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Assistant Professor of Elementary Education and Educational Justice

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
Not specified
Posted Date
Oct 25, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor of Elementary Education and Educational Justice

Michigan State University College of Education

East Lansing, MI, USA


The Department of Teacher Education ( in the College of Education at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks an elementary educator committed to racial equity and educational justice to join our tenure-stream faculty at the assistant professor rank. We are particularly interested in scholars who engage with critical, feminist, decolonial, and/or anti-racist perspectives in their research, teaching, and service as pathways toward promoting educational justice in elementary contexts (PK-Grade 6).

We are looking for applicants with strengths in early childhood and/or elementary education and educational justice, with additional scholarly interests that include but are not limited to: racial equity; intersectional justice; elementary methods (any discipline); social foundations of education; childhood studies; and innovative and decolonizing research methodologies, such as participatory action research, critical race research, arts-based research, feminist/womanist research, and critical ethnographic research with young children. The applicant should be able to contribute to research, teaching, and service in elementary education (PK-Grade 6) and social foundations of education.

The individual who assumes this position will carry out an active program of research and consistently pursue external funding; develop and teach undergraduate, masters, and doctoral courses in elementary education and social foundations of education; and continue to build capacity focused on the department’s Core Principles Statement (

Additional duties will vary depending upon university and academic unit needs, as well as the candidates experience and interests. There will be opportunities to collaborate with other faculty members in ongoing projects within the College of Education, as well as across the university, and in the PK-12 community.

NOTE: The university is requiring all students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more:

This is an annual position with a desired start date of August 16, 2023. Review of applications began on November 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Minimum qualifications


  • Earned doctorate in elementary or early childhood education, teacher education, curriculum and instruction or a related field.
  • Active record of scholarship in elementary education with a clear focus on racial equity and/or justice-centered education, commensurate with level of experience.
  • Demonstrated expertise in elementary education (PK-Grade 6) as evidenced by a degree in elementary or early childhood education (at any level), experience teaching PK-Grade 6, and/or experience with children ages 4-11 in non-school contexts.
  • Evidence of/potential for obtaining external funding.
  • Evidence of accomplishment in research, teaching, and/or service commensurate with experience.

Desired qualifications


  • Professional and/or academic experience in educational settings that primarily serve children of color.
  • Demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teacher preparation and graduate teacher education.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with culturally diverse populations and communities.
  • A minimum of two years of experience teaching in PK-Grade 6.
  • Experience in the use of technology for instructional delivery, including online course delivery.

About the MSU College of Education

In the highly ranked College of Education, our community of scholars is committed to improving practice through the land-grant mission of Michigan State University. We conduct research that makes an impact on education, health, and well-being around the world. We welcome colleagues who demonstrate excellence and innovation in teaching, collaborate across fields of study, and strive to enact equity and inclusion in their work. Please see our website,, for more information about working in the college and a full list of open positions.

Instructions to applicants

Online application via is required, see posting #822833. Interested candidates must include a cover letter; curriculum vitae; three examples of scholarship; and names and contact information of three references. In the cover letter, applicants should provide information about the following: a) area(s) of expertise in elementary education and social foundations of education, b) record of, or potential for, significant accomplishments in research in one or more of the areas listed in the position description above, c) experience in working with prospective and practicing elementary teachers in linguistically, culturally, and economically diverse settings, d) experience in working with elementary (PK-Grade 6) children in linguistically, culturally, and economically diverse settings, and e) record of, or potential for, obtaining and leading funded research projects.

If you have any questions, please contact Search Committee Co-Chairs: Sandra Crespo ( and Amy Parks (

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About Michigan State University

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 165 years. One of the world's leading research universities, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery to make a better, safer, healthier world for all while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Land acknowledgement

Michigan State University occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary Lands of the Anishinaabeg—Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples. The university resides on Land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw.

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