Assistant or Associate Professor, Critical Elementary Teacher Education

College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota
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 & Instruction in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota seeks to fill a tenured/tenure track Assistant/Associate Professor position. The successful candidate will be a field-shaping thought leader whose expertise in social justice-oriented teacher education centers on critical, interdisciplinary approaches to working at the intersections of social identities such as race, gender, languages, social class, and sexuality with a view to enhancing equity in classrooms, schools, and communities.

This hire is part of a cohort of tenure track faculty in the College of Education and Human Development who will become 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 (40%): Establish and build upon their strong research agenda pertinent to Elementary Education as it relates to equity and social justice.
  • Teaching and Advising (40%): Contribute to the teaching and advising of graduate students (teacher candidates, practicing teachers, M.A., M.Ed. and Ph.D. students) primarily in the Elementary Education Program area. The individual will be expected to teach four courses per academic year with possible summer teaching opportunities available.
  • Service (20%): Provide leadership in the Elementary Education program area; across the Department, College, and University; and nationally. Participate 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 the broad, interdisciplinary scholarly field of Elementary Education (K-8)
  • An earned doctorate in education
  • Teacher of record in elementary (K-6) classrooms for at least three years
  • Experience teaching equity and justice-oriented courses for elementary teacher candidates; practicing elementary teachers; and PhD students, at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Experience working in multilingual settings and with multilingual students
  • Evidence of a commitment to equity and diversity efforts in educational contexts
  • Experience teaching and researching elementary school students
  • A strong publication record

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professionally licensed (current or expired) in a content area (e.g. English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies) or in elementary education (K-6)
  • Evidence of a commitment to teaching, research, and collaborating in community-based settings.
  • Background in multiple theoretical traditions and perspectives.
  • Knowledge and experience with multiple research methodologies.
About the Department

The Department is committed to promote social justice and dismantle racial, socioeconomic, gender and language injustices in education; actively work to eliminate barriers and obstacles created by institutional discrimination; and to develop future teachers, practitioners, and researchers who are equipped to identify and challenge systems and structures of racism and oppression in the field, locally and globally. This tenure-track faculty member will have an appointment in the Department’s Elementary Education program area.

The Elementary Education program consists of an undergraduate Bachelor of Science Degree; a Master’s of Education (MEd) Initial Licensure Program; a Master’s of Arts Degree; and a PhD major. For more than a decade, Elementary Education has been the Department’s largest program area in terms of total number of students across degrees (200+ Undergrads; 100+ teacher licensure students; 5-10 M.A./Ph.D. students). Across all of its programs, Elementary Education faculty and staff intentionally aim to enact-- in their research, teaching, service, outreach, and program leadership—the Department’s social justice commitments.

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. Mark Vagle (

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


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About the U of M

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