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Assistant Professor of Elementary Social Studies Education (Tenure Track)

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

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Teacher Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Alabama invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Elementary Social Studies Education (Tenure Track). A successful candidate will join an 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 37,842 students for fall 2020, compared to 27,052 in the fall of 2008. Approximately 40% of UA’s freshman class scored 30 or higher on the ACT and the entering class in 2020 carries an average high school grade-point average of 3.83, with more than 42.3% having a high school GPA of 4.0 or higher. The University of Alabama is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 600 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: $2.905 billion; 13,784 jobs; and $142.9 million in income and sales taxes (UA Center for Business and Economic Research). Please visit our University webpage ( 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 ( 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 ( to learn more about our wonderful city.


  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in early childhood/elementary social studies education and teacher education
  • Teach graduate courses in social studies education
  • Maintain an active record in social studies education research and publish in scholarly journals
  • Direct graduate research studies in social studies education and curriculum & instruction
  • Obtain external funding in support of social studies education research
  • Promote the knowledge and skills associated with civic competence
  • Supervise practica and internship experiences
  • Mentor practica and internship candidates
  • Serve on student dissertation and thesis committees and on College of Education, departmental, and university committees
  • Advise undergraduate and graduate students
  • Participate in program development and accreditation processes to complement and enrich current program strengths
  • Collaborate with local schools and school systems
  • Provide service within the university, to state and local educational agencies, and to relevant professional organizations

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned Doctorate in Elementary Education, Curriculum and Instruction, or closely related field with an emphasis in social studies education
  • Minimum 2 years full-time classroom teaching experience in grades P-6
  • Evidence of recent scholarly work in social studies education
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity
  • Ability to teach undergraduate courses in social studies methods P-6
  • Ability to teach graduate courses in social studies education
  • Evidence of potential to collaborate in elementary schools through partnership activities
  • Evidence of potential to secure external funding for research projects

Further information about the program and college is accessible at

Please direct questions to Co-Chairs: Dr.Cory Callahan, or Dr. Lisa Fowler,

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Starting Date: August 16, 2023


  • 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 Materials to be submitted should include a Cover Letter (please include 1-2 paragraphs describing your research trajectory in social studies education for the next 3-5 years), curriculum vita, names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references, unofficial transcript(s) of all graduate level degrees, 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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