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Assistant Professor of Elementary Literacy Education (Tenure Track)

Employer
University of Alabama
Location
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Salary
Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Posted Date
Oct 23, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Alabama invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Elementary Literacy Education. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction houses leading undergraduate and graduate teacher certification programs in Elementary, Early Childhood, and Secondary Education. A successful candidate will join more than 20 active research and teaching faculty as well as a vibrant student community. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction, along with the College of Education, is firmly committed to creating a welcoming culture and practice of equity and inclusivity in which diverse identities and perspectives are recognized, valued, and promoted.

About the University of Alabama and the College of Education

The University of Alabama is experiencing tremendous growth, with enrollment reaching 38,320 students for fall 2021, compared to 27,052 in the fall of 2008. Approximately one fourth of UA’s freshman class scored 31 or higher on the ACT and the entering class in 2021 includes 281 National Merit Scholars. The University of Alabama is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 940 currently enrolled and has R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. In addition, The University of Alabama made Forbes’ list of the Best Employers for New Graduates in 2021. Finally, the University of Alabama has a total statewide economic impact of UA: $2.777 billion; 13,606 jobs; and $137.1 million in income and sales taxes (UA Center for Business and Economic Research). Please visit our University webpage (https://www.ua.edu) for more details on University activities and faculty supports.

Our mission at the College of Education (COE) is to be a leader in Alabama and across the nation in teaching, scholarship, advocacy, and service by developing professionals with pedagogic and disciplinary expertise who advance the intellectual and social conditions of all learners in a globalized society. To that end, the COE welcomes candidates whose experience in teaching, research, and/or community service has prepared them to UNITE with the larger community to collaboratively nurture cultural competence, empathy, and a vision of equity and justice for all learners; ACT to develop the full potential of all learners to be excellent professionals in their fields; and LEAD through continuous research-based critical inquiry of policy and reflective practice to enable transformative change in our diverse local and global communities. The COE consists of six Departments and is impactful in the lives of the individuals and entities we serve spanning populations, ages, settings, and contexts. Our faculty’s research, teaching, and service is widely recognized through their securement of external funding, national awards, professional organization leadership, established centers and offices, and outreach to the local, state, and national communities. Faculty in the college are free to pursue their passions, partner with the local communities, and excel in their many pursuits of academia. Please visit our COE website (https://education.ua.edu) for more details of our impactful community and faculty supports.

Life in Tuscaloosa

The University of Alabama is located in West Alabama and is 45 minutes southwest of Birmingham, Alabama. Tuscaloosa, a quintessential college town with a population of 101,113, has excellent recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities available. The Tuscaloosa area provides hiking, biking, and running trails, as well as playgrounds, parks, and dog parks to enjoy the outdoors. Lake Tuscaloosa, Lake Nicol and Lake Lurleen offer sporting and leisure activities. Tuscaloosa is within driving distance of Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans, Memphis, and the beaches of Gulf Shores. Tuscaloosa is also home to the Alabama Museum of Natural History, The Bryant Museum, Children’s Hands-On Museum, Moundville Archaeological Park, multiple sporting events, concerts hosted at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, and several festivals (e.g. West Alabama Food & Wine Festival, Druid City Arts Festival, Druid City Pride Festival, Kentuck Arts Festival, etc.). Tuscaloosa continues to grow in population, cultural events, and shopping alongside the University. Please visit the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce (https://tuscaloosachamber.com) to learn more about our wonderful city.

Responsibilities

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy education
  • Maintain an active research/publication record and pursue an external funding agenda in literacy education
  • Direct student research, theses, and dissertations in literacy and elementary education and advise students
  • Serve on student and faculty committees
  • Supervise practicum and internship experiences
  • Collaborate in further development of innovative undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Collaborate with local schools and school systems
  • Provide service within the University, to state and local education agencies, and to relevant professional organizations

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned doctoral degree in Reading/Literacy Education, Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Curriculum and Instruction, or a related field, with at least 18 hours of graduate coursework in literacy education
  • Minimum of two years of classroom teaching experience at the Pre-K-6 levels
  • Ability to pursue a research agenda and external funding focusing on literacy education
  • Ability to teach courses in literacy and foundations of reading at the elementary and/or early childhood level
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusivity, and accessibility in research and teaching


Further information about the program and college is accessible at www.education.ua.edu.

Questions regarding this position can be directed to Dr. Alison Hooper at alhooper2@ua.edu.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Starting Date: August 16, 2023

Benefits:
• Health and Life Insurance
• TIAA-CREF available
• Teachers’ Retirement System of Alabama
• Summer employment available on an as needed basis


Application Deadline: The review of credentials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Process: Please apply online at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu. A letter of application, vita, names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references, unofficial transcript(s) of all graduate level coursework, and up to three samples of professional writing are required to complete the online application process.

Prior to hiring, the final candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and submit “official” transcript(s) of all graduate level coursework.

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