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Grandview College Instructor of Education ESL/ELL preferred Bilingual/Biliteracy Education- - Fall 2021 in Des Moines, Iowa

Instructor of Education ESL/ELL preferred Bilingual/Biliteracy Education- - Fall 2021

Department: Faculty - Education

Location: Des Moines, IA

Grand View University aspires to serve a diverse community of learners- students, faculty, and staff- in an inclusive and equitable environment with the goal of empowering all to achieve their fullest potential. Our objective is to sustain a campus environment that is free from the power imbalances and institutional biases that contribute to systems of oppression, while preparing our students to stand against those inequities when they leave Grand View.

Grand View University is dedicated to the goal of an inclusive campus where people of diverse identities feel welcomed and empowered to shape our culture and processes. At Grand View University we view diversity through the collective or group and we welcome and affirm the thoughts and experiences each distinct member brings to our community of learners.

To learn more about Grand View-s commitment to diversity, and to read our entire Diversity Statement, click on this link:

INSTRUCTOR of EDUCATION ESL/ELL preferred Bilingual/Biliteracy Education

Effective Date: Fall 2021


The Education Department at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA invites applicants to join an innovative department in a liberal arts setting offering undergraduate and master degree programs. We seek applicants who are committed to diversifying the teaching force through intentional recruitment and retention efforts. Our department strives to break barriers to educational access, teach openly about the role of the individual in social change, and work towards cultivating more open approaches to non-dominant cultures/races/orientations; we encourage candidates to apply who have a similar social justice orientation. Our university serves a high population of first-generation college students and transfer students.

The successful candidate will join a department positioned as a leader in the state related to ELL. Grant funding has allowed us to license a large number of inservice ELL teachers in recent years. Further, we have a growing group of multilingual undergraduate teacher education students who began a BESO group (Bilingual Education Student Organization) affiliated with the National Association for Bilingual Educators (NABE). Several districts in the state seek partnerships related to expanding opportunities for under-represented teachers, including those prepared to teach in newly developed bilingual programs.

Successful candidates should be committed to excellence and innovation in undergraduate/graduate teaching, working closely with traditional and non-traditional students in a small college environment with a commitment to student success, and active engagement in scholarly activities. Opportunities to teach graduate courses and courses in the Liberal Arts Core are available.

Our Mission:

Grand View-s Teacher Education Program empowers teachers, through vibrant learning communities and self-reflection, to be innovative, culturally responsive, and resourceful leaders, who are empowered to respond to the dynamic needs of learners for a global society.

Grand View-s Commitment to you:

Grand View provides an intentional mentoring and support program through our Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). New faculty are paired with experienced faculty as a component of an intentional induction program. Faculty in the Education Department collaborate on a regular basis to ensure that the program is preparing teacher candidates to engage in the K-12 schools of the 21st century as innovative, culturally responsive advocates for their students and colleagues.


  • Candidate will be expected to teach a range of courses in a variety of modalities, including in-person, blended, online.

  • Academic responsibilities include: teaching and developing undergraduate and graduate courses; student advising/mentoring with a focus on diverse student retention and recruitment; providing departmental, college, university, and professional service; and maintaining a research agenda.

  • For the first year of the position, the candidate will be the project director for Project EMPOWER, a $2.75 million grant from the US State Department Education office of Language Acquisition. We are in year four of the grant and seeking renewal as well as an additional grant, so duties may possibly continue in this arena. Nine credits of the twelve credit faculty teaching load per semester is dedicated to grant related communication/organization, data analysis, writing, and advising.

  • When grant duties conclude, teaching responsibilities will increase and there will be more time to dedicate towards engagement in new programming focused on partnerships with high schools where GV students serve as aspirant peers.


  • Earned doctorate in Education field or a strongly related field with an academic specialization in ESL from an accredited institution. Doctoral candidates are encouraged to apply.

  • Candidates must have previous teaching experience in a K-12 ELL setting.

  • Commitment to culturally competent preparation of teacher candidates to work successfully with culturally and linguistically diverse student populations.

  • Experience and passion for mentoring, recruitment and retention, and collaboration with local schools and education stakeholders.

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Candidates are preferred to have at least four years of successful teaching experience at the K-12 level.

  • For the purposes of the grant, candidates should have the ability to work with local school districts and coordinate family engagement programming for parents of ELL students. It is preferred that candidates have prior experience leading professional development with teachers or mentoring part-time faculty.

  • Academic specialization and teaching experience in Bilingual Education. Bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and English with oral and written academic proficiency in both languages.

  • History of supervising students in the field or mentoring new teachers.

  • Because of the work with our National Professional Development the candidate must have strong, detail-oriented organizational skills and be able to coordinate and manage a large project. Candidates must demonstrate the potential for scholarship/research with preferred experience in quantitative research design. The grant provides an additional month of support beyond the academic year.

  • Prior successful teaching at the post-secondary level and supervision experience is desired.

    Position will remain open until filled.

    Please submit:

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • A letter of application - including why you are a unique and good fit, including information about your scholarly agenda

  • Names and contact information for three references

  • Teaching/Diversity Statement:

  • Include your approach to mentoring new teachers

  • Include a few remarks about your teaching philosophy

  • Our department is dedicated to diversifying the field of education by producing teacher candidates from groups typically under-represented in the education profession. We are committed to preparing teachers who are culturally competent and culturally responsive. How would you see yourself contributing to this goal - please speak to your philosophy (possibly including experiences) with diversity in general, and diverse colleagues/students and your willingness to expand.

    All applicants must apply through our online application system.

    Grand View University is an equal opportunity employer. The University has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates, including women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities.

    A pre-employment background check is required.