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Associate Professor of Practice in Secondary English Education

Clark University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Start date
Dec 7, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

Company Description:

Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduate institutions in the United States. Today the University is a highly-ranked, student-centered institution educating approximately 2,350 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. This commitment to scholarship and inquiry reflects the University's commitment to "challenge convention and change our world" and to address issues of critical importance to society. It is also reflected by Clark's many national and international distinctions, including recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts, innovation, community engagement and impact, as a top green campus, and for having a distinguished geography and international development program. Clark has also been included in the groundbreaking Colleges that Change Lives guide since it was first published in 1996.

Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diverse city "on the rise." The second largest city in New England, Worcester is home to 11 institutions of higher learning and is increasingly recognized for its growing healthcare and biotechnology communities, its thriving cultural scene, and as a vibrant food hub.

Job Description:

The Education Department invites applications for Associate Professor of Practice in Secondary English Education. We seek a candidate specializing in English literacy education, adolescent/youth literacies, critical pedagogical practices, and culturally sustaining pedagogies. 

Responsibilities will include:

a) Teaching method courses focused on the practice of Secondary English and Literacy Education;

b) Direct guidance and mentoring of a cohort of Master of Arts in Teaching students as they develop their secondary English practice during a full time two-semester teaching practicum internship;

c) Supporting partner school English teachers and alumni in their pedagogical practice and professional development;

d) Contributing to the ongoing building of interdisciplinary synergies within the Education Department and the wider university community;

e) The option to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in related ELA areas.                                                               


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate must have earned a doctorate by August 2024 in English Education, English, or a closely related field such as Literacy Education or Curriculum and Instruction. A minimum of three years of secondary school experience teaching ethnically-, culturally-, and linguistically-diverse urban youth is also required. In addition, the candidate must have prior experience in fostering equitable student achievement in English and literacy in the context of teacher preparation education, mentoring pre-service and in-service teachers in urban schools, and/or work in partnership with university, public school teachers, and community members. We will value:

  • Expertise in teacher preparation practices, critical literacies, multilingual literacies, critical race theory, and/or teaching students with special needs.
  • Experience teaching in undergraduate and/or graduate settings, or community education partnerships. 

The candidate will join a faculty team dedicated to teacher education that integrates school-community partnership in an urban neighborhood, and works in solidarity with youth, teachers, and community. We value a candidate that can demonstrate the ability to build trusting, long-term relationships with colleagues, teachers, youth, and community members. Through their work and scholarship, the successful candidate will contribute to the department's and university's goals to broaden our efforts and engagement on diversity, access, and equity.

Additional Information:

The successful candidate will be appointed as an Associate Professor of Practice, an academic-year position with an opportunity for summer teaching in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program (Professors of Practice at Clark have full faculty status and are appointed for three-year renewable terms with full expectation and support for renewal and opportunities for promotion to Full Professor of Practice). 

The position of Associate Professor of Practice in Secondary English affords an exceptional opportunity to contribute to the Education Department's recognized work in urban teacher education (Clark University's Master of Arts in Teaching program was the first to earn state approval "with distinction."). For more information, go to Master of Arts in Teaching at Clark University.

As of June 1, 2023 Clark University no longer requires employees or students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. However, Clark urges all community members to follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination, which recommend that everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines including booster doses. This is important for your own personal health as well as the health of our community.

Clark University embraces equal opportunity as a core value: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.

Clark University offers a generous benefit package for full and, if applicable, part-time employees that include; paid time off, generous retirement plan, group health and dental insurance, life insurance, and tuition, along with use of many campus amenities. For a complete list of benefits for eligible employees visit here.

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Application Instructions:

To be considered for this position, you must submit your credentials online. Create a Clark University Careers Account by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below. You will be able to upload the following documents, which are required for consideration: 

  • Letter of application describing your experiences, interests, and qualifications;
  • A "Contributions to Diversity" statement that reflects how your teaching, mentoring, research, and service (formal or informal), or other aspects of your work or lived experience attends to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in the context of urban schools and/or teacher education;
  • A personal artifact of teaching practice (e.g., a course syllabus, a professional development workshop, and/or a video exemplar reflecting your practice) and a description of how this artifact reflects your beliefs about powerful teaching practice in English and literacy education; 
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Contact information for 3 references (at least one school-based). *Note that letter writers will be asked to provide letters only for applicants under serious consideration and we will seek your permission before doing so.

Full consideration of applications will begin on January 15, 2024. Please send general inquiries to Dr. Carmen Ocón, Search Committee Chair (

To apply, click "Apply Now" at the following link: Associate Professor of Practice in Secondary English. 

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Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

A successful background check is required upon acceptance.

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Clark University

Clark University was founded in 1887 as one of the first all-graduate institutions in the country. Today, Clark promotes a rigorous liberal arts curriculum within the context of a research experience that addresses challenges on a global scale.

We’re privately funded, coeducational, and nonsectarian, and we offer bachelor’s, master’s, certificate, and doctoral degree programs in a wide range of disciplines.

Clark University’s 72-acre, tree-filled campus is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, known as “the Heart of New England.” Our location in the center of the state makes us easily accessible from just about any point in New England, including Boston (one hour), Providence (45 minutes), and Portland, Maine (two hours). We’re also an easy 3-1/2-hour drive from New York City.

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