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Assistant Professor - Bilingual/Bicultural and ESL Education - Curriculum & Instruction - 17664

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Oct 20, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education, Special Education, Teacher Education, Humanities, English as a Second Language
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Full Time
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The Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Bilingual/Bicultural & ESL Education beginning August 2022 with strong credentials in TESOL and/or Bilingual/Bicultural Education. Specific consideration will be given to candidates with knowledge of translanguaging, intersections of language and race particularly related to immigrant and refugee communities, anti-oppressive education, critical pedagogies and with proven commitments to preparing teachers of multilingual learners and learners with a wide range of racialized and socioeconomic backgrounds. Ability to teach in Spanish is desired.


This is a full-time, 9 month position with responsibilities for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in TESOL and Bilingual/Bicultural Education. The candidate will also be expected to pursue an active research agenda that engages undergraduate and graduate students, results in publications and contributes to advancing the department, university, the profession, and society. Scholarship of particular interest might include a focus on critical and anti-oppressive language education, including intersections of language and race, critical multiliteracies, translanguaging, ethnic studies, and/or disability studies-informed approaches to sustainable multilingual education.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. or other terminal degree in TESOL, Bilingual/Bicultural Education, Multilingual/Second Language Education, or a closely related field. (ABD candidates may apply but must have their degree completed by the contract start date in August 2022; if not, they will be hired on a one-year contract with the understanding that their degree will be completed before January 2023, in advance of their first scheduled review.)
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching with an emphasis on promoting the success of students
  • Clear evidence of scholarly potential
  • Three years of K-12 teaching experience – or an equivalent teaching and preparation background to qualify for Wisconsin TESOL and/or Bilingual/Bicultural Education licenses
  • Demonstrated commitment to educational justice, sociolinguistic and sociocultural justice
  • Bilingual or Multilingual
Desired Characteristics:
  • Demonstrated commitment to the preparation of teachers who use linguistically and culturally sustaining approaches
  • Experience with teaching sustainable multilingualism, advising, and supervision
  • Demonstrated skills of collaborating to work with cross-departmental teams
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English. Ability to teach using translingual practices. Ability to teach methods courses bilingually in Spanish/English at the college level
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds

Additional responsibilities will include advising undergraduate/graduate students, and supervision of pre-student teaching, student teaching, and other field experiences. All faculty at UW-Whitewater may be required to teach online and/or hybrid classes, evening and/or weekend classes and provide service to the university and the local community in a variety of modalities, including mentoring students and providing professional development for colleagues, schools, and community groups. Experience working with diverse populations and a commitment to work with non-traditional students are essential for this position. The candidate will also be expected to participate in service activities and show a commitment to principles of diversity and inclusion as a member of the university community. Salary is commensurate with academic preparation and experience.


The Curriculum and Instruction Department in the UW-Whitewater College of Education & Professional Studies (COEPS) provides students with the opportunity to prepare for careers as teachers. Students may choose the Early Childhood Program, the Elementary/Middle(MCEA) School Program or a Middle/Secondary School Program. In each of the programs, students earn Department of Public Instruction (DPI) licensure.

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) houses numerous teacher preparation programs along with programs for add-on licenses for certified teachers and a MSEPS (Master of Science in Education and Professional Studies), and MSE in HELEAD (Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership). We are proud of our programs that lead to licensure either a first-time license or add-on licenses. As they move through their coursework, students combine a commitment to education with a strong liberal arts foundation, a teaching major and the study of teaching. All students engage in at least three school-based field experiences that allow them to apply their knowledge to actual classroom situations, preparing them to be effective teachers and instructional leaders in our changing schools. The faculty and staff recognize that graduates of our programs play a vital role in the lives of children and families both in Wisconsin and around the world.


The College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to the development of professionals who are lifelong learners, creators of knowledge, and leaders of character and integrity. Responding to the changing needs within our global society, our programs prepare professionals to actively engage in an open democratic society inclusive of diverse populations. As a premier center for global learning, the College's focus on depth of learning and academic excellence provides our students with the requisites to be leaders dedicated to change in their communities.

The College of Education and Professional Studies prepares the largest number of teachers in Wisconsin among 33 institutions. More than 2,200 students are enrolled in seven departments: Communication Sciences & Disorders; Counselor Education; Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Foundations; Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Coaching; Leadership, Military Science and Aerospace Studies; and Special Education.

Within the College, there are close to 100 faculty and instructional academic staff members, of which 90% have earned doctorates. In addition to teaching and research obligations, faculty and staff are actively involved in professional and specialty organizations. Many hold regional, state, national and international offices and serve on professional committees and advisory boards.


Founded in 1868, UW–Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in Wisconsin’s public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions and a statewide Extension. UW-Whitewater’s main campus is located in Whitewater, with a branch campus in Rock County, in the city of Janesville. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. UW-Whitewater’s campuses are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offer the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.

The Warhawk family — led by caring faculty and staff — is devoted to student success within a broad range of academic programs offered at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. These include both on-campus and online programs, and span the disciplines, from the theoretical to the applied, and encompass study in the arts, business, education, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, technology, and professional and interdisciplinary programs.

UW-Whitewater has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the nation. The campuses have more than 200 student organizations and UW-Whitewater’s intercollegiate athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division-III level. UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System ( ).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see . If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.

Compensation and Benefits:

UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UW System’s comprehensive benefit package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure .


UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles ( ) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices ( ). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs ( ) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys ( ).


Applications received by November 21, 2021 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1072 or .

For questions regarding this position, please contact:
Dr. Coutney Luedke
Associate Professor


Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:
  • Cover letter/letter of interest
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Names and contact information for three professional references
  • Copies of unofficial graduate transcripts (Official transcripts will be required if offered the position)
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