Assistant Professor, Literacy and Reading

University of Wisconsin - Parkside
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Dec 22, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor, Literacy and Reading.

The Institute of Professional Educator Development (IPED) seeks an assistant professor of teacher education with an emphasis in elementary literacy and reading. A background in bilingual education is preferred. Responsibilities include teaching courses in the teacher education department and curriculum development at the undergraduate level; supervision of clinical field experiences and student teaching; and working collaboratively with IPED staff and faculty, the IPED Executive Committee, and the IPED Advisory Council. This position requires service to the profession, College, University and local community and mentoring students with a strong focus on the clinical program and the schools and community groups supporting those placements. The successful candidate may be required to teach online and hybrid courses and/or weekend and evening classes.

This position will teach and supervise 24 credits annually (4/4 standard fall/spring course teaching load) in the teacher education department, as assigned by the department chair. Opportunities to teach additional courses in the Summer and Winterim semesters may be available for additional compensation depending upon the needs of the educator preparation program. This position is expected to establish and maintain an active research program in the field of education. In addition, the position will be expected to contribute service to IPED, the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies (CSSPS), UW-Parkside, and the local and regional community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Teaching and Clinical Supervision (60%)

  • Conducting clinical observations of teacher candidates in PK-12 classrooms
  • Teaching courses, including, but not limited to:
    • Introduction to the Teaching Profession  
    • Children’s and Adolescent Literature and New Literacies
    • Foundations of Literacy
    • Teaching Developmental Literacy, Grades K-3
    • Designing Learning Curriculum

Scholarly Research (20%)

Service (20%)

  • Service to IPED, College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies (CSSPS), UW-Parkside, the profession, and the PK-12 community at state and national level

Standards of Performance

  • Overall thoroughness, organization, and availability      
  • Adequacy, timeliness, and accuracy
  • Ability to make sound suggestions and assist with special projects
  • Soundness of judgment and operational decisions
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work while being responsive to university personnel and departmental and university needs
  • Timely and effective communication of problems and opportunities, including the responsibility for identifying and communicating information of importance as soon as possible
  • Integrity in dealing with students, faculty and staff, administrators, customers, vendors, and management
  • Effective use of time and willingness to work overtime when necessary
  • Maintaining confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Effective instruction of students to achieve learning outcomes
  • Attendance and punctuality for classes and meetings
  • Timely and fair evaluation of student work

Essential Knowledge And Abilities

  • Knowledge and ability to teach courses
  • Knowledge and ability to conduct research and scholarly activities
  • Contribute to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds
  • The position is not responsible for money or university funds of accounts which hold financial information
  • Ability to analyze data for program improvement, assessment, and accreditation
  • Ergonomic Requirements: sufficient mobility and dexterity to move around office, campus and community. Ability to work with keyboard, mouse and monitor. Ability to attend meetings, workshops, seminars and conferences.
  • Equipment to be used on the job: laptop and/or desktop computer, printer, copier, projector, tablets, Promethean Boards, Video Conferencing, Interactive Whiteboard Systems, Smart Boards, telephone including voice mail, and FAX

Education, Experience, Training And/or Certifications


  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction or related field in education with emphasis in elementary literacy and/or reading. Applicants with 'all but dissertation' (ABD) will be considered; however, a Ph.D. or Ed.D. is required by the time of appointment. Experience with bilingual education is preferred.
  • Experience working with diverse student populations and a demonstrated commitment to the success of underrepresented minorities
  • Knowledge of literacy and reading pedagogy and the integration of technology into teaching and learning
  • Familiarity with the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test or similar assessment
  • A minimum of three years of successful teaching in K-12 settings, or equivalent as determined by the department

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