Assistant Professor of Literacy Education (Tenure Track):

(Elementary Teacher Education emphasis)

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies (C&I/LS) in the College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Literacy Education position (9-month contract) to begin in August of 2020. Applicants should have a strong background and scholarly record in literacy studies.

Currently, the C&I/LS department offers both undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs leading to an elementary education degree and K-6 certification, including Bachelor’s and post-baccalaureate degree programs. We also offer a graduate Reading Specialist degree (online) and a Ph.D. in Education.

The successful candidate will teach online and traditional on-campus courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, publish high quality research, seek external research funding, and engage in service to the department, college, university, and profession. We are committed to building a diverse faculty and are interested in candidates who will contribute to fostering diversity and an inclusive culture through their teaching, research, and service.


  • Teach undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level courses in literacy education/studies.
  • Engage in scholarly activities related to literacy education/studies that lead to publications and external funding.
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, serve on doctoral committees, and direct doctoral research in Curriculum and Instruction Ph.D. program.
  • Provide service to the Department, College, University, State of West Virginia, and the profession.
  • Engagement with accreditation process including but not limited to Council for Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP) (i.e., elementary education, literacy/Reading Specialist) .

Anticipated Workload:

  • 40% Research and Scholarship, including high quality journal publications and pursuit of external funding related to productive research agenda
  • 40% Teaching (online and traditional on-campus courses), mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, contributing to program development
  • 20% Service, building and maintaining appropriate community connections, contributing to departmental, college, and university functioning related to shared governance. Developing and sustaining school partnerships that support the professional development and mentoring of prospective and practicing teachers.

Target Start Date: August 2020

Application Process: Consideration of applicants for this tenure-track, nine-month appointment will begin October 1, 2019 and continue until a hiring decision is made. The following application materials are to be submitted: cover letter describing research and teaching experience and interests that address the required and preferred qualifications for this position; curriculum vitae; contact information for three professional references; and PDFs of up to three representative publications.

For further information, contact Sharon Hayes, PhD (Search Chair) at sharon.hayes@mail.wvu.edu.

QualificationsRequired Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree appropriate for a position in literacy studies (elementary), i.e., literacy education, teacher education or related field.
  • Minimum of twenty-seven months (3 years) teaching experience with children.
  • University or college-level teaching experience in elementary literacy (or related).
  • Evidence of productive research agenda (e.g., literacy education/studies; teacher education) including high-quality publications.
  • Potential to obtain external funding to support research agenda.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Elementary/Early Childhood and/or Reading Specialist certification.
  • Minimum of twenty-seven months (3 years) or more public school teaching experience in grades K-6 (ages 5-11).
  • Experience in curriculum design and development of literacy programs/courses.
  • Experience collaborating with cross-disciplinary teams to engage in decision-making related to accreditation.
  • Experience with teaching online and traditional on-campus courses in higher education.
  • Experience mentoring and advising undergraduate and/or graduate students.

West Virginia University is located in Morgantown, WV and is the State’s comprehensive Land Grant University with an enrollment of nearly 32,000 students and a Carnegie Classification – Highest Research Activity (R1). Morgantown is ranked among the most livable small cities in the country. The city is readily accessible and within driving distance from Pittsburgh, PA and Washington, DC. For more information on WVU and Morgantown, see http://www.wvu.edu and http://www.morgantownwv.gov/. For additional information on the College, please visit http://cehs.wvu.edu and for the Department, please visit https://lshd.wvu.edu/.

West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and Veterans.

WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer. Under represented class members are encouraged to apply. This includes: minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.