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Spangler Distinguished Professor of Early Child Literacy

East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina
Competitive Salary
Date posted
Feb 26, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Faculty Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time

Spangler Distinguished Professor of Early Child Literacy
East Carolina University


Vacancy #: 600146
Recruitment Range:  Commensurate with Qualifications
Closing Date:  Open Until Filled

Organizational Unit Overview
Founded in 1907, East Carolina University is a high research activity doctoral university and the only public university in North Carolina with a dental school, medical school, and college of engineering & technology. ECU offers more than 87 bachelor’s, 68 master’s and 13 doctoral degrees to almost 27,000 students; attracts over $86M in extramural research dollars; and is #1 in North Carolina and #9 in the nation in online learning. The University’s refreshed strategic plan — Future Focused, Innovation Driven – reaffirms ECU’s commitment to being a national model for student success, public service, and regional transformation; a commitment that is evident from the actions of ECU’s students, and 5600 faculty and staff. In addition to its Greenville, NC campuses, ECU has an Outer Banks campus focused on integrated coastal studies, provides dental care through eight community service learning centers, and is a recognized leader in comprehensive internationalization, including a year-round study abroad program on our campus in Tuscany, Italy. ECU’s athletics programs compete in NCAA Division 1.

Within the College of Education (, the Department of Literacy Studies, English Education, and History Education ( prepares pre-service and in-service teachers in the areas of literacy education, English education, and history education. Faculty are committed to providing comprehensive, research-based programs with rich clinical experiences and a focus on diverse, inclusive, and equitable literacy practices. The programs are designed to prepare teachers who are knowledgeable, reflective, culturally competent, and skilled in meeting the needs of diverse student populations.


Literacy Studies houses the Reading program, which offers opportunities for development in initial and advanced reading/literacy pathways. Literacy Studies courses are essential to the Elementary Education program at ECU, the largest in North Carolina. Additionally, approximately 385 Elementary Education majors who choose a concentration in Reading and 75 Special Education-General Curriculum majors take courses annually for the North Carolina K-12 Reading licensure. Reading Concentration and North Carolina K-12 Reading License program competencies include reading foundations, reading assessment, word recognition, comprehension, content area literacy instruction, language arts instruction, literacy in diverse contexts, and children’s/adolescent literature. In addition, the Reading Program offers service courses to other teacher education majors and approximately 500 Educator Residency Model candidates per year. The online Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) in Reading and Literacy prepares teachers to become reading/literacy specialists who support K-12 students’ reading and literacy education and serve as leaders in the literacy profession. The MAEd program was revised and updated in 2019 to align with current professional standards and includes a focus on advanced competencies in foundational knowledge, curriculum and instruction, assessment and evaluation, diversity and equity, the literacy environment, leadership, and practicum experiences. The MAEd in Reading and Literacy typically enrolls approximately 70 graduate students each semester. Literacy Studies also offers six online professional development Literacy Modules to the public for continuing education credit, a test preparation course for the NC Foundations of Reading Test, and a Literacy Education Module to Teach for America elementary candidates. Literacy Studies also partners with the ECU Community School (Lab School) to provide literacy instructional support. Literacy Studies faculty are engaged in multiple research and professional development partnerships including the ECU Community School, the Rural Education Institute, the Latham Clinical Schools Network, and the Neurocognition Science Laboratory.


Job Duties                              
The Department of Literacy Studies, English Education, and History Education in the College of Education at ECU is seeking applicants for the Spangler Distinguished Professorship in Early Child Literacy, a full-time 9-month faculty position with an annual budget to support scholarship. The position is available starting Fall 2024. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications. This department’s mission aligns with ECU’s strategic plan and the position will be expected to coordinate, conduct, and publish research to advance the field’s understanding of early literacy with a focus on cultivating a culture of care, belonging, and opportunity for faculty, staff, learners and stakeholders.

Responsibilities include:

Advocate for early literacy best practices, strategies, and science of reading initiatives in NC with other Spangler Distinguished Professors within the UNC System Take a leadership role in ensuring ECU’s teacher preparation program prepares educators, education-related professionals, and educational leaders to implement high-quality, research-based, and equitable early literacy curricula. Plan, implement, and evaluate professional development and partnerships with school and community organizations that enhance early literacy teaching, learning, and leadership in Eastern North Carolina. Coordinate, conduct, and publish research to advance the field’s understanding of early literacy. 5. Teach one course in literacy during each of the fall and spring terms. Serve on program, department, and university committees. Contingent upon availability of funding.

Minimum Education/Experience
The successful applicant will have a Doctorate in reading/literacy or related fields of curriculum & instruction, literacy education, or special education with an expertise in literacy. and hold the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. The applicant will meet the following criteria: 1) a distinguished record of teaching, research, and service in early literacy; and 2) successful experience in collaborating with early literacy teachers and higher education faculty.

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation

Candidates must hold or be eligible for NC Teaching Licensure or equivalent.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Desired qualifications include experience in the following: leadership in science of reading policy initiatives; reading specialist role; success in securing external funding; multilingual populations; or culturally responsive pedagogies.

Special Instructions to Applicant
To apply, candidates must submit the following documents online at a letter of application describing the candidate’s academic background and specific skills and experiences relevant to the position; a curriculum vita; and list of three references, including contact information and the nature of your relationship. Official transcripts and original signed letters of recommendation will be required prior to a written contract offer. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Questions can be directed to the search committee chair, Professor Marjorie Campo Ringler ( or Michelle Smith ( in COE human resources.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Additional Instructions to Applicant       
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

Applications will be considered until position is filled. Please submit an online ECU application for vacancy # 600146 to ECU Human Resources at

Eligibility for Employment        
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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