Assistant Professor

University of Colorado - School of Education & Human Development

Assistant Professor

The School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) announces a tenure-track faculty position in Literacy (Reading/Writing) Education beginning in the fall semester of 2018. This position is housed within the Literacy, Language and Culturally Responsive Teaching program area which includes K-6 Reading/Writing, 7-12 Reading/Writing, and Secondary English Education. The K-6 and 7-12 Reading and Writing program is accredited through the International Literacy Association and the English Education program has accreditation from National Council of Teachers of English. The SEHD is accredited through CAEP. Faculty filling this position will assume a leadership role in undergraduate and graduate education across multiple aspects of the K-6 Literacy (Reading/Writing) program, including undergraduate and graduate licensing, master's, and Ph.D. and/or Ed.D. doctoral levels. At all levels including licensing, MA and doctoral, faculty develop and maintain close partnerships with schools and other educational agencies situated in social and economic contexts with diverse student and community populations.

The University of Colorado Denver provides a quality academic experience through engagement with gifted faculty members, original research and real-world learning. Located in the heart of downtown, CU Denver offers nearly 15,000 students unparalleled internship, career and networking opportunities. Part of the fabric of the city, CU Denver has evolved into the leading urban public university in Colorado boasting eight schools and colleges, and offering bachelor through doctoral degrees. CU Denver's student body is the most diverse among research universities in the state.

The School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) is one of eight schools and colleges at CU Denver. The school attracts students who are passionate about careers in teaching and mental health. We match their passion with an education rooted in diversity, technology, proven approaches and real-world practice. SEHD enrolls 242 undergraduate students and more than 1340 graduate students, including 208 doctoral students (main campus and extended studies students, Fall, 2016 data). We are the largest graduate school of education in Colorado. Our graduates are recognized to be among the most prepared in the nation to support diverse languages, cultures and abilities in the classroom. We engage in partnerships with school districts, state agencies, national agencies, non-profit and for-profit organizations, community agencies and more.


-Support and teach courses across the range of programs including initial teacher licensure, MA, and doctoral programs and serve as faculty advisor for graduate students.

-Teach a combination of K-6 literacy courses in the licensing and MA areas, PhD or EdD programs including, but not limited to: Elementary Literacy, Reading Development, Instruction & Assessment; Literacy Assessment & Informed Instruction; Writing Development, Instruction & Assessment; Primary Literacy; Literacy Across the Curriculum, Children's Literature. A continuing program goal is embedding into all the courses content around language development, literacy for bilingual learners, multicultural education and culturally and linguistically responsive teaching.

-Participate and collaborate in the general undergraduate and graduate teacher licensing program. Such participation may include the program admissions process, the culminating assessment process, student orientations, site professor position in a Professional Development School, and related duties.

-Participate in the development and implementation of a strategic process for recruiting underrepresented groups into literacy education.

-Maintain and participate in improvement of performance-based assessments aligned with ILA/NCTE and Colorado state standards to inform program improvement and renewal.

-Conduct a rigorous research agenda, resulting in publications, presentations and grants, to address literacy concerns in culturally and linguistically diverse contexts. Engage actively with other faculty within LLCRT and across the SEHD in the development and elaboration of research.

-Develop research grants in collaboration with other colleagues in the SEHD and with community partners.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.


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The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

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Minimum Qualifications
  • Doctorate in K-6 or K12 Literacy Education, or a closely related field
  • Teaching experience across a range of K-6 grades, or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated success or potential for strong productivity in research, grant writing and scholarship with a focus on cultural diversity, bilingual learners, and/or literacy problems of practice
  • Demonstrated success or potential for graduate level teaching
  • Commitment to the professional field of literacy education as evidenced by education teaching, school experience, research and professional affiliations at the state and national levels such as: NCTE, ILA, AERA, ALAN Review, LRA, TESOL, NABE, NAME, etc.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of complex school issues and an interest in collaborating with a variety of constituencies in varying environments
  • Ability to provide leadership for undergraduate and graduate licensure in elementary education and the MA and doctoral graduate program in literacy education. This includes support for recruiting, admissions, culminating projects, student orientations, etc.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience and/or degrees across a range of elementary levels
  • Experience with culturally, linguistically and economically diverse communities
  • Experience with and background in literacy assessment
  • Experience working with teacher candidates in professional development school networks
  • Demonstrated success or potential for providing professional development for teachers
  • Clear evidence that social justice issues are addressed in syllabi, teaching, professional development and research
  • Experience mentoring graduate students in research related activities

Employment Conditions

This is a full-time academic year (nine-month) position. Opportunity for summer teaching is available. Salary is commensurate with qualifications.

Rank: Assistant Professor

Position availability: August 13, 2018

Special Instructions to Applicants:All applications must be submitted through the University's online job application site CU Careers, refer to requisition 09948. Open until filled. All materials received become the property of the University of Colorado Denver. Address inquiries regarding the faculty position to the search committee chair: Address inquiries about the application process or submission of application materials to:

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Unofficial transcript(s), Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:Please prepare the following materials for submission. 1. A letter of application including the candidate's interests, experiences and qualifications. 2. A current curriculum vitae. 3. Transcripts of graduate work and evidence of terminal degree. Unofficial transcripts may be sent for application. 4. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers, and email addresses for three professional references. 5. This position requires three confidential letters of recommendation, which will be requested at a later stage in the search process. 6. Selected portfolio of materials such as examples of current research and publications (no more than 3), a research agenda/plan, course syllabi, teaching evaluations, teaching philosophy, courses taught, partnership activities and involvement with diverse communities.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Denver

Department: D0001 -- Denver Campus - 30062 - EDUC-Dean's Office

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jun 19, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Jessica Coon

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00350553


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