Program Overview: The Experiential Education Fellowship will provide a comprehensive experience in the workings of one of the most developed and well-resourced outdoor experiential education programs in the country. Each fellow will serve as a co-adviser for a group of students. Additionally, they will participate as teachers and advisers in the Academy’s Bridge Program, an academic and social preparation and orientation experience for rising sixth-grade students that takes place right before school begins. Teaching fellows evince a passion for their discipline and for learning, and they are motivated by a deep commitment to young people. They should thrive in a collaborative setting with their cohort of beginning teachers as well as their departmental and divisional faculty. The teaching fellow will commit to full participation in all aspects of the teaching fellows program, including: regular seminars on a variety of aspects of school life with the associate head of school, professional development opportunities with the rest of the faculty as well as those designed especially for the teaching fellows cohort, and serving as a co-faculty sponsor in at least one immersive experience for students. The fellowship runs from July 1, 2022** – May 30, 2023. The position provides a total stipend of $25,000, and fellows are considered full time (40 hours per week) and receive some benefits. **The July 1, 2022 start date is the beginning of the contract; teaching fellows will have flexibility in terms of their presence on campus before August 3, 2022 when they will need to be physically present to participate in training and then work with students.
Responsibilities: Assistant leading 4-5 day wilderness-based expeditions for groups of approximately 12 9th grade students; Assistant leading then leading 4-day 7th grade backcountry basecamp trips; Lead instructing 6th grade day hikes and overnights; Logistical management of trips (equipment packing and repair, food packing, trip administration, etc.); Supporting/co-teaching Outdoor Pursuits and Outdoor Leadership classes and associated field components; Assistant leading three week field-based senior seminar; Being a part of the community of a dynamic college preparatory independent school.
Qualifications: Outdoor skills and backcountry trip leading experience; Basic competence/ interest in technical skills (climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, survival); Experience working with grades 6-12 students; Interest in working within an independent school setting and a career in outdoor education; Current Wilderness First Responder (intern responsible for covering cost of certification); Clean driving record (minimum age 21);
See Qualifications; Administrative skills including organization, written and verbal communication, computer literacy; Bachelor’s degree required.
About Albuquerque Academy Experiential Education
Experiential education is best defined as learning by doing with reflection. Long known as “Ex Ed,” experiential education at Albuquerque Academy includes programming in outdoor, environmental, and wilderness education, as well as leadership development. The program has been a unique feature of the Academy since 1975. At the program’s inception, then-Headmaster Ashby Harper wrote, “The program is based on the conviction that students can learn in a rugged wilderness environment some of the important values which cannot be learned in the classroom.” As the program has evolved, the Academy has steadfastly maintained that conviction. See department website here: https://www.aa.edu/academics/departments/experiential-education/