Assistant Professor of Literacy Education - 15784BR

Assistant Professor of Literacy Education

Curriculum & Teaching
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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Position Overview

The Department of Curriculum &Teaching in the School of Education at The University of Kansas (KU) is seeking a tenure track Assistant Professor in Literacy Education with expertise in digital literacies and disciplinary literacies. This 9-month, tenure-track position will begin in August 18, 2020. We seek a scholar interested in promoting just, equitable and inclusive education, who can help us expand our commitment to the education of children and youth in urban or diverse settings and prepare PK-12 educators and researchers. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. KU, a member of the Association of American Universities, consistently earns excellent ratings for its education programs from U.S. News & World Report.

The Department of Curriculum & Teaching offers degrees at the undergraduate (B.S. Ed.), Master’s (M.A. and M.S. Ed.) and doctoral (Ed.D. and Ph.D.) levels. Teaching load is two courses per semester. A high research productivity, including peer-reviewed publications and successful grant applications leading to external funding, is expected. The successful applicant is expected to mentor students to develop their research skills and scholarly production, and to integrate individual and cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion into teaching, research, and service. We are seeking candidates who are committed to excellence in teaching and advising, including a willingness to teach in online settings. Evidence of, or potential for, significant involvement in schools and districts are also highly preferred.

The University of Kansas is a Division I Research Institution with an enrollment of approximately 30,000. Lawrence is a community of 80,000, located 30 miles west of Kansas City and 20 miles east of Topeka, the state capital. The University’s main campus is in Lawrence. School of Education programs also are offered on the main campus, through the KU Edwards Campus in the Kansas City area and online. The Department of Curriculum & Teaching is the largest of five departments in the School of Education.

The successful candidate must have appropriate work authorization by time of appointment.

Job Description

Teaching (.40 FTE)
The successful applicant will teach courses related to digital literacies and disciplinary literacies at the undergraduate, master’s or doctoral level depending on department need. A two-course teaching load per semester is normally expected. Duties and responsibilities include:
  • Teach courses in the areas of digital literacies and disciplinary literacies
  • Mentor and advise graduate degree-seeking students.
  • Direct M.S. Ed., Ed.D., and Ph.D. research projects, theses, and dissertations.
  • Serve on master’s project/thesis committees, doctoral comprehensive examination committees, and doctoral dissertation committees.
  • Advise graduate students who select a literacy focus for their dissertation research.
Scholarship (.40 FTE)
Direct an ongoing program of research in the general area of digital literacies and/or disciplinary literacies. Duties and responsibilities include:
  • Regularly publish research in refereed journals or other scholarly outlets in the areas of reading, literacy, technology, or teacher education.
  • Present research at scholarly national or international conferences of professional organizations.
  • Seek external funding to support research agenda and fund advisees as graduate research assistants.
  • Serve as a mentor to graduate students towards the develop of their research skills and scholarly production.
Service (.20 FTE)
Provide service to the Curriculum & Teaching programs, Department of Curriculum & Teaching, School of Education, University of Kansas community, and the field of education.
  • Serve on committees within the Department of Curriculum & Teaching, School of Education, and The University of Kansas.
  • Represent the Department of Curriculum & Teaching and its programs to the university and national organizations.
COLLEGIALITY: The Department of Curriculum & Teaching highly values collegiality. All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect towards students, staff and colleagues.

Required Qualifications

  1. Doctorate in Literacy Education or closely related area (earned by August 18, 2020) with expertise in one or more of the following (a) digital literacies, (b) disciplinary literacies, (c) pre-adolescent to adult literacy, including striving readers, (d) teacher education
  2. Three (3) years of experience teaching at the 6 - 12 level at a U.S. based institution.
  3. Evidence of professional service and outreach to diverse populations in the area of literacy through professional development schools, partnership schools, and/or community.
  4. University teaching experience (face-to-face and/or online) demonstrating experience using technology to enhance teaching and learning
  5. Demonstrated record of, or potential for, research and scholarly publications in digital literacies and/or disciplinary literacies and that demonstrate a commitment to diversity and equity in education in urban or diverse school settings.
  6. Effective written communication skills as evidenced by application materials
  7. Experience collaborating with university and public-school faculty and staff.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application package includes: (1) an online application documenting qualifications for the position, (2) a cover letter detailing work experience and education experiences, (3) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in CV (including publications and conference presentations in the field), (4) research statement, (5) statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of effective teaching, (6) and names with contact information for three professional references.

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. As part of the materials above, applicants should inform us of their contribution and engagement in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a result, applicants will be presented the following questions at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  1. Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
  2. In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.
Review of applications will begin on December 2, 2019 and continue as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants. To ensure consideration, applying before the application review date is advised. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Contact Information to Applicants

Committee Chair: Dr. Heidi Hallman,

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