Utah Valley University: Civics Education Research Fellow
The Center for Constitutional Studies (CCS) at Utah Valley University (UVU) seeks a Research Fellow to play a leading role in the development of the Civic Thought and Leadership Initiative (CTLI), a program created within CCS by the Utah Legislature to “facilitate nonpartisan political discussion and provide civic education and research.” As stated in Utah House Bill 327, CTLI “shall:
a) provide courses in and related to philosophy, history, economics, and political science;
b) provide resources to students, outside academic institutions, government agencies and other persons regarding civic affairs; and
c) foster thoughtful civic engagement in Utah and the surrounding region.”
CTLI is funded by a $1,250,000 ongoing legislative appropriation. CTLI has three points of emphasis: 1) K-12 engagement, collaboration, and support; 2) campus and community engagement through conferences, lectures, and other events; 3) undergraduate curriculum development.
Working with CCS and the UVU School of Education, the Research Fellow will be involved in all aspects of CTLI, including:
- K-12 curriculum design and pedagogical training
- Creation of K-12 professional development programs
- Development of conferences, a lecture series, and other events for university and non-university audiences
- Coordination of research activities among participating entities and the preparation of findings for presentation and publication
- Teaching or co-teaching of an undergraduate course or courses related to civics or civics education
This is a faculty position with a preferred start date of Fall 2022.
Established in September 2011, CCS is a nonpartisan academic institute that promotes the instruction, study, and research of constitutionalism. It employs a multidisciplinary approach to effectively equip a new generation of citizens and leaders with a broad understanding of political thought and economic and political practices critical to the perpetuation of constitutional government, ordered liberty, and the rule of law.
- A graduate degree in political science, government, or a related field;
- experience developing curriculum or instructional materials;
- and classroom teaching experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge of the K-12 curriculum development and professional development processes;
- knowledge of practices and trends in K-12 pedagogy;
- knowledge of and experience in general analytical methods development and good analytical practices;
- exceptional teaching skills at the K-12 and/or undergraduate level;
- excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem-solving, organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management, and presentation skills;
- the ability to engage individually and en masse varied collaborators and stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, teachers, and government officials;
- and the ability to handle multiple tasks or projects simultaneously to meet assigned deadlines.
Complete applications will include:
- A curriculum vitae;
- and a cover letter.
Applications will be accepted until September 3, 2022.
The Center for Constitutional Studies (CCS) at Utah Valley University was established in September 2011. The Center is a nonpartisan academic institute that promotes the instruction, study, and research of constitutionalism. We employ conferences, university curriculum, faculty scholarship, a robust research agenda, strategic partnerships, and K-12 initiatives to engage students, scholars, educators, leaders, and the public on important constitutional issues found at the intersection of political thought, public policy, religion, law, history, education, and economic. The Center prepares citizens with the broad understanding of thought and practices critical to the perpetuation of constitutional government, ordered liberty, and the rule of law.
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