Overview

The Reading Education/Literacy Studies program is seeking an Assistant/Associate tenure-track faculty member to develop our clinical reading programs and to work with interdisciplinary faculty with a common interest in examining the range of literacy challenges that youth experience and to research, design, and implement diagnostic, instructional, and socially-oriented practices that support literacy learning and development.

Research interests of the current faculty include literacy content coaching, comparative policy and instructional practices of literacy educators, close analysis and composition of multimodal texts, sociolinguistic influences on literacy, transdisciplinary/transformative teaching contexts, social justice pedagogy, children’s print-based writing development, children’s literature, arts-based approaches to literacy, and digital literacies.

The program is particularly interested in candidates who can build on and expand our research portfolio with a research agenda focused on reading processes of diverse students, global and/or immigrant literacies, justice-oriented and equity-focused literacies, critical literacy, and literacy theoretical models and processes. The successful candidate will be expected to actively advance the goals of the program by maintaining their own research agenda, conducting collaborative work to support USF preeminence, and contribute to graduate teaching and mentoring.

Candidates are expected to have an outstanding record of research achievement commensurate with experience including record of publications and/or potential for publication in top and key professional literacy journals and a record of securing and/or participating in externally funded grants. A strong candidate will have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and student success. Candidates should demonstrate verbal communication and interpersonal skills necessary for effective collaboration with a diverse community of students, faculty, staff, and external constituents.

This is a 9-month, tenure-track position, effective August 7, 2019, with a teaching load of four courses in the academic year and opportunity for an additional summer contract. Major responsibilities include (1) maintaining an outstanding record of research and publication in literacy; (2) teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy education; (3) developing and teaching online literacy pedagogies, (4) developing and teaching clinical literacy pedagogies, (5) advising and mentoring graduate students; (6) serving on doctoral committees; and (7) providing service to the department, institution, community, and profession.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

MINIMUM

  • An earned doctorate in reading or literacy education (or closely related field) expected by the time of appointment, August 7, 2019;
  • At least 18 graduate hours of reading or literacy coursework aligned to position responsibilities and sufficient for accreditation purposes;
  • Evidence of teaching excellence;
  • Ability to work as a contributing member of a collaborative group;
  • Evidence of established/emerging publication and professional presentation record in literacy, commensurate with experience.

PREFERRED

  • Potential for writing and securing externally funded grants to support a research agenda in literacy initiatives;
  • Evidence of commitment to justice-oriented and equity-focused literacies;
  • A focus on literacy for developing engaged global citizens;
  • Willingness to contribute to school-based partnerships, clinical experiences, and other literacy research efforts in a variety of environments;
  • Expertise in the use of technology for teaching and learning, including developing advanced pedagogies for teaching online courses;
  • Experience teaching youth in PK-12 schools and/or out-of-school settings;
  • Excellence in teaching college-level reading or literacy courses;
  • Evidence of interdisciplinary research and teaching;
  • A commitment to student success, including the potential for mentoring graduate students.

Information for Applicants

The Department of Teaching and Learning includes programs in elementary education, exceptional student education, early childhood education, physical education, reading/literacy education, mathematics education, science education, social science education, English education, and TESOL/second language acquisition.

The Reading Education/Literacy Studies programs offer degrees at the Master’s, Ed.S, and Ph.D. levels, with the Masters in Reading program fully online and rated #9 in the country (https://thebestschools.org/rankings/best-online-masters-reading/ ). Our doctoral program in Literacy Studies prepares research scholars with expertise in literacy processes, literacy instruction, and literacy teacher education. In addition, the Reading/Literacy Studies faculty teach clinically-rich undergraduate and MAT literacy courses for students in the following programs: elementary education, special education, early childhood education, music education, physical education, and counselor education. The Literacy Studies faculty also teach general education courses in diverse children’s literature, creative thinking, and multimodal composing.

The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and is ranked 78 in “Best Education Schools” and 36 in “Best Online Programs” in US News and World Report. The College has more than 2,200 enrolled students in bachelor’s, master’s, Ed.S., Ph.D., and Ed.D. degree programs. With more than 13,500 education degrees awarded, the College of Education has graduated the second largest number of educators in Florida over the last 10 years. Current active external grants and contracts total over $24 million. For more information, please visit the College website at http://www.coedu.usf.edu.