Assistant Professor, Literacy Education

Iowa, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Feb 04, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Literacy Education, starting August 2021, with demonstrated experience in literacy education and demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice through the preparation for preservice and inservice teachers. 

The University of Northern Iowa provides a high-quality education, purposefully guiding students to find and develop their strengths and prepare them for success after college. We have a bold vision that we will be a diverse and inclusive campus community that provides an engaged education empowering students to lead locally and globally. As we advance our work to become an equity-oriented institution and realize our vision, we seek to elevate the diversity of our faculty across disciplines, departments, and colleges and to build an inclusive teaching and learning environment. Equity vision hires will be supported by faculty on campus who are working to reimagine our curriculum and pedagogy and to build equitable practices for tenure and promotion; policy review, development and implementation; and student retention, persistence, and success. They will be welcomed to join these efforts. 

Building on its historic excellence in teacher education, the university has developed outstanding programs in business, natural sciences, humanities and fine arts, and social and behavioral sciences with advanced degrees available in many programs. One of three state universities, UNI enjoys national recognition for its high educational standards. U.S. News and World Report the top three among Midwest public universities for over 20 years. The university’s size allows it to offer faculty the facilities and academic choices of a large university, while retaining a friendly, small-college atmosphere on a compact, park-like campus. For more information, visit

Earned doctorate (EdD or PhD) degree in Literacy Education or explicit concentration in literacy education with related degree required. 

Required qualifications include demonstrated knowledge base in literacy education with experience working with diverse K-12 populations; expertise in assessment/evaluation in literacy and/or early literacy; demonstrated commitment to community engagement; and demonstrated excellence in, or the potential for excellence in, research on literacy education research that contributes to the national and local discourse and scholarship around literacy education through a clear research agenda.           

Preference will be given to candidates with three or more years as a licensed K-12 classroom teacher; experience in working in Title I programs; experience in working with English language learners; experience with program coordination, including student outcome assessments, recruitment, or program evaluation; and demonstrated excellence in online and face-to-face teaching.           

Applications received by March 1, 2021 will receive full consideration. To apply, visit Inquiries may be sent to Sarah Vander Zanden at 319-273-7270 or Pre-employment background checks required. 

UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and protected veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.

The University is a tobacco-free campus.



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