Overview

The Park University School for Education is seeking to fill a full­time, tenure track position with half­time responsibilities as the Director of the Dorothy Harper Watson Literacy Center.

The position includes teaching undergraduate/graduate courses, advising students, participating actively in scholarship and research, and collaborating with colleagues in program development. Other responsibilities include being active in professional organizations within the discipline, providing service to the university and community, and other faculty related duties as assigned. The Director will also be responsible for developing relationships and partnerships with external constituents, initiating outreach activities and enhancing the Center’s role in literacy education in the Northland and Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area.

Position Accountabilities:

  • Assistant Professor of Literacy Education
  • Teach coursework in the Teacher Education department (undergraduate) and Graduate Reading program, as needed by the department
  • Contribute to further development of the Graduate Reading program, with an emphasis in reading interventions and early literacy and/or literacy studies
  • Must have knowledge in Reading or Literacy Studies in the following areas: diagnosis and intervention with elementary, middle, and secondary struggling readers; literacy within political, social, and economic contexts; and family and community literacy.
  • Knowledge of current initiatives and issues in reading and public-school literacy programs will be expected.
  • Knowledge of ILA standards, teaching at the university level, and working in public school reading programs is preferred.
  • Director of the Watson Literacy Center
  • Lead Advisory Board and solicit input for Center outreach projects
  • Identify and formalize projects to include an action timeline (e.g. River Read Children’s Literature Festival)
  • Develop and implement a plan to track Center use and resource use for the Academic Year to include internal and external use reports
  • Prepare annual report for Center success, lessons learned, and future considerations

Position Requirements:

  • Doctoral degree in the education profession with an area of specialization in literacy education;
  • a minimum of three years teaching in a public/private K­12 setting; excellent communication skills;
  • ability to interact with diverse constituents and ability to work in fast­ paced environment;
  • Familiarity with online programs and course instruction are highly desirable.
  • Previous experience leading collaborative service projects is a plus.

Park University provides a competitive compensation and benefits package including health and life insurance, retirement plan, generous paid time off, and paid undergraduate tuition for employees and dependents. Park University is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.Qualified applicants must upload their curriculum vitae, cover letter, and contact information for 5 professional references, of which one is a recent supervisor. Your cover letter must include your salary expectations. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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