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University of Louisville
University of Louisville, Louisville
Competitive, based on experience and qualifications
Date posted
Nov 14, 2023

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


Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Teacher Education

Louisville, KY




Position Description:

College of Education and Human Development; Department of Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Teacher Education


Position: Assistant/Associate Professor of Social Studies Education


Guided by its Cardinal Principles, the University of Louisville (UofL) is striving to become a premier anti-racist metropolitan research university. To help realize this goal, the Department of Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Teacher Education (EMSTEd) within the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) seeks an assistant/associate professor of social studies education to join our faculty. In alignment with the University’s goal to become a premier metropolitan research university, the Department seeks an individual who demonstrates expertise in social studies education, has a commitment to addressing challenging issues, and advocates for social justice and civic education in K-16 settings. Applicants should have, or have the potential for, a track record of research excellence in such areas as inquiry-based learning, disciplinary literacy, civic education, racial literacy, or global education. Applicants’ research, teaching, and service should align with the conceptual  framework of the College and its dedication to advocating for social and human equity (for more information see:


Major Responsibilities

Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in social studies education, recruiting and advising masters and doctoral candidates, conducting research, seeking external funding, contributing to mutually beneficial partnerships with schools, participating in ongoing program development, and providing service to the college, university, professional associations, and discipline-related community partners.


Required Qualifications

  • Evidence of commitment to the principles of anti-racism, diversity, social justice, and culturally sustaining pedagogies to enhance equity and inclusion Demonstrated expertise in inquiry-based pedagogy in social studies education An emerging, or established, agenda of research and scholarship in social studies education Evidence of, or strong potential for, external funding and externally funded research Evidence of, or strong potential for, collaboration with colleagues locally, nationally, and internationally. Demonstrated evidence of, or desire for, community engaged scholarship and partnership experiences in K-12 schools Doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction with an expertise in social studies education Experience in working with children, families, and/or communities of diverse racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds Three years of teaching social studies in K-12 schools


Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated successful experience teaching courses in social studies education in the university setting Research and scholarship trajectory in social justice and civic education Experience with research and/or instruction across diverse settings and contexts in K-12 social studies education Participation in the larger social studies scholarly community through the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the College and University Faculty Union (CUFA) Experience in mentoring of graduate students Experience supervising and mentoring students in clinical practicum and/or student teaching






Local Context: The University of Louisville (UofL) is a premier metropolitan research university, with three campuses and approximately 22,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The CEHD has five departments and an enrollment of over 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. UofL has distinguished itself in its commitment to diversity, ranked #1 nationally for serving African American students by the University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center, #1 by three national groups for being LGBTQ-friendly, and 12th nationally for community engagement. The College’s strong commitment to social justice is evidenced not only in our scholarship but also in our ongoing community service partnerships (e.g., Jefferson County Public School System, practicum and internship sites, community clinics). The greater Louisville area is a vibrant metropolitan community of approximately 1.3 million people with great restaurants, outstanding parks, an engaging arts community, a lively nightlife, a moderate climate, and a cost of living below the national average. Visit for more information.


Salary: Competitive, based on experience and qualifications


Appointment: 10-month contract


Beginning Date: August 2024


APPLICATION INFORMATION: Applicants must apply online. You will be asked to complete a self ID form and submit electronically the following: 1) a current curriculum vitae, 2) a cover letter addressing how you meet the listed required and preferred qualifications, 3) a statement outlining your teaching philosophy, and 4) the names and contact information for three references.


To receive full consideration, materials should be submitted by December 8, 2023.


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Job Requisition Number: R103241


Inquiries may be directed to: Dr. Caroline Sheffield, Search Committee Chair, 502-852-0575,


The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, pregnancy, or veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact the Employment team at or 502.852.6258.


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