ADJUNCT FACULTY – Science Inquiry & Methods for the Inclusive Classroom (INCL 02322)
Rowan College at Burlington County
Location: Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Preferred Education: Master’s
Higher Education Institution
Internal Number: J533
This position teaches Science Inquiry & Methods for the Inclusive Classroom (INCL 02322) in the Bachelor of Arts in Inclusive Education – Elementary Program at RCBC. Adjunct faculty work under the direction of the Department Chairs and the administration of the Division of Liberal Arts to facilitate class instruction, evaluate student performance, develop and manage syllabus and course materials, and comply with any Department, Division, or College requirements. For more information on this RCBC 3+1 Program go to https://rcbc.edu/3plus1/inclusive-education.
This course focuses on assessment practices in science education and developing instructional strategies for teaching science content as a means for achieving scientific literacy and understanding scientific inquiry. Candidates will explore strands of science including Nature of Science, Science as Inquiry, and Science Outreach and Resources, as well as Technology & Engineering for Elementary teaching. Candidates will be exposed to a variety of high leverage practices and science curricula with an emphasis on integrated instruction in a community context and meeting the unique needs of all learners.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Students will communicate meaningfully with a chosen audience while demonstrating critical thought.
Students will understand and employ the scientific method of inquiry to draw conclusions based on verifiable evidence.
Students will explain the impact of scientific theories, discoveries, or technological changes on society.
Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills in the analysis of scientific data.
Students will analyze and discuss behavioral or societal issues using theories and concepts from a social science perspective Technological Competency or Information Literacy
Students will demonstrate competency in office productivity tools appropriate to continuing their education.
Students will use critical thinking skills for computer based access, analysis, and presentation of information. Students will be able to examine how multicultural societies and people help engender a richer understanding of diverse life experiences
CORE COURSE CONTENT
Introduction to Science Education
Natural Science, Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science
Assessment Practices in Elementary Science
Science Standards (Design Theory & Innovation; Next Generation Science Standards, InTASC)
Outreach and Resources (Field Trips, Environmental Science, Project Wild, Population Education)
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Adjunct Faculty are instructional personnel whose services are contracted on a semester/term by semester/term basis. The adjunct faculty workload is limited to two course sections per semester/term, unless additional course sections are required to meet the needs of the students and/or College. Adjunct Faculty are paid by the credit hour. Essential responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Develop and Manage syllabus and course materials – selecting and compiling tests, assignments, online discussion exercise that permit measurement of performance relative to standardized learning objectives.
Facilitate class instruction – administer evaluations of student performance based on course deliverables and course rubrics. All course grades will be posted on Blackboard Grade Center. Be prepared for class and meet with students on time and as scheduled or if teaching online to be responsive and “present” throughout the semester.
Comply with department, division, and college requirements – this includes using any required textbooks and online resources for a specific course, using Blackboard Grade Center, and completing required attendance reporting.
Respond promptly to grade determination – adjunct faculty should submit grades for any assignments, assessments, participation activities, etc. in a timely manner and within the required deadlines.
Input final grades in web advisor and turn in final grades and attendance records to the Division by the end of semester deadline.
OVERALL PURPOSE AND RESPONSIBILITY
The most important overall responsibility of all RCBC employees is to provide service in a pleasant, helpful, and effective manner to our students, members of the college community and the public. Adjunct faculty work with our Department Chairs, Coordinators, and Administrative team to ensure successful course delivery for our students.
Assists college with student outcomes assessment efforts and/or Program assessments if need, by participating in the planning, data collection, and/or reporting as relates to course outcomes, program outcomes, general education outcomes, and developmental program outcomes.
Technology Tools, Blackboard LMS, Webex Videoconferencing, and Sanitation and Social Distancing
In order to enable Adjunct Faculty to be effective and to meet the requirements associated with relevant teaching conditions, RCBC has outlined 1) appropriate Technology Tools, 2) a minimum level of proficiency with the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) and remote delivery, 3) Webex Videoconferencing resources, and 4) Sanitation and Social Distancing protocols.
1) Technology Tools
Adjunct Faculty should have access to a computer less than 6 years old and equipped with a webcam and microphone, as well as reliable high-speed internet service.
2) Blackboard LMS
Adjunct Faculty must participate in Blackboard training with a verified level of proficiency in the following two self-paced courses A) ‘Getting Started with Blackboard Learn’ and B) ‘Learn Teaching Essentials for Original’.
3) Webex Videoconferencing
Webex is RCBC’s accepted videoconferencing platform and allows for real-time instructor-student interactions and breakout sessions, for example. RCBC has created two interactive workshops, a maximum of one-and-a-half hours long, to address topics of interest to both beginner and advanced users. Recorded sessions will be continuously available for faculty viewing.
4) Sanitation and Social Distancing
Specifically for adjunct faculty teaching on-campus, the College has made available training resources on appropriate sanitation and social distancing practices and protocols, as well as institutional policies and procedures developed to limit the spread of COVID-19. These trainings and resources are available through the SafeColleges training portal and available here: https://rcbc-nj.safecolleges.com/login. The employee ID is the username needed to login, and anyone that has questions about access should contact Marissa Fernandez, [email protected], for assistance.
An advanced degree (i.e., Masters, EdD, PhD) from an accredited institution in education; special education and/or elementary teaching certification; AND at least 3 years elementary Science teaching experience.