The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of Educational Studies (DES) invites qualified teacher educators with expertise in elementary/middle level social studies education to apply for a full-time tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank to begin August 26, 2019.

We seek an educator and scholar who actively connects theory and practice in the classroom, advances the field of teacher education, and brings a current understanding of best practices to their teaching, scholarship, and service. Candidates who have experience with culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply. In addition to teaching courses in elementary/middle level social studies methods, the faculty member in this position will be expected to contribute to other content areas in the department, depending on their area(s) of expertise. DES is committed to strong partnerships with PK12 schools, and is working to expand existing Professional Development School (PDS) relationships. The faculty member in this position will be contributing to school partnerships and support education majors in one of their field experiences. Only candidates who will have completed or be near to completing a doctorate degree by the position start date will be considered. Candidates must have an earned doctorate by May 15, 2020. Review of applications will begin on December 4, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Teaching courses in social studies education methods to elementary/middle level education majors.
  • Teaching other courses depending on the expertise of the applicant.
  • Supervising education majors in clinical field and/or student teaching experiences.
  • Pursuing an active program of scholarly inquiry, including, but not limited to, presentations at conferences and publications in scholarly journals.
  • Advising and mentoring education majors.
  • Engaging in service to the department, School of Education, university, community, and profession.

Required Qualifications:

  • Candidates for the appointment should have completed or be near to completing a doctorate degree in social studies education or related field by the position start date. Degree must be earned no later than May 15, 2020.
  • Minimum of 3 years teaching experience in U.S. PK-12 schools or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated expertise in social studies education at the elementary/middle level.
  • Evidence of an emerging research agenda that informs their work as a teacher educator.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Commitment to teaching linguistically, culturally, and economically diverse learners and modeling inclusive practices.
  • Experience teaching/working within a specific content area that complements the needs of the department (for example: literacy, special education, teaching English to speakers of other languages [TESOL], science education).
  • Experience teaching social studies methods courses at the university level.
  • Knowledge of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards
  • Experience working with/in a Professional Development School or school partnership program.
  • Experience supervising education majors and/or serving as a cooperating teacher.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).

Interested applicants are requested to provide the following application materials:

  1. Cover letter that addresses the applicant’s teaching, scholarship, and service experiences and goals. Applicants should address in particular their expertise in social studies education, as well as any relevant preferred qualifications listed above.
  2. Curriculum vitae including current contact information.
  3. Unofficial graduate transcripts.
  4. Contact information for at least 3 professional references.

Additional application materials may be requested from candidates that progress through later rounds in the search process.

The Department of Educational Studies (DES) is recruiting multiple positions (including Assistant Professor and instructional academic staff tracks). A full listing of the open positions in the department can be found at https://employment.uwlax.edu/ . Qualified applicants are welcome to apply to multiple positions. Please specify in your cover letter the position(s) to which you are applying.

DES is housed in the School of Education, Professional and Continuing Education (EPC), and is committed to advancing teaching and learning while preparing teacher leaders for a global society. We prepare education majors to become teachers who ground curriculum in the lives of students; who embrace multicultural perspectives and uphold just teaching practices; value academically rigorous curriculum; and are culturally sensitive. DES offers teacher education degrees that prepare teacher candidates for certification in Early Childhood-Middle Childhood (EC-MC) and Middle Childhood – Early Adolescence (MC-EA) ranges. DES also offers a Special Education minor with certification in the MC-EA or EA-A licensure range, and partners with Departments of Art, Music, and Global Cultures and Languages to offer teacher education degrees with certification in the Early Childhood – Adolescence (EC-A) range. The state of WI recently approved new licensure guidelines, and DES will be revising and revisioning the elementary/middle level programming to align with these changes (birth-grade 3; grades K-9). DES is also strongly considering transitioning to a dual certification model in general and special education.

The School of Education, Professional, and Continuing Education focuses its programming on ensuring that all teacher candidates demonstrate knowledge, skills and dispositions consistent with exemplary professional practice. Through partnerships with our regional school districts and outstanding veteran educators, the School of Education provides teacher candidates with high quality experiences in schools as a means to advance the teaching profession.

UW-La Crosse’s School of Education, Professional, and Continuing Education is committed to principles of equity, inclusion, and social justice. We seek to advance UW-La Crosse’s strategic planning goal, “Achieving Excellence through Diversity and Equity” by increasing the retention of diverse students, faculty, and staff; teaching with identity inclusive and responsive pedagogies; and ensuring that everyone-regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual identity, citizenship, first language, religion, ability and other identities-is included and welcomed on campus.

Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu