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Economics Instructor (Part Time)

Bentley School, an independent K-12 school in Oakland and Lafayette, California, seeks a part-time, upper school economics teacher, able and eager to teach introductory and advanced courses in the History Department. The History Department at Bentley is an innovative, collaborative group that seeks a candidate to complement the strengths of the department and to add their own expertise and background to the core curriculum.

The position will include teaching two sections of Introduction to Economics, along with the possibility of other duties including leading an advisory group, and participating in aspects of student life at Bentley (including such opportunities as like advising clubs, coaching, or working with student organizations). Introduction to Economics will expose students to field and include both macroeconomics and microeconomics. Ideal candidates will have broad expertise in economics as a discipline as well as specific areas of expertise in areas like political economy, economic history, global development, area studies, or other areas in the social sciences like political science. The Bentley History Department currently offers a ninth-grade modern world history course the emphasizes the cultural and political histories of non-Western societies as well as the development of European hegemony from the fifteenth century to the present, a tenth-grade United States History course designed to expose students to the complex political and cultural origins from indigenous societies in North America to the present day, and history seminars, which are trimester-long courses on a specific historical/social science topic, world region, or approach to historical inquiry based in the expertise of the instructor. Ideal candidates should also have a capacity to teach either the ninth grade Modern World History course or the tenth grade US History course, AND upper-level seminar courses in their field of expertise should a future need arise. Further, an ideal candidate will have some experience with course design to facilitate the development of the economics course and new seminar courses in economics and related fields and disciplines. All Bentley history courses will involve close collaboration with a team of department members to refine and implement a strong curriculum. History courses at Bentley are writing and analytical skills-based and are led in a seminar style. Candidates should possess the ability and willingness to work with students in large and small group settings using multiple teaching methods to reach a broad range of students.

In addition to an academic content background in the social sciences more broadly, candidates should have a strong background in writing and in the teaching of writing. The ideal candidate should also be committed to issues of diversity, leadership, inclusion, and equity. Candidates who reflect the broad range of diversity of the Bay Area, including racial, ethnic, religious, socio-economic, gender, and sexual identity are encouraged to apply.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Advanced degree in economics, political economy, economic history, another discipline in the social sciences with emphasis on economics, or cultural studies, with specific expertise in one or more of the following: world cultures or global studies, American culture and politics, and the social sciences

• A passion for working with young people

• A desire to collaborate in a dynamic community of teachers

• Experience with interdisciplinary collaboration

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

• Experience in working with high school or college age students in an academic setting.

• Experience in course design, planning, and implementation.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, which explains how they fit the above-mentioned criteria, a current resume/curriculum vitae, contact information for at least three professional references, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a short writing sample (published or unpublished) of no more than fifteen pages. Only complete applications will be reviewed for consideration.

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