The MA in Teaching Program at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) is inviting applications from qualified candidates for a full-time faculty position - rank open. Candidates should hold a PhD in Education or related areas, and have demonstrated experience in conducting empirical research in education using qualitative and/or quantitative methods. The area of research interests is open. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience and /or prior engagement in teacher development.
Full-time faculty are expected to teach at least six courses (three per term), participate in academic advising, and supervise Masters theses. Responsibilities and expectations also include participation in programs of the Institute of Education and in university life.
The MA in Teaching program at AUCA is an innovative dual-degree graduate program in teacher education - offering a Masters in Pedagogy from Kyrgyz Ministry of Education, and an MAT degree from Bard College, New York. The program offers a unique blended-learning approach with a strong focus on teaching practice, and has a diverse student body from across Central Asia. The language of instruction is English.
The program is generously funded by the US Embassy, Bishkek - enabling it to offer tuition scholarships to outstanding public school teachers and teacher leaders from across the region. Student engagement and faculty development is also supported by funding from the University and from the Open Society University Network.
The selected candidate will become a full-member of a small but dynamic international team - and a growing network of exceptional alumni - that is passionate about transforming the quality of teacher education in Central Asia and beyond.
Roles and Responsibilities
A Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) faculty member works as an instructor, collaborator with the Institute of Education (IOE) and MAT programming, and supporter of MAT students. The tasks involved include
Teaching and guiding master’s-level students through original educational research;
Continuing research in one’s area of interest within education, providing opportunities to MAT graduates;
Fulfilling contractual duties as a full-time AUCA faculty. Of note: teach 36 hours annually (6 courses); participate in faculty meetings and events; maintaining office hours;
Collaborating with MAT faculty and adjunct faculty to implement MAT curriculum;
Developing assigned new courses that expand the elective options for MAT students within the faculty’s field of expertise;
Revising core curriculum courses as necessary when they are part of the assigned teaching load;
Teaching in summer, fall, and spring semesters, in both online and in person mode;
Participating in recruiting efforts, including AUCA open house events, online events, and potential travel opportunities;
Participating and enhancing MAT-specific events, such as orientation and state defense and examinations;
Working with the MAT and IOE teams to support departmental projects.
Qualities of Full-Time MAT Faculty:
We seek a faculty member who is
a PhD in education (or advanced stage in a PhD program)
an excellent teacher, with experience in teaching research methods;
an effective communicator;
enthusiastic about supporting graduate students;
adept at academic writing and academic writing instruction;
eager to learn;
published in peer-reviewed journals or on reputable platforms
Benefits for Faculty
Professional Development. MAT faculty are encouraged to participate in professional development opportunities each year. Additionally, the opportunity to collaborate with faculty from Bard, Al Quds, and other OSUN universities provides additional growth opportunities.
Compensation. Salary commensurate with experience and at par with AUCA pay-scales , 56 vacation days, and additional benefits according to AUCA hiring guidelines (which are differentiated for Kyrgyz nationals and International hires)
Research. By actively teaching in MAT and being part of the IOE, research opportunities are readily available.
Start Date: June 1, 2023
Resumes / CVs and a Cover Letter (max 500 words) along with names and contact information of two references should be sent to Dr. Tamo Chattopadhay, email@example.com, Director, Institute of Education, and Elizabeth Alibaeva, firstname.lastname@example.org, Program Director, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), AUCA. References will be only contacted for short-listed candidates. Deadline: Friday, February 17, 2023.
This is a new, full-time, position. Organizationally, the Sustainability Coordinator will be located in the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), and will take direction from the Center for Civic Engagement and the chairs of the Sustainable AUCA Task Force, meeting monthly to discuss and review the priority list of tasks. The Sustainability Coordinator will identify opportunities to improve the environmental sustainability of the University based on quantitative andqualitative cost/benefit analyses and will have wide-ranging latitude for leading and implementing sustainability and climate change-related projects.
The Coordinator will have a budget for routine operating expenses, and will work with the President of the University and the Center for Civic Engagement to secure funding for projects.
Goals for the first two years
The Sustainability Coordinator will spend their first few months on the job becoming familiar with the operations of the University as relates to sustainability. The Coordinator’s goals for the first two years on the job are likely to include:
Establish baseline data for the major elements of the University’s sustainability based on the model in the AASHE STARS reporting system.
Propose an achievable set of goals for the University for 2030 based on clearly stated
Identify three areas of opportunity to improve sustainability and launch projects to address them.
Manage two “Solve Climate by 2030” events in partnership with Bard
Set up a system of regular communications with students, staff, faculty, alumni and the community on sustainability news, courses, initiatives, and programs as appropriate.
Develop training programs for new students, staff and faculty so that there is a well- understood base of knowledge about sustainability and climate change.
Establish and maintain partnerships with local and international organizations working on sustainability in Kyrgyzstan in collaboration with the Center for Civic Engagement as appropriate.
Convene and support meetings of the Sustainable AUCA Task Force in coordination with the co-chairs.
Identify opportunities to improve the University’s sustainability and prepare cost/benefit analyses for solutions.
Collect and enter data in the STARS Prepare reports and analyses of the University’s sustainability.
Produce monthly charts on energy and water consumption, recycling,
Prepare quarterly reports on progress toward the University’s sustainability
Create a Gantt chart for events in coordination with Sustainability Task Force co-
Coordinate the implementation of approved sustainability projects for the
Prepare grant proposals, maintain financial expenses and documentation, prepare financial reports for sustainability projects.
Arrange for guest speakers on sustainability and conduct Sustainable AUCA tours for
Recruit and supervise student sustainability interns for communications, events,
Plan and manage regular sustainability events inside and outside of
Create videos and social media material about the University’s sustainability
Create a community of individuals at AUCA who are committed to sustainability, including staff, faculty and students (e.g., Student Green Club)
Identify and distribute materials for learning about environmental
Provide workshops for new students, faculty and staff to ensure that they have a foundation in sustainability including during Orientation week.
Provide support for the University’s recycling program (i.e., Green AUCA).
Represent AUCA at appropriate conferences and
In time, help coordinate with other universities and community
Key Partnerships include, but are not limited to:
Center for Civic Engagement
Sustainable AUCA Task Force
Facilities Department (e.g., Physical Plant Department, IT)
Student Green Club
Environmental Sustainability and Climate Science Department
AVZUR Association of Universities in Sustainability
Bard College Sustainability Coordinator
Green Alliance, Archa Initiatives, Move Green
Experience working on environmental sustainability projects in a professional or volunteer capacity.
Passionate about finding solutions for environmental
Conversant in the major concepts of environmental sustainability, including the UN Strategic Development Goals, and climate change.
Experience setting up, budgeting, and managing projects through to
Able to work independently without close
Communications skills for preparing grant proposals, making presentations, working across organizational boundaries, and partnering with other organizations.
Fluency in English and
Skills in the use of MS Office and Google tools for
Desirable Additional Qualifications:
Undergraduate or graduate degree in environmental sustainability or equivalent knowledge from courses, work, or volunteering experience.
A good understanding of the science of climate change and some aspects of environmental sustainability.
Experience leading and motivating people without having a position of
Familiarity with energy, water, and waste management
Skills in financial
Experience producing web and video content for social
Fluency in the Kyrgyz
WORK SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
WORK LOCATION: American University of Central Asia Campus and online
SALARY: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience
TIMING: This vacancy will remain open until it has been filled.