Utah Valley University: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Civic Education
The Center for Constitutional Studies (CCS) at Utah Valley University (UVU) seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow to play a leading role in the development of the Civic Thought and Leadership Initiative (CTLI), a program recently 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 one-time $1,000,000 legislative appropriation for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2022, with the opportunity of future one-time or ongoing funding. In its first year of operation, CTLI will have 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 Postdoctoral 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 full-time one-year appointment with a preferred start date in late August 2021. Pending renewal of funding by the Utah Legislature, the appointment could be extended for a second year. 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 doctoral degree in education, instructional design, political science, government, or a related field;
- experience developing curriculum or instructional materials;
- and classroom teaching experience.
Complete applications will include:
- A curriculum vitae;
- and a cover letter.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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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