Convent of the Sacred Heart - Greenwich | Greenwich, CT | Upper School Science Research Teacher

The Science Research teacher oversees the school’s established research program by guiding students in grades 10 through 12 throughout the research process. This includes the development and completion of original and authentic scientific research by students at all grade levels. In addition, the research teacher is expected to participate in professional development, attend student competitions, and communicate with outside scientists to enhance the student’s ability to design, conduct, interpret, and apply original scientific research.
Date Posted: 01/07/2019

Job Title: Upper School Science Research Teacher

Full or Part Time: Full Time

Full Position Description: Sacred Heart Greenwich provides an empowering learning environment for girls and young women from kindergarten through twelfth grade to prepare them to become confident, intelligent and compassionate global leaders. The school offers a coed program for young children at the Barat Center for Early Childhood Education. Our students carry on the Sacred Heart tradition of academic excellence and development of the mind, body and spirit on our beautiful 110-acre campus in Greenwich, Connecticut.

We are currently seeking an Upper School Science Research teacher for the 2020-2021 school year.

Position: Upper School Science Research Teacher
Reports to: Head of Upper School
FLSA Status: Exempt

Job Summary

The Science Research teacher oversees the school’s established research program by guiding students in grades 10 through 12 throughout the research process. This includes the development and completion of original and authentic scientific research by students at all grade levels. In addition, the research teacher is expected to participate in professional development, attend student competitions, and communicate with outside scientists to enhance the student’s ability to design, conduct, interpret, and apply original scientific research.

Responsibilities

The successful science research candidate will guide students in all aspects of conducting original research so that the students will be able to:
  • understand research methods;
  • choose a specific topic of interest;
  • read and summarize scientific literature;
  • develop a testable research question;
  • write scientific abstracts, article summaries, research proposals, and a final research paper;
  • design controlled experiments;
  • engage in and analyze original hands-on research, at times supervised by both a scientist mentor and classroom teacher; and
  • present research in classroom forums as well as at regional, statewide, and national competitions such as the Regeneron Science Talent Search.

In addition, the successful research teacher will be able to:
  • design research curriculum that supports the needs of the students;
  • plan research studies to meet the needs, interests, and abilities of the students;
  • have students build upon previous research in promising areas of study that connect to a larger body of work;
  • use environmental events and scientific phenomena as opportunities to conduct research;
  • keep abreast of current significant research studies and techniques;
  • form and maintain collaborations and partnerships with scientists who can serve as mentors;
  • guide students to engage in peer review;
  • have students recognize and state the limitations of their research;
  • meet with students outside of class, if necessary, to complete research;
  • organize all aspects of student attendance at research competitions;
  • attend student research competitions and work with the Communications Department to effectively share student results with the wider community;
  • evaluate and assess student progress on a regular basis;
  • take measures to enhance each student’s research experience;
  • maintain research budget and order the necessary supplies for experimentation;
  • instruct students on the proper and safe use of chemicals, materials, and equipment needed for on-campus research;
  • maintain inventory of chemicals, materials, and equipment needed for on-campus research;
  • regularly participate in relevant professional development opportunities;
  • provide information on senior research projects to the College Guidance Department;
  • advise parents on students’ progress and development throughout the research process;
  • serve as an advisor to a group of Upper School students; and
  • participate in regular Upper School and departmental meetings, and perform various faculty supervisory duties.

Qualifications
  • The successful candidate will hold a master’s or doctoral degree in a scientific discipline as well as have a proven track record of teaching science at the high school level for a minimum of 3 years. Research experience is also preferable.

As members of the international network of Sacred Heart schools, we are committed to attracting and retaining faculty with a passion for teaching who demonstrate an active faith, practice a deep respect for intellectual values, promote social awareness, build community, and value personal growth and responsibility. We seek faculty who are committed to all-girl education, and who will draw upon current research to maximize student learning. Sacred Heart Greenwich is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes candidates who will enhance the cultural diversity of our community.
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Schools of the Sacred Heart share in the educational mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart as articulated in the Goals and Criteria. The structure supporting Sacred Heart education in Canada and the United States includes the Conference of Sacred Heart Education and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools.  Together they provide services and programs to ensure vitality of mission for the member schools sponsored by the Society of the Sacred Heart.