This high school Humanities instructor works between two departments: English and Social Studies. As such, the position provides a bridge between the two departments, helping to better align the skills curricula of the two. The instructor will also provide critical support for the new Citizen Artist graduation requirement (gradCAP) and its attendant student projects. At present, the instructor is responsible for teaching two sections of 10th grade English. The other two sections may include Civics and Economics, US History, a senior-level English seminar, and/or a section of citizen artist project support for a total of 4 course sections.
The new Citizen Artist graduation requirement: The Citizen Artist graduation requirement is part of the 20 units required for a student to earn a diploma from UNCSA’s High School Academic Program (HSAP). The core of the requirement is the successful completion of a Citizen Artist-designated course, each of which will house a robust, year-long project. These projects are student-centered with students selecting their own research topics guided by the area of focus of the course in which they are enrolled.
Seniors have a menu of courses (designated with an asterisk in the “High School Courses” section) from which they can choose that will fulfill the Citizen Artist requirement. No matter the subject area, a number of core skills are consistent across all of these courses and projects; students receive some training in, and feedback and assessment on the following skills: Research Oral Presentation Visual Presentation Civic Action
Candidates should hold a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a degree in a humanities discipline or education. Prior high school teaching experience is preferred. If a candidate is hired who does not hold a Master’s Degree, the teacher must earn a Master’s Degree by the end of their second multi-year contract (end of year 7). UNCSA will provide assistance to make this possible. The deadline may be extended due to extenuating circumstances.
For full consideration for the position, please submit a resume, a list of three references, and, in lieu of a cover letter, please submit written responses to the following three questions in the document listed as other:
Why do you want to teach high school at our Arts Conservatory?
How does your teaching address systemic inequalities and engage groups that are historically marginalized in a Humanities classroom because of the impact of racism, classism, nativism, ableism, sexism, or other factors?
How do your previous experiences distinguish you as an exceptional candidate for this position?
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts was the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. UNCSA includes approximately 1,300 students in its high school, college, and graduate programs.The UNCSA High School Academic Program provides unparalleled liberal arts training commensurate with the intensive conservatory training of our young artists. Our 17 full-time faculty teach approximately 250 young artists in grades 9-12 across the core disciplines of English, Mathematics, Modern Language, Science, and Social Studies. As such, we have a student-teacher classroom ratio of 14:1. Student-artists earn their diploma from the Academic Program, while also earning a certificate in one of four artistic disciplines: Dance, Drama, Music, or Visual Arts. We are the only public, residential arts conservatory in the country in which many high school students attend arts classes alongside their college counterparts, taught by the same internationally-renowned faculty. Our students then enter their respective arts profession or matriculate to the finest conservatories and universities in the world.