Assistant Professor in Elementary Reading and Early Literacy Development
University of California Santa Barbara Graduate School of Education
United States

Assistant Professor in Elementary Reading and Early Literacy Development, Department of Education

Job #JPF02096
  • Education / Graduate School of Education / UC Santa Barbara

Position overview

Position title:Assistant Professor, Department of Education
Anticipated start: July 1st, 2022

Application Window

Open date: December 13th, 2021

Next review date: Monday, Jan 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Education in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks a ladder faculty member at the Assistant Professor level who engages both in research and practice in Elementary Reading education from a meaning-centered literacies, developmental perspective that supports students from culturally and linguistically diverse populations. The successful candidate is required to have a doctorate in Education or a related field and a strong research agenda with potential for grants and collaborations. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.

The successful candidate will have a research specialization in any area that advances new directions in the science of reading, such as, but not limited to the following: Critical literacies, sociocultural theories of human development, cognitive/metacognitive approaches, multimodal literacies, family literacies, bridging home and school literacies, dyslexia research, multilingual reading development, or development of reading educators.

We welcome candidates immersed in the work of schools and understanding of literacy engagement and development among elementary students. Such work may include empirical, professional or service-related activities. Awareness of the challenges and opportunities that face California education is a quality of particular interest, including the capacity to speak to designing and implementing assessments that better serve students’ instruction and educational outcomes.

The candidate will have opportunities to teach graduate courses for Ph.D., and M.A. students as well as M.Ed. preservice teacher candidates. A current undergraduate minor and an expected major provide other teaching opportunities. Successful, long-standing partnerships with local schools, community-based literacy programs, subject area projects, and a literacy clinic that serves local students all provide opportunities for outreach, engagement, and research. Colleagues within the GGSE, the University Writing Program, interdisciplinary Ph.D. Emphases (such as Applied Linguistics; Language, Interaction, and Social Organization-LISO; and Writing Studies), and research groups provide a rich environment for intellectual growth and research support on a campus that values interdisciplinary work.

About The Gevirtz School and UC Santa Barbara

The Gevirtz School of Education is part of UC Santa Barbara, a public university and member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and located on the Pacific coast 90 miles north of Los Angeles.

The Gevirtz School is a diverse institution in a diverse community in a richly diverse state. UCSB is a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and the first member of the AAU to attain Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) status. Despite focused efforts over the years, educational equity in California remains an elusive goal. We seek faculty candidates who bring scholarly expertise in the areas that are described below, and that also demonstrate how their scholarship, teaching, and service will help us achieve our mission to serve diverse populations in our region, state, and nation in ways that support our efforts to achieve educational equity.

The Gevirtz School offers an M.Ed. and two Ph.D.s from the Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology, M.A.s and Ph.D.s from the Department of Education, and M.Ed.s from the Teacher Education Program. Students in the School Psychology M.Ed. and Ph.D. are also prepared as credentialed school psychologists and students in the Teacher Education program are prepared for teaching credentials. The School also offers three undergraduate minors in Education, Applied Psychology, and Science and Mathematics Education.

Please complete your application on or before 01/31/2022 in order to receive primary consideration.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Have a PhD (or equivalent international degree) in Education or related field OR must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent), except the dissertation, at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Education or related field by the anticipated start date (July 1st, 2022).

Preferred qualifications

A strong research agenda with potential for grants and collaborations in any area that advances new directions in the science of reading, such as, but not limited to the following: Critical literacies, cognitive/metacognitive approaches, multimodal literacies, family literacies, bridging home and school literacies, dyslexia research, multilingual reading development, or development of reading educators. More specifically, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to at least one of the following lines of inquiry: (1) The diverse ways that young children read and learn to read; (2) the creation of sustained instructional and research programs on the teaching and acquisition of reading skills, especially for students with disabilities and students whose first language is not English; (3) the processes by which teachers are best prepared to teach emergent readers in early grades (K-2); and (4) community-based literacy outreach and partnerships, and/or professional development programs for local educators. All such possible lines should reflect commitment to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion within and across learning communities.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - This speaks to your research and practice in Elementary Reading research, including any engagement with literacy teacher development and/or community literacy outreach.
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Practice
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through scholarship, teaching, and service that will help us achieve our mission of serving diverse populations in our region, state, and nation in ways that move us forward as we strive to achieve educational equity.
  • Writing Sample - A single writing sample demonstrating scholarly activities.
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Applicants who advance to the long-shortlist will have their references contacted by the department. Solicitations will be triggered at the time that applicants accept an invitation for interview. Applicants should provide 3 names with contact information.

Apply link: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF02096

Help contact: laurenmarquez@ucsb.edu

Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/SARS-CoV-2_Covid-19. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA
 


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