Overview

The School of Health Sciences and Education and the Education Department invite applications for a full-time, tenure-track generalist in Education position.

Responsibilities: Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate courses in educational foundations, initial clinical experience, and field supervision courses. Teaching emphasis on Reading Interventions and Dyslexia or English for Speakers of Other Languages is desirable. Scholarly activity and output appropriate to rank is expected, consistent with the teacher-scholar model. Additional duties after the first year may include advising, mentoring of students in research and other experiences, and service to the university, community, and profession. Summer teaching/supervision is available and intermittently expected.

Required Qualifications:
▪ A terminal degree in Education or closely-related field (ABD considered, with an expected completion date within one calendar year beginning at appointment)
▪ Classroom teaching experience with evidence of teaching effectiveness

Preferred Qualifications:
Teaching experience in K-12 public schools

Experience in, or an interest in developing expertise in, one or more of the following:

  • Reading Interventions and Dyslexia
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Disability Studies
  • Professional Development Offerings

Candidates Evaluated On:

  • Evidence of, or demonstrated potential for, teaching effectiveness in a variety of education courses and clinical field experiences in education;
  • Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Evidence of, or demonstrated potential for, mentoring students in transformative learning experiences such as clinical practicum, undergraduate and graduate research, service-learning, and study abroad;
  • Evidence of, or demonstrated potential for, representing the teacher preparation program to multiple external constituencies such as public school district personnel, legislators, and parents;
  • Research background that meets Truman’s standards and teacher-scholar model;

Rank and Salary: Assistant Professor: Salary and tenure-track status will be negotiated according to experience and qualifications. Promotion to Associate Professor normally based on: six years at rank of Assistant Professor, record of effective instruction; sustained record of scholarly production; history of meaningful service. Truman offers an attractive benefits package including life, health, and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and stipend for moving expenses.

The Department: At Truman State University, the Master of Arts in Education (MAE) program produces teachers who have depth of content knowledge enhanced by critical thinking regarding current national trends. Students complete an undergraduate degree in the liberal arts and sciences before earning a Master of Arts in Education graduate degree in one of 17 certification areas. The MAE program brings together students from diverse areas of study to focus on becoming teachers. Graduate students have opportunities to develop curriculum, conduct action research, and gain extensive experience in a variety of classroom settings. Graduates from the MAE program enjoy a high rate of post-graduation job placement and retention throughout the nation and internationally.

The School: The School of Health Sciences and Education is committed to the integration of professional curricula within the framework of a liberal arts education. The teacher preparation program culminates in initial teaching certification at the master’s degree level within 17 certification areas approved by DESE. High priority is placed on instructional excellence, collegiality within and across university departments, and a commitment to student learning. For more information about the program and Truman State University, please visit http://www.truman.edu/majors-programs/graduate-studies/areas-study/education/

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 6,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree.

Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research, and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report. Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top five of its master’s university rankings in each of the past five years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit truman.edu/about.

The Community: Located in Northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and has a medical school, dental school, and community college. The Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the NEMO Triathlon, and the Red, White, and Blue Festival. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at kirksvillechamber.com.

Application: The application process is coordinated by the Education Department. Electronic submission of applications is required and must be completed at http://employment.truman.edu. Completed applications must include:

  • Cover letter that directly addresses the required and preferred qualifications, recent and active scholarship, and any other applicant characteristics that merit emphasis;
  • Current curriculum vitae;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy that presents the candidate’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences;
  • Evidence of potential for or demonstrated success in teaching excellence and scholarly activity;
  • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable);
  • Contact information for at least three references.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate and undergraduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.

Questions about the position may be directed to Jocelyn Prendergast, Ph.D., Search Committee Chair, Department of Education, Violette Hall 2310, 100 E. Normal Ave., Truman State University, Kirksville, MO 63501, jprend@truman.edu, 660-785-7266.