Assistant/Associate Professor in Language and Literacy Studies

University of Texas at Austin
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Oct 07, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant/Associate Professor in Language and Literacy Studies

College/School/Unit: College of Education
Department: Curriculum & Instruction
Posted: Oct 2, 2020
Apply By: Open until filled


The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Curriculum and Instruction is seeking a faculty member in the Language and Literacy Studies (LLS) program at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, beginning in Fall 2021. This is a full-time, nine-month, tenured appointment. The mission of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction is to advance the knowledge and the practice of teaching and learning. We address the educational needs of a rapidly changing global society in democratic and socially just ways. Our teaching and research are rooted in a variety of academic disciplines. We value innovation and build upon the strengths of cultural and linguistic diversity.

The University of Texas at Austin is the flagship state-university of Texas. It prioritizes equity, values and supports interdisciplinary research, and provides outstanding opportunities for collaboration across units and with world-renowned faculty. As a venue for research, Texas is one of the most diverse states in the country with an increasingly culturally pluralistic population, with students in the K-12 system and in general. Austin, Texas is an exciting, welcoming, and inclusive city with the reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World.

Home to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the College of Education is ranked among the top public colleges of education in the country, promotes the shared values of equity, excellence, innovation, empowerment, community-focus, and endeavors to bridge research and practice. We view inclusiveness and excellence as interconnected in the work of our faculty. The College of Education values candidates who have experience working with diverse and underserved populations and who show a demonstrated commitment to improving access and conditions in educational and health settings for children, adults, families, schools, and communities.

As a leading college of education in Texas and beyond, we are agents of change committed to transforming education and health research, practice, and policy to ensure the thriving of children, families, schools, and communities. In our efforts to align our college to address the most pressing challenges in the fields of education and health, we have launched a new strategic vision known as Reimagine Education.

In advancing this effort, we have organized our academic and research aspirations around three Signature Impact Areas: Advancing Equity and Eliminating Disparities in Health and Education, Attending to Place and Context, and Thriving through Transitions.

The LLS program seeks a dynamic candidate who has experience in public education and expertise in reading and literacy education, especially candidates whose research, teaching, and service have prepared them to contribute to our commitments to diversity, inclusivity, and excellence. LLS program faculty include Denise Davila, Tracey T. Flores, Grace MyHyun Kim, Beth Maloch, Allison Skerrett, Melissa Mosley Wetzel, and Jo Worthy.

The College of Education views inclusiveness and excellence as interconnected in the work of faculty. Candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education faculty and those with experience working in culturally and linguistically diverse settings are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants are expected to have or show potential for a track record of research excellence, including a strong record of refereed publications and a history of extramural funding and/or potential to obtain extramural funding. Applicants should also have a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring with a focus on enhancing equity and inclusion in the field and in practice.

  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring with a focus on enhancing equity and inclusion across the university and preK-6 educational settings.
  • Establish, conduct, and publish scholarly research, and seek external funding in the area of reading and literacy education.
  • Teach reading methods, reading assessment and development and literacy courses in the early childhood/elementary-level teacher education program (EC-6).
  • Teach graduate-level reading and literacy courses.
  • Advise and recruit master's and doctoral students to the LLS program.
  • Provide leadership and service at the national, state, and local level related to literacy education.
  • Work collaboratively with others in the LLS Program, Department of Curriculum and Instruction and College of Education.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

The University of Texas System Administration is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and is committed to the recruitment and selection of highly qualified employees without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, veteran status, sexual orientation, age, or disability. With this in mind, we encourage all to apply. To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit the University of Texas at Austin's Division of Diversity and Community Engagement


Required Qualifications of All Candidates
  • An earned doctoral degree in literacy education or related field;
  • Three or more years of early childhood (EC) and/or elementary school teaching experience (EC - Gr. 6);
  • A teaching license inclusive of EC - Grade 6 reading and literacy instruction;
  • Potential for scholarly leadership in the fields of reading and literacy education research;
  • Research interests that attend to issues of equity and include, but are not limited to, reading in the elementary grades (EC-Gr. 6);
  • Demonstrated record of teaching reading methods courses and other literacy education courses for undergraduate students;
  • Experience in working with children, families, and/or communities of diverse racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds;
  • High potential for securing extramural research funding; and
  • Capacity to advance the College of Education's mission of equity and excellence.

Additional Required Qualifications for the Position of Associate Professor
  • Experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated record of scholarly leadership in the fields of reading and literacy education research;
  • Demonstrated record of chairing dissertation committees and guiding doctoral research projects;
  • Demonstrated record of teaching graduate courses in reading and literacy;
  • Demonstrated record of securing extramural research funding;
  • Demonstrated record of developing and leading programs related to reading, literacy education and teacher education;
  • Demonstrated record of leadership in national professional literacy and education organizations;
  • Demonstrated record of leadership at department, college, and university levels;
  • Demonstrated record of mentoring junior faculty peers;
  • Demonstrated record of building partnerships with stakeholders in local community groups and/or organizations, large school districts, and local schools; and
  • Demonstrated record of advancing equity and excellence in education, as defined by the mission of the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin.

Application Instructions

Only electronic applications will be accepted via Interfolio.

Review of applications will begin on Monday, October 19, 2020 and continue until a finalist is confirmed. All requested information must be submitted in Interfolio for your application to be considered.
  • Letter of application
  • A current vita
  • An Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) statement detailing how your teaching, service, and/or scholarship has addressed education and/or health disparities.
  • A teaching statement, describing philosophy of teaching and describing courses taught
  • A professional writing sample
  • Three contact references

For more information please contact: Dr. Denise Davila or Dr. Tracey T. Flores, search co-chairs: or

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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