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Instructor of Teacher Education in Literacy

Western Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jun 19, 2024

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

Instructor of Teacher Education in Literacy

Category: Faculty
Locations: Macomb, IL

  • The successful candidate will assume a range of responsibilities including:
  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in reading/literacy education.
  • Supervising students in field experiences in various area school settings.

RANK & SALARY: Negotiable, commensurate with experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:

Job Requirements:
  • Earned master's degree in literacy/reading or closely related field which is supported by an adequate quantity and quality of literacy/reading graduate courses conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting higher education institution (or equivalent from an international accrediting body).
  • A minimum of 3 years of successful classroom teaching experience in P-8 settings.
  • Informed understandings of the field, including evidence-based methodologies, reading assessment, and effective instructional best practices.
  • Evidence of and/or potential for successful scholarship, teaching, service and leadership.

  • Expertise in early/emergent literacy and/or middle level literacy.
  • Familiarity with child and/or adolescent development, including motivation and achievement; as well as, standards and assessment, curriculum development and planning.
  • University teaching and supervisory experience in reading, literacy or related field.
  • Eligibility for licensure as a Reading Specialist in the state of Illinois.
  • Experience in providing professional development and/or literacy coaching.
  • A record of commitment to diverse student populations.
  • Experience in undergraduate and graduate traditional and online instruction and development of traditional and online courses.
  • Demonstrated ability to actively collaborate and communicate with colleagues and public-school educators and implement literacy events in the community.

For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be "in hand" at the time of application.

Additional Information:

The successful candidate will be joining Western Illinois University's vibrant new School of Education. The School of Education houses 14-degree programs (graduate and undergraduate); numerous state teaching endorsements; a Preschool; a Reading Center; a Science Center; a Social Studies Center; and provides coursework to support undergraduate secondary teacher education programs housed across the WIU campus. The School is currently composed of 26 full time faculty and numerous adjunct instructors. For more information:

About WIU

Since 1899, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.

WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 6,539): A traditional, residential four-year campus offering a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb. Amtrak provides twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and point in-between). Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 916): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies, at its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL.

WIU Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism

Western Illinois University fosters respect, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. WIU is committed to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity. We value inclusion as a core value and as an essential element of Western's public service mission. WIU embraces individual uniqueness and a culture of inclusion that supports broad and specific diversity initiatives. Western believes in the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society as integral to the success of all individuals.

At WIU, we will:

Maintain a safe and secure environment for all members of our University communities.
Educate and empower students, staff, and faculty to be social justice advocates.
Provide curricula, programs, training, resources, and environments that reflect and strengthen the diversity of our communities, and to elevate cultural awareness and understanding.
Ensure fair, equitable, and inclusive access to University facilities, programs, resources, and services.
Create inclusive and equitable policies and practices.
Diversify the University's workforce by assessing hiring practices to attract, retain, and develop talented staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds.
Address intergroup disparities through areas as representation, retention, learning outcomes, and graduation rates.
Create a Universitywide diversity plan to ensure a continued commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity.


More than 61 undergraduate degree programs, 40 graduate programs, two doctoral programs and 13 post-baccaulaureate certificate programs prepare students for a successful career after graduation.

Student Resources

There are more than 200 student organizations at Western that provide social, academic, recreation, sports, service, and many other opportunities for students to grow and learn, develop leadership skills, and much more. Numerous concerts, lectures, films, dance performances, cultural events and more are presented and performed each year, along with numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows, and a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a diverse and inclusive campus environment. The Multicultural Center is home to four cultural and resource centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women's Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.

WIU Intercollegiate Athletics

The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League.

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