Assistant Professor of Education
Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters
United States

Assistant Professor-FixedTerm in Education

Job no: 642686
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: English 10004264
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Faculty, Education/Training, Union

Position Summary

Across courses in the College of Arts and Letters and College of Education, the program centers critical and anti-racist language and literacy pedagogies, community-engaged arts and writing, and youth participatory approaches. The successful candidates teaching responsibilities will be in the English education program. Applicants must be prepared to teach undergraduate courses in critical language pedagogies, writing pedagogies, community-engaged and critical literacies, and English language arts curriculum design. The successful candidate will be appointed on an academic year basis and teach 3 courses in the fall and spring semesters.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Education

Minimum Requirements

Doctoral degree in English Education, Language and Literacy, Teacher Education, or an equivalent field by the start date. Minimum of two years teaching English language arts in a secondary school context or equivalent community-based setting.

Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have a critical disposition toward language, literacies, writing, and the teaching of English. This disposition may generate from a variety of intellectual traditions (e.g., critical race studies, ethic studies, feminisms and gender studies, etc.) and/or expressive inquiry through poetics, creative writing, etc. This disposition will be evident in the candidates design of English education courses and desired outcomes for the aspiring English teachers who take their courses. We especially welcome participants with expertise centering the language, literacy, and writing practice of students and their communities through participatory research, asset-based approaches, and young adult literature pedagogies.

Required Application Materials

Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website at They should include:

  • a letter of application
  • a curriculum vitae 
  • A 1-2 page teaching statement that outlines your pedagogical commitments/orientations in English education and how these manifest in the learning experiences you design for students 
  • a sample English education syllabus from a course you taught 
  • names and email addresses of three references, at least one of whom can speak to your teaching experience  

Special Instructions

Inquiries may be directed to the chair of the search: Professor Emery Petchauer, Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation. Review of applications will begin on April 6th, 2020.

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Department Statement

The Department of English is a dynamic inclusive community that encourages intellectual and cultural diversity, prepares students for a range of careers that require global cultural knowledge, and is an integral part of the College of Arts & Letters and Michigan State Universitys international engagement. The department is deeply committed to initiatives such as the MUSE Scholars Program, which mentors graduate students in English from underrepresented groups, and the Womxn of Color Initiative, which organizes events for womxn of color and their allies working toward social and racial justice and equity. Digital Humanities at MSU (DH@MSU) is an academic program and a research center bringing together faculty, librarians, staff, and students in a broadly interdisciplinary exploration of the intersections of digital and computational technologies and the traditional content and questions of the humanities. Through projects such as the Consortium for Critical Diversity in a Digital Age Research, DH@MSU focuses on the potential for digital technologies to advance social justice. The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Apr 6, 2020 Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: Apr 6, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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