Ransom Everglades School invites applications for full-time, upper school faculty members in the Humanities. The Humanities Department (combining History & Social Sciences and English) represents the school's commitment to interdisciplinary thinking and the Humanities as a core element of the curriculum. The department offers a four-year program in English, including a variety of senior elective courses, required courses in world civilizations and US History, and electives in government, philosophy, religion, economics, and other special topics, including most Advanced Placement courses. The skills of research, analysis, and synthesis, close reading of texts, and effective communication in writing and in speech are fundamental to the department's curriculum and pedagogy.
Members of the humanities department contribute to the department’s ongoing discussions about interdisciplinary and project-based learning and innovative assessments, and help create opportunities for student research and experiential learning. Faculty members in the Humanities department are called upon to serve as faculty mentors for independent study projects and Dan Leslie Bowden Fellowships in the Humanities. Candidates must embrace the school’s value for inquiry-based, student-centered learning and the school's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ransom Everglades expects its faculty members to participate enthusiastically in department meetings and student activities, and otherwise be engaged in the life of the school. Prior independent school teaching experience, and proficiency with Microsoft Teams/OneNote and/or Google Classroom, are preferred. Applicants must have a Master's degree in a field within, or closely related to, the Humanities or Social Sciences and be comfortable using the Microsoft Suite and G Suite platforms.
While the search committee will entertain applications from candidates of all backgrounds, candidates who can contribute experience and expertise in the following areas are especially encouraged to apply:
Digital Humanities: broadly construed, potentially including any of the following: digital and computational humanities; text technologies / media archaeologies; emerging media forms; cultural analytics/computational methods for interpretation; digital media studies; critical computation and coding; spatial and geohumanities, mapping, and GIS; data visualization; ethical and sociopolitical dimensions of digital technologies; and leveraging digital tools and data for civic engagement, equity, and justice.
Speech and Debate: a burgeoning speech and debate program at Ransom Everglades engages more than 100 upper school students. While we are unlikely to hire another full-time speech and debate faculty member, candidates in English, History, and/or Social Sciences with experience and interest in speech and debate will be given strong consideration.
Global and Multicultural Studies: A strategic goal of the Humanities department is the continued development of an inclusive multicultural curriculum that includes a wide range of voices and perspectives. Candidates who can contribute to the further incorporation of new voices in the curriculum, and/or develop elective courses in identity, area, or cultural studies, will be given strong consideration.
British Literature: The junior year British Literature curriculum combines canonical studies of Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Conrad with contemporary literature such as Wide Sargasso Sea and White Tiger. The development of advanced writing skills is also a key component of the course. The department has the opportunity to take a fresh look at the curriculum and reinvent the notion and place of British Literature in our course of study. Candidates who might bring a novel approach to the field will be given strong consideration.
AP US History: the sophomore experience in US History is one of the defining elements of the Ransom Everglades curriculum. The objectives of the study of US History at Ransom Everglades include an appreciation for the complexity of the American narrative, and the development of effective writing skills. Candidates with experience teaching AP US History, and who are eager to bring an interdisciplinary approach to the study of US History, will be given strong consideration.
An initial round of interviews will take place by video conference. Depending on public health circumstances, finalists either will be invited to campus for an in-person interview and teaching demonstration, or will have a “virtual campus visit,” and will be asked to submit at least three references and/or letters of recommendation. For more information about Ransom Everglades School, see our website: www.ransomeverglades.org
About Ransom Everglades School
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is an independent, co-ed, grade 6-12 school of just over 1,100 students in Miami, Florida. The school is located on two campuses, one of which sits on the shore of Biscayne Bay. Proud of a tradition of academic excellence, the school is also characterized by a robust athletics program including 70+ teams in 17 different sports, thriving visual and performing arts programs, and an historic, mission-driven commitment to community service.