Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor Position in Elementary Literacy Education at the University of Louisville

The Department of Early Childhood & Elementary Education at the University of Louisville invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant/Associate Professor faculty position in ELEMENTARY LITERACY EDUCATION. In alignment with the University’s goal to become a premier metropolitan research university, the Department seeks an individual who has a strong research program, or the clear potential for one, whose research focuses on literacy as a social practice within early childhood and elementary settings. We are open to a broad range of research areas relevant to literacy instruction, particularly: language and learning, discourse practices, children’s literature, linguistic diversity, miscue analysis and other formative assessments, the opportunities and challenges of language and literacy teaching in urban settings, and commitment to the conceptual framework of the College and its dedication to advocating for social and human equity (for more information see: http://louisville.edu/education/sjei/visionphilosophy).

Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, advising, conducting research, seeking external funding, contributing to reciprocal partnerships with schools, participating in ongoing program
development, and providing service to the college, university, professional associations and disciplinerelated community partners.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in literacy education or closely related field
  • Demonstrated competence in teaching in elementary schools (K-6)
  • Evidence of a commitment to equity and social justice
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with colleagues and participate in collaborative inquiry
  • Demonstrated evidence of, or desire for, community engaged scholarship and partnership experiences with schools
  • An emerging or established agenda of literacy research and scholarship
  • Demonstrated excellence or potential in scholarly research
  • Evidence of, or strong potential for, grant writing and grant-funded research

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated successful teaching experience in teacher preparation programs
  • Evidence of incorporating technology in instructional practices
  • Mentoring of graduate students
  • Evidence of collaborative and engaged scholarship that addresses key sociocultural issues such as poverty and multilingualism in the local metropolitan context

Applicants for the position at an assistant level should have an earned doctorate in literacy education or a related field and the promise of an externally funded research program. Applicants for the position at an
associate level should also have an earned doctorate in literacy education, a strong record of publication in recognized journals, a record of external funding, evidence of excellence in teaching, service to the profession at the national level, and the ability to mentor junior faculty and doctoral students.

Louisville, a metropolitan area of approximately one million people, features a wide range of recreational opportunities, thriving theater and arts, and one of the best qualities of life in the nation. As a research university in this vibrant city, The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) is committed to preparing educators to work effectively with diverse populations and to help build a socially just and democratic society. The College is known for the Grawemeyer Award, a recognition of excellence in education. U of L is ranked among the Top 50 Public Colleges of Education in US News and World Reports and is part of a  doctoral/Research Extensive institution enrolling approximately 21,000 students.

The programs in Teaching and Learning offer an array of programs leading to Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, and special education. In both the metropolitan schools and the surrounding rural schools, the College has strong collaborations including Signature Partnerships and Redesign Schools. For more information please visit: www.louisville.edu/education.

SALARY: Competitive, based upon qualifications and experience

APPOINTMENT: The 10-month appointment begins August 1, 2014 with the possibility of summer teaching.

APPLICATION DEADLINE AND PROCEDURES: Pending budgetary approval, formal review of applicants will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.

Applicants must apply online at http://louisville.edu/jobs. Select “Current Openings,” “Faculty/Administrator Positions” and go to Posting # UL141. Please upload the following:

  1. A letter of interest explaining how minimum and preferred qualifications are met and describing relevant experiences,
  2. A current CV
  3. Academic transcripts
  4. A sample publication, and
  5. Three current letters of recommendation.

Additional inquiries can be addressed to:
Literacy Education Search Committee
c/o Lynne Ernst, Unit Business Manager
Department of Early Childhood & Elementary Education
University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky 40292
(502) 852 – 2208 Office (502) 852 – 2408 FAX email: lynne.ernst@louisville.edu

The University of Louisville is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Employer, committed to diversity and in that spirit, seeks applications from a broad variety of candidates.

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