Associate / Full Professor in Language and Literacy Studies
University of Texas Austin Department of Curriculum and Instruction
United States


The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Curriculum and Instruction seeks applicants for the position of associate or full professor in the Language and Literacy Studies (LLS) program to begin in Fall 2020. This is a full-time, nine-month, tenured appointment.


The College of Education is particularly interested in and values candidates who have experience working with diverse and underserved populations, and show a demonstrated commitment to improving access and conditions in educational and health settings for children, adults, families, schools, and communities.


UT-Austin is an urban research university with approximately 50,000 students, 3000 of whom are enrolled in the College of Education. The College of Education, ranked among the top 5 public colleges of education in the country, promotes the shared values of equity, excellence, innovation, and community-focus, and it endeavors to bridge research and practice. TheDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction is currently ranked fourth among public institutions and seventh overall byU.S. News & World Report, maintaining an established reputation in the areas of research, teacher education, and doctoral student preparation. The Department is central to a large undergraduate teacher education program.


The LLS program seeks a dynamic candidate who has experience in public education and expertise in literacy education, especially candidates whose research, teaching, and service have prepared them to contribute to our commitments to diversity, inclusivity, and excellence. LLS program faculty include Denise Dávila, Tracey Flores, Grace MyHyun Kim, Beth Maloch, Allison Skerrett, Melissa Mosley Wetzel, and Jo Worthy. 


The College of Education views inclusiveness and excellence as interconnected in the work of faculty. Candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education faculty and those with experience working in culturally and linguistically diverse settings are strongly encouraged to apply.



  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring with a focus on enhancing equity and inclusion across the university and K-12 educational settings.
  • Establish, conduct, and publish scholarly research, and seek external funding in the area of literacy education.
  • Teach literacy courses in the secondary English Education teacher certification program and/or in the early childhood/elementary-level teacher education program.
  • Teach graduate-level language and literacy courses.
  • Advise and recruit master's and doctoral students to the LLS program.
  • Provide leadership and service at the national, state, and local level related to literacy education.
  • Work collaboratively with others in the LLS Program, Department of Curriculum and Instruction and College of Education.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

The University of Texas System Administration is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and is committed to the recruitment and selection of highly qualified employees without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, veteran status, sexual orientation, age, or disability. With this in mind, we encourage all to apply. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit the University of Texas at Austin’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.



Required Qualifications of Candidates

  • An earned doctoral degree in literacy education or related field;
  • Three or more years of early childhood through secondary classroom teaching experience;
  • A strong and active record of research and teaching in the field of literacy education;
  • Research interests that include, but are not limited to, areas such as English education;  adolescent literacy; reading at the elementary, middle, and/or secondary grades; and that attend to issues of equity;
  • Experience in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds and demonstrated ability to advance the College’s mission of equity and excellence; and
  • A commitment to partnering with children, families and communities with diverse racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.

Additional Consideration will be given to candidates who have:

  • A record of successful attainment of external funding; and
  • Success in developing and leading programs related to literacy education and teacher education.


Application Instructions

Only electronic applications will be accepted via Interfolio. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019:

  • Letter of application
  • A current vita
  • An Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) statement detailing how your teaching, service, and/or scholarship has addressed education and/or health disparities.
  • A teaching statement, describing philosophy of teaching and describing courses taught
  • A professional writing sample

In addition, please request three letters of recommendation via Interfolio. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.


For more information please contact: Dr. Allison Skerrett or Dr. Melissa Wetzel, search co-chairs, or

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