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Senior Literacy Scholar and Director of the Reading Research Center

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Tennessee, United States
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 20, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Other Education, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences
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College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The University of Tennessee is seeking an associate or full professor to direct a new reading research center housed in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) at the University of Tennessee. The Center is currently funded by the Tennessee Department of Education at $5M for three years and will be focused on evaluating new policies outlined in Reading 360 (, a comprehensive statewide literacy improvement plan for the state of Tennessee. The senior scholar position is permanent; however, the director role will be contingent upon future funding.

CEHHS is a multidisciplinary unit with 90+ tenured/tenure-track faculty members, housed in eight departments. The Director will lead a staff of 4-5, along with many affiliated faculty members and researchers across the UT system. The Director will lead and collaborate with leaders from the Tennessee Department of Education, PreK-12 schools, and UT Extension to assess needs, determine research and evaluation questions, design and implement research, and share and disseminate findings. Responsibilities include overseeing all studies under the center, leading external funding efforts, and supervising staff. Options for graduate teaching and mentoring will be available. Options for tenure upon hire are also available. The successful candidate will demonstrate how they will lead collaboratively, strategically, and with a sense of community.

Required Qualifications:
PhD or EdD in literacy education, educational research, or related field
Outstanding record of research and strong methodological skills related to teaching and learning
Successful history of procuring external funding to support PreK-12 research
Strong writing and communication skills
Strong management and leadership skills
Strong collaboration abilities
An understanding of literacy research, learning, and teaching
Appreciation of the scientific bases of literacy development, instruction, and assessment
Ability to work with multiple stakeholders (e.g., state-level leaders, PreK-12 leaders)

Preferred Qualifications
PreK-5 expertise in reading research and teaching
Successful experience in higher education
Strong quantitative skills
History of working with or expertise with children with linguistically and/or culturally diverse backgrounds

Position is 12-month and begins August 1, 2022. Salary: $125-195K, depending on rank, credentials, experience, and expertise.

For more information about the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, please visit

Located near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) was founded in 1794 and is one of the oldest public universities in the country. UTK is a vibrant and diverse urban campus, located in the heart of Knoxville. It is the flagship campus for the UT system, a participating institution of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and is officially designated as a Research (Very High Research Activity) and Community Engagement University by the Carnegie Foundation. For more information about UTK and Knoxville, please visit:

Applications: Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. To apply, submit a letter of application, the names, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references, a curriculum vitae, and up to two publications (optional) to

For questions, please contact:
Dr. Sherry Bell, Search Committee Chair

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law.
In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university.
Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.
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