Date Posted: 17 December, 2021
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Education: Master's degree
The History and Social Sciences department at Ransom Everglades School is searching for teachers who are passionate about the exploration and study of the human condition, inspired by curious students who pose challenging questions, and enthusiastic about collaborating with colleagues to create opportunities for students to engage in intellectual and moral contemplation about their place and role in the world. If you enjoy discussing ideas about the human record–past and present, helping students develop analytical and critical thinking skills and communication and presentation skills, and fostering mentoring relationships both in and out of the classroom, this position may be just right for you!
The Humanities Department (combining History & Social Sciences and English) represents the school’s commitment to interdisciplinary thinking and the Humanities as a core element of the curriculum. In addition to a four-year program in English, the Humanities department teaches required courses in world civilizations and US History, and electives in government, philosophy, religion, economics, and other special topics, including most Advanced Placement courses. The skills of research, analysis, and synthesis, close reading of texts, and effective communication in writing and in speech are fundamental to the department’s curriculum and pedagogy. Humanities classes at Ransom Everglades are student-centered and discussion-based. We are searching for faculty members who can help students become deeper thinkers, more effective and eloquent writers, and good citizens.
In addition to core teaching assignments, faculty members in the Humanities department may serve as faculty mentors for independent study projects and Dan Leslie Bowden Fellowships in the Humanities, and contribute to the work of the newly established Holzman Center for Applied Ethics. Candidates must embrace the school’s value for inquiry-based, student-centered learning and the school’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ransom Everglades expects faculty members to contribute enthusiastically and collaboratively in the work of the department and to engage in the life of the school. A Master’s degree in a field within or closely related to, the Humanities or Social Sciences, and comfort using the Microsoft Suite and G Suite platforms, are required. Prior independent school teaching experience is preferred.
While the search committee will entertain applications from candidates of all backgrounds, candidates who can contribute experience and expertise in the following areas are especially encouraged to apply:
Digital Humanities: The department recognizes the need for novel approaches to the study of history and literature. Candidates with skills and interests in any of the following will be given strong consideration: digital and computational humanities; text technologies /media archaeologies; emerging media forms; cultural analytics/computational methods for interpretation; digital media studies; critical computation and coding; spatial and geohumanities, mapping, and GIS; data visualization; ethical and sociopolitical dimensions of digital technologies; and leveraging digital tools and data for civic engagement, equity, and justice.
AP US History: the sophomore experience in US History is one of the defining elements of the Ransom Everglades curriculum. The objectives of the study of US History at Ransom Everglades include an appreciation for the complexity of the American narrative and the development of effective writing skills. Candidates with experience teaching AP US History, and who are eager to bring diverse perspectives and an interdisciplinary approach to the study of US History will be strongly considered.
Global and Multicultural Studies: A strategic goal of the Humanities department is the continued development of an inclusive multicultural curriculum that includes a wide range of voices and perspectives. Candidates who can contribute to the further incorporation of new voices in the curriculum, and/or develop elective courses in identity, area, or cultural studies, will be given strong consideration.
Speech and Debate: a burgeoning speech and debate program with a national reputation for excellence engages more than 130 upper school students. Though we are unlikely to hire a faculty member dedicated exclusively to speech and debate, candidates in other disciplines with demonstrated experience and interest in speech and debate will be given strong consideration.
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