The Bard Early Colleges (BEC) are founded on the belief that, for many young people, college can and should start at an earlier age. Bard Early College’s simple idea - to begin serious college study in place of the traditional 11th and 12th grades, at no cost to students or families - has had an extraordinary impact on young people and on education innovation and equity in America.
The Bard Early Colleges offer a truly unique home for young people’s intellectual ambition: as both tuition-free, branch campuses of Bard College and public high schools, they award a high school diploma and a Bard College Associate in Arts degree (and 60 transferable credits) by the end of the 12th grade. Students are taught by college faculty in undergraduate, seminar classes, all deeply rooted in the liberal arts and sciences, in Bard College’s commitment to excellence in teaching, and in Bard’s mission as a private college in the public interest.
Now entering its third decade, the Bard Early College network enrolls over 3,000 young people in campuses in Queens, Manhattan, and Hudson, New York; Newark, New Jersey; New Orleans, Louisiana; Cleveland, Ohio; Baltimore, Maryland; and Washington, D.C.Position Overview
The Head of the Early College is one of the early college’s key academic and administrative leaders. In collaboration with the Principal, the Head of the Early College will provide leadership and administrative oversight of the academic program at the school, particularly the college program, which takes the place of the traditional 11th and 12th grades. The Head of the Early College will align academic activities with the relevant outcomes and goals outlined for students and faculty, and will facilitate and assess the program’s progress in the areas of teaching and learning.
The Head of the Early College will be supervised by the Bard DC Principal and the Dean of the Bard Early College network. The Head of the Early College will supervise a team of colleagues, including the Associate Dean of Studies and the Faculty Culture Coordinator.Duties
- Ensure that the school meets Bard’s high standard of undergraduate academic rigor and student achievement;
- Develop the high school and college curriculum at Bard DC, adapting the curriculum in place at the other Bard Early College campuses to meet the needs of DC students while maintaining Bard College’s academic standards;
- Identify elements of curriculum and instruction that can be strengthened, and support faculty members with proven instructional methods (i.e. Writing and Thinking approaches)
- Oversee faculty recruitment and hiring;
- Provide faculty support and professional development, particularly to faculty teaching college courses;
- Facilitate inter-faculty observation and collaboration;
- Support development and implementation of course assessments;
- Serve as the primary liaison to Bard College;
- Teach one course section each semester.