Assistant Professor, Elementary Literacy Education

College of Education and Human Development, Curriculum and Instruction
Minnesota, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Oct 25, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Teacher Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
About the Job

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota seeks to fill a tenure track Assistant Professor position. The successful candidate will bring a focus on and a commitment to environmental and/or racial justice in their work in elementary literacy education. This hire is part of a cohort of tenure-track teaching and research positions in the College of Education and Human Development which will form the next generation of leaders in educational research at the University.

This is a 9-month, full-time appointment with a target start date of August 2022.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Research: Establish and build upon a strong research agenda pertinent to elementary literacy education, with particular attention to environmental and/or racial justice.
  • Teaching and Advising: Contribute to the teaching and advising of graduate students (teacher candidates, practicing teachers, M.A., M.Ed. and Ph.D. students) primarily in elementary literacy education. The individual will be expected to teach four courses per academic year with possible summer teaching opportunities available.
  • Service: Participate in and contribute to the literacy education program area, as well as the department, college, and university; engage in community service and/or other outreach and public engagement activities and in the activities of relevant professional organizations.
  • Develop and deliver courses in ways that effectively account for a variety of diverse backgrounds, communities, identities, and abilities

Minimum Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and commitment to critical perspectives and traditions in education and literacy education, including (but not limited to) eco- and climate literacy, indigenous and decolonizing pedagogies and methodologies, racial literacy, critical race theory, and anti-racist and anti-oppressive approaches.
  • An earned doctorate in literacy education or closely related field.
  • At least three years of experience as a teacher of record, including at least one year of experience teaching literacy to elementary school students.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience teaching literacy education courses for teacher candidates.
  • Current or previously held K-6 or equivalent professional licensure.


About the Department

About the Department

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction seeks to develop and prepare future teachers, practitioners, and researchers who are equipped to identify and challenge systems and structures of racism and oppression, locally and globally. This tenure-track faculty member will have an appointment in the Department’s Literacy Education program area, which consists of a Master of Education (M.Ed.) initial licensure program in English Education, an M.Ed. in professional studies in literacy education, and MA and PhD majors. For further information, visit   

About the College

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), the third largest college and the University, contributes to a just and sustainable future through engagement with the local and global communities to enhance human learning and development at all stages of the life span. We know diversity is necessary to do our best work and foster our humanity. That’s why the CEHD community is collectively dedicated to cultivating an inclusive and equitable environment, embracing and celebrating all identities of our students, staff, and faculty. These values are also a moral imperative requiring continuous proactive measures and a firm stance against prejudice, discrimination, and systemic injustice.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter detailed resume, names and contact information of three references, a statement of teaching interests, and a statement of research interests. The teaching and research statements should include prior or proposed contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion  Additional documents may be attached after submitting your application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

This position requires that you attach the following 5 documents as PDFs:

  1. Cover letter that details how your credentials and professional experience meet the responsibilities and qualifications outlined above
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Names and contact information of three references
  4. Statement of teaching interests
  5. Statement of research interests

To receive the fullest consideration, applications should be received no later than November 19, 2021.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

For assistance with the online application system, please view the Using the Job Application System page: Questions about the application can be directed to Kristina Pearson (  Please direct your questions about the position to the search committee chair, Dr. Tim Lensmire (

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).



The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

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