Assistant Professor - 20306BR

Assistant Professor

Department: 
Curriculum & Teaching
Location/Division: 
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Reg/Temp: 
Regular
Employee Class: 
F-Faculty

Position Overview

The Department of Curriculum & Teaching at the University of Kansas is seeking nominations and applications for a full-time, academic year (9-month), tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Elementary Education. The teaching focus is in elementary, curriculum development within the teacher education undergraduate program and qualitative research methodology in the graduate program located at Lawrence, Kansas. The position will begin August 18, 2022 and require an on-campus presence.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage with students and be surrounded by collaborative colleagues across the School of Education and Human Sciences, campus and education community. The Department of Curriculum & Teaching carries an atmosphere of collegiality that is supportive of an environment which is interdisciplinary, collaborative and diverse. We work together as a supportive intellectual community and seek a colleague who will enhance our organization in the following ways: 1) Demonstrate a strong commitment to calling the academy to more fully live up to its ideals regarding to access and success; 2) Support the broad public, social justice functions of the academy; and 3) Participate in the School’s commitment to public engagement and activism that better serves underserved communities of students and employees locally, statewide, and (inter)nationally.

Successful applicants will have a doctorate in Elementary Education or Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in curriculum development/studies and qualitative research methodology. Applicants are encouraged to outline areas of interests in their application materials.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal education and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.

KU is a Carnegie Research-Extensive Institution with a student body of over 28,000 students representing every state and more than 113 foreign countries. The University is located in Lawrence, a city with a population exceeding 95,000. The community is known for its support of the arts and education and regularly appears in various “best town” listings.

The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the time of appointment.

Job Description

40% Teaching
  • Teach courses and develop curriculum in undergraduate and graduate programs including the department’s online M.S.Ed. program in Curriculum and Instruction, in-person, virtual, and/or hybrid based upon departmental need.
  • Model effective instructional practices for diverse student populations and the use of instructional technology in face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning environments.
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students
  • Hold regular office hours
40% Research
  • Demonstrate sustained productivity through scholarly works/research through regular publications, professional presentations, and external grant proposals.
20% Service
  • Participate in the regular academic activities of the department and School, including committee assignments and general service activities.
  • Collaborating with faculty across the School of Education and Human Sciences as well as performing service to the department, School, University, regional K-12 schools, and the profession.
  • Serve on and chair graduate committees
  • Professional service in the academic discipline and/or field.

Required Qualifications

  1. Doctorate in Elementary Education or Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in curriculum development/studies and focus on qualitative research methodology, or a closely related field. If ABD, terminal degree must be achieved prior to the employment start date, by August 18, 2022.
  2. Minimum of three years of full-time teaching experience in grades P-6 in the U.S. or similarly structured environment.
  3. Demonstrated (or high potential for) teaching excellence with best-practices initiatives (including a culturally responsive pedagogy) in a university setting.
  4. Demonstrated (or high potential for) research and/or scholarship areas relevant to curriculum studies as demonstrated through publications, awards, research grants, or presentations.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Application review begins December 1, 2021, and continues until a qualified applicant pool is identified. A complete application consists of:
  • A cover letter that describes research scholarly work as well as teaching philosophy and teaching experience
  • A current and complete curriculum vitae listing your record of accomplishments and productivity
  • Copies of graduate transcripts
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student evaluations)
  • Writing sample or publication
  • The names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references.
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Only complete applications will be considered. Other documentation may be requested. Finalists will be required to submit to a background check investigation. The preferred start date is August 18, 2022.

Contact Information to Applicants

Questions may be sent to:
Search committee chair
Department of Curriculum & Teaching
School of Education and Human Sciences
The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with Experience

Application Review Begins

01-Dec-2021

Anticipated Start Date

18-Aug-2022

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Posting Information
Posting ID:
20306BR
Department:
Curriculum & Teaching
Primary Campus:
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Reg/Temp:
Regular
Employee Class:
F-Faculty
Application Review Begins:
01-Dec-2021