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Connally Family Distinguished Professorship

University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 12, 2024

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Position Summary

The Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia is pleased to announce the Connally Family Distinguished Professorship in Literacy Education. For this endowed position, we seek an innovative scholar in the area of reading and literacy teaching and learning in the early years. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to envision and shape new research agendas for early literacy studies in Georgia and nationally.

We seek an established scholar at the Professor or advanced Associate Professor level who has a proven and ambitious program of research. We welcome candidates who draw from a broad range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. The Distinguished Professor will be expected to develop proposals for external funding, oversee project implementation, share early literacy research through scholarly writing and presentations, mentor graduate students, contribute to the preparation of teachers for effective reading instruction, and collaborate with faculty on research activities related to the mission of the department. The candidate will also join us in our commitment to diversifying higher education and further serving our diverse programmatic and student needs and interests.

The candidate will hold tenure in the Department of Language and Literacy Education in the Mary Frances Early College of Education and contribute to the research, instructional, and service missions of this department.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should submit:
  • A letter of application
  • Research Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three recent publications
  • Contact information for three references.

References will not be contacted until the candidate has been notified.

Review of applications will begin April 1, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. The position is available in August 2024 with start date negotiable. Address questions to the search committee chair, Dr. Linda Harklau ( ).

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Connally Family Distinguished Professorship


COE-Language & Literacy Educ

About the University of Georgia

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( ). The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The Connally Family Distinguished Professor of Reading Education will join a Literacies and Children’s Literature program with a long and distinguished history. It features the longest running Reading Clinic in the nation. The program has hosted the annual Georgia Children’s Book Awards and Georgia Conference on Children’s Literature for over 50 years. The Connally Distinguished Chair will also have the opportunity to contribute to advancing the field’s understanding of literacy research and pedagogy through a planned family and community literacy center initiative.

The Department of Language and Literacy Education is a stimulating and collaborative environment for advancing the field’s understanding of literacy research and pedagogy. It includes nationally and internationally noted scholars in literacy and children’s literature, secondary English language arts education, and TESOL and world language education. The Connally Family Distinguished Professor of Reading Education will also join the newly hired Donna Alvermann Endowed Professor for Social Change in the department. The department-wide doctoral program attracts national and international applicants and places graduates in a variety of prestigious positions. Students also publish a Journal of Language and Literacy Education and host an annual conference.

The Mary Frances Early College of Education ( MFECOE ), one of the nation’s largest colleges of education, consistently ranks in the top ten national Elementary Education and Curriculum and Instruction programs. The College offers significant possibilities for interdisciplinary research collaborations, program development, and school-community partnerships. The college’s Research Office provides strong pre- and post-award grant support. The College is named for the University of Georgia’s first African American graduate, a pioneering educator who played an integral role in the campaign for racial equality in Georgia and across the South. The College is committed to promoting diversity in education and society through its Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, through its research and teaching missions, and through collaborative work with community residents and organizations. The department and college are recognized leaders in developing partnerships with local communities and schools to provide pre-service and in-service professional development, and to expand students’ experiential learning and service learning opportunities.

Athens is known for its music, art, food and cost of living, as well as its accessibility to the Atlanta area, the beautiful Georgia coast, the North Georgia mountains, and other natural features (see and ). Georgia is home to the Carter Center, Habitat for Humanity, and the Martin Luther King Center. The state offers lottery-funded universal Pre-K as well as the HOPE scholarship program paying 90-100% of students’ public college tuition. The University of Georgia is a land grant/sea grant institution.

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Athens Area

EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

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Academic (9 mo.)

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Minimum Qualifications

Earned doctorate in reading and/or literacy education or a related field.

Additional Requirements
  • Established program of research related to early reading and literacy teaching and learning
  • Established record of externally funded research
  • Outstanding national and international reputation in the field of Reading or Literacy Education
  • Eligibility for tenure and appointment at the rank of Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education
(Please review the Department of Language and Literacy Education’s promotion and tenure guidelines for more information on requirements for tenure and the rank of Professor. Any request for tenure must be approved before hiring.)

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification
  • At least one year of experience working with diverse students and families in formal and informal educational settings
  • At least one year of experience teaching in a preK-3 setting
  • At least one year of experience working with school districts
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

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Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website .

Background Investigation Policy

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including, a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia; confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials (including reference checks) as they relate to the job-based requirements of the position applied for; and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. You may also be subject to a pre-employment drug test for positions with high-risk responsibilities, if applicable. Please visit the UGA Background Check website .



To teach graduate and undergraduate courses. To provide intellectual leadership in the Department of Language and Literacy Education and beyond and will conduct high-impact research in early reading/literacy development. To maintain/develop a research agenda, including developing proposals for external funding, overseeing project implementation, sharing research through scholarly writing and presentations, mentoring graduate students, contributing to the preparation of teachers for effective reading instruction, and collaborating with faculty on research activities related to the mission of the department.

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