Assistant Professor of Literacy Education

Georgia, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 17, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor of Literacy Education

Job ID: 224704
Location: Columbus State University
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
Founded in 1958, Columbus State University, with an enrollment of nearly 8,000, is part of the University System of Georgia. CSU offers more than 70 programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is ranked among the top public regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report. Columbus, located 100 miles southwest of Atlanta and the second-largest city in Georgia, is recognized as a vibrant and contemporary cultural community -

Columbus State University has a nationally recognized track record of partnership and outreach through efforts such as the Cunningham Center for Leadership Development, Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, and its own residence - the Spencer House - in Oxford, England. The University has two primary campus locations in Columbus, Georgia: the original campus on 150 acres in midtown Columbus and a beautiful campus in historic downtown Columbus overlooking the Chattahoochee River. The Columbus region, with more than 350,000 residents, is home to world-class enterprises such as Aflac, Synovus, W.C. Bradley Company, TSYS and Ft. Benning, the U.S. Army's Maneuver Center of Excellence headquarters. For additional information about the University visit our website at

Inclusion is one of Columbus State University's values. The 2018-2023 Strategic Plan specifically states that we will work “to attain a level of diversity among faculty and staff that more closely reflects the student population.” The range of diverse students at CSU is reflected by the diverse student organizations, including Collegiate 100 Men of CSU, Collegiate Women of Columbus State University, Minority Association of Premedical/Prehealth Students, Pride +, CHispA, and others.

Job Summary
The Department of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Counseling in Columbus State University's College of Education and Health Professions invites applications for a nine-month, tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Literacy Education.

Responsibilities include: teaching undergraduate and graduate students in pre-service and advanced programs, both online and in person, mentoring graduate students, and working collaboratively with internal and external partners and agencies.This position comes with a Director role for the Reading Instruction, Support, and Education (RISE center). The RISE center's mission is to encourage socially just reading education practices that recognize children‘s literacy strengths and needs and differentiate instruction accordingly. The center supports teacher education students and faculty by offering resources and equipment to enrich their curricula. Responsibilities also include coordinating the Reading Endorsement Program, designing, implementing, and assessing the Reading Endorsement and the literacy courses in the Elementary Education program (at the undergraduate and graduate levels) with potential for developing a graduate literacy program; supervision of student teachers, interns, and practicum students; engaging in research and scholarly activities, to include mentoring of doctoral students and serving and chairing of doctoral dissertation committees; service to the program, department, college, and university; and participating actively in professional development and leadership activities. The Elementary Education program (P-5) is a vibrant program that is rooted in a constructivist theoretical perspective, includes highly collaborative and innovative faculty, works closely with P-12 partners in Professional Development Schools, and prepares outstanding, highly sought-out teachers. Teacher Education at Columbus State prepares candidates to be student-centered teachers who promote engagement and success for all learners.

The successful candidate will perform service and administrative tasks necessary to enhance program, department, college, and university goals and objectives; perform related tasks necessary to ensure excellence in educator preparation at Columbus State University; and use technology for synchronous and asynchronous instruction. The successful candidate will be able to foster an environment of professionalism and collaboration, work in continuous improvement of educator preparation and educational research, demonstrate exceptional ability to function as part of a team with university faculty and the community of practice, and engage in practices that support the University's focus on student engagement and active learning.

Required Qualifications
Candidates must have an earned doctorate (ABD considered if degree will be awarded by start of employment) in Literacy Education, Reading, or a related field from a regionally accredited institution (must be able to meet Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requirements, in particular a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline); evidence of two years' experience as a literacy teacher, coach, or supervisor in a PK-12 school setting (preferably in a public school setting); excellent written and oral communication skills; excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills; a record of successful research and publication or strong evidence of potential; a demonstrated record of membership and participation in relevant professional organizations; a record of service and involvement in the profession; and the ability to use technology for synchronous and asynchronous instruction.

Preferred Qualifications
Preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated ability to coordinate and grow a literacy program; to bring innovative strategies to our teacher education program; have evidence of successful teaching at the college level in both traditional and online environments; have evidence of collaborating with elementary school partners in a Professional Development School setting; and have knowledge/experience with accreditation.

Required Documents to Attach
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled. Applications for part-time and full-time faculty positions must include transcripts of all academic work, and official transcripts must be presented prior to campus visit if selected for interview. Applicants must have the ability to meet Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requirements, in particular a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline. Columbus State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, Committed to Diversity in Hiring.

Required Documents to Submit with Online Application:
  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial Transcripts (Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be received prior to the second round of interviews)
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Copy of recent paper presentation or publication
  • Three references with emails and current telephone numbers

All applications and required documents must be submitted using Columbus State University's online employment site and a complete packet must be submitted for full consideration. Electronic transcripts preferred. Please direct them to If mailed, please mail them to Dr. Jan Burcham, COEHP, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, GA 31907. If applicable, any international transcripts must be evaluated by an approved foreign credential evaluator prior to submission.

Contact Information
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jan G. Burcham, Associate Dean, College of Education and Health Professions, Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, GA 31907; Phone: 706-507-8519; or email to

Conditions of Employment
A successful criminal background check will be required as a condition of employment.

Please Note: Visa sponsorship is not provided for this position.

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