Reading Education, Assistant Professor

University of Saint Joseph
Connecticut, United States
$59,000.00 - $64,000.00
Posted date
Oct 21, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education, Teacher Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Salary Band
$50,000 - $69,999
Employment Type
Full Time

About University of Saint Joseph:

The University of Saint Joseph, founded by the Sisters of Mercy, provides a rigorous liberal arts and professional education for a diverse student population in an inclusive environment that encourages strong ethical values, personal integrity, and a sense of responsibility to the needs of society.

The University has been recognized as a top national university in Connecticut by U.S. News & World Report's Best College Rankings including being the #1 Connecticut University in "Top Performers on Social Mobility," #2 Connecticut University in "Best Value Schools," and #3 Connecticut University in "Best National Universities."

Ideally situated midway between Boston and New York City, the beautiful 90-acre Olmsted-designed campus is one mile from West Hartford's thriving downtown, and provides an array of cultural events, occasions for spiritual development, and fitness and recreational options. The University also has an active presence outside our campus, reaching into the surrounding community through internships, community service projects, new program and partnerships.

At University of Saint Joseph, our mission statement profoundly resonates with our faculty and staff and serves as the foundation upon which our employment policy is built. We seek to attract, develop and retain individuals who are committed to our mission. We are committed to providing an environment where diverse talents, perspectives, experiences and contributions are recognized, and one that promotes the "growth of the whole person" with resources that enable employees to meet professional and personal life needs.


Job Description:

The Department of Education at the University of Saint Joseph invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Reading Education at the level of Assistant Professor beginning August 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by 11/1/2021.

The Department of Education, the largest department in the School of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education, is a community of 20 full-time faculty and staff and 350 undergraduate and graduate students. As a unit we are guided by a commitment to supporting equitable educational opportunities in PK-12 schools for all students, families, and communities. Programs in the department focus on undergraduate and graduate pre-service teacher education and providing master's level educational opportunities for in-service teachers.

USJ has a long-standing reputation for developing high quality educators in Connecticut and preparing school leaders who reflect a scholar-practitioner stance. Programs within the department require strong field and clinical experiences and reflect a commitment to partnerships with public schools.

We seek a dynamic and innovative colleague grounded in the science of reading and structured approaches to literacy who is centrally concerned with preparing pre-service teachers to support early readers PK-6. Instructional responsibilities are likely to include undergraduate and graduate courses in developmental reading in the elementary school required for all students in both elementary and early childhood education licensure programs as well as courses in the science of early reading development that support students in elementary, early childhood, and special education. Other course assignments will be determined based upon candidate expertise. In addition to a collaborative teaching colleague, we seek a colleague who will engage in research and service to the department and the university.



Requirements: Required Skills/ Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in Reading Education, Literacy, Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Psychology, or related field (ABD considered, with clear timeline for completion)
  • Experience in K-6 Education settings
  • Evidence of potential to develop an active research agenda leading to refereed publications and conference presentation and the potential for external grant submission
  • Evidence of a commitment in professional practice to equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice
  • Cultural competency to work with diverse student and/or employee population
  • Commitment to the mission of the University of Saint Joseph
  • Physical ability to perform essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation

Preferred Skills/ Qualifications:

  • Experience as a K-6 classroom teacher
  • Experience working in pre-service teacher preparation
  • Evidence of effective teaching at the post-secondary level
  • Evidence of collaboration and development of partnerships
  • Experience teaching in online and/or hybrid environments


Additional Information:

The anticipated hiring range for this position is $59,000-$64,000. The final offer will be based on the successful candidate's qualification and experience. 


  • 403(b) with employer match
  • Medical/Dental/Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off & 10 paid holidays
  • Parental leave
  • Tuition Waiver (include spouse & dependent waivers)
  • Long-Term Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health savings account
  • 529 CHET savings plan
  • Professional development funds
  • Relocation Assistance

COVID-19 Considerations:

Please note that University of Saint Joseph has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees and the students we support. As a conditions of employment, employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless an exemption is approved for medical or religious reasons or as otherwise required by law.



The University of Saint Joseph believes it must play an active role in creating a community of employees that is diverse, inclusive and equitable. Our work benefits greatly from the contributions of people of color, people from different socioeconomic backgrounds, women, LGBTQ+ people, and individuals with disabilities. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.

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