Assistant Teaching Professor in Education, Community, and Organizations

University of Washington College of Education
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Dec 07, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The College of Education at the University of Washington is seeking a visionary educator whose academic, professional, and personal experiences speak to learning in and across settings, racial equity, and social justice. They will join the faculty of the Education, Community, and Organizations (ECO) undergraduate program. Together with our other undergraduate programs, ECO prepares students to support children, youth, families, and communities to thrive in a variety of educational spaces, non-profit organizations, and other community settings. The Assistant Teaching Professor filling this role will join a team of faculty, staff, students, and community partners working to do this through a variety of collaboratively developed and shared experiences. 


The role combines continuous instruction and program improvement, relying on a deep knowledge of learning and teaching, community engagement, racial equity and social justice, within and beyond disciplinary areas. Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to, experiences working in community settings including community-centered non-profits, social enterprises, schools, and government offices from which they will draw knowledge for instructional purposes; instructional expertise in areas such as (but not limited to) human development, sociocultural learning theory,  curriculum and program development, critical theories including culturally sustaining pedagogies, and educational and social policy; and experience working with and being in just relationships with diverse groups of learners who hold both dominant and nondominant identities  including race, culture, gender identity, sexual identity, social class, age, language, wellbeing, mental health, disability, and religion.


The position will carry the non-tenure rank of Assistant Teaching Professor and is a three-year, 9-month position at 100% FTE with two paid months of summer available based on curricular need. Renewal of this appointment will be considered in the second year of the appointment. 


Primary responsibilities include:

  1. Serve as a member of the ECO program team (including other faculty, staff, and graduate students) that collaboratively plans and maintains the curriculum for the program, including both required core courses and electives for undergraduates. In addition, this group strives to make meaningful connections between university and community partners to support children, youth, and their families to thrive and have racial equity and social justice. 
  2. Be lead instructor for the ECO senior capstone course sequence which supports students completing 300-hour internships across three quarters. These internships are in a variety of settings including various learning environments such as schools, museums and after/out of school programs, and other community-based non-profits committed to education as a part of their mission. Work with community partners to develop and revise these courses and other opportunities to mutually benefit both students and partners with a focus in particular on racial equity and social justice.
  3. Effectively communicate with community partners to ensure learning goals of students and partners are aligned. Collaborate with the Community Partner Liaison and other university and/or community organizations in selecting and developing ongoing relationships with community partners for service and internship experiences within the curriculum that includes learning experiences that mutually benefit program improvement and teaching.
  4. Develop and teach additional elective courses in partnership with other faculty that pertain to program needs and the candidate’s areas of expertise and practice. 
  5. Participate in the evaluation of the ECO programs and the link between classroom and applied opportunities to practice course content with/in community settings.
  6. Work with the Undergraduate Program Advisers to provide student support structures and processes for monitoring student progress through the program.
  7. Participate in undergraduate events to promote the mission of the college and the Undergraduate Programs.

The UW College of Education, the nation’s No. 6-ranked public school of education, dedicates its resources to making excellent education a daily reality for all students and is committed to solving real-world educational challenges and closing opportunity gaps. Members of the College maintain a set of active partnerships with more than 300 educational institutions in the region, state, and nation—schools, school districts, community-based organizations, informal educational institutions, and professional organizations. Our College’s mission leads us to invest in recruiting colleagues who demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and a commitment to working with culturally diverse and minoritized communities to address pressing educational challenges and foster a more just and caring society. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service. The University of Washington is committed to building a vibrant environment for American Indian and Indigenous Studies. Our growing infrastructure includes the Department of American Indian Studies; the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute; the Intellectual House, a longhouse-style facility opened in 2015; the Burke Museum’s Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Indian Art; and the newly developing Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies. 


Qualifications and Application Instructions

All candidates must have an earned doctorate (e.g. PhD or EdD) or foreign equivalent by the date of appointment in a relevant field or discipline, with a strong emphasis on human development, sociocultural learning theory, curriculum and program development, critical theories including culturally sustaining pedagogies, or educational and social policy preferred. Successful candidates will have a minimum of two years of experience working in a variety of learning environments with children, youth, adults, families, communities, and community-based organizations preferably in an urban context.


Applications should include

  1. A detailed letter describing qualifications for the position, including academic preparation and experience
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. The names and contact information of 3 individuals who can provide written references (Please do not send letters of recommendation at this time; the College of Education will request letters for all semi-finalists)
  4. A one-page statement of philosophy of teaching and learning and how it supports university-school-community partnerships and how your work will further the College of Education’s commitment to racial equity and social justice
  5. Any additional materials that you might provide to evidence relational, justice-centered teaching practices.


Please submit applications electronically to Interfolio at The committee will begin reviewing applications on January 15, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. Appointment to commence on or about September 16, 2021. Please send queries about this position to Dr. Lynn Dietrich, Director of Undergraduate Programs, at


Search members include: Jondou Chen (search chair),; Jessica Rigby,; Lynn Dietrich,; Jodi Newman,; Katie Headrick Taylor,

To learn more about the University of Washington ( and the College of Education (, our mission and goals, research and outreach activities, faculty, and academic programs, please visit us on the web.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.


Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (