Open Rank Professor(s) in Elementary Literacy



Job description

College of Education
Department of Teaching and Learning
Open Rank Professor(s) in Elementary Literacy

The Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Iowa invites applications for one-to-two academic year open rank (i.e., assistant/associate/full professor) tenure-track faculty positions in Elementary Literacy Education beginning August 2019.

We seek individuals with evidence of significant professional promise or accomplishment in research that impacts elementary literacy education. The successful applicant will be expected to maintain a robust program of empirical research; teach undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary education; teach graduate courses in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program; and advise undergraduate, MA, and PhD students.

Education Requirement
Prospective candidates must have earned a doctorate in reading or literacy or a related discipline by August 2019.

Required Qualifications
(1) evidence of scholarly productivity and/or promise of such in elementary literacy; (2) successful teaching experience in K-8 classrooms; (3) record of effective teaching at the postsecondary level; (4) potential for securing external funds for research, training, and program development; and (5) experience working with diverse populations.

Desirable Qualifications
(1) record of effective teaching in literacy education courses at the postsecondary level; (2) licensure (or eligible for licensure) at the elementary level; (3) established record of securing external funds for research, training, and/or program development; (4) experience with building partnerships with local schools and communities; and (5) expertise in reading and at least one of the following areas: language arts, children’s literature, writing, digital literacies, disciplinary literacy or culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

The successful applicant will continue a robust empirical research program in elementary literacy education; design and teach undergraduate/graduate courses in elementary teacher education and literacy education; and advise undergraduate, MA, and PhD students. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to pursue and secure external funding; contribute to national and international scholarship in the field; be involved with local, state, and national activities that support the practice of elementary literacy education; and engage in service to the program, department, college, and university. Faculty are required to engage in at least 4 hours a semester of collaboration with teachers in contributing to instruction in K8 classrooms.

Highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent start-up package, benefits, and research support.

Academic year (9 month) tenure-track appointment beginning August 2019.

About the Program
The Department of Teaching and Learning (T & L) at the University of Iowa includes over 35 faculty members. The Elementary Education Program provides instruction to over 300 students each year, including multiple courses in teaching elementary literacy, English language arts, and field experiences in schools. Faculty members in elementary literacy are also members of to the Language, Literacy, and Culture (LLC) Program, which brings together scholarly traditions and contemporary theory in literacy. The program provides both a broad background in relevant theoretical and research literature and opportunities for doctoral students to conduct original studies that explore the nature of literacy practices both in and out of school. The program also offers a master’s degree in Developmental Reading. The College of Education houses the Iowa Reading Research Center in partnership with the State of Iowa where research on literacy practices is conducted to provide guidance for schools in literacy instruction.

About the College
The College of Education offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including licensure, endorsement, and certificate programs, many of which are regularly ranked among the best in the nation. Students study with our world-renowned faculty who are the leaders, scholars, and innovators in their fields. Our college is comprised of four departments: Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, and Teaching and Learning.

About the University and Surrounding Community
The University of Iowa (UI) is world-renowned for its commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. UI has been a member of the Big Ten conference since 1899 and the Association of American Universities since 1909. UI ranks #28 among the nation’s 629 public universities (U. S. News & World Report). More than 33,000 students earn bachelor’s, graduate, and professional degrees from UI’s 12 colleges.

UI is located in Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature that is widely recognized as one of the country’s most livable communities. With 70,000 residents, Iowa City is an attractive haven for scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and professionals of all kinds. Highlights of living in Iowa City include outstanding affordable health care, excellent libraries and schools, historic neighborhoods, and a lively downtown. Chicago, St. Louis, and Minneapolis/St. Paul are a short car or bus trip away, and nearby Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) connects travelers to the world. The relationship between Iowa City and the UI is very cooperative and supportive.

The University of Iowa is a founding member of the Central Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and is committed to recruiting and retaining the most talented and diverse faculty and staff and assisting dual-career couples.

How to apply

Candidates should submit an application letter addressing all qualifications noted above, curriculum vitae, two to three samples of scholarly writing, contact information for three references, and graduate college transcripts. To apply for this position, go to our website at and choose requisition number 73463. Address inquiries or nominations to Amanda Thein, or call 319-335-5383.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Iowa is a major national research university located on a 1,900-acre campus in Iowa City in southeast Iowa, on the Iowa River near the intersection of U.S. Interstate Highways 80 and 380. Iowa is composed of 11 colleges, the largest of which is the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, enrolling most of Iowa's undergraduates.