Full-Time Faculty – Shanghai, China Non-Tenure Track
March 7, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Opportunity Profile for
Full-Time Faculty – Shanghai, China
Geneva College applications for a non-tenure track faculty position teaching general education core courses in any of the following areas in Shanghai, China beginning in August 2018: psychology, economics, communication, English, natural sciences, mathematics, sociology, or business. The position will remain open until filled. All faculty ranks will be considered. Minority and female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
Following is a complete job description with required skills, abilities, education and experience; applicants meeting the minimum qualifications should submit the following materials for consideration:
A focused letter which addresses the candidate's interest in this position, date of availability and the specific skills and qualifications related to this position, especially the candidate’s fitness for teaching and integrating faith in the classroom
A statement of faith (“This is what I believe”) (1 page limit)
A statement of your faith journey and church involvement (1 page limit)
A statement which describes the integration of your field and Christian faith in light of Geneva College’s “Foundational Concepts of Christian Education” (available at www.geneva.edu/page/employment)
Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be required for finalists)
Geneva College invites applications for a non-tenure track faculty position teaching general education core courses in any of the following areas in Shanghai, China beginning in August 2018: psychology, economics, communication, English, natural sciences, mathematics, sociology, or business. The position will remain open until filled. All faculty ranks will be considered. Minority and female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
This individual will be one of two faculty members in residence at the College’s program in Shanghai, China. Consideration will be given to candidates who have a strong interdisciplinary background, and who are interested in expanding their knowledge and ability to teach courses in more than one discipline. A strong record of excellence in teaching, particularly in lecture and discussion facilitation, as well as in teaching a diverse population of students, is expected. Applicants are expected to provide evidence of leadership and personal qualities that are applicable to fostering a positive learning environment and sustained interaction with non-U.S. undergraduate students.
The selected candidate will be expected to fulfill the following:
Live full-time in Shanghai, China (about 10 months each year)
Teach up to 12 credit hours per semester and hold a minimum of two weekly office hours
Assist in planning and overseeing all aspects of the academic program in cooperation with the Director of Crossroads: Geneva’s Center for Enriched Learning, appropriate faculty oversight committees, College administrators, a second Geneva College faculty member in China, New Channel, the College’s academic partner in China, and personnel from Zizhu International Education Park, the location where the program resides
Adequately prepare all course materials and lessons (preparation time will vary based on instructor experience in teaching a particular course)
Adapt lesson plans and assignments to be well-paced, comprehensible, and engaging for students at varying levels of English proficiency
Provide each student with clear course expectations, evaluations, and timelines through carefully written topical outlines and approved, standardized syllabi
Provide interesting and relevant assignments that demonstrate learning outcomes in a real-life setting
Suitably challenge, engage, serve, and communicate with students to encourage their participation and learning while maintaining mutual value and respect
Respond to student questions in a timely manner
Ensure course and program learning outcomes are delivered as defined by course syllabi
Complete grade books, final grade sheets, learning assessments, and final exam assessments in a timely manner
Work with the Director of Crossroads to review and alter the curriculum as needed
Notify New Channel of required textbooks and other course materials in advance to allow adequate international shipping time, if necessary
Keep abreast of current developments in one’s disciplines through scholarly activity, continuously update course content, improve methods of instruction, and regularly evaluate instructional effectiveness
Familiarize students with Geneva’s online learning platform and email system
Plan, lead, and participate in College-sponsored academic activities
Plan and participate in the leadership of extracurricular activities
Participate actively in the community life of the Shanghai campus
Advise Chinese students for their transition to an academic program in the U.S.
Serve on administrative committees in Shanghai as assigned
Model appreciation for Chinese culture
Together with the Director of Crossroads and a second resident faculty member, serve as a liaison for the Shanghai program and its participants with U.S.-based faculty, staff, administration, and other stakeholders as well as China-based constituents
Report directly to the Director of Crossroads and, ultimately, to the College’s Academic Dean/Chief Academic Officer
Geneva College (Shanghai) is an initiative offered in cooperation with New Channel International Education Group at the Zizhu International Education Park in the Minhang District of Shanghai, China. Each year beginning in the fall semester and continuing into the spring, a different group of students will rotate through the two-semester program in China before spending 10 weeks during the following summer on Geneva College’s Beaver Falls campus. The students will then enroll at Geneva College or one of its partner institutions to complete their undergraduate degree.
The primary goal of the program is to offer a pathway program that will prepare Chinese students for successful entry into a four-year undergraduate degree program at Geneva College or one of its partner institutions in the United States.
Benefits include housing and one round-trip airline ticket between the U.S. and China each academic year. New Channel provides assistance with the visa process, criminal background check, and other matters related to Chinese government requirements.
The candidate must be a thoughtful and articulate Christian and an active member of a Protestant evangelical church. Preference will be given to candidates who support and have an articulate understanding of the Reformed faith. The individual must understand and support the College’s doctrinal position as stated in the College Charter and the “Foundational Concepts of Christian Education” by expressing an evangelical Christian profession of faith and demonstrate the ability to integrate a Christian perspective in their work.
Education and Experience
Preference will be given to candidates who possess a terminal degree in their field or are able to demonstrate that their terminal degree can be completed within one year of hiring. A strong record of excellence in teaching, particularly in lecture and discussion facilitation and work with non-American students, is expected. Applicants are also expected to provide evidence of leadership and personal qualities that are applicable to fostering a positive learning environment and sustained interaction with undergraduate students. Chinese visa regulations require foreign applicants to possess a Language Certificate, such as TEFL/TESOL/CELTA, or a letter verifying experience of this nature from a previous employer. This certification may be secured after the candidate is hired.
Faculty work in an international educational setting in a new, modern facility shared by other international programs. Teaching is at the undergraduate level with Chinese students transitioning to an undergraduate program in the U.S.
Internal Number: EDU-17-00024
About Geneva College
Geneva College is a challenging Christian college that prepares students to challenge the world and succeed.
We provide an academically rigorous education comprised of distinctive and innovative courses. Geneva offers over 40 undergraduate majors and seven master’s degree programs, with the most popular including business, engineering, education, biology, communication, psychology, student ministry and human services. And our liberal arts core fosters a breadth of knowledge through the study of humanities, the social and natural sciences, biblical studies, and experiential learning. Founded by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, Geneva helps students meet the challenge of becoming everything God means them to be.
Our 55-acre campus is located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Geneva College is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).