Assistant Professor of Educational Studies/Elementary Education (Literacy)

Memphis, TN
Sep 15, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
The Educational Studies Program at Rhodes College invites applications for a tenure-track position in Elementary Education. Rhodes College is especially interested in attracting candidates from historically underrepresented groups and/or those with demonstrated commitment to working with diverse and historically underrepresented populations. The successful candidate must possess a firm commitment to teaching, scholarship, service, diversity, and inclusion at a liberal arts college and have a research program that focuses on language and literacy in urban schools. The successful candidate must also demonstrate an interest in teaching in an urban education master's program that includes a summer research institute that serves our students and local P12 teachers. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated commitments to urban education and who have experience with urban teacher education, professional development, field-based teacher education. Teaching responsibilities will include five courses a year and will include some combination of the following undergraduate and graduate courses: literacy and reading courses, Foundations of Education, upper-level seminar courses in candidate's area of expertise, and courses that focus on diverse learners, equity, and social justice in urban schools. Previous P12 and college teaching experience is desirable.

Candidates must have completed all requirements for an Ed.D. or Ph.D. by start date in August 2018. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of scholarship and will be expected to establish and maintain an active program of research involving undergraduates and master's students and to participate in the life of the College. Opportunities for research support including travel funding are available at the College and through Rhodes partnerships with the Shelby County School district and other educational institutions in Memphis. Educational Studies is an interdisciplinary program that includes elementary and secondary licensure tracks. We anticipate the master's program in urban education to begin in May of 2018.

Founded in 1848, Rhodes College is a highly selective, private, residential, undergraduate college, located in Memphis, Tennessee. We aspire to graduate students with a lifelong passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world. We encourage applications from candidates interested in helping us achieve this vision.

Rhodes College values an inclusive and welcoming environment. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workforce.

Memphis has a metropolitan population of over one million and provides multiple opportunities for research and for cultural and recreational activities.

Please apply online at; only online applications will be accepted. A complete application includes a cover letter that explicitly addresses a commitment to diversity, a CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, a research plan, and three letters of recommendation. Please address in your cover letter your interest in teaching at a liberal arts college and how your experiences with teaching, scholarship, and/or service might contribute to a college community that includes a commitment to diversity as one of its core values. Review of completed applications will begin on October 15 and continue until the position is filled. The online application system will solicit letters of recommendation electronically from the candidate's recommenders once their contact information has been entered by the candidate and the search committee requests them. Background checks are required before candidates can be brought to campus for interviews. For further information please contact Dr. Natalie Person,


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