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Bachelor of Education Instructors - Part-time, Practicum Advisor

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

This position will remain open until filled; however the first review of applications will begin on June 4, 2023.

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Position Information

Position Title Bachelor of Education Instructors - Part-time, Practicum Advisor
Faculty/Instructor Profile
Red Deer Polytechnics Bachelor of Education program is looking for exemplary school leaders who are able to provide both pre-service teachers and classroom mentors support through completing professional practicum. The part-time instructor will provide support to practicum students and mentor teachers in their 3rd year (3500) practicum placements within K-12 Central Alberta schools. Part-time Practicum Advisors are over and above what used to be considered of a University Facilitator.
This new position calls for skilled practice in many of the Leadership Quality Standards with special emphasis on Fostering Effective Relationships, Providing Instructional Leadership and Developing Leadership Capacity to result in quality teaching and optimum learning for all school students. We are looking for strong instructional leaders who can support mentor teachers with both supervision and evaluation responsibilities of pre-service teachers.

Faculty at Red Deer Polytechnic:
★ Are passionate about teaching, learning, and student success.
★ Pursue professional learning to continually enhance their practice and their discipline.
★ Are recognized for their contributions to both local and global communities.

Role Description
As Red Deer Polytechnic’s future takes shape, growing our breadth of credentials (to include our own degrees) and programs, our institution has high expectations of our amazing faculty. But we do recognize that new hires may not have all the skills and experiences when applying. We want you to know that there is some flexibility to develop your talents over time. The initial focus for new faculty will be on teaching and student success with lots of opportunity for professional development, growth and collaboration. Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) is committed to all faculty acquiring the identified Key Attributes over time.

The faculty member combines discipline expertise with evidence based teaching to facilitate effective and varied learning experiences.

Student Success
The faculty member encourages student success in an engaging, supportive environment by being responsive to student needs and ideas.

Professional Development
The faculty member engages in the continuous pursuit of knowledge to maintain currency in their discipline and their teaching practice.

Research, Scholarly and Creative Pursuits
The faculty member has the opportunity to pursue impactful scholarly and creative activities and disseminates knowledge that advances the discipline, enhances the reputation of Red Deer Polytechnic, and improves communities.

Community Contributions
The faculty member values engagement, contributing knowledge and their own expertise to the betterment of Red Deer Polytechnic and local communities, as well as discipline-based, national, and global communities.

For More Information: Faculty Profile
Position Responsibilities
Practicum Advisors have an important role in the success of the preservice and mentor teachers. The Practicum Advisor is the main connection between the preservice teachers in practicum and Red Deer Polytechnic. 
  • create positive supportive relationships with the preservice and mentor teachers and other school staff and administration
  • help to strengthen and maintain Red Deer Polytechnic School of Education’s connection with all schools and community partners
  • ensure RDP’s high expectations of professionalism for preservice teachers is developed and maintained 
  • observe, provide feedback, guide, and assess preservice teachers, in collaboration with the mentor teachers
  • be in regular contact with the schools and mentor teachers regarding the on-going development of the preservice teachers 
  • attend and participate in the practicum orientation delivered by the RDP Practicum Facilitator
  • maintain communication with the RDP Practicum Facilitator 
  • provide feedback regularly through conferencing and keep dated, written observation and field notes when observing, guiding and visiting preservice teachers providing evidence for growth and the final evaluation
  • provide support to the mentor and school administration to mediate concerns about a preservice teacher’s performance 

In order to fulfill this requirement, there is an expectation of 2-3 visits to the pre-service teacher’s placement school during their 6 weeks placement. Each visit would contain 3 parts:
  • pre-observation conversations,
  • classroom observation
  • post-observation reflective conversation 
The goal of each visit would be to collaborate with the mentor teacher for practice refinement, reinforce best practices and discuss any areas of growth to assist the pre-service teacher in growth planning and developing strong reflective practices.  Practicum Advisors will be responsible for the writing of the evaluation in collaboration with the Mentor teacher.

For further information contact:
Dave Elwood, Associate Dean
Phone: (403) 343-4069
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Education and a Masters Degree in Education, or a related field
  • 3-5 years of successful school administration with demonstrated experience and success as an instructional leader with excellent pedagogical knowledge in curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  • 3-5 years experience working collaboratively with teachers engaging in professional discussions regarding the Alberta Teaching Quality Standard
  • 3-5 years of experience implementing professional growth, supervision and evaluation processes to ensure that preservice teachers understand and are working toward the Teaching Quality Standard;
  • Articulate a positive vision of an inclusive classroom,
  • Willingness to liaise between District Office Administration, school personnel, and Red Deer Polytechnic faculty and staff.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership or related field
  • Post-Secondary teaching experience
  • Leadership certification with the Alberta Leadership Quality Standard
  • Familiarity using Google Classroom
Salary or Hourly? Salary
Salary Commensurate with education and experience
Benefits and Compensation Information
Part-time instructors receive an additional 14% of the gross salary in lieu of benefits andvacation pay.
About Red Deer Polytechnic
Focused on advancing the economic and social priorities of Alberta, Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) provides more than 80 industry-relevant programs within a breadth of credentials to approximately 6,300 credit and apprenticeship students and 3,400+ learners with Extended Education programming. With modern teaching and learning spaces, and state-of-the-art research and innovation centres in advanced manufacturing and energy innovation, the Polytechnic provides applied research opportunities, leadership in the social, economic, and cultural development of Alberta, and myriad lifelong learning opportunities.

Red Deer Polytechnic is guided by the foundational statements in our 2022-2027 Strategic Transformation Plan:

Our purpose is simple: To inspire, educate, and mentor our community of learners. We collaborate to provide diverse experiential learning opportunities for our highly skilled learners. We empower innovators and creators for impact. Our growth will be realized through quality of life and the reciprocal benefits for our stakeholders.

Our vision is to be a resourceful polytechnic, unbound by tradition. We are bold. We are resilient. We are more than applied. We will lead the transformation of post-secondary education by becoming more innovative, entrepreneurial, and sustainable with people at our core. Red Deer Polytechnic must be the best choice for our learners, our clients, our employees, and our communities, resulting in growth and readiness for the future.

Red Deer Polytechnic’s main campus is located on Treaty 7, Treaty 6 and Métis ancestral lands. This is where we will strive to honour and transform our relationships with one another.

Whatever brings you to Red Deer Polytechnic, we are glad you are here. And we look forward to having you as a valued member of our polytechnic community.
Posting Detail Information

Competition Number 2023-F-046
Faculty Employment Type Term-Certain Part-Time
Number of Vacancies Multiple
Desired Start Date 08/16/2023
Position End Date (if term-certain) 06/28/2024
Hours of Work
Open Date 05/10/2023
Close Date
Open Until Filled
Note to Applicant
To fulfill Red Deer Polytechnic’s mission to enrich the intellectual, economic, cultural, and social development of Central Alberta, people representing diverse perspectives and experiences are required. We welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous persons, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, persons with any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Red Deer Polytechnic will provide job applicants with accommodations in accordance with the Alberta Human Rights Code. To request an accommodation, please All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Special Instructions to Applicants
This position will remain open until filled; however the first review of applications will begin on June 4, 2023.

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Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents