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Continuing Track Assistant Professor, Literacy

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: School of Education, Full Time

Continuing Track Assistant Professor in Literacy with a Focus on Supporting English Learners

Position. The School of Education in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Delaware invites applications for a continuing-track faculty position in literacy education to begin Fall 2020 at the rank of assistant professor. As a continuing-track (CT) faculty member, the successful candidate will have opportunities to teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses, take on leadership responsibilities in the School of Education, and contribute to improving excellence in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Additionally, CT faculty can gain promotion, apply for sabbatical leaves and enjoy the security of a multi-year appointment. Qualified candidates should be interested in establishing a long-term career at the University of Delaware. The start date of the position is September 1, 2020.


Qualifications and Responsibilities. A doctorate in Literacy or Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) is required. Applicants should have significant experience and expertise in both literacy instruction and TESL to be suitable for this position. Furthermore, applicants should have experience designing and teaching courses for prospective and/or practicing teachers in the areas of K-12 literacy instruction and methods for supporting English learners. Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience teaching literacy at the K-12 level, and with a specialization in working with English Learners. The successful candidate should be willing to teach both face-to-face and fully online undergraduate and graduate courses. Service responsibilities will include program coordination and/or accreditation data reporting responsibilities. While this position is a teaching and service focused position, we also seek candidates who are interested in applied research, community engagement, and program development. Finally, we are particularly interested in candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice through teaching, research, service, and/or public engagement.


Continuing Track at UD.

 Continuing track (CT) faculty enjoy many privileges (e.g., funding for travel and instructional improvements) and contribute to the scholarship of practice. For example, our CT faculty regularly present their work at both research and practice-focused conferences and secure internal and external funding to improve instruction and contribute to program development. CT faculty have a vibrant caucus and are often invited to collaborate with campus-based centers such as the  Center for Teaching and Learning, Partnership for Public Education, Delaware Center for Teacher Education, and the Center for the Study of Diversity. Additionally, CT faculty have been routinely recognized with teaching awards at both the college and university-level.


Opportunities for collaboration and public engagement will be available through the undergraduate teacher education program, the College’s Professional Development Center for Educators, and school districts across several states.


About the School of Education. The School of Education within the College of Education and Human Development has 50 full time faculty, and houses nearly 600 undergraduate majors and minors and 360 graduate students. The School of Education offers an undergraduate major in elementary teacher education and undergraduate minors in educational studies, educational technology, and race, culture and equity in education. The School of Education supports several robust graduate programs at both the master’s and doctoral level, including a Ph.D. program in education, an Ed.D. program in educational leadership, and an Ed.S. program in school psychology. Faculty in the School of Education are engaged in research activities that span mathematics education, language and literacy, the science of learning, sociocultural approaches, and educational policy. Faculty research is externally supported from numerous foundations and from federal agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Education Sciences, and the National Institutes of Health. In the last several years, faculty have garnered external funding in excess of $21 million and the college ranks among the top universities nationally in obtaining federal support for education research. Additionally, faculty in the School of Education are deeply engaged with K-12 schools and organizations that serve students and educational professionals in Delaware and other states. They are recognized for their contributions to local, state and national conversations about critical educational issues, lead organizations working to address those issues, and provide a range of supports to the agencies at the front lines of improving educational opportunities and outcomes. The faculty are a methodologically diverse and collegial group of nationally and internationally known scholars. The School of Education is responsive to the needs of dual career families, welcomes applicants who may have had nontraditional career paths, or who may have taken time off for family reasons (e.g. children, caring for disabled or elderly family), and is committed to supporting the work-life balance of its faculty.


About the University of Delaware. Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware combines tradition and innovation, offering students a rich heritage along with the latest in instructional and research technology. Located in Newark, Delaware, within two hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., the University is a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Carnegie Research University (a research designation accorded to fewer than three percent of the degree-granting institutions in the U.S.), and with external funding exceeding $200 million annually. A state-assisted, privately-governed institution, the University enrolls approximately 17,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students. The University of Delaware has been recognized for the past five years by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of America’s best university employers.


The University of Delaware strongly believes that our future success is firmly predicated on our steadfast commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Diversity is a core value and guiding principle for our School's educational mission to prepare future scholars, educators, and leaders to educate and lead in increasingly diverse schools and communities. The University of Delaware is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment, and strongly encourages applications from women, people who identify with minoritized groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.


Applications. Applications received by October 14, 2019 will receive first consideration. Applications should include a letter describing the candidate’s teaching experience with a statement about the candidate’s commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion with examples of relevant prior experiences and accomplishments (mentoring, instructional design, public initiatives, and so on). Applicants should submit a CV and three contact references. For inquiries, contact: Dr. Adrian Pasquarella, Search Committee Chair, 302-831-1118, Applicants should apply following link:


The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from minority group members and women. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

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