The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts (ASMSA), a campus of the University of Arkansas System, invites applications from highly qualified candidates for a full-time, ten-month position as a Spanish Language Instructor beginning August 1, 2019.
In brief, ASMSA is tasked with providing extraordinary opportunities for a diverse group of students. Established by the General Assembly in 1991 as a public, residential high school to serve talented and motivated Arkansas juniors and seniors from throughout the state as a school of choice, ASMSA—located in historic downtown Hot Springs and adjacent to Hot Springs National Park—is one of only 15 public, residential high schools in the United States specializing in the education of students with an interest in advanced careers in math and science as well as passion for and creativity within studio, language, and digital arts. ASMSA offers more than 60 courses for college credit, and all students earn an average of 50 hours of college credit while finishing high school. Graduates achieve an average ACT composite score of 30. Newsweek, The Daily Beast, and The Washington Post have ranked ASMSA among the nation’s Top 25 high schools over the past five years.
A Master’s degree in Spanish, linguistics, or a related area is required, including at least eighteen graduate hours in Spanish. The successful candidate must have the ability to teach courses from beginning through advanced grammar, language, and literature, including perhaps electives in their areas of personal interest, using a variety of effective techniques that align with best practices as recommended by ACTFL. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in working with gifted students, teaching through technology, developing interdisciplinary curricula, team-planning skills, and problem-solving skills. Native or near-native fluency in the language is required.
Preferred qualifications include an earned doctorate, at least three years of teaching experience, a strong desire to foster true language acquisition, and experience in and knowledge of hispanophone cultures.
About Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts
ASMSA is one of only 15 public residential schools in the country, ASMSA specializes in the education of students with an interest in advanced careers in math and science as well as passion for and creativity within studio, language and digital arts.
ASMSA’s residential experience offers 230 of the state’s most dynamic young leaders the opportunity to live and learn at one the nation’s Top 25 high schools according to Newsweek, The Daily Beast, and The Washington Post. These honors demonstrate that Arkansas students proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with students across the nation.
Though the core of our mission focuses on economic and talent development in Arkansas, we are proud to develop engaged leaders with a mindset for internationalization through the school’s Global Learning Program. Over the past five years, 300 faculty and students have had the opportunities to explore Japan, China, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, Italy, Greece, Canada, Morocco, and other countries through the program. We are proud to have partnerships with the Hot Springs-Hanamaki Sister City Program and the Japanese “Super Science” Schools program that bring an international experience to each of ...our students.
Our faculty and campus stakeholders have worked to realize our legislative arts mission through additional faculty, expanded course offerings, and curricular pathways that provide students opportunity to develop their passion for art and music.
ASMSA has also embraced Governor Hutchinson’s bold vision for expanding opportunities for students to explore computer science and coding. Coding Arkansas’ Future provides a blend of online learning, professional learning communities, and educator development to build the state’s capacity in this increasingly important subject. ASMSA has provided training and support to nearly half of the state’s newly certified computer science teachers.