Overview

The School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL), Utah State University, offers an Assistant Professor position in Literacy/Elementary Writing . Located on the main campus in Logan, Utah, this is a tenure-track, full-time, 9-month academic year position with the opportunity for summer employment dependent on the availability of funds. The role assignment for this position is 55% research, 40% teaching, and 5% service. The successful candidate will join a vital school of 42 faculty-31 on the Logan campus and 11 on regional campuses. Review of applications will begin November 2018 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is January or August 2019.

Responsibilities:

  1. Engage in academic scholarship, including conducting and publishing high-quality research and grant writing with preferred expertise in elementary writing/literacy
  2. Develop and teach high quality undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy/writing methods
  3. Show commitment to teaching and working with students from diverse populations
  4. Chair and serve on graduate student committees and mentor undergraduate and graduate students
  5. Provide national, state, and local service to the profession
  6. Participate in professional development with peers and K-6 school personnel

Dept/College Highlights:The School of Teacher Education and Leadership offers undergraduate programs for early childhood education (K-3), elementary education, and the professional education framework leading to secondary education licensure in other teaching majors. We also offer endorsement programs in early childhood education, reading education, math education, gifted and talented education, and ESL education. Our graduate programs include an MEd in instructional leadership, an administrative/supervisory concentration, an MS, MEd, and EdS in curriculum and instruction, and an EdD and a PhD in education with a specialization in curriculum and instruction and concentrations in instructional leadership, literacy education and leadership, mathematics education and leadership, cultural studies, and science education.

As part of a land-grant institution, we deliver our programs to students on campuses across the state of Utah through interactive broadcast and online delivery. We value our partnerships with local, state, national, and international leaders and welcome the many ongoing opportunities we have to collaborate toward common goals. Drawing on the extensive knowledge base in both theoretical and practice-oriented research, we design programs and research focusing on increasing the quality of teaching, learning, and leadership within complex local and global contexts. This involves creating equitable educational opportunities for all students, as well as preparing researchers and instructional leaders to use evidence-based instruction that results in improved student achievement and equitable opportunities in schools for all students.

Utah State University (USU), a land-grant university, is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with “high research activity.” It is in the top 3% of higher education institutions in the country. USU received $243,933,881 in research awards during the 2016 fiscal year. Enrollment (undergraduate and graduate students) exceeds 27,000. There are 41 schools and departments in eight academic colleges and a School of Graduate Studies that offers 38 doctoral degrees and 96 master’s degrees. USU has a national and international reputation for its education, agricultural, aerospace-engineering, and natural resources academic programs.

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services is ranked 6th nationally in external funding with over $46 million in grants and contracts (US News and World Report, 2017). It is one of the largest colleges of education in the nation, with eight departments, an elementary laboratory school, over 130 tenure-track faculty, and hundreds of research-supported employees housed in the Center for Persons with Disabilities, and the Emma Eccles Jones Early Childhood Education and Research Center. The Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence, will provide state-of-the art clinical services beginning Fall 2018.

Logan is a community of more than 100,000 people located in Cache Valley in the mountains of northern Utah, 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. It is at the mouth of Logan Canyon, a scenic gateway to a wide variety of recreational opportunities. There are Forest Service campgrounds and extensive fishing, biking, and hiking opportunities within a few miles of campus. Bear Lake (a large, multiuse recreational lake on the Utah-Idaho border) is just 40 miles away through Logan Canyon. Skiing is available within a few miles of campus. The local schools have a reputation of being strong academically and are well situated throughout the valley. Housing costs are moderate. Logan boasts a large regional hospital and excellent medical and dental care services.

Utah State University offers competitive salaries and outstanding medical, retirement, and professional benefits. Women, minority, and veteran candidates as well as candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Utah State University is sensitive to the needs of dual-career couples, and is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. An excellent fringe benefit package is provided that includes medical and disability insurance and retirement benefits that amount to approximately one third of the salary.

Additional information requests or questions concerning this position can be sent to Dr. Marla Robertson (marla.robertson@usu.edu).

Qualifications:Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Earned EdD or PhD by time of appointment with emphasis in literacy education
  2. An emerging record of publications in refereed journals that aligns with the assistant professor level
  3. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and collegial relationships with faculty, students, and staff
  4. Demonstrated commitment to support diversity and inclusiveness
  5. Demonstrated ability in teaching higher education students
  6. Demonstrated expertise in qualitative and/or quantitative research methodologies
  7. Demonstrated expertise in teaching at the elementary school level in K-6 school environments (3-5 years)

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. A record of grant development to support teaching and scholarly work related to writing instruction/literacy
  2. Experience with distance education delivery, learning management systems, and/or online/hybrid course development and delivery
  3. Expertise in teaching/research related to one or more of the following: instruction or development of English learners (ELs), early childhood education, digital literacies, or intervention research

Opportunity Type: Full-Time w/benefits packagePercent of Time or Hours per Week: 100%

Advertised Salary: Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits

Required Documents (The names and contact information of 3 references will be collected during the application process):
Cover Letter, Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness, Research Statement, Resume/CV, Writing Samples

Other Required document types/Special Instructions to Applicants:
Along with the online application, please attach:
1. Letter of application describing your qualifications for the position
2. Research agenda as it relates to research in language arts/literacy
3. Current curriculum vitae
4. Copies of teaching evaluations for any university-level instruction
5. Three samples of scholarly work (e.g., peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, papers under review or in press)
6. Contact information for five professional references (this will be captured during the application process)

Often Functional Requirements (25-75% time):
Both hands required or compensated by the use of acceptable prostheses

Continuous Functional Requirements (75%+ time):
Routine visual requirements (e.g. reading with attention to details; seeing activities near and far),Routine hearing ability (e.g. whispers at close range; voices at 15 feet; converse by telephone)

Continuous Environmental Factors (75%+ time):
Inside

ADA Cognitive Requirements:
Apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Deal with non-verbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.) in its most difficult phases. Deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables. Comprehend complex, hard-to-understand concepts.

ADA Math Requirements:
Apply knowledge of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques such as differential and integral calculus, factor analysis, and probability determination, or work with a wide variety of theoretical mathematical concepts and make original applications of mathematical procedures, as in empirical and differential equations.

ADA Communication Requirements – Speech:
Expression of a level comparable to 5, plus highest order verbal skills such as ability to lecture to large groups, ability to speak on complex issues without prepared notes.

ADA Comm Requirements – Comprehension:
Comprehensive and expression of a level comparable to 5, plus highest order of composition skills such as ability to do this as primary function of the job, to draft and edit publication-quality papers, to prepare highly complex documents such as wills and contracts. May involve a large volume of such composition.

ADA Travel Requirements:
Minimal travel required – ability to travel infrequently (i.e., annually) for activities such as developmental sessions at a centralized training center.