The Department of Instruction & Curriculum Leadership in the College of Education seeks a tenure track Assistant Professor (full-time, academic year appointment) who has a program of teaching, research, and service that is situated in the Elementary Social Studies and Urban Education context.  The applicant should demonstrate commitment to and experience with (1) elementary social studies methods; (2) diversity, social justice, and equity in order to promote effective learning; (3) culturally relevant practice; (4) engaging history and present social inequities and uses reflective practice to challenge their work and explicitly confront social inequality; (5) reflecting on their own identities in relationship to social justice as it pertains to local, national and/or global contexts, and (6) comprehensive and sustained professional growth opportunities to enhance professional practices involving diverse populations. The expected teaching load is three courses per semester of the academic year. The desired candidate will have commitments to the content area of elementary social studies and urban education, have scholarship in the field of elementary social studies and urban education, have experience in teacher education, professional development, and field-based teacher education. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to teaching, research, and service at a large research-based institution that integrates high leverage practices into their coursework and professional development. The candidate should have knowledge of the edTPA, university teaching experience (including face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning environments), and teaching experience with K-5 children and families from diverse cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds and have a commitment to preservice teacher preparation programs that directly lead to licensure. (position #002759).



  • Earned doctorate in elementary social studies education, urban education, or closely related field;
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching for a minimum of 3 years in the PK-5 setting;
  • Expertise in elementary social studies education; and
  • Experience with urban teacher education.


  • Experience with field-based teacher education;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of academic and research-based strategies
  • Experience working on externally funded projects and seeking external funding;
  • Experience in collaborating and acquiring multidisciplinary grants;
  • Expertise in using classroom assessments and student achievement data to inform instruction;
  • Demonstrated ability to apply the teacher education assessments;
  • Experience and evidence of excellence in teaching at the college level;
  • Demonstrated use of technology integration in teaching and professional development;
  • Experience with teacher leadership and professional development;
  • Experience with professional development with urban schools;
  • Participated in collaborative school and community-based initiatives and partnerships;
  • Commitment to social justice through urban and equity-focused teaching research and service; and
  • Commitment to meeting the educational and cultural needs of diverse populations;

Apply online at: https://workforum.memphis.edu

About University of Memphis

The University of Memphis is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as one of two public research universities and the only community engaged public university in Tennessee. It has seven colleges and six schools serving a diverse population of nearly 22,000 students, including 4,500 graduate students. The University is strongly committed to its urban mission and outreach programs, and recognizes the diverse and integrated role played by faculty and administration in fulfilling a comprehensive mission of research, education, and community outreach. The College of Education, with 85 full-time faculty positions, is fully accredited by NCATE and is a leader in the enhancement of teacher education. Instruction and Curriculum Leadership is one of three departments in the college. The department offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees.  The mission of the ICL Department is to prepare our graduates with the content knowledge, skills and dispositions informed by teaching, research, and service to become reflective practitioners and collaborative leaders within diverse settings focusing on urban education.  For additional information, please see the websites of the university (http://www.memphis.edu), the college (http://www.memphis.edu/coe/), and the department (http://www.memphis.edu/icl).