The Science Team at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) is seeking a full-time Chemistry instructor. The Science team delivers a program through which students develop collaborative inquiry skills, apply integrative critical thinking and engage in active research. We encourage individuals who enjoy making a difference in the lives of talented students to apply.
Successful candidates will have a master’s or doctorate degree in Chemistry or realated field and a record of demonstrated successful teaching. Preference will be given to those candidates with broad experience in Chemistry with a focus in Material Science.
This position fulfills the requirement for DFI (Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois) Fellows following completion of their academic program.
The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10–12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program. It also serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry.
The successful candidate will be responsible for, but not limited to:
Teaching a range of Chemistry and other science courses
Guiding and tutoring students outside of class
Participating in the department’s curriculum and assessment development work
Close collaboration with colleagues when teaching the same course and when working on departmental priorities
Participating in all department and faculty meetings, faculty development programs, and community development days
Participating in non-teaching activities that support the department’s and Academy’s programs
Participating in external professional organizations
The required qualifications for this position include:
A minimum of a Master’s degree in Chemistry, or a related field
Effective communication with students, staff, and parents
Active participation in a collaborative team environment
Engagement in reflective professional practice
Excellent interpersonal skills for working in a team environment with the ability to function diplomatically and communicate effectively with colleagues, administrators, students, parents, and the public
An appreciation and understanding of working with diverse populations
Demonstrated application of engineering principles in teaching
Experience in curriculum design
Demonstrated application of computational analysis, modeling or problem solving in teaching
High school equivalent teaching experience
Additional Salary Information: Salary and benefits are commensurate with training and experience expected at this level of employment. The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including health and retirement benefits. The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) is reciprocal with other Illinois public retirement systems such as the Teachers’ Retirement Systems of Illinois (TRS) and the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF).
About Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) fosters the discoverers. The thinkers. The innovators and experimenters. The problem-solvers of the future who can change the world through their life’s work. IMSA innovates the future of science, technology, engineering and math education. It creates a strong and diverse pipeline of talented students at its residential Academy in Aurora, Illinois for 10th through 12th grade students. IMSA’s mission is to ignite and nurture creative, scientific, ethical minds that advance the human condition.IMSA’s tuition-free residential educational program enrolls a diverse student body of 650 from all areas of Illinois; admission is highly competitive.IMSA is a recognized leader in mathematics and science education at the national and international levels and serves students, educators and policymakers beyond Illinois:(1) IMSA founded and helps lead the work of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology which consists of 75+ member institutions, including IMSA and the similar residential programs in 14 other states; (2) IMSA provides extensive professional development in problem-based learning ...to teachers in the nation and abroad; (3) IMSA staff and students serve on important national panels and task forces and are invited as presenters at prestigious national and international conferences; and (4) IMSA is a model upon which a number of other schools in the U.S. and abroad are based.In addition, IMSA hosted the 2018 International Student Science Fair.