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Priority Application Review Date: Friday, May 29, 2020

Questions about the position may be directed to Carey Kirkwood, Director of Field Placements & Partnerships in the School of education, at cjkirk@uw.edu.

Field Supervisors/Teaching Associates

A. Overview

The University of Washington Tacoma is a growing, urban-serving university deeply invested in its local communities. SOE’s mission is “to prepare ethical and reflective educators and leaders who transform learning, contribute to the community, exemplify professionalism, and promote diversity.” Click here to learn more about the SOE by visiting our website.

The UW Tacoma School of Education (SOE) is seeking Field Supervisors/Teaching Associates (hereinafter referred to as Field Supervisors) for our Teacher Certification Program (TCP) in the 2020-2021 academic year. We are specifically seeking field supervisors in the following areas: (a) Secondary Mathematics or Science Education, and (b) Special Education. TCP Field Supervisors are the primary advocates and contacts for teacher candidates during their field experiences. They act as liaisons between teacher candidates, SOE key personnel (Director of Field Placements & Partnerships/ FP&P), SOE faculty, and academic advisors), and K-12 mentor teachers/school administrators throughout teacher candidates’ field experiences. Field supervisors report directly to the Director of FP&P. Renewal is possible given final enrollments, program needs, and satisfactory performance.

Field Supervisors assume primary responsibility for the assessment of each assigned candidate’s fieldwork and student teaching experience. They will use their knowledge, experience, and expertise to support teacher candidates in the successful completion of certification requirements such as the edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment), Professional Growth Plans (PGPs), and candidate portfolios. Their load generally includes supervising a minimum of 6 assigned teacher candidates over the academic year.

Special statement on COVID-19: given the fluidity around K-12 and university operations for academic year 2020-2021, qualified applicants should be able and willing to prepare for remote supervision using tools such as Canvas, e-mail, phone, Teaching Channel, and videoconferencing (Zoom).

Interested in becoming a Part-Time Lecturer or Field Supervisor?

In accordance with UW's Faculty Code, all prospective part-time lecturers and teaching associates/field supervisors (hereinafter referred to as field supervisors) are required to submit materials and participate in a short interview led by a faculty review team (see below for instructions). Materials are then reviewed by the School of Education's voting-eligible faculty monthly, and a recommendation is sent to the Dean of the School. UW's Academic HR formally approves all hires. Per UW Policy, the successful completion of a criminal background check is also required before any appointment will be extended. More information will be provided when an appointment is offered to an applicant.

Please note: as we have limited course offerings and must prioritize the schedules of all full-time faculty to ensure they meet their contractual obligations to the university, we may not always have opportunities for all applicants who are approved by the faculty to teach courses or supervise candidates. To avoid conflicts of interest and because of our structure of shared governance, the Dean of the School usually cannot meet with applicants before or during the review process.

Please do not submit materials outside of this system including to the Dean or individual faculty. Materials that are not submitted according to these instructions will be sent back to the applicant. 


The School of Education includes the following program areas:

  • Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)
  • Educational Administration Certification
  • M.Ed. for Practicing Teachers
  • Undergraduate Education Minors 
  • Teacher Certification Programs in Special Education, Secondary (Mathematics and Science), and TELL (Teaching English Learners.


Part-time lecturers may teach across all of our programs or just in one program. Field supervisors supervise candidates in these programs: Teacher Certification programs in K-8 Special Education, Secondary (Mathematics or Science), and K-8 TELL (Teaching English Language Learners), and Educational Administration certification (principal preparation).


Review the Application Instructions for an overview and list of required application materials.


Cindy Valerio, Director of Operations, email: valerioc@uw.edu, 253-692-4432 and Donna Braboy, Program Support Supervisor, email: donnap@uw.edu, 253-692-4431 will serve as your main points of contacts. They will send announcements, program and campus information, and send general communication by email throughout the quarter. Please feel free to contact them via phone or email if you have questions.