Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Reading Intervention and SPED

University of Portland School of Education
Oregon, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Sep 20, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education, Special Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


The School of Education at the University of Portland is seeking candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Reading Intervention and SPED beginning in August 2022.

The position includes teaching courses in the School of Education’s reading intervention endorsement program, literacy courses in the undergraduate and graduate (MAT) teacher candidate programs, general core education courses in elementary education, development and integration of dyslexia intervention programming  (IDA standards integration, courses, and in-service professional development), graduate, and doctoral (EdD) programs.


The faculty member will teach, mentor, and advise students in undergraduate and graduate elementary education, endorsement, and special education courses, engage in doctoral dissertation advisement, conduct a program of applied scholarship and research, and collaborate with colleagues on program and school-wide projects. Preference will be given to candidates who have classroom experience with diverse student populations and expertise in structured literacy and dyslexia education. Candidates should show a readiness to participate in school/university partnerships and in new initiatives for the purposes of research and teacher preparation and development.


Education & Experience

Required: An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution

Required: At least 3 years successful P-12 teaching experience at the elementary or middle school level

Required: Graduate studies with a concentration in reading interventions for general education and special student populations (dyslexia, early intervention, recovery)

Required: Knowledge of/experience working with pre-service and in-service teachers

Required: Potential or requisite scholarly record focused on the science of reading and P-12 student learning  to warrant appointment at the tenure-track assistant professor rank.

Experience working in the areas of dyslexia education, structured reading, and P-12 state-mandated dyslexia screening and education is highly desirable. For an overview of the Oregon dyslexia legislation context see here.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated lived experience, knowledge, skills, and/or success in diversity, equity, and inclusion work within or transferable to higher education; these should be described in the cover letter, teaching statement, and/or a separate diversity statement.

Application Requirements

To apply, please submit the following documents via https://up.hiretouch.com:

1) A summary cover letter that elaborates on your interest and qualifications for the position.

2) Curriculum vitae

3) Supplemental questions (see below)

4) Contact information for three references (who will be contacted via Hiretouch system and requested to submit letters of recommendation to the system)

5) unofficial transcripts are required.

Screening of applicants will begin immediately. For full consideration, application materials should be received by December 6, 2021.

Supplemental Questions

Please respond to the following questions, limiting length to 500 words.

1) Founded in 1901, the University of Portland is a private, comprehensive, Catholic university with a mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership. Please articulate your understanding of the university's mission in their and highlight its compatibility with your approach to teaching, scholarship and service.

2) Please describe experiences teaching in P-12 education and how you found success and effectiveness as a teacher. 

3) Please describe your teaching, graduate studies, and scholarship as it relates to expertise in reading interventions, structured literacy methods and/or dyslexia education.

4) Please describe your lived experience, knowledge, skills, and/or success in diversity, equity, and inclusion work within or transferable to teaching, scholarship, and service in higher education.

5) The University of Portland (https://www.up.edu) is classified as a teaching university. Please describe why working at such a university meets your professional goals. 

6) The School of Education (SOED) offers undergraduate and graduate programming, including an applied doctoral (EdD) program (https://education.up.edu). Given your professional background and personal experiences, please describe which specific SOED program(s) you think you are best-suited to teach in and why. 

7) Please describe how your scholarship focuses on teacher development, the acquisition of effective teaching practices and skills, and its connection to P-12 student learning. 

8) Optional: Please describe any additional points which you believe make you a strong candidate for this position.

Other Information 

Applicants who have a disability and would like to request an accommodation regarding the application or hiring process should contact the University’s Human Resources Office at hr@up.edu or (503) 943-8484. 

Successful completion of a background investigation check is required before final hiring procedures can be completed. 

Founded in 1901, the University of Portland is a private, comprehensive, Catholic university with a mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership. The University of Portland is an equal employment opportunity employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender), religion, physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, marital status, and all other classes protected by law. 

Required Documents:

Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, References, Supplemental Questions, Transcripts

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