What Does it Take to be a Faculty Member at King's?
The founding* of King's Academy in 2007 by His Majesty King Abdullah II was a bold act of imagination. The school, which is unlike any other in the region or the world, requires innovative teachers who can stretch their intellectual and professional horizons beyond the established norms of education.
The King's Academy campus stretches across 144 acres (575 dunums) and includes 34 buildings and state-of-the-art facilities. As a teacher, you will be constantly moving around this vast and aesthetically appealing site.
A typical teaching load at King's includes:
- Five credits per semester
- After school co-curriculars each semester
- Supervisory and committee responsibilities
- Advisory role to an average group of eight to 10 students
- For residential faculty, evening duty up to twice a week and weekend duty once every five or six weeks.
Furthermore, faculty members are expected to attend special events and meetings including those occasionally scheduled on weekends, such as new faculty orientation, student orientation, faculty meetings, departmental meetings, house meetings, advisor meetings, parents weekends and Commencement.
Various educational and character-building activities for students (e.g. community service) take place on weekends and during the summer. Faculty members are expected to volunteer as chaperones as per their interest and if selected to perform such duties during these trips.
In short, being a teacher at King's requires spirit and dedication. The qualities that our own faculty recognize as most essential to their success here include patience, energy, resilience, a genuine love of young people, sensitivity to cultural difference, adaptability and a commitment, in the classroom and beyond, to continued improvement.
*For further information about the founding of King's Academy, check out His Majesty King Abdullah II's book, Our Last Best Chance: The Pursuit of Peace in a Time of Peril.