The Assistant/Associate Professor of Education possesses expertise in mathematics education, curriculum and instruction, and is adept at using technology to support and enhance learning, including remote learning. The faculty member who assumes this position will work collaboratively with the School of Education (SoE) faculty to develop a STEM Education Program and teach undergraduate courses within SoE programs that include math content and K-12 pedagogy. Preferred requirements are a Ph.D., or Ed.D. in mathematics education, or a closely-related discipline, combined with experience and a passion for teaching mathematics and math pedagogy at the undergraduate level.
Faculty members of Colorado Christian University (CCU) teach assigned courses for which they are highly qualified within the College of Undergraduate Studies (CUS). Courses are traditional, primarily in-seat (some online teaching may be required), and offered on our Lakewood, Colorado campus. Each faculty member uses effective instruction techniques as a subject matter expert, but their primary responsibility is to integrate field-specific pedagogy with the Bible and a Christian worldview. They are also expected to integrate and teach CCU’s spiritual, academic, and cultural Strategic Priorities.
Other duties are to support the mission and vision of CCU. This may include actively participating in committee/task force/team meetings, writing curriculum, reporting on assessments/outcomes, advancing scholarship, engaging with the community, supporting colleagues, or doing other work assigned by the dean. Faculty members are expected to keep regular office hours, to engage with students, and assist them with their academics or other activities that support the University’s holistic approach.
The standard teaching load is 24 credit hours of undergraduate courses per year, or four courses per semester.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Colorado Christian University is the premier interdenominational Christian university in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, delivering world class education to thousands of students. The fully accredited, nonprofit University is located in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.
Colorado Christian University was founded in 1914. CCU’s motto is "grace and truth," which comes from John 1.14: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (ESV)
CCU's mission is Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth. Colorado Christian University cultivates knowledge and love of God in a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars, with an enduring commitment to the integration of exemplary academics, spiritual formation, and engagement with the world. We envision graduates who think critically and creatively, lead with high ethical and professional standards, embody the character and compassion of Jesus Christ, treasure the gospel, and who thereby are prepared to impact the world in their callings.
CCU’s embraces an educational model that was there at the foundation of many of the great western and American universities. It is made up of three pillars—competence, character, and Christ-centered faith. Secular universities have abandoned two of those pillars. We think this is a major oversight that eventually undermines education. Furthermore, we believe this classical educational model is both life-giving and greatly needed in our time.
A leader in higher education, CCU has been consistently ranked in the top 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide for its core curriculum by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. CCU has had ten consecutive years of enrollment growth and has been named one of the five fastest-growing master’s granting universities by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
CCU offers more than 100 degree program options for traditional and adult students through its two colleges--the College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Adult and Graduate Studies. More than 8,000 students attend the University on the main campus, in regional centers throughout Colorado, and online.
What is most appealing about working at CCU?
- Faith-friendly: CCU’s culture is unique to higher education. Where else can you pursue academic excellence yet read the Holy Bible, pray with teammates and students at work, and work to impact our culture in support of Christian values?
- Convictionally Christian: As a university, we have an enduring commitment to Christ, his kingdom and the truth of God’s Word.
- Live out your calling: We are a traditional evangelical university where you can invest your God-given talents and abilities alongside coworkers and teammates, while having a profound influence on students as they deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Equip students for kingdom work: You can be a part of helping students discover their callings and preparing them for positions of significant leadership in the church, business, government, education, and other professions, as a key part of our University's Strategic Priorities.
We’re looking for candidates who have:
- Ph.D. or Ed.D. in math education or related field (strongly preferred) or working toward a doctoral degree; master’s degree required, preferably in math education.
- Experience in the K-12 education sector required; experience in higher education preferred.
- Bilingual in Spanish desired; experience with culturally and linguistically diverse K-12 students strongly preferred.
- Demonstrated experience/understanding of K-12 educational leadership, K-12 learning standards, and current research on effective teaching practices.
- Passion for higher education, commitment to ongoing professional growth in teaching/instruction, and dedication to using assessment to yield student success.
- Exemplary oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills; Ability to adapt quickly and cheerfully to changing priorities and processes; proven ability to work effectively and positively with students, administrators, faculty, and staff.
- Demonstrated servant leadership, high ethical standards, and professional business demeanor. Must be in alignment with CCU’s mission, strategic priorities, and Statement of Faith.
- Record of peer-reviewed publications, presentations and/or involvement in professional/community activities.
- Proficient skill using Microsoft Office products: Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel; Ability to quickly learn and utilize CCU’s database programs and systems.
12-month contract. Responsible to teach 24 units per year (typically 4 undergraduate courses per semester).
Key Job Duties
- Contribute to CCU’s mission: Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth. The School of Education faculty contribute to the University’s mission beyond the classroom through activities such as committee/task force/team work, community development, or similar activities internally and externally, which enhance and advance exemplary academics, personal spiritual growth, and engagement with the world.
- Advocate for CCU’s mission, traditional Christian beliefs, and the Strategic Priorities.
- Teach assigned undergraduate courses within the College of Undergraduate Studies in accord with all standard policies and procedures using a variety of best-practice teaching and learning strategies, including classroom and online technology, to enhance instruction.
- Work with the Dean to develop, implement, evaluate, and revise assigned program/course curricula, and assessments related to program and student learning outcomes.
- Use a variety of evidence-based instructional strategies, including technology, to yield relevant and engaging classroom instruction resulting in student learning and satisfaction.
- Engage students; maintain established office hours and be available to individual students for questions, coursework, consultations, and informal mentoring.
- Engage in professional organization activities and scholarly work including, but not limited to, publications and presentations commensurate with experience and academic rank.
- Provide strategic thinking in fulfilling the goals of the College of Undergraduate Studies in support of the University’s Strategic Priorities as well as contribute effectively to the University community, ministry partners, corporate partners, and general audiences. Strong participation in faculty, committee, or other meetings is an integral part of this position.
- Add to the development of a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars within the College of Undergraduate Studies. Continue to grow in one’s academic field, and in personal commitment to and effectiveness in the integration of Christian faith and learning.
- Provide effective servant/shepherd leadership among faculty, staff, students, and administrators.
- Work effectively and positively with administrators, other faculty colleagues, and support staff to establish and maintain effective positive working relationships.
- Participate in extracurricular activities to support and encourage students, colleagues, and staff.
- Perform other duties as identified and/or assigned.
While performing the duties of this job, you may be required to walk, stand, sit, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, speak with clarity, and have appropriate vision and hearing capabilities. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The employee may work occasional irregular hours, including some nights and weekends. Regular public presentations to students, parents, and external constituents required. Local travel to schools and other organizations may be required. Colorado Christian University expects all faculty and staff to become a part of the University community by participating in activities and events that occur on the campus throughout the year, which may occur during evenings and weekends.
What we offer our employees:
We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages to all employees. Our benefit package includes: a tuition waiver program, excellent healthcare, generous paid time off, matching 403(b) retirement plan, and additional organizational paid benefits and voluntary benefit offerings. Pay and benefits will be discussed in more detail as candidates progress through the interview process.