Assistant Professor of Education - Tenure Track

Texas, United States
Competitive Salary
Feb 12, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Education Department at Southwestern University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Education, specializing in Secondary Education, beginning August 2021.  This position is responsible for teaching Foundations and Curriculum of American Schools, Literacy in the Content Area, Teaching in the Secondary School, The Secondary Teacher, and Student Teaching. The last four courses make up the professional sequence of courses for Secondary and All-level Certification candidates and are designed to support growth in best practices over four semesters.  The teacher preparation program includes extensive placements and supervision of students in local schools. Many Education Department graduates have earned teaching awards and the Education Department has an excellent state-wide reputation.

The Department of Education offers an undergraduate Teacher Certification Program to prepare students for work in public and private education, community agencies, and higher education. The Secondary Education program is committed to preparing reflective educators who work collaboratively and effectively with diverse students in public schools by using current research and best practices to inform their practices. The department’s Teacher Certification Program is accredited by the Texas Education Agency. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the University’s goals of continued excellence and innovation in teaching, scholarship, and service.

The department faculty are particularly interested in recruiting a colleague who is passionate about being a teacher-scholar in the liberal arts context, who is committed to diversity, inclusion and belonging, and who would be poised to closely mentor the diverse range of students we attract. Additionally, the department faculty are looking for a colleague who is supportive of an environment which is interdisciplinary, collaborative and collegial. The Education Department has been at the forefront of educator preparation work through the faculty’s efforts to highlight the tenets of social justice, culturally responsive teaching, and the importance of teaching and supporting students who have disabilities and/or are culturally and linguistically diverse - themes that serve as the framework for our course curriculum. The department faculty are seeking candidates who are also committed to this work.

Faculty at Southwestern are expected to teach within a teacher-scholar model which includes a standard course load of 5courses per year (2-3 sections per semester), maintain an active research agenda that leads to peer-reviewed publications in the field, and participate in university governance, departmental collaboration, and academic advising. Department faculty teach courses that include connections to interdisciplinary programs as well as courses that contribute to the First-Year and Advanced-Entry Seminar Program, Paideia Program, and other university programs or activities that enhance the department’s commitment to a successful liberal arts education.

Successful candidates must have at least 3 years of teaching in a secondary school setting (grades 7-12). Additionally, the successful candidate must have a doctorate in Secondary Education with a content-specific field/area, Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Secondary Education, or a degree in a closely related field. The successful candidate must also have a demonstrated record of commitment to and excellence in teaching undergraduate students, a demonstrated commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented groups, including racially minoritized students, cultivating inclusion and belonging, and an active research agenda.

Southwestern University is a selective, undergraduate institution committed to a broad-based liberal arts, sciences, and fine arts education. Southwestern currently enrolls approximately 1,500 students and maintains a student to faculty ratio of 12:1.  In addition to a number of other national organizations, Southwestern University is a member of two consortia of liberal arts colleges, the Associated Colleges of the South and the Annapolis Group. Located in Georgetown, Texas, 28 miles north of downtown Austin, Southwestern is affiliated with The United Methodist Church.  Southwestern University is committed to fostering a diverse education environment and encourages applications from members of groups traditionally under-represented in academia.  For information concerning the University, visit our website at

Applicants should submit a CV, a list of three references, and a letter of interest that includes brief descriptions of sustained teaching, preferably in public schools, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and research. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The review of applications begins on March 8, 2021 and should be submitted through Interfolio at  No materials will be accepted in hard copy or via email. The entirety of the interview process will be conducted virtually. 

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of the University’s Background Check Policy process. Southwestern University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EOE/M/F.