Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) is a fully accredited public university serving about 10,000 full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students in the Chicago metropolitan area. The University offers more than 80 academic programs in the arts, sciences, education and business. Newsweek magazine has named Northeastern Illinois University the sixth best investment among all universities in the nation and number one in Illinois. The University also is recognized as one of the most diverse universities in the United States and is federally designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Program: The Literacy Education Program (in the Department of Literacy, Leadership and Development, Goodwin College of Education) offers an M.A. in Literacy Education with Reading Specialist licensure as well as a Reading Teacher Endorsement with state entitlement. Classes are taught primarily in evenings. All programs are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Responsibilities: This position requires effective teaching of graduate courses in Literacy Education, as well as undergraduate courses as needed. Other responsibilities are advising graduate students; engaging in program administration, student recruitment, curriculum development, and data collection/reporting for accreditation; collaborating closely with higher education colleagues and other literacy professionals; participating in service initiatives at the program, department, college, and university level; conducting and disseminating scholarly research; and engaging in grant work, including grant writing.

Required Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in Literacy Education or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution (ABD with completion by 9/1/2018 considered)
  • Evidence of or a demonstrated potential for teaching courses in PK-12 literacy instruction, particularly disciplinary literacy/secondary grades; children’s and young adult literature; and literacy assessment/diagnosis and intervention, including clinical practicum supervision
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional growth, collaboration/collegiality, and flexibility to meet program and students’ needs
  • Experience with multiple technologies in support of teaching and learning
  • Demonstrated commitment to just, equitable, and inclusive education

Preferred Qualifications

  • Classroom teaching experience (elementary or secondary)
  • Evidence of successful teaching in higher education
  • Evidence of or demonstrated potential for scholarly and creative activity, a focused research agenda for advancing knowledge in the field of literacy education
  • Evidence of professional service and/or community engagement activities related to literacy
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse students using innovative instructional approaches and methods
  • Evidence of or demonstrated potential for teaching and developing hybrid or online courses
  • Experience in urban education
  • Demonstrated success in obtaining external funds to support research and program development

Deadline: Screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Application: Please email letter of application, CV, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and the names of three references (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) to:

Dr. Christina Madda
Chair, Literacy Education Search and Screen Committee
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625