Reporting to the Dean of Academics, the Dean of Faculty will play a formative and leading role in the recruitment and management of the school’s growing faculty as well as the ongoing design and implementation of its educational programs. In addition to teaching one year-long course, the dean’s portfolio will include the following responsibilities:
Supporting the development and refinement of Thaden School’s curriculum and curricular priorities across all grade levels.
Developing cross-divisional structures and resources for the academic program (staffing FTE, course enrollments, and academic budget and calendar) in collaboration with the Dean of Academics and the academic chairs.
Coordinating the development of discipline-specific curricular scopes and sequences and academic standards.
Assisting faculty in course development and working with the Dean of Academics and the academic chairs to review and revise assessment practices in view of curricular goals.
Leading the development of methods and practices by which faculty measure, grade, and report student achievement.
Developing orientation programs of new faculty, in-service programs for all faculty, and programs for the mentorship and professional development of faculty.
Managing the work of the school’s two learning specialists.
Performing other duties as assigned by the Dean of Academics.
Experience developing both disciplinary and interdisciplinary curricula.
Knowledge of best practices in course and curriculum design, assessment, grading and reporting, and course scheduling.
Ability to communicate high expectations and standards for student learning.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.
Understanding and sensitivity to the challenges of adolescence.
Strong communication skills including writing, listening, and public speaking.
Mastery in one or more of the subject areas included in Thaden School’s curriculum (a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required).
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About Thaden School
A non-sectarian independent school under the direction of its own board, Thaden School offers a challenging and innovative educational program that ignites in students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose, and responsible global citizenship.
At the core of the school’s mission is a commitment to balance that takes many forms: a curriculum that integrates the sciences and the humanities; indoor and outdoor teaching spaces where sustainability is a tangible part of the lesson; hands-on programs for civic engagement; athletics and physical education programs that build confidence and character through competition and meaningful participation; and a diverse faculty and staff that empower students to think deeply and expansively about their potential and place in the world. The school’s remarkably robust indexed tuition program supports the creation of a balanced learning community where students of many perspectives, talents, and interests come learn and grow stronger together.
Located on a 30-acre campus in downtown Bentonville, the school is walking distance from the town square, Bright...water Culinary Institute, The Momentary (Crystal Bridges’ center for contemporary arts), and a variety of other educational resources. The school has also engaged a world-class team of architects to design an enduring and innovative campus that will spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and invite reflection. The principal designer, Marlon Blackwell, is the 2020 recipient of the American Institute of Architect’s Gold Medal, the Institute’s highest honor. The
school’s first permanent buildings opened last fall, and the campus master plan will be completed in the fall of 2021.
With more than 500,000 residents, the region combines a thriving economy with the natural beauty of the Ozarks and a rich variety of cultural and recreational amenities such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Razorback Regional Greenway, the Scott Family Amazeum, and the Bentonville Film Festival. Northwest Arkansas is also home to the world headquarters of three Fortune 500 companies (Walmart, Tyson Foods, and J.B. Hunt) as well as the University of Arkansas. For more information about the region and its national rankings, see Finding NWA and
the website for the Northwest Arkansas Council. The school’s website features videos and additional
information regarding its educational programs, faculty and leadership.