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Phoebe Moore Dail Distinguished Professorship in Rural Education

East Carolina University
North Carolina, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Nov 1, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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                  Phoebe Moore Dail Distinguished Professorship in Rural Education

Organizational Unit Overview

East Carolina University, the third largest university in the UNC system, is located in North Carolina’s coastal plain midway between Raleigh and the coast. An institution of over 29,000 students, ECU is a research-intensive university which offers more than 104 bachelor’s degree programs, 73 master’s degree programs, 4 intermediate degree programs, 17 doctoral programs, and 2 first professional degree programs (MD, DDS). The College of Education at East Carolina University seeks applications for the position of Phoebe Moore Dail Distinguished Professor in Rural Education. This full-time, 9-month faculty position begins August 2022. Rank and salary: Associate/ Professor, commensurate with qualifications.

Job Duties              

This position will work closely with the Rural Education Institute and Office of Research in the College of Education (COE). We seek an eminent rural education scholar and teacher with skills/experience in the following: (a) distinguished record of research and publication; (b) highly effective teacher; (c) successful experience in collaborating with rural schools.

The Phoebe Moore Dail Professor will engage in research, teaching, and service. They will focus their research endeavors on educational issues impacting the many rural counties of North Carolina. They will bring to bear their deep understanding of similar contexts and the measures that have been implemented in those contexts to alleviate issues including poverty and disparities in terms of equity and access. In pursuing their research endeavors, they will seek grant funding, liaise with research institutes, and invite collaborations among school and university personnel and community members in establishing sustainable multidisciplinary approaches to mobilizing existing assets to address pressing issues.

We seek candidates with a commitment to the following statements:

ECU’s Diversity Goal: To cultivate an inclusive, respectful working, living and learning environment; provide culturally and academically rich educational experiences; prepare our students to lead in a global multicultural society; and engage the region through inclusive social and economic opportunities.

COE’s Anti-Racist Statement: It is the COE’s responsibility to employ faculty and staff who embrace and model antiracism in education curriculum, teaching practices, research, and service to our constituents.

The Phoebe Moore Dail Professor will focus their teaching (typically two courses per year) in the department with which they are academically affiliated within the COE. This department is open to negotiation at the time of appointment, and we anticipate that the preferred candidate will be eligible for tenure in that department. Departments include: Elementary Education and Middle Grades Education; Special Education, Foundations and Research; Literacy Studies, English Education and History Education; Educational Leadership; Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education; and Interdisciplinary Professions. Finally, the service activities of the Phoebe Moore Dail Professor will include contributions commensurate with their position within the COE and/or ECU—typically including serving on pertinent committees associated with the shared governance culture of ECU and faculty search committees—in addition to serving in leadership roles on appropriate bodies at the state and national levels.

Contingent upon availability of funding.

Minimum Education/Experience       

Doctoral degree required in one of the COE departments or a related field (including but not limited to Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, Special Education, Foundations, Research, Literacy Studies, English Education, History Education, K-12 Education, Higher Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Instructional Technology, Counseling, Adult Education or Library Science) with an emphasis in educational equity in contexts of rurality.

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation           

Current or eligibility for NC Teaching License.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education           

A degree focused on rural education is preferred. A minimum of 5 years of experience working with rural schools and communities preferred; 10 years of experience preferred in educational research. Preferred candidates share COE’s commitment to serve diverse populations in rural North Carolina, valuing the rich culture of the university and surrounding communities.

Special Instructions to Applicant       

In addition to completing an online application form, candidates should also submit the following to the PeopleAdmin online applicant tracking system at (a) a letter of application describing specific skills and experiences relevant to the position, (b) a current curriculum vitae, (c) full contact information for at least three professional references, and (d) copies of transcripts (official transcripts of all conferred degrees will be required as part of the employment process for the selected candidate).  Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.


Please note that, for candidates of choice, an automatic e-mail will be sent to the individuals entered by the candidates in the References section of the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system.  Two to three original letters of reference are required for employment. Letters of reference submitted via the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system will be verified and considered towards meeting this requirement.  For letters of reference not submitted via the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system, please have the original signed letters mailed to: Michelle Smith, COE Dean’s Office, ECU, 1000 E. 5th St., Speight 243 Mailstop 504, Greenville, NC 27858-4353.

 Further questions regarding this position may be directed to the Search Chair, Professor Kristen Cuthrell (, Director, Rural Education Institute.

Additional Instructions to Applicant

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

Applications will be considered until position is filled. Please submit an online ECU application for vacancy #929713 to ECU Human Resources at

East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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