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Instructor of Social Studies (K-12)

Ball State University

Last Updated: 3/18/23

Job Description

Burris Laboratory School

Instructor of Social Studies (K-12)

Ball State University

Applications are invited for an Instructor of Social Studies at Burris Laboratory School.

Burris Laboratory School was established to provide a stellar K-12 educational environment in which pre-service teachers from Ball State University observe and provide learning opportunities for students with highly effective teachers using innovative instructional strategies aligned with Indiana standards.

Position Function: The Social Studies Teacher will develop lesson plans and deliver whole group, individual and small group instruction within established curriculum guidelines. Collaboration with university faculty, Burris educators, pre-service teachers, other professional staff and administrators to address instructional and/or classroom challenges, effective communication with parents and guardians along with strong classroom management and supervision are needed to support the vision and mission of the school. The successful candidate will:

a. Creates engaging, effective lesson and unit plans aligned to current Indiana Standards that drive instruction and include prior assessment data, objectives, allocating an instructionally appropriate amount of time,
designing meaningful and relevant assignments, and assessments created before the unit for backwards planning.
b. Demonstrates mastery of content knowledge, instructional strategies and curriculum used for courses taught.
c. Implements effective differentiated instruction to provide an effective classroom program and meet the needs of individual students.
d. Instructs students and checks for understanding using a variety of analytical methods that incorporate prior knowledge, life experience and interests to make adjustments to instruction.
e. Assesses student progress toward learning targets, objectives, expectations and goals to provide feedback to students, parents, and administrators and guide future classroom instruction.
f. Utilizes available technology and instructional media to enhance the student-learning experiences.
g. Directs pre-service teachers, instructional assistants and volunteers to provide an effective classroom environment to address the needs of individual students.
h. Develops and/or participates in collaborative research projects with university and school faculty.
i. Monitors students in a variety of educational settings (e.g. classroom, playground, hallways, restrooms, field trips, etc.) to provide a safe, secure and positive learning environment.
j. Establishes and maintain appropriate relationships with students, parents, faculty and staff by communicating in a professional, courteous and confidential manner and adhering to Burris Laboratory School’s social media policy.
k. Advises parents and/or legal guardians of student progress to communicate expectations, student achievement and developing strategies for improvement or reinforcement of classroom objectives in the home environment.
l. Demonstrates a commitment to continuous professional growth and attends and participates in professional development opportunities, faculty meetings, extra-curricular activities and committees.
m. Participates in professional development and meetings to gather or share information required to perform functions and improve student achievement.
n. Reports incidents (e.g. suspected child abuse, suspected substance abuse, harassment, zero tolerance offenses, etc.) to administrators to maintain the personal safety of students and provide a positive learning environment that adheres to state law and Ball State University policies.
o. Maintains a professional appearance as outlined in the Burris Laboratory School Faculty Handbook, and demonstrates behavior that is diplomatic and responsible.
p. Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
q. Knowledge of Ball State University and Burris Laboratory School policies and procedures.
r. Knowledge of appropriate local, state and federal educational laws, policies, codes or regulations.
s. Knowledge and utilization of instructional strategies and behavior management techniques.
t. Skill in operating Macintosh hardware and classroom projector utilizing a variety of software applications.
u. Skill in operating standard office equipment.
v. Skill in preparing and maintaining accurate records.
w. Ability to gain additional training and/or certification for specialized teaching assignments.
x. Ability to gain and hold Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) certification.
y. Ability to work outside normal working hours.
z. Ability to be flexible and work with others in a wide variety of circumstances.
aa. Ability to work with a diversity of individuals and/or groups.
ab. Ability to maintain confidentiality.
ac. Ability to travel to conferences and visit schools when necessary.
ad. Ability to work flexible hours.
ae. Ability to project professional behavior in all forms of communication with stakeholders.
af. Ability to lift and carry heavy, bulky supplies and materials weighing up to 20 pounds.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from an accredited institution by
date of appointment; hold or demonstrate eligibility for Indiana teaching certification in Secondary Social Studies Education. At least one semester teaching or student teaching experience in middle or high school.

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in social studies or secondary education from an accredited
university. At least three years of experience teaching at the secondary level; evidence of knowledge and skill in using educational technologies; evidence of knowledge and skill in working effectively with children with special needs and/or high ability.

Required Certifications/Licensures: Indiana certification appropriate to the assignment or be able to obtain an emergency license.

Apply online:

Include the following documents with your application: resume and cover letter addressed to Dr. Abigail Comber. The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through March 2, 2023.

Pay range for this position: $48,500 to $74,312

Destination 2040: Our Flight Path establishes Ball State University’s ambitious goals for our second century:

  • We pledge to provide a premier educational experience for every student.
    • We pledge to partner with the community to improve the lives of our neighbors.
    • We are dedicated to having a lifelong presence in the lives of our alumni.
    And when we complement these promises with our commitment to our enduring values, we define that which makes our University and its culture distinctive.

    Our faculty are collegial, collaborative, innovative, inclusive, and adaptive, both within and beyond one’s home unit. These attributes include commitments to collaborative discourse, interdisciplinary inquiry, and enterprising learning practices.

    Our faculty are expected to be innovative, adaptive, engaging teachers across modalities; producers of impactful creative and/or scholarly work; leaders in meaningful service activities to multiple communities. We seek faculty members who are strategic thinkers, engaging our dynamic communities. We are committed to student and faculty success, impact, and access, within an environment that prioritizes inclusive excellence. We inspire each other to be critical thinkers and responsible citizens, so that we can pursue fulfilling careers and meaningful lives.

At Ball State University, Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.

The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.

The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave. For further information regarding benefits please visit:

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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Muncie, Indiana, United States
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball Sta...