Biology Induction Coach and Capstone Course Instructor for Secondary Teaching

Urban Education Institute in Illinois

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted May 3, 2012
Type Non tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program (UChicago UTEP) is in search of a new staff member to join its growing team. UChicago UTEP is an innovative degree (MAT) and certification program geared towards preparing excellent teachers to work in urban public schools. The program is housed in the Urban Education Institute (UEI) and Graham School of General Studies at the University of Chicago. The program is seeking a highly skilled individual to: (1) coach and provide on-going professional development to UChicago UTEP alumni who are in their first three years of teaching secondary biology and middle school science in Chicago Public Schools, (2) lead and co-lead Biology Capstone pedagogical courses for 2nd year pre-service residents, and (3) assist in the coordination of other aspects of UTEPs program.


This is an exciting opportunity for individuals who have been successful practitioners, preferably in an urban school district and have mentoring and coaching experience. This position is ideal for an individual who has prior experience working with teachers and is interested in making a transition into the field of teacher education.  A UChicago UTEP Coach needs to be a well-organized, confident, assertive person with excellent communication and collaborative skills. He or she must also have technical expertise in science pedagogy, deep content knowledge, and the skills to articulate the rationale for various types of teaching strategies and coaching interventions. An essential quality for a UChicago UTEP Coach is the ability to form trusting relationships with aspiring and novice teachers to help them develop their practice and move into roles of teacher leadership.  Within the UEI, this new staff member will have both the opportunity and the responsibility to work across the units of the organization, most particularly with the University Charter Schools. The Chicago UTEP Coach will collaborate with the Chicago UTEP team on a regular basis and report to the Director of Secondary Math and Biology.


Applicants should have a Bachelors in an educational-related field (Masters degree in an educational-related field preferred); Type 09 Illinois Certification in biology; at least five years of high school science teaching experience , preferably in Chicago Public Schools or a similarly large urban school district; extensive knowledge of state and national science standards, deep understanding of child-centered instruction, creating supportive classroom environments and linking theory to practice; experience with mentoring and coaching other teachers, excellent interpersonal and written and oral communication skills;  and excellent organization skills.


For more information or to apply to this position, please visit the University of Chicago employment website at  and enter requisition #089561.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

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