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Assistant Professor in Literacy and Language Education (K-6 Elementary Literacy Emphasis)

Purdue University
Indiana, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Sep 21, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Teacher Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
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 with expertise in K-6 elementary reading development, writing, and literacy learning. This position is a 9-month, tenure-track position with a starting date of August 15, 2022. Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching undergraduate courses as part of the elementary education program as well as graduate literacy and language courses
  • Working collaboratively with program and college faculty to revise current courses and field experiences with a focus on improving educational outcomes, integrating critical literacies, and promoting educational equity
  • Coordinating and collaborating in the development of school-based practica
  • 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 K-6 schools
  • Developing a strong area of research and scholarship that informs theory and effective practice in literacy education
  • Demonstrating a commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice in education through scholarship, teaching, and/or engagement

Opportunities exist for the development of online courses and graduate courses, as well as collaboration with journals in the College and with Centers across the University.


  • Earned doctorate in literacy education, reading education, or a closely related field, with an emphasis in elementary literacy
  • Demonstrated scholarship in elementary reading, writing, literacy, or a closely related field
  • 3+ years of teaching or equivalent school-based/outreach experience (grades K-6) in U.S. schools


  • Experience teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students
  • Experience supervising preservice teachers
  • Experience working with children in grades K-2
  • Research commitment to diversity and inclusion

Inquiries about the position may be directed to: Dr. Christy Wessel Powell ( or Dr. Tara Star Johnson (



Review of applications will begin on October 25, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.  Applicants may apply by:

If you are external to Purdue, apply here:

If you are internal, apply here:

Applications must include:

  1. A letter of application outlining qualifications and experience
  2. A current curriculum vitae
  3. A diversity statement
  4. A list of at least 3 references


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 development with a focus on reading and writing, 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. For information about the program, see

L & L PROGRAM FACULTY WITH AN ELEMENTARY LITERACY EDUCATION EMPHASIS share responsibility for the preparation of undergraduate Elementary Education majors. These undergraduate students are housed in the College of Education. Program faculty also teach and advise masters and PhD students seeking advanced degrees in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Literacy and Language.

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 a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement indicating their past experiences, current interest or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.


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



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