Assistant / Associate Professor of Literacy Education
Pennsylvania State University College of Education
United States

Assistant/Associate Professor of Literacy Education (with a Multiliteracies/Learning Sciences Focus)

Penn State University

Campus/Location:University Park Campus

Campus City:University Park, PA

Date Announced:01/03/2020

Date Closing:open until filled

Job Number:92766


Work Unit:College of Education

Department:Curriculum and Instruction


The Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at the Pennsylvania State University seeks applications from individuals with scholarly interests and expertise in multiliteracies teaching and learning at the elementary or early childhood level. The position is a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant/Associate Professor rank within the Language, Culture, and Society and/or Literacy and English Language Arts emphasis areas of Curriculum and Instruction. The faculty member will join and collaborate with an emerging Learning Sciences community in the College. We are particularly interested in applicants whose research addresses digital and/or multimodal production, design, and representations, including (but not limited to) children’s literacies in relation to out-of-school activity or discipline-specific practices. Applicants engaged in multiliteracies-focused teaching and learning research with a demonstrated commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion are of interest. Candidates should be able to articulate how their scholarship relates to the Learning Sciences. The position offers opportunities to prepare pre-service teachers and provide leadership for literacy education and learning sciences. Faculty members normally teach both undergraduate and graduate courses. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in recruiting and mentoring graduate students interested in literacy, literacy education, multiliteracies, digital literacies, and/or the Learning Sciences and to develop and teach graduate courses relevant to multiliteracies and the Learning Sciences. The successful candidate must also be able to teach multiliteracies and writing within the Elementary and Early Childhood Education major. Beginning (Anticipated): Fall Semester, 2020. Appointment Conditions: This is a tenure-track, 36-week appointment with the possibility of supplementary summer appointments in research and/or teaching. The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more. Penn State and the College of Education is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. Responsibilities: Develop and maintain a research program in multiliteracies related to the learning sciences with the potential for external funding; Teach undergraduate courses in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, including literacy courses for undergraduate Elementary and Early Childhood Education students; Supervise doctoral students in their programs and research and supervise graduate teaching assistants; Contribute to undergraduate and graduate programs through residential and online instruction; Provide service, outreach, and leadership to the University, educational institutions, agencies, professional organizations, and learned societies. Required Qualifications: An earned doctorate in literacies education or a related field by start date; Substantial graduate study in literacies education; Potential to develop and maintain a research agenda related to multiliteracies with attention to the learning sciences; Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; Willingness to teach residential and online courses in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and Curriculum and Instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and Potential for obtaining external funding, commensurate with experience. Desirable qualifications: Graduate study in the learning sciences; Successful P-12 or colleague teaching experience; Experience teaching students in prekindergarten through grade 4 (PreK-4); Interest in design of learning environments or curriculum related to multiliteracies, especially for PreK-4 students or teachers; Experience facilitating professional learning of pre-service or practicing teachers; Interest or experience advising undergraduate or graduate student research; or Experience with use of digital technology in literacies education. The Pennsylvania State University: Penn State [] is a comprehensive, multi-campus research university serving all regions of the Commonwealth, as well as the nation and the world in instruction, research, and service roles that require responsiveness to and support from society`s public and private sectors. As a land-grant university, Penn State has responsibility for providing a wide array of programs in the professional and technical disciplines, as well as a balanced offering of undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences. Penn State shares with other major research universities the traditional responsibilities to discover, develop, preserve, and disseminate knowledge. The University Park campus is located within State College, PA, which was recently ranked number 5 in a ranking of top college towns by the American Institute for Economic Research, and number 15 in a ranking of the safest college towns in America by Safewise. Located in a valley in the Appalachian Mountains, in Centre County, Pennsylvania, employment at Penn State offers incredible opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the central Pennsylvania outdoors combined with the culture, sports, and entertainment a large university community can bring, and is within drivable distance from New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC. The College of Education: The College of Education [] at Penn State offers resident programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, online graduate degrees and certificates, and an extensive outreach effort aimed at continuing professional development for educators at distant locations. The College`s research program is also extensive and College faculty members secured over $36.7 million in external support during the past three years from a wide range of national and state government agencies, private foundations, and corporations. The College`s location within a large, research oriented, land-grant university provides numerous opportunities for studying education from multidisciplinary perspectives in the context of a university-wide commitment to making life better for all citizens. The College houses four academic departments: Curriculum and Instruction; Education Policy Studies; Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education; and Learning and Performance Systems. The departments offer seven undergraduate majors to more than 2,250 students, and 11 graduate programs, under authority of the Graduate School, to nearly 1,000 students. Recent surveys rank the Penn State College of Education among the top colleges, schools, and departments of education in the United States. Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I): The Department of Curriculum and Instruction includes undergraduate programs in Secondary Education with options in Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, and English; Middle Level Education with options in Mathematics, Social Studies, and English; Elementary and Early Childhood Education, and World Language Education. The graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction offers Ph.D., M.S., and M.Ed. programs with emphasis areas in Science Education; Mathematics Education; Curriculum and Supervision; Literacy and English Language Arts; Social Studies Education; Second Language Education; Language, Culture and Society; and Early Childhood Education. The Department offers an Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Programs that result in a B.S. in Physics, Biology, or Mathematics and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in addition to qualification for secondary education teacher certification. C&I serves approximately 1500 students in residential and online degree and certificate programs. The Department embraces multiple research paradigms and values collaborative research that includes and transcends issues of K-12 education. Through this endowed professorship, we are seeking a colleague who will complement and enhance our existing commitment to research and practice and to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Application Procedures: Applicants must submit a letter of application documenting qualifications for and interest in the position, a current CV, and the names and contact information of at least three academic references. Applications received by January 15, 2020 are assured full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. All application materials must be submitted electronically to Search for “92766.” For questions/clarification, please contact: Dr. Gail Boldt ( or Ashley Patterson (, Search Co-Chairs.

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