Tenure-Track Faculty Position-Department of Education Early Childhood Education/Literacy-AUGSBURG COLLEGE

The Augsburg College Education Department invites applications for a full-time tenure track position to begin September 1, 2014. The person in this position teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in pre-primary education, kindergarten and elementary literacy in day and weeknight or weekend schedules. Other responsibilities include advising students, supervising student teachers, serving on department and college committees, conducting scholarly activities, and providing outreach to the professional/P-12 community.

Augsburg College offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees to approximately 4,000 students of diverse backgrounds. With a student/faculty ratio of 15:1, the college focuses on close personal interaction with faculty and experiential education opportunities on campus and in the community. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings. See more at http://www.augsburg.edu.

A doctorate in elementary education, with a focus in early childhood or preprimary and advance courses in elementary literacy/reading, is preferred; ABD applicants will be considered. Position requirements include a K-6 license with a preprimary endorsement or early childhood license and three or more years teaching in elementary/preprimary school setting.  Some combination of the following are desired:  experience teaching in higher education, background in critical literacy or a K-12 Reading endorsement. The candidate should be current in early childhood education, early literacy, on-line and classroom learning technologies and recent changes in P-12 education.

We seek a colleague to work with us on a variety of contemporary issues in education, including understanding and challenging the ways in which systems of privilege and oppression operate in the field of education and teacher education. We are especially interested in someone who will explicitly take a critical and responsive stance toward improving the schooling experiences and life outcomes of traditionally underserved and marginalized youth. A description of current funded and programs efforts toward this focus can be found at http://www.augsburg.edu/education.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and evidence of teaching quality (syllabi and evaluations) by November 15, 2013 to: http://www.augsburg.edu/hr. Additionally, please have two letters of reference sent to Judi Green in the Office of Academic Affairs, at greenj@augsburg.edu.

Among the distinctive features of the college are its deep dedication to civic and community engagement, robust undergraduate research programs, and a strong belief in the integration of liberal arts and professional studies across all programs. Augsburg’s commitment to diversity is reflected in the student body: for the past four years, students of color comprised nearly 40 percent of the incoming first-year class. With approximately 1,000 students living on campus, Augsburg engages students in a wide range of co-curricular activities, including NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics. At both undergraduate and graduate levels, students actively engage in international travel and intercultural experiences that broaden their view of the world and deepen their engagement in it.

Augsburg’s main campus is located in the vibrant Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, one of the most diverse areas in the Twin Cities. The University of Minnesota West Bank campus and one of the city’s largest medical complexes are adjacent to Augsburg; the Mississippi River and the Seven Corners Theatre district are just a few blocks away.  In addition to its Minneapolis campus, Augsburg has a vibrant branch campus in Rochester, the fastest growing city in Minnesota and headquarters of the Mayo Health System.  In addition to these locations, Augsburg owns and operates international sites in Mexico, Guatemala, and Namibia.

Augsburg is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color or any other protected class.  Successful candidates will have demonstrated abilities working in an academic community committed to intentional diversity. Candidates are thus encouraged to highlight skills and experiences that demonstrate these competencies.

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