Literacy Instruction & Literacy and Digital Media Positions – Peabody College of Vanderbilt University [Position Announcement}

The Department of Teaching and Learning of Peabody College invites applications for two tenure-track, open rank faculty positions in its Language, Literacy, and Culture (LLC) program. The Department seeks two individuals with strong literacy-related research programs. Vanderbilt faculty in the Department of Teaching and Learning are national leaders in multiple research areas and our students are exceptionally strong. Faculty in the Language, Literacy and Culture program are collaborative, productive scholars with a broad range of research interests. A focus of our scholarship is creating and studying culturally-responsive educational environments that support literacy learning for all students. Our faculty and students conduct research in local and international settings and study literacy in classrooms, homes, community organizations, and online environments.

Position 1: Literacy Instruction

The Department seeks an individual with a strong research program or the clear potential for one whose research focuses on processes and instruction involved in students’ learning to read and write within elementary and middle grade contexts. We are open to a broad range of areas of research relevant to literacy. All applicants must have prior teaching experience. Candidates are encouraged to contact David Dickinson (David.Dickinson@Vanderbilt.edu) for more information.

Position 2: Literacy and Digital Media

The Department seeks an individual with a strong research program or the clear potential for one whose research focuses on some combination of digital literacies, new literacies, and new media studies with relevance to learning or teaching in formal or informal settings. Candidates are encouraged to contact Robert Jimenez (Robert.Jimenez@Vanderbilt.edu) for more information.

For both positions, the successful applicant will be expected to seek external research funding and develop research collaborations within and beyond the Department. Applicants for the position at a junior level should have an earned doctorate and the promise of an externally funded research program. In addition, applicants for the position at a senior level should have a strong record of publication in recognized journals and a record of external funding. Preference will be given to those with an orientation towards developing research collaborations within and beyond the department as the Peabody environment is one in which collaboration is highly valued, and there are many opportunities to work with members of other departments. Additionally, preference will be given to a faculty member who will contribute to the preparation of teachers and students at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels.

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 1, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of interest, their vita, the names and contact information of three referees, and no more than two sample publications electronically as MS Word files or pdfs to shawn.blomker@Vanderbilt.Edu. Materials may also be mailed to Ms. Shawn Blomker, Language, Literacy and Culture Search Committee, Peabody College, Box 230, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37203. The committee will request letters of recommendation and additional samples of publications from a small group of finalists. Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the Peabody College of Vanderbilt University website at http://peabody.vanderbilt.edu/ and the LLC website at http://peabody.vanderbilt.edu/departments/tl/graduate_programs/doctoral_programs/language_literacy_and_culture_specialization/index.php.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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