems found in gifted students.
- The ability to develop a flexible, individualized enriching curriculum that meets the individual gifted pupil needs as well as nurturing group interactions.
- The ability to create an environment in which the gifted can use their strengths, explore their personal and interpersonal development, risk new areas of thought and actions, and feel challenges.
- The ability to teach the gifted learner the skills of rational thinking, integration of mind and body, self-actualization, intuitive development, and self-evaluation.
- The ability to nurture creativity in all its aspects of thinking, feeling, intuiting and expressing talent through products and process.
- The ability to encourage in gifted learners a sense of social awareness and commitment to humanity and to their environment, and a respect for the worth and dignity of others.
- The ability to relate well to colleagues and parents of gifted learners and to conduct professional meeting for their benefits.
The application deadline is December 1, 2017. The Appalachian Summer Regional Governor's board of Directors selects the eight courses. All applicants should receive notification of course acceptance or denial by January 15, 2018.
If hired, applicants are expected to:
- Complete a State of Virginia employment application, available through Malinda eversole in the business office in Smyth Hall or available on the college website at www.wcc.vccs.edu/jobs
- Submit all undergraduate and graduate transcripts to Bill Grose at:
Attention: Governor's School Faculty
110 Fincastle Hall
1000 E. Main St
Wytheville, VA 24382
- Applicant should be aware that a background check might be required for employment.
If you have questions about the program, please contact the Director, Bill Grose at firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or call at 276-223-4817.
All instructional positions are contingent upon the provisions of funds for this purpose by 2017 Virginia General Assembly.