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Assistant Professor for Social Studies Education

Iowa State University
Iowa State University, Ames
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
May 1, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description: Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The School of Education (SOE) in the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University invites applications for a tenure-line faculty position in Social Studies Education at the rank of Assistant Professor with a start date of 8/16/23. 

We seek a dynamic, innovative, and enthusiastic colleague who is concern with supporting the development of pre-service elementary social studies teachers.  The successful candidate should demonstrate a knowledge of and commitment to equitable social studies teaching practices and “Powerful, Purposeful Pedagogy in Elementary School Social Studies”.  In addition to teaching undergraduate courses in Social Studies Education, we seek a colleague who will teach graduate courses, engage in scholarly research, pursue and secure external funding, serve on a master’s and doctoral committees, and be involved with local, state, and national activities that support social studies education.  We are particularly interested in scholars with a research focus on elementary social studies education who have experience with implementation of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) standards for students, educators, and education leaders.

Iowa State university is a Carnegie Foundation doctoral/Research University – Extensive, with student enrollment of 29,969 ( The School of Education at Iowa State University is committed to engaging in rigorous and socially meaningful research, preparing leaders and practitioners across the P-20 continuum that support rich and equitable learning opportunities for all the students, and support public education as a cornerstone of a healthy, vibrant, and just society. We strive to be a national leader in educational theory, policy, and practice, and to honor the land-grant tradition and the broader mission of the University to serve the people of Iowa.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Doctorate in Social Studies Education or related field by the start date (8/16/23)

Licensure/certification (in any state) in education

At least one year(post-certification/licensure) of professional experience as an elementary school teacher

Preferred Qualifications:

Completion of a teacher preparation program and three or more years as a successful elementary or K-8 teacher.

Experience working in/with the preparation of elementary social studies teachers.

Experience of effective teaching at the post-secondary level.

Evidence of potential to develop an active research agenda, establish a strong publication record, and secure external funding commensurate with rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) at Iowa State University.

Evidence of a commitment to equity in education in research and professional practice.

Evidence of the potential for a sustained scholarly focus on equity in education.

Department/Program & College Description:

The Iowa State University School of Education has a mission to educate, challenge, and prepare the leaders of tomorrow. Our program strengths are STEM and rural education, educational technology, leadership, diversity, and student affairs. These areas of interest not only benefit our students - they benefit the world.

Iowa State University is a highly regarded research institution, and our School of Education follows its lead. We are home to acclaimed faculty members who are shaping our country's educational systems through their research. We also house a variety of our country's educational systems through their research. We also house a variety of centers and institutions that are leading the way in research.

Our rigorous program draws in students from around the country who want to learn from the best and brightest in education. Our faculty members not only teach - they inspire so their students can go on to inspire others after they graduate.

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