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Associate Professor of Urban Elementary Education

Oklahoma State University - Stillwater, OK
Oklahoma, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Nov 15, 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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College of Education and Human Sciences
School of Teaching, Learning and Educational Sciences
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Associate Professor
of Urban Elementary Education
Start Date: May 2022
Oklahoma State University is accepting applicants for an Associate Professor faculty position in Urban
Elementary Education within the School of Teaching, Learning and Educational Sciences in the College
of Education and Human Sciences, beginning May 2022. The position will be housed on the OSU-Tulsa
campus, a vibrant urban-serving R1 institution.
We are seeking an Associate Professor to join our award-winning and collaborative group of scholars.
The Elementary Education faculty at Oklahoma State University share a broad range of experiences,
research emphases, and pedagogical content knowledge. We have taught in diverse elementary and
middle-level classrooms in urban and rural communities, and in diverse communities with high rates of
poverty. We utilize a wide array of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies in our efforts to
make meaningful contributions to teachers’ and students’ lives as part of our land-grant mission. We
believe that the elementary classroom should provide socially and personally relevant experiences for
children, based on culturally responsive and generative pedagogy in knowledge of effective practices.
We serve our profession at the local, state, and national levels through our professional organizations.
Minimum requirements:
● An earned doctorate in Urban Education, Elementary Education, or closely related area;
● A demonstrated record of scholarship that merits a tenured faculty appointment as an associate
● Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion through urban and equity-focused
teaching, service and/or research;
● Experience in culturally-sustaining pedagogies and building communities of practice;
● Minimum of three years of successful, full-time K-8 teaching experience in U.S. public schools in
urban settings
● Experience in working with K-8 students and families from diverse backgrounds;
● Evidence of or demonstrated potential for highly effective undergraduate and graduate
instruction in innovative instructional methodologies of elementary-aged children;
● Experience within both theoretical and practical experience in typical and atypical development
of children in the context of their families, cultures, and communities;
● A record or plan for engagement in service that furthers the land-grant mission of the University;
● Evidence of collegiality and collaboration at the higher education levels and with public school
Preferred qualifications:
● Experience in innovative approaches to curriculum design and field placement supervision;
● Experience in effective and engaging hybrid and/or online teaching;
● Experience in active and successful recruitment and retention of undergraduate and graduate
students, both nationally and internationally;
● Expertise in partnering with school and community partners and professional learning
communities; and
● Demonstrated understanding of the needs of multiple, interacting influences on children’s
development and learning concerning the intersection of culture and learning; curriculum,
assessment techniques, and instructional approaches for K-8 children.
Responsibilities for this faculty position include:
● Coordinating, collaborating, and launching the Urban Elementary Education certification
● Teaching undergraduate courses in urban education with a focus on elementary education;
● Developing and implementing innovative strategies for the effective recruitment and retention of
traditional and non-traditional students to the Urban Elementary Education program;
● Facilitating field placements and supervising field placements of teacher candidates;
● Collaborating with public schools and university faculty and staff (Stillwater and Tulsa campuses)
to address the needs of children and educators as well as the community; and,
● Engaging in professional service at the program, school, university, national, and international
The successful candidate will appreciate the University’s land grant mission and embrace the opportunity
to make a positive impact on the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through
high-quality and integrated teaching, research, and service. Strong commitment to collaboration and
collegiality are highly valued. Elementary Education faculty members will work with others within the
program, college, and community to enhance and expand existing strengths and increase the positive
impact of the program on education in the state of Oklahoma, the region, and the nation.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits
include comprehensive medical and retirement plans.
APPLICATION INFORMATION: The process of reviewing applications will begin January 3, 2022, and
will continue until the position is filled (contingent upon available funding).
Search Chair: Dr. Donita Shaw can be reached at to answer any applicant
To apply, please visit and submit the following: a letter of application, curriculum
vita, statement of teaching (including philosophy, practices, and experiences), transcripts, and the names
and complete contact information (phone, email, physical mailing address) of three professional
references. Additionally, please provide three letters of recommendation from current or former
students as evidence of teaching effectiveness, and as evidence of centering relationships and engaging
in difficult conversations. For assistance with your required materials, you may contact Lisa Baker, STLES
Administrative Assistant, at
For more information about the School of Teaching, Learning & Educational Sciences, please visit our
website at For more information about the program or position,
contact search committee chair Dr. Donita Shaw at
About the School: As an academic unit of the College of Education and Human Sciences at Oklahoma
State University, the School of Teaching, Learning & Educational Sciences (STLES) has a diverse and
dynamic mission with 48 faculty and 6 staff members across two campuses, Stillwater and Tulsa. The
school prepares educators who lead in the global community and advocate for high-quality education
for all. Students experience rural, suburban and urban educational settings and a low student-to-faculty
ratio. Our graduates make transformative impacts on schools, people and communities, helping children
and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally. Our faculty, staff, students, and
graduates are dedicated professionals with a passion.
● Centers: Center for Research on STEM Teaching and Learning (CRSTL), the OSU Writing Project,
the Randall and Carol White Reading and Mathematics Center, and the School Psychology
● Academic Programs: STLES offers undergraduate, graduate degrees, and certificates within the
main umbrella disciplines of elementary education, secondary education (English, Math, Science,
Social Studies, Foreign Language, and Art), special education, school psychology, and
curriculum studies; approximately 500 undergraduate and 115 graduate students were enrolled
in Fall 2021. Our programs produce leaders for industry, academic, and public school education
positions through undergraduate and graduate programs, internships, and experiential learning
● Research: The school’s expert faculty conduct internationally- and nationally-recognized research
focused on content and field-specific teacher education, curriculum development, English
learners, special education, school psychology, behavior and intervention, and working with
educators, K-20 students, and schools.
● Instruction: The school’s expert faculty provide high-quality instruction to promote student
success. Our undergraduate programs offer service learning, internship and practicum
Oklahoma State University is a land-grant institution committed to excellence in diversity and inclusion.
We strive to maintain a welcoming and inclusive environment that appreciates and values all members of
the University community. We define diversity as engagement in meaningful actions, behaviors, and
conversations that reflect a commitment to recognizing, understanding, and respecting the differences
among students, faculty, staff, and visitors throughout the OSU system. We do not condone acts,
behavior, language, or symbols that represent or reflect intolerance or discrimination. OSU is dedicated
to cultivating and enriching the competitive advantages that diversity and inclusion provides all
members of the University community. We identify diversity as a quality of life issue, as well as an
important economic driver for the prosperity and well-being of the state, nation, and world.
Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and
state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Oklahoma State University is committed
to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age,
sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or
veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or admissions. OSU
is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and desires priority referrals of of protected veterans for its openings. For
more information, visit https:///

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