Assistant Professor of Social Studies/ Urban Education

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Job description

Instruction Curriculum Leadership
Position Summary
The Department of Instruction & Curriculum Leadership in the College of Education seeks a tenure track Assistant Professor (full-time, academic year appointment) who has a program of teaching, research, and service that is situated in the Elementary Social Studies and Urban Education context. The applicant should demonstrate commitment to and experience with (1) elementary social studies methods; (2) diversity, social justice, and equity in order to promote effective learning; (3) culturally relevant practice; (4) engaging history and present social inequities and uses reflective practice to challenge their work and explicitly confront social inequality; (5) reflecting on their own identities in relationship to social justice as it pertains to local, national and/or global contexts, and (6) comprehensive and sustained professional growth opportunities to enhance professional practices involving diverse populations. The expected teaching load is three courses per semester of the academic year. The desired candidate will have commitments to the content area of elementary social studies and urban education, have scholarship in the field of elementary social studies and urban education, have experience in teacher education, professional development, and field-based teacher education. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to teaching, research, and service at a large research-based institution that integrates high leverage practices into their coursework and professional development. The candidate should have knowledge of the edTPA, university teaching experience (including face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning environments), and teaching experience with K-5 children and families from diverse cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds and have a commitment to preservice teacher preparation programs that directly lead to licensure. (position #002759).

• Teach and supervise traditional and online elementary social studies education or related undergraduate and graduate courses;
• Implement a significant on-going program of focused scholarly research and publication, including collaborative efforts;
• Provide service and leadership to national professional organizations, the university, college, and department;
• Provide professional service to surrounding community partnerships, programs, and urban schools
• Chair and serve on Masters and Doctoral Committees.

Minimum Position Qualifications
• Earned doctorate in elementary social studies education, urban education, or closely related field;
• Evidence of excellence in teaching for a minimum of 3 years in the PK-5 setting;
• Expertise in elementary social studies education; and
• Experience with urban teacher education.

• Experience with field-based teacher education;
• Demonstrated knowledge of academic and research-based strategies
• Experience working on externally funded projects and seeking external funding;
• Experience in collaborating and acquiring multidisciplinary grants;
• Expertise in using classroom assessments and student achievement data to inform instruction;
• Demonstrated ability to apply the teacher education assessments;
• Experience and evidence of excellence in teaching at the college level;
• Demonstrated use of technology integration in teaching and professional development;
• Experience with teacher leadership and professional development;
• Experience with professional development with urban schools;
• Participated in collaborative school and community-based initiatives and partnerships;
• Commitment to social justice through urban and equity-focused teaching research and service; and
• Commitment to meeting the educational and cultural needs of diverse populations;

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

How to apply

Review of applications will begin March 5, 2018 and may continue until the position is filled. The department welcomes a diverse set of applicants. Applications are to be submitted electronically at Applicants are required to upload (1) a detailed a letter of application describing their teaching, research and service interests, and leadership experience, (2) curriculum vita, (3) names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of four references. Applicants will receive a confirmation number when all application materials are received. Letters of reference and a transcript will be requested upon interview.
Address inquiries and nominations to Dr. Jeffrey Byford (email: / office: 901-678-4883)

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