Faculty Vacancies

Vacancy - Assistant Professor Literacy Education

(Recruitment Number 10431012)

Washburn University’s  Department of Education  invites applications for a full-time tenure track assistant professor position in Literacy Education beginning August 2013 (contingent upon funding).  The department requires expertise in theory, instruction, and field-based application of reading and language arts. The department is committed to developing a program in ELL/Bilingual Education; therefore candidates with knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings and teaching methods for ELL/Bilingual Education are encouraged to apply. 


The candidate must: 1) possess an earned Doctorate with an emphasis in Literacy Education, (ABD considered for non-tenure track Lecturer with conversion to tenure track Assistant Professor upon completion of Ph.D. or Ed.D.);  2) have working knowledge in each of the following areas: emergent literacy, reading assessment, general elementary teaching, instruction and intervention strategies, reading in the content areas, second language development and assessment, and teaching language minority students in formal and informal educational settings; 3) have a minimum of (3) three years of successful teaching at the elementary, middle, or secondary levels and/or as a reading specialist; 4) prior successful college teaching experience preferred; part-time or adjunct experience considered; and 5) reading specialist licensure required and ESOL licensure preferred. 

Position Responsibilities:

The position will include a twelve hour teaching load per semester including undergraduate and graduate courses in reading and literacy development.  The successful candidate will: collaborate with mentor teachers at Washburn University professional development school sites to deliver practicum experiences for preservice teachers enrolled in the reading/language arts teaching methods block; coordinate and supervise practicum experiences for Masters of Education students seeking a Reading Specialists license; assist with the development and coordination of an ELL licensure program; and advise preservice elementary teachers and graduate students.  Other teaching responsibilities could include teaching elementary pedagogical courses at the undergraduate or graduate level in an area appropriate for the successful candidate’s qualifications and interests. 


Please send (required) detailed letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy (may be included in letter of application), transcripts, and list of three references with addresses and phone numbers to Dr. Donna LaLonde, Interim Chair, Department of Education, Washburn University, Topeka, KS 66621.  Application review begins January 28, 2013 and continues until the position is filled.  Employment at Washburn University may be conditioned upon satisfactory completion of a background check.  To enrich education through diversity, Washburn University is an EOE.  Candidates from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.  For additional information call (785-670-1427) or email donna.lalonde@washburn.edu