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Assistant Professor, Department of English (Tenure Track)

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: English, Full Time

The Department of English at the University of Delaware invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the English Education program, a position focused on the preparation of future secondary English teachers, to begin on August 16, 2020. Successful candidates must possess a doctorate in English Education or Education by that time and have demonstrated excellence in research and teaching as well as a commitment to and experience in promoting diversity, fostering equity, and engaging with critical frameworks in education.

We welcome applicants with a strong research agenda in equity-oriented English education, broadly construed. Possible areas of research include (but are not restricted to) secondary English Language Arts classroom practices, public schools, social justice and education, teacher preparation, teacher recruitment and retention, college access and persistence, communities and schools, critical race theory in education, racial literacies in education, educational policy, and sociocultural studies in education. We are open to a wide variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. 

QUALIFICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: All candidates must demonstrate the following qualifications: Excellence in teaching middle or high school English Language Arts for a minimum of three years; familiarity with equity-oriented English teacher preparation research and practice; experience mentoring pre-service or in-service teachers; knowledge of program accreditation processes (such as CAEP); and strong interpersonal and communication skills. Experience in teaching both middle and high school English, in administration, in college-level teaching, and in creating and maintaining school/university and/or community/university partnerships are preferred.

Successful candidates will be expected to establish a vigorous research program and contribute to our innovative, equity-oriented undergraduate English Education program by teaching undergraduate English Education courses; mentoring student teachers and overseeing other mentors; serving in rotating program administration roles, such as program coordinator or student teaching coordinator; and contributing to our program’s key role in the university’s position as a leading destination for school/university collaborations and community partnerships. The position carries with it opportunities to engage in other teaching, committee work, and professional development activities in accord with individual qualifications and interests, including collaborations with other Secondary Education programs and/or the College of Education and Human Development. The English Education program, like all secondary education programs at UD, is housed in its content department—the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences. The successful candidate will be prepared to contribute to the Department’s record of leadership in teaching, professional engagement, and service, and will share the Department’s commitment to developing and supporting curricular, student, and faculty diversity. The position includes a competitive salary, a 2-2 teaching load, and excellent benefits, such as family-friendly policies.

ENGLISH AT UD: The Department of English at the University of Delaware ( is within the College of Arts and Sciences and is a dynamic and collegial collection of scholars and teachers devoted to interdisciplinary research and teaching. We offer a diverse set of programs, including literary studies, creative writing, professional writing, drama, film, ethnic and cultural studies, and English Education, and our faculty lead programs in environmental humanities, disability studies, material culture studies, and journalism, among many other programs. In addition to the English major and several interdisciplinary minors, we offer a strong English Education major that prepares students to be CAEP-certified secondary education teachers of English. We offer as well two 4+1 programs that allow English majors to earn a BA in English followed by an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language, or an MA/MPA in public policy/public administration. Our faculty are given strong support to develop educational opportunities that engage our students within and beyond the classroom.

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware offers exceptional educational experiences including integrated instruction, research and public engagement. With 23 academic departments and more than 25 centers, programs and institutes, the College serves more than 6,000 undergraduate students and 2,000 graduate students with CAS majors, but also every single University student through fundamental course work. The College’s 600 faculty members emphasize the enduring value of an arts and science education and share a deep commitment to excellence in scholarship and all forms of creative and intellectual expression. The College includes departments in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, and it features outstanding research and teaching facilities. Faculty and staff encourage and support innovative interdisciplinary collaborations, and students engage local, national and global audiences through research and creative activity. With annual research expenditures of approximately $35 million, the College currently houses several large, interdisciplinary grants with significant funding from the NIH and NSF.

The University of Delaware is one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher education, combining tradition and innovation. The university recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the experience of its employees and in supporting its academic mission. We are committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds, and we strongly encourage applications from educators from under-represented groups. UD provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

TO APPLY: Review of applications will begin on October 20, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should upload the following materials at a letter of application; a curriculum vitae, contact information for at least three references; three brief (one page or less) statements on (1) research, (2) teaching, and (3) past and planned contributions to the field in terms of diversity, equity, critical frameworks, and community engagement; a writing sample; and a small teaching portfolio (3-5 documents that demonstrate effectiveness in a range of teaching experiences). For additional information, please contact the search committee chair, Professor Deborah Bieler, at (please indicate “English Education position” in the subject line).

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Compensation packages are highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The UD benefits package is one of the best in the nation.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups. The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

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