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Assistant Professor of Literacy and Language Education (English Education Emphasis)

Purdue University
Indiana, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Sep 17, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Humanities, English & Literature
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
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Not specified
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Purdue University seeks an assistant professor of literacy and language education (English education emphasis), with specialization in English language arts education at the secondary school level. This is a 9-month, tenure-track position. Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching undergraduate-level English language arts methods courses for the English education licensure program as well as graduate literacy and language courses
  • Recruiting, advising, and mentoring graduate students
  • Collaborating on learning, discovery, and engagement activities (including seeking external funding to support those activities) within the College of Education, across the university, and with secondary schools
  • Developing a strong area of research and scholarship that informs theory and practice in English education
  • Contributing to ongoing COE reform initiatives and program accreditation processes
  • Demonstrating a commitment to diversity and equity in education through scholarship, teaching, and/or engagement


  • Earned doctorate in English Education or closely related field
  • Demonstrated scholarship in English education or closely related field
  • Experience teaching secondary English language arts (grades 6-12)



  • Experience teaching undergraduate/preservice courses in English language arts methods
  • Experience supervising preservice teachers
  • Experience teaching culturally and linguistically diverse learners
  • At least 3 years’ experience teaching secondary ELA in U.S. schools


STARTING DATE:        August 15, 2022


APPLICATION:   Review of applications will begin on October 25, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must include: (1) letter of application outlining qualifications and experience, (2) a current curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of research interests and activities, (4) a diversity statement, and (5) a list of at least three individual references with their titles and contact information (letters of recommendation may be requested at a later date). Applicants may also include evidence of teaching excellence if available.

Inquiries about the position may be directed to:

Search Committee Co-Chairs Dr. Tara Star Johnson and Dr. Christy Wessel Powell,

If you are external to Purdue, apply here:

If you are internal, apply here:


THE LITERACY AND LANGUAGE (L & L) EDUCATION PROGRAM within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C & I) contributes to a culture of discovery, learning, and engagement in the College of Education. The program offers prospective researchers/scholars and K-12 educators the opportunity to investigate contemporary issues in literacy research and theory as well as pedagogical methods related to literacy and language teaching, learning, assessment, and curriculum. Faculty members are committed to creating and disseminating knowledge relevant to the discipline of literacy and language education; preparing scholars, educators, and leaders in literacy and language education on the local, national, and international levels; and promoting social equity through access to literacy for all learners.

L & L PROGRAM FACULTY WITH AN ENGLISH EDUCATION EMPHASIS share responsibility for the preparation of undergraduate English majors with a concentration in English education. These undergraduate students are housed in the English Department in the College of Liberal Arts. Inter-departmental cooperation and communication regarding the teaching and coordination of courses in both departments is thus a vital part of the undergraduate program’s success.  


PURDUE UNIVERSITY is a leading land grant and research university and ranks among the 15 largest universities in the nation. The university has an enrollment of more than 38,000 on the West Lafayette campus and more than 14,000 on regional campuses in Indiana. It is located in West Lafayette, IN, one hour northwest of Indianapolis and two hours southeast of Chicago.


Purdue University’s College of Education is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their Diversity Statement indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.


A background check will be required for employment in this position.


Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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