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Open Rank Professor in English Education

University of Iowa
Iowa, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 29, 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 University of Iowa
College of Education
Department of Teaching and Learning
Open Rank Professor in English Education


The Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Iowa invites applications for two academic-year tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor in the English Education program. The position(s) will begin August 17, 2022.


We seek individuals with evidence of significant professional promise or accomplishment in research that impacts English Education. The successful applicant will be expected to maintain a robust program of scholarship, teach undergraduate and graduate courses in English Education, and advise MA students in English Education and PhD students in the Literacy, Culture, and Language Education (LCLE) program. We seek applicants who actively engage equity, inclusivity, and anti-racist education.

Education Requirement

Prospective candidates must have earned a doctorate in English Education or a related discipline by August 1, 2022.

Required Qualifications

(1) Evidence of scholarly productivity or promise of scholarly productivity (rank dependent); (2) experience in English Education instruction; (3) demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, and anti-racist education; (4) demonstrated commitment to working and collaborating with culturally, linguistically, racially, and socioeconomically diverse populations; (5) Teaching expertise in at least one or more of the following areas of interest within secondary English/literacy Education: writing pedagogy, young adult literature, secondary reading, language variation, critical literacy, culturally responsive/sustaining pedagogy, anti-racist pedagogy, social justice, multilingualism, media literacy, multimodal literacies, drama and performance, classroom discourse, and teacher education.

Desirable Qualifications

(1) Successful experience teaching in K-12 settings; (2) evidence of excellent teaching skills at the undergraduate and graduate level; (3) licensure (or eligibility for licensure) in English/literacy Education at the secondary level; (4) a record of securing external funds for research, training, and program development; and (5) interest in building partnerships across campus and with local schools and communities.


Major responsibilities include: conducting an active program of research and building a scholarly research agenda in education, designing and teaching undergraduate/graduate courses in teacher education in the Department of Teaching and Learning, and advising both English Education MA students and PhD students in the Literacy, Culture, and Language Education program. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to pursue and secure external funding; contribute to national and international scholarship; be involved with local, state, and national activities that support the practice of English Education; actively engage diversity, equity, inclusivity, and anti-racist education; and participate in service to the program, department, college, and university. Faculty are required to engage in at least 4 hours per semester of collaboration with teachers in contributing to instruction in K12 classrooms.


Highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits, start-up package, and research support.


Academic year (9 month) tenure-track appointment beginning August 17, 2022.


Candidates should submit an application letter addressing all qualifications noted above, curriculum vitae, sample of scholarly writing, contact information for three references, and graduate college transcripts. To apply for this position, go to our website at choose requisition number 74309. Address inquiries or nominations to Carolyn Colvin ( or call 319-3355588.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

About the Department and English Education

The Department of Teaching and Learning (T & L) at the University of Iowa includes over 35 faculty members and 900 students. It includes undergraduate teacher education program areas as well as MAT/MS/MA and PhD graduate programs. The incoming scholar will contribute to undergraduate and MA programs in English Education as well as the PhD program in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education (LCLE). The English Education program features carefully designed practicum experiences in schools, where students have the opportunity to tutor, coach, and teach in classrooms. Students study literature, writing, drama, digital media, and other contemporary topics through classes taken from the world-renowned English department as well as coursework in pedagogy and literacy.

The LCLE PhD program brings together interdisciplinary scholarly traditions and contemporary theory in Literacy and Cultural Studies, Multilingual Education and Applied Linguistics, and Social Studies Education. The LCLE program provides students with the necessary content-area knowledge, interdisciplinary expertise, and research skills for independent research and varied leadership positions in LCLE Education. The Department of Teaching and Learning also has an active Solidarity Committee whose members provide guidance in equity, justice, and anti-racist education to colleagues and graduate students in the Teacher Education Program.

About the College

The College of Education offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including licensure, endorsement, and certificate programs, many of which are regularly ranked among the best in the nation. Students study with our world-renowned faculty who are the leaders in their fields. Our college is comprised of four departments: Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, Counselor Education, and Teaching and Learning. The College houses several Centers that support work in critical areas of education, including UI REACH, Iowa Reading Research Center, Iowa Center for School Mental Health, and the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development.  

The College has a Strategic Plan (, which includes actively engaging with diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. The College is working intentionally through our Anti-Racism Collaborative (

About the University and Surrounding Community

The University of Iowa (UI) is world-renowned for its commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities.  UI has been a member of the Big Ten conference since 1899 and the Association of American Universities since 1909. UI ranks #33 among the nation’s 629 public universities (U. S. News & World Report). More than 32,500 students earn bachelor’s, graduate, and professional degrees from UI’s 11 colleges.   

UI is located in Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature that is widely recognized as one of the country’s most livable communities. With more than 70,000 residents, Iowa City is an attractive haven for scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and professionals of all kinds. Highlights of living in Iowa City include outstanding affordable health care, excellent libraries and schools, historic neighborhoods, and a lively downtown. Chicago, St. Louis, and Minneapolis/St. Paul are a short car or bus trip away, and nearby Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) connects travelers to the world. The relationship between Iowa City and the UI is very cooperative and supportive. 

The University of Iowa is a founding member of the Central Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and is committed to recruiting and retaining the most talented and diverse faculty and staff and assisting dual-career couples. 

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual.



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