Concord Academy, an independent college preparatory school for grades 9 through 12 located in Concord, Massachusetts, is excited to offer the position of Wilcox Fellow to teach the Sophomore Seminar in our Health and Wellness program for the 2021-22 academic year. Chartered in 1922, the school currently enrolls approximately 400 boarding and day students from 10 countries and territories and 15 states.
We actively seek applicants who reflect and support our mission-driven commitment to creating and maintaining a diverse and equitable school community. The successful applicant will have a commitment to inclusive care practices and to advancing the core tenets of the school’s mission.
The Wilcox Fellows program seeks to identify and nourish teaching talent among groups underrepresented on independent school faculties. Fellows workshop pedagogy with experienced faculty and meet regularly with other teachers new to the school to talk about teaching and learning. They are mentored by a colleague and supervised by the Dean of Faculty and Department Chair. Fellows are able to put their full energy into developing expertise and skill in their chosen area of school life, while nurturing a commitment to working with adolescents in a stimulating and supportive academic setting. Many fellows choose to work with student affinity groups or the school’s Office of Community & Equity. The duration of the Fellowship is one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second. For fellows who continue at CA in a second year, the school provides support toward graduate work and mentorship in the job search and/or graduate school application process. Coaching an athletic team is welcomed but not required and is remunerated separately. On-campus housing may be available, but it is limited, and faculty members are not required to live at the school.
The sophomore seminar is the second year course offering in our Health and Wellness curriculum, which begins in the ninth grade year and culminates in the eleventh grade year. All CA students who matriculate as ninth graders will take the full three-year sequence of Health and Wellness. Health and Wellness is a signature program at Concord Academy that engages students in a dialogue and conversation about issues and ideas that are important to their social and emotional development. Each course is designed with a developmentally appropriate focus and curriculum to help students manage the emotional, academic, and social challenges of adolescence. All Health and Wellness courses are coeducational, noncredit, and have one class meeting per week during the regular daytime course schedule.
The sophomore seminar: Topics in Human Sexuality, is informed by Deborah Roffman’s book Sex and Sensibility. This course incorporates this work as well as Erica Koepsel’s research on effectiveness of pleasure-centered curriculum. The design is intentionally inclusive of queer and trans identities in sexuality and gender, as well as weaving social justice tenets into activities. Paolo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed and Concord Academy Community and Equity Office’s “10 Social Justice Concepts for Inclusive Teaching” document were influences in the construction of the lesson plans.
Class will start with a recap of contemporary news stories or school issues relating to human sexuality, and will end class with answers to questions from the “Question Box.” The question box concept is an anonymous opportunity, which can vary in format between instructors, for students to submit questions.
In addition to their role as a teacher of the sophomore seminar, the Wilcox Fellow will serve as a member of the Community and Equity office if the Fellow and the school agree this is a good fit. In that capacity, the Fellow will contribute to the diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice mission and program of the office and work to support students and adults through programming, speakers, and affinity spaces. We’re very interested in the synergy between the sophomore seminar course and the work we’re doing on gender equity and the experiences of LGBTQ community members. Although not a requirement, we would be excited for the Fellow to contribute directly to this new and important work the Community and Equity Office is spearheading.
The ideal candidate will be someone who will embrace the mission, philosophy, and culture of Concord Academy. They will be an individual who:
Will be empathetic and have genuine enthusiasm for working with adolescents.
Will be a role model who strengthens and facilitates the educational process by improving and protecting the health of the student body.
Will create and maintain healthy emotional and physical boundaries given the sensitive nature of the material (both in written and verbal communication in and out of the classroom).
Have comfort with and the ability to learn and teach about a range of topics related to:
Human sexuality, intimate health, consent, relationships, and communication skills using an intersectional lens that is informed by social, disability, and racial justice frameworks.
Topics that pertain to diverse gender identities and sexualities.
Sexual and reproductive anatomy and physiology.
Be adept at supporting and working with the community through language and cultural competencies inclusive of gender, sexual, and racial spectrums.
Teach 5 sections (each meets once a week) of sophomore seminar each semester.
Work with the other Health and Wellness teacher team members to update and implement the Health and Wellness curriculum in line with our 2018 Health and Wellness audit.
Serve as a member of the Community and Equity Office.
Qualifications & Requirements:
A degree in the fields of public health, nursing, pre-med, social work or psychology is strongly preferred.
Teaching experience preferred but not required (experience teaching sexual education a plus).
Comfort with and interest in working with adolescents is required.
Interested candidates are asked to send a resume with a cover letter, transcript, a statement about the ways they will reflect and support our mission-driven commitment to creating and maintaining a diverse and equitable school community, and the names and contact information of three references to:
Concord Academy, an independent college preparatory school for grades 9 through 12 located in Concord, Massachusetts, anticipates a full-time teaching opening in its Science Department beginning in the fall of 2019.
Founded in 1922, Concord Academy is a renowned independent high school for individuals who go on to make their mark on the world. In a caring and challenging atmosphere, students thrive in partnership with talented educators, encouraged to find their voices and discover and develop talents as scholars, artists, musicians, and athletes. With just shy of 400 boarding and day students, the CA community is vibrant, close-knit, and enlivened by a rigorous curriculum with wide-as-you-can-dream opportunities. This is a place where students love to learn, where creativity and trust are abundant natural resources, and where the history and literature of New England enrich us every day.
Common trust challenges students to balance individual freedom with responsibility and service to a larger community. Such learning prepares students for lives as committed citizens.