Missouri State University

2451 Student Teacher Supervisor-English

POSITION IDENTIFICATION

TITLE Student Teacher Supervisor-English

CLASSIFICATION NUMBER 2451

GRADE 42

CLASSIFICATION Exempt

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Head, English

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Dean, College of Arts & Letters

GENERAL FUNCTION

The Student Teacher Supervisor-English is responsible for instructing and supervising student teachers during their practical clinical work in an appropriate school setting and providing a written evaluation of student teacher’s performances. In addition, the Student Teacher Supervisor-English regularly counsels student teachers, visits them in their clinical experience site, observes and evaluates their performance, confers with the cooperating teacher(s), debriefs after forums and/or seminars, and serves as a liaison between the University and the area schools. The Student Teacher Supervisor-English oversees the review and approval of the completion of the professional portfolio.

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS

Education: A Master's degree and a valid teaching certificate in English Education are required.

Experience: At least three years of teaching experience is required, with experience teaching English at the high school level.

Skills: Demonstrated supervisory, organizational, and management skills are required.  Excellent interpersonal skills, in particular the ability to work with students and faculty, are required. Strong verbal and written communication skills are required. Computer literacy is preferred. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Other: A valid Missouri driver’s license is required.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Teaches and reviews best practices, provides feedback essential to student teacher development, provides evaluation during student teaching clinical experiences regarding teaching abilities, and encourages incorporation of forum and/or seminar information into classroom instruction, interpersonal skills, communication skills, classroom management, lesson development, planning and organizing lessons, teaching methodologies, and similar elements by observing and evaluating student teachers' performances in appropriate classroom settings, discussing the content of those evaluations with the student teachers, recommending and/or teaching methods or alternatives for improving deficient areas, mentoring student teachers and engendering a professional attitude for the teaching profession, and providing written evaluations for inclusion in course grading.

2. Provides a comprehensive evaluation of student teachers during student teaching clinical experiences by meeting with teachers cooperating in the student teacher's clinical experiences, discussing the observed performances and behaviors of the student teacher, collaborating on recommendations to improve deficient areas, which include relevant comments and observations from the cooperating teachers in written evaluations and providing electronic evaluation information for the cooperating teacher’s input and inclusion in course grading.

3. Assesses and addresses (when necessary) the personal attributes, maturity, professional attributes, and dispositions of student teachers by determining and evaluating their ability to demonstrate tolerance, cooperation, enthusiasm, flexibility under stress, composure, resourcefulness, and similar professional traits.

4. Promotes a positive image of the University and the College of Arts and Letters to area teachers and school administrators by serving as a liaison between the College and the assigned school districts and maintaining open lines of communication with those various school administrators in order to provide assistance and support.

5. Participates as a full member of the University community by serving on student teaching committees and/or teaching academy planning sessions and seminars, attending such committee meetings as scheduled, facilitating student teaching forums/seminars, and assisting students with the final phase of professional preparation portfolios.

7. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

8. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional relationships with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the supervisor.

9. As part of the full time supervisory responsibilities, the supervisor contributes to the overall success of the College of Arts and Letters by facilitating student teaching forums, serving as a portfolio advisor and evaluator of the student teacher’s “professional Preparation Portfolio,” advising undergraduate students, and performing other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISION

The Student Teacher Supervisor-English is supervised by the Department Head, English.

OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES

AUGUST 2011

JOB FAMILY 4

Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 3 - 1500 Points: Entry-level knowledge of the principles, concepts, practices, and methods of an administrative, managerial, technical, or professional specialty. Knowledge permits employee to carry out basic recurring tasks and routine portions of assignments or to carry out less demanding professional elements of assignments in professional or technical areas including accounting or auditing, financial management, business administration, human resources, law, engineering, science, or medicine, while gaining familiarity with the University's policies and goals, business practices, and/or accounting systems. This level of knowledge permits the employee to schedule and carry out the steps of a limited operation or project, or to complete stages of a multi-phase project. Alternatively, knowledge at this level might also permit the employee to carry out recurring tasks and routine assignments requiring moderate experience in specific areas within higher education. Knowledge at this level is typically acquired through a combination of formal education and/or training and experience that includes a requirement for a college degree in a specific technical or professional specialty. Knowledge requirements may also include a limited amount of related work experience. Alternatively, equivalent knowledge requirements at this level include a non-technical or general Bachelor's degree requirement with a moderate level of additional related work experience or a non-specific Master's degree requirement with some related work experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 1 - 50 Points: Typically, little, if any, supervision of others is required. The job may require irregular but occasional responsibility to direct the work of student workers and/or temporary or part-time workers. The nature of supervision is largely confined to assigning tasks to others and does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities. The amount of time spent on directing the work of others is normally a small portion of total work time.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 4 - 500 Points: Interactions with others are somewhat unstructured. The purpose may be to influence or motivate others, to obtain information, or to control situations and resolve problems. Interactions may be with individuals or groups of co-workers, students, or the general public, may be moderately unstructured, and may involve persons who hold differing goals and objectives. Individuals at this level often act as a liaison between groups with a focus on solving particular unstructured problems. Interactions at this level require considerable interpersonal skill and the ability to resolve conflict.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 2 - 250 Points: The employee carries out a group of procedures using the general methods and desired results indicated by the supervisor. Typically, standard operating procedures, handbooks, and/or reference manuals exist for most procedures, but the employee must select from the most appropriate of several guidelines and make minor adjustments to methods. Unforeseen situations are normally referred to others for resolution. Assignments are related in function and objective, but processes, procedures, or software varies from one assignment to another. Based on the assignment, the employee uses diverse, but conventional, methods, techniques, or approaches. Employees in jobs at this level may perform work that is moderately complex, but normally performed within a fairly narrow and specific functional area.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 2 - 400 Points: Work involves services including collecting, processing, and disseminating information and providing advice to others. Work activities may be complex and likely affect the accuracy, reliability, or acceptability of further processes or services to the extent that others rely on the advice given in order to make decisions. Work activities typically affect the efficiency of the department but have relatively minor effects on operations within the cost center. Individuals in jobs at this level are often responsible for actively documenting, monitoring, and controlling expenditures. Incumbents may recommend minor expenditures, but have no substantive authority over budgets.