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Assistant/Associate Professor of Education (Secondary English Language Arts Teacher Education)

College of Education

Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Assistant or Associate Professor of Education (Secondary English Language Arts Teacher Education)

Position Available:  Assistant or Associate Professor of Education (Secondary English Language Arts Teacher Education)

Beginning:  Fall Semester, 2019

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Penn State invites applications for a faculty member in secondary English language arts teacher education, to begin in Fall 2019. This is a tenure-track, 36-week appointment with the possibility of supplementary summer appointments.

Our faculty and programs in secondary English language arts have a strong presence and history in transformative teacher preparation, teacher inquiry, and school-university partnership toward a vision of literacy education that is equity-minded, critical, and supportive of students and teachers in diverse educational settings. We seek a colleague to build upon and extend these strengths, concomitant with the strategic goals of the College and University.

In accordance with the University’s strategic plan to transform education through K-12 partnerships consistent with the University’s vision of engaged scholarship, this scholar will collaborate with school and University partners to develop the next generation of teachers and the next generation of teacher educators. These aims resonate with the College of Education’s focus on advancing effective innovation in teaching and learning and on strengthening and creating partnerships, as well as the Department of Curriculum and Instruction’s plan to advance strategic partnerships.

This faculty member will:

  • Pursue an active scholarly agenda with a clear Secondary English lens and teacher education-related research focus;
  • Teach and provide program leadership in the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs in grades 7-12 English language arts teacher education;
  • Teach and advise in the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program;
  • Teach and advise in the master’s program in Curriculum and Instruction, both in residence at the University Park campus and online through Penn State’s World Campus;
  • Engage and sustain school-university partnerships in secondary English, building on a longstanding Professional Development School relationship with the State College Area School District and a newer partnership with Altoona Area High School, with potential to form new partnerships in areas with characteristics of interest;
  • Continue and extend collaborations with related Penn State Curriculum and Instruction faculty and programs, such as the elementary-level Professional Development School partnership with the State College Area School District and the graduate emphasis area in Curriculum and Supervision.

The scholar in this position has opportunities for rich collaborations beyond their immediate area of expertise. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Penn State is home to a diverse faculty working in a broad range of content areas, curriculum, supervision, teacher education and professional development, and education inside and outside schools. The position also offers the possibility for collaboration and community outreach with other campus entities, such as the Center for Disability Studies; the Social Science Research Institute;  the Center for Online Innovation in Learning; the Rock Ethics Institute; the Pennsylvania Center for the Book; the proposed Center for the Story; and the Network on Child Protection and Well-Being.

Required qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in English education or a closely related field with emphasis in English language arts teacher education.  The doctorate must be earned before the start date of the appointment;
  • Evidence of a commitment to developing a significant program of research, commensurate with experience;
  • Evidence of a commitment to excellence in teaching and advising including a willingness to consider teaching in online environments, where appropriate, along with an interest in the use of modern technology, commensurate with experience;
  • Evidence of a commitment to working collegially and with individuals from diverse backgrounds, commensurate with experience.
  • Experience teaching secondary English language arts.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Experience working in a teacher education program;
  • Experience working with school-university partnerships such as Professional Development Schools;
  • Experience facilitating teacher inquiry or similar professional development;
  • Evidence of a commitment to teaching and/or research that is focused on equity pedagogy and/or critical multicultural education; and
  • Participation in relevant professional organizations, such as National Council of Teachers of English, English Language Arts Teacher Educators, International Literacy Association, or the National Writing Project.

The Pennsylvania State University

Founded in 1855, 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. Located in State College, Pennsylvania, the University serves approximately 45,000 students on the University Park campus and another 45,000 on its Commonwealth campuses and online World Campus.

The College of Education

The College of Education [] at Penn State was established in 1923 to deepen and extend knowledge about the formation and utilization of human capabilities.  It offers resident degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as 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.

 Application procedures:

Applicants must submit letter of application documenting qualifications for the position, a current curriculum vitae, copies of official graduate transcripts (where appropriate), up to three representative reprints or preprints of scholarly publications (if available), and at least three names, mail and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of academic references.  Review will begin October 10, 2018, and applications received by that date are assured full consideration; however, applications will be received until the position is filled.

To apply, visit  For questions or other communication about the position, contact:

Dr. Anne Elrod Whitney, Professor of Education

Search Chair, Secondary English Language Arts Teacher Education

166 Chambers Building

University Park, PA 16802

This job announcement is also available in alternate format.  Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.  Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.