Assistant Professor - Curriculum and Instruction - 16677

Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 06, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


The Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Literacy/Reading Education beginning August 2021 with strong credentials in reading/literacy instruction. Specific consideration will be given to candidates with skills in the foundations of reading, writing, and critical literacies and with proven commitments to preparing teachers of multilingual learners and learners with a wide range of racialized and socioeconomic backgrounds.


This is a full-time position with responsibilities for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in reading. The candidate will also be expected to pursue an active research agenda that engages undergraduate and graduate students, results in publications and contributes to advancing the department, university, the profession, and society. Scholarship should include a focus on literacy and/or literacy instructions, including critical literacies, biliteracy and multiliteracies, and/or disability studies-informed approaches to reading and literacy.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or other terminal degree in reading or a closely related field. (ABD candidates may apply but must have their degree completed by the contract start date in August 2021; if not, they will be hired on a one-year contract with the understanding that their degree will be completed before January 2022, in advance of their first scheduled review.)
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching with an emphasis on promoting the success of students and clear evidence of scholarly potential.
  • Minimum of three years of K-12 teaching experience and an equivalent teaching and preparation background to qualify for Wisconsin reading teacher and reading specialist licenses.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the preparation of teachers who use linguistically and culturally sustaining approaches
  • Experience with teaching reading, advising, and supervision.
  • Demonstrated skills of collaborating to work with cross-departmental teams
  • Experience with online instruction and/or demonstrated commitment to teaching using effective online learning environments.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.


Additional responsibilities will include advising undergraduate/graduate students, and supervision of pre-student teaching, student teaching, and other field experiences. All faculty at UW-Whitewater may be required to teach online and/or hybrid classes, evening and/or weekend classes and provide service to the university and the local community in a variety of modalities, including mentoring students and providing professional development for colleagues, schools, and community groups. Experience working with diverse populations and a commitment to work with non-traditional students are essential for this position. The candidate will also be expected to participate in service activities and show a commitment to principles of diversity and inclusion as a member of the university community. Salary is commensurate with academic preparation and experience.


The Curriculum and Instruction Department in the UW-Whitewater College of Education & Professional Studies (COEPS) provides students with the opportunity to prepare for careers as teachers. Students may choose the Early Childhood Program, the Elementary/Middle(MCEA) School Program or a Middle/Secondary School Program. In each of the programs, students earn Department of Public Instruction (DPI) licensure.

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) houses numerous teacher preparation programs along with programs for add on licenses for certified teachers and the MSEPS (Master of Science in Education and Professional Studies). We are proud of our programs that lead to licensure either a first-time license or add-on licenses. As they move through their coursework, students combine a commitment to education with a strong liberal arts foundation, a teaching major and the study of teaching. All students engage in at least three school-based field experiences that allow them to apply their knowledge to actual classroom situations, preparing them to be effective teachers and instructional leaders in our changing schools. The faculty and staff recognize that graduates of our programs play a vital role in the lives of children and families both in Wisconsin and around the world.


Founded in 1868, UW–Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions and a statewide Extension. In the fall of 2018, as a result of the University of Wisconsin System’s restructuring of the state’s 13 two-year campuses formerly known as UW Colleges, UW–Rock County began operating as a branch campus of UW–Whitewater under the new name of University of Wisconsin–Whitewater at Rock County. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Main Campus and Rock County Campus are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offers the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.

The Warhawk family — led by caring faculty and staff — is devoted to student success within a broad range of academic programs. UW-Whitewater has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. The campuses have more than 200 student organizations and UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university. UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System ( ).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

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UW-Whitewater embraces the teacher-scholar model. New faculty are provided with additional resources to ensure a strong start in their teaching and research activities. A first-year professional development program is also provided to all new faculty. UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles ( ) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices ( ). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs ( ) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys ( ).


The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in 2021. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit:

The University of Wisconsin–Whitewater has authority to implement temporary workforce reduction and cost saving measures to address financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 crisis, consistent with Wisconsin law and Board of Regents, UW System, and UW–Whitewater policy and procedure.


Applications received by November 30, 2020 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1072 or .

For questions regarding this position, please contact:
Dr. May Vang
Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Only complete application packages will be considered. This include online submission of the following materials:

  • Cover letter/letter of interest
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Names and contact information for three professional references
  • Copies of unofficial graduate transcripts (Official transcripts will be required if offered the position)

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