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Clinical Assistant Professor of Elementary Education

Cornell College
Mount Vernon, Iowa
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Oct 25, 2022

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Cornell College, a private undergraduate liberal arts college, is seeking a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor of Elementary Education beginning in August of 2023 for a three-year appointment with the possibility of renewal.  Teaching responsibilities include (6) courses with subject methods in elementary education and foundational courses in education. Additional responsibilities will include advising education majors, assisting with departmental work and potential committee work, particularly in the areas of program assessment and accreditation.  Required qualifications: Candidates should possess a minimum of three years of teaching experience at the elementary school (K-6) level;  PhD or Masters Degree in Elementary Education or a related field; and a commitment to teacher education in a liberal arts residential college are also required. 

Because Cornell College values diversity and strives to create a welcoming community in which all individuals are respected and included, the entire campus community engages in dialogue around issues of difference, identity, and ideology. The college is committed to fostering a faculty and staff community that reflects our diverse student body. We encourage applications from candidates who share our vision for a campus that embraces differing backgrounds, viewpoints, and identities, and who will excel at teaching and mentoring a student body that is broadly diverse.  (See our diversity statement.)

Full-time faculty teaching load is 6 OCAAT courses during the academic year with the other 2 blocks reserved for professional development, course preparations, or travel to academic meetings; further opportunities for summer teaching and research supervision may also be available. 

About Cornell College

Cornell College is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in teaching and the creation of a welcoming community in which all individuals are respected and included. Our innovative curriculum includes a focus on the essential abilities of writing, quantitative reasoning, and intercultural literacy as well as experiential learning. Cornell’s One Course At A Time (OCAAT) academic calendar is divided into eight- 3½ week blocks in which students take and faculty teach a single course. This one-at-a-time approach fosters strong student engagement and close faculty-student relationships while allowing faculty freedom to design and carry out their classes, on campus or off.

Founded in 1853, Cornell’s distinctive campus community reflects our ongoing pursuit of our core values and continuing tradition of shared governance.  Always a coeducational institution, we were the first college west of the Mississippi to graduate both men and women and the first college in the country to afford a female faculty member the same title and pay as her male colleagues. Academic immersion, real world experience requirements through Ingenuity in Action, and unparalleled flexibility attract an ambitious student body from around the world. Three quarters of our students are from outside Iowa, representing 44 states and 13 foreign countries. Students of color comprise one-fifth of the student body.

Cornell's picturesque hilltop campus contains a mix of historic and modern facilities. Mount Vernon, Iowa, is a flourishing community with a vibrant arts scene, recognized by Frommer's as one of "America's Coolest Small Towns" and located in the heart of the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids technology corridor.

Interested applicants should submit the following materials through Cornell College’s online application system: 

  • A letter of application/cover letter, which includes a description of any experience working with students and individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Graduate transcript(s) (may be unofficial)
  • Teaching statement, describing teaching interests, experience, and philosophy, including examples of student-centered and inclusive pedagogy
  • Names and contact information for a minimum of three references. Formal letters will be requested at a later date.

Applications will be reviewed beginning December 9th and continue until the position is filled.

For more information about the department, please visit the Education Department’s webpage.  

Any questions can be directed to Jill Heinrich, Department Chair and Professor of Education at

Cornell is an AA/EO employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups. Cornell complies with Iowa's Smoke-free Air Act, participates in e-verify for verification of employment eligibility, and conducts background checks.


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