Assistant Professor in Elementary Education

Minnesota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Nov 18, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor of Elementary Education, full-time, 1-year term position with potential for renewal

The University of Minnesota Morris seeks an assistant professor in Elementary Education, specializing in mathematics. Qualified candidates will have a minimum of a Master’s degree (see below). Preferred candidates will have a doctoral degree in an appropriate field (ABD candidates will be considered). Additionally, candidates must have at least 3 years of teaching experience in the elementary grades in the area(s) of specialty.  Candidates should be licensed or have been licensed in one or more of the core elementary content areas.

Required Qualifications:

    Master’s degree in appropriate field At least 3 years teaching experience in elementary grades Ability to teach Elementary Education K-6 mathematics methods course Current or past licensure in Elementary Education

Desired Qualifications: 

    Doctoral degree (or ABD) in appropriate field Additional areas of specialty such as science or preprimary education Extensive teaching experience in elementary grades Evidence of successful instruction of diverse learners Experience as a teaching mentor or supervisor Experience teaching college students/teacher candidates

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Responsibilities include teaching a variety of Elementary Education courses, including methods courses, in the K-6 Elementary Education teacher preparation program and providing clinical supervision in the field. Other responsibilities will depend upon the successful applicant’s specialization and may include teaching courses in Education, Secondary Education or the Division of Science and Mathematics. The successful candidate must be committed to the programmatic development of a small, rigorous, cohort-based elementary education program. Service/outreach to teacher education is essential; service to the university and community is desirable. 

APPOINTMENT DATE:  August 16, 2021

SALARY:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

BENEFITS: The University of Minnesota Morris offers a comprehensive benefit program.  For more information regarding benefits for Faculty and P & A, see: 

APPLICATION:  To be assured of full consideration in the selection process, complete application materials must be submitted by January 8, 2021.  The position will, however, remain open until filled. Applications must be submitted electronically through the University of Minnesota Online Employment System at:, search for Job ID# 338220.  Please submit the following documents online: a current curriculum vitae, a letter of interest that addresses your interest in a position in a collaborative, cohort-based elementary education program at a small, liberal arts campus; two recent letters of reference, contact information for two additional references, and a statement of philosophy of teaching.  If you have difficulty negotiating the electronic application process, please contact Sharon Severance at



A distinctive undergraduate campus within the University of Minnesota system, the University of Minnesota Morris combines a student-centered residential liberal arts education with access to the resources and opportunities of one of the nation's largest universities. A founding member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), UMN Morris provides students with a rigorous academic experience, preparing them to be global citizens who value and pursue intellectual growth, civic engagement, intercultural competence, and environmental stewardship. The student body numbers nearly 1500 with a student/faculty ratio of 11:1. UMN Morris serves one of the most diverse student bodies in Minnesota. More than forty percent of UMN Morris students are Native American, persons of color, or of international origin. UMN Morris is the only federally recognized Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution in the Upper Midwest.

UMN Morris is highly ranked by national publications –  U.S. News & World Report as a top-ten public liberal arts college; Forbes as one of the best colleges and universities in the nation; and Fiske Guide to Colleges includes Morris campus in its list of “the best” and “most interesting” schools in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Morris students are taught by a faculty with the highest per capita representation in the University of Minnesota’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching and students consistently win national awards, as demonstrated by UMN Morris’s status among the top baccalaureate institutions producing student Fulbright awards. The campus is also a national leader in sustainability, evidenced by receipt of the inaugural Excellence in Sustainability award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers and an AASHE STARS Gold rating.

Morris values diversity in its students, faculty, and staff. Morris is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our community through their teaching, research, and /or service because we believe that diversity enriches the University experience for everyone.

The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, familial status, disability, public assistance status, membership or activity in a local commission created for the purpose of dealing with discrimination, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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This material is available in alternative formats upon request. Please contact Human Resources, 320-589-6024, Room 201, Behmler Hall, Morris, MN.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment background check and/or a physical examination. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.