Assistant Professor of Reading/Literacy Education

Appalachian State University
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 25, 2023

Position Title
Assistant Professor of Reading/Literacy Education

Tenure Status
Tenure Track

Position Number

Child Development, Literacy, and Special Education - 260200

Minimum Qualifications

The Child Development, Literacy and Special Education Department in the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University seeks qualified candidates to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the Literacy Education Program.

We are seeking applicants who have expertise in teaching and an active research agenda to join our collaborative team. The successful applicants will be appointed to a full-time nine-month position to begin August 2024 with the possibility of summer teaching.

Required qualifications for this position include:
  • Evidence of knowledge of and experience with the science of reading;
  • Evidence of commitment to educational access and culturally sustaining pedagogies;
  • Evidence of or potential for university teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in reading/literacy content;
  • Evidence of or potential for scholarship related to reading/literacy or related field;
  • Evidence of at least two years of teaching pK-6 reading/literacy teaching experience in educational settings (or documented equivalent); and
  • Doctorate in reading/literacy education or closely related field ( Evidence of successful defense of the dissertation must be received by July 31 for a fall hire or November 30 for a spring hire.).
Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)

Expertise (in terms of teaching and/or research) in at least two of the following:
  • Inclusive and equitable approaches to early reading/literacy development and instruction
  • Inclusive and equitable approaches to reading/literacy assessment
  • Teaching field-based and/or clinic-based pK-6 reading/literacy methods courses
  • Reading/literacy instruction across linguistically and culturally diverse educational areas
License/Certification Required


Description of the Department or Unit

The Reich College of Education offers a broad range of comprehensive degree programs: Baccalaureate, Masters, Specialist and Doctoral levels as well as programs leading to certification and licensure. The college seeks to provide a well-balanced program of classroom and clinical experiences while maintaining a cooperative, forward-thinking posture, with emphasis on excellence in teaching, learning, research, scholarship, and outreach. This position resides in the Child Development, Literacy and Special Education Department which offers innovative programs focusing on all facets of reading, writing, language, specific areas of special education, the Anderson Reading Clinic and the Lucy Brock Child Development Laboratory Program. Additional information on the department and college can be found on the program website and the college website

As a department, we prepare teachers to engage the reading/literacy needs of all students in their classes—especially striving readers and writers. Our courses are rooted in multidisciplinary research, pulling together established and emerging work across the fields ofeducation,psychology,linguistics,sociology, andcognitive science, which work together to construct the science(s) of reading. We maintain a deep commitment to culturally sustaining literacy and pedagogies, ensuring literacy instruction is responsive across academic, linguistic, cultural, and socio-emotional domains.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The duties include teaching, research, and service. Specifically, faculty will:
  • Actively engage in work consistent with Appalachian State University’s Strategic Plan 2022-2027 .
  • Teach undergraduate courses (e.g., “Science of Literacy”; “Literacy Methods in Elementary Grades”) at the Boone and Hickory campus sites and graduate courses (e.g., “Teaching Beginning Readers and Writers”; “Reading Assessment and Correction”) at campus sites and online;
  • Teach, mentor, and collaborate with preservice teacher candidates, in-service teachers, and doctoral students;
  • Actively engage in scholarly work;
  • Engage in service to the program, department, college, university, and profession;
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the program, department, and university;
  • Actively engage with teachers and students in laboratory school settings and/or other field-based sites;
  • Serve on and chair doctoral committees;
  • Advise graduate students.
Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of professional position at the university.

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Suggested Salary Range
Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For a complete application, please apply and submit all below-required documents electronically through Appalachian State University’s Job Board:
  • A letter of application that includes a description specifically addressing the listed qualifications, and expertise in at least two areas of interest;
  • Current vita;
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts of graduate degree programs completed;
  • Names, mailing addresses (including title and organization and relationship to applicant), telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references who can speak to teaching and scholarship qualifications; and
  • One letter of reference.
For additional information and inquiries, contact Kindel Turner Nash at or 828-262-6072.

Review of complete applications will begin on October 6, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

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