Assistant Professor (Reading)

  • Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States
  • College of Education
  • Academic & Student Affairs
  • College of Education
  • Faculty Full Time
  • Opening on: Dec 22 2022

General Summary:

The Department of Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University seeks a highly qualified educator for a full-time 8-month, tenure track position in teacher education beginning in Fall 2023.

The candidate should have a scholarly agenda and teaching experience related to literacy education and field-based educator preparation. The Department of Teacher Education is proud of its legacy for enacting teacher preparation and teacher learning and development that is deeply grounded in principles and practices that address diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. As a department, we seek applicants who aim to advance our goal to develop educators who embrace the spirit of wholeheartedness, know how to care for and engage all learners in the classroom, and create learning environments with effective levels of student voice and agency. More broadly, the department and college have established mutually collaborative relationships with diverse schools and community organizations with the goals of improving educator preparation, increasing the diversity of educators, engaging in youth development and learning, and contributing to transformational teaching, learning, and leading in support of healthy communities. We seek candidates who demonstrate the capacity to engage ethically in communities of practice with ethnically, racially, linguistically, and otherwise diverse populations and historically marginalized youth, families, and communities and who seek to enact such a commitment in collaboration with others in the department, college, campus, and broader community.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include teaching, advising, and mentoring students at the undergraduate and master’s levels. The candidate will be expected to maintain a focus in teaching, scholarship, and service as well as collaborate with colleagues throughout the university and community. The candidate will be expected to teach and serve students on and off campus, in face-to-face, and in online learning environments. Candidates should have experience with school and community-engaged teaching and learning approaches, university-school partnerships, and a commitment to developing and fostering relationships with school communities to support field-based teacher education.


Minimum Qualifications:

o Doctoral degree in literacy education or related field and completed by date of appointment from an accredited institution.

o An emergent/active community-engaged scholarly agenda and accomplishments related to the appointment.

o Prior literacy teaching experience in a P-12 school in the U.S. o Interest in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Desired Qualifications:

o Current scholarly and practice-based expertise in elementary education (i.e. K-6 grades) and/or secondary education in the field of literacy, particularly in areas paramount to student success, the effectiveness of educators, and to the future of literacy studies: digital literacy, critical literacy, culturally competent literacy, and anti-racist literacy pedagogy

o A flexible, collaborative nature with literacy scholarship focused on the impact of literacies and literacy studies on teacher preparation, teacher retention, and teacher development o Pedagogical practice in teaching undergraduates and graduate students for in-person and virtual delivery formats

o Experience and expressed interest in recruiting and mentoring students

o Prior experience or interest in learning how to use data for program review and accreditation purposes

o The ideal candidate demonstrates experience and versatility in inclusive pedagogy.

We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice through their teaching, research, and service. The successful candidate will serve an eight-month, tenure track appointment with summer employment contingent on student demand and funding. A competitive salary will be based on qualifications and prior experience with a tenure track appointment at the assistant professor rank. Starting date should be no later than August 31, 2023.

Supplemental Information:

Applicants should submit:

- a letter of interest that addresses the required and desired qualifications;

- a one-page statement of how the applicant can contribute to Eastern Michigan University’s values and practices regarding diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice;

- detailed curriculum vitae;

- unofficial graduate transcripts

- and names/telephone numbers of at least three references

Application review will begin January 3, 2023. Review of applications will continue until a finalist is identified. For more information, contact Dr. Wendy Burke, Department Head for the Department of Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University at

If contacted, you will be asked to present official transcripts of your highest degree earned at the time of interview. 

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