Assistant Professor in Education

Washburn University
Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 29, 2023

Position Title: Assistant Professor in Education

Department: Education

Campus Location: Washburn University

The screening committee will review all eligible applications submitted by December 14, 1023

Position Summary: Washburn University’s Department of Education invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Education to begin August 2024. This is a full-time 9-month, tenure-track position. Washburn University offers undergraduate programs leading to licensure in elementary, middle, secondary, and PreK-12 areas as well as graduate degrees in Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education, and Educational Leadership. The Department of Education houses the elementary and special education programs and supports programs in the secondary and PreK-12 programs. Faculty in the Department of Education have the opportunity to work with students in all disciplines through various core education courses and field experiences. The Education Department works closely with several partner districts in the Topeka area.

The selected candidate will join a team of dedicated faculty members and community partners. The selected candidate for this position will have a demonstrated commitment to pursuing teaching excellence at Washburn University, including a dedication to developing inclusive teaching practices that engage students from diverse backgrounds. Class sizes at Washburn are small, and students and faculty have the opportunity to participate in community-engaged learning.

Washburn University is a teaching-focused, student-centered, public institution that has earned national recognition for its high-impact programs for first-generation students and that is located in the metropolitan setting of Topeka, Kansas. Washburn has a student body of over 5,500 undergraduate, graduate, and law students, a significant and growing number of whom are first-generation and Pell-Grant eligible. The University has created educational pathways for all students to be successful and achieve their educational goals.

Washburn is dedicated to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and cultivating a vibrant and inclusive working environment and curriculum. We offer competitive wages, an excellent benefits program, a supportive leadership team, and a healthy work/life balance. At Washburn, we strive to ensure a campus climate that supports the success of every employee and appreciates the unique skills and expertise each contributes to serving our students.

Essential Functions:
• Fulfill expectations for teaching and supervision (12 credit hours per semester).
• Teach and develop courses consistent with the needs of the Department of Education.
• Support programs and majors at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
• Fulfill expectations to the Department of Education, College, University, and the profession (including, but not limited to, committee work, advising students, maintaining regular office hours, participating in departmental governance, and meaningful participation in department-sponsored educational events).
• Fulfill expectations associated with a tenure-track appointment for scholarship.

Required Qualifications:
• Earned doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction or Education (ABD will be considered with completion of the doctorate by May 2024)
• Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and engaging students from a broad range of backgrounds
• Experience working with students and/or staff in PreK-6, PreK-12, 6-12, or post-secondary settings
• Ability to teach courses in two or more areas within the academic discipline. (Area of specialization is open but strength in educational foundations, educational psychology, literacy education, educational leadership, and/or diversity/equity/inclusion models of education are preferred.)

Official transcripts are required upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience supervising pre-service teacher candidates and/or practicum students in field placements.
• Evidence of successful use of collaborative curriculum development and delivery.
• Evidence of scholarly work related to the field of education, including but not limited to, peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations, and/or research in progress.
• Evidence of service to the profession, including committee work, advising students, and meaningful participation in educational events.
• Evidence of successful co-teaching including co-planning, development of integrated content, assessment, evaluation procedures and conferencing with students.
• Experience teaching in hybrid, in-person, and/or online environments at a post-secondary institution.
• Evidence of successful collaboration with pre-k, elementary, middle, and/or secondary faculty and staff within the school setting.
• Experience working with school-university partnerships (such as PDS partnerships).
• Expertise in building-level and district-level administration.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

• Cover letter explaining interest in teaching at Washburn
• Copies of graduate transcripts (unofficial is acceptable at this point)
• Statement of teaching philosophy
• Evidence of an active research program that can involve students
• Examples of collegiality and inclusivity
• If available, evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as official copies of student evaluations/reports)

If you have questions about the position, please email search committee chair Dr. Lisa Douglass (

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