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Job ID 28422
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Location Columbia

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Tenure-Track Open Rank Elementary Literacy Education Professor Position

The University of Missouri (MU) College of Education is dynamically growing and changing. We are searching for individuals to join our team who share our commitment to teaching research excellence, exceptional service to students, and continuous quality improvement in an environment of civility and respect. The Department of Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum, at the University of Missouri is pleased to announce a position at the rank of Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Elementary Literacy Education. We seek a scholar who can help us extend and expand our commitment to language and literacies across school and other contexts and to the preparation of literacy educators and scholars.


Minimum qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in language and literacy education or related field;
  • At least three years PreK-6 Literacy teaching or equivalent experience;
  • Evidence of, or potential for, conducting externally-funded research and publishing scholarship in top-tier academic journals.

Candidates will be evaluated on the following factors:
  • Commitment to developing pre- and in-service programs in elementary literacy teacher education;
  • Commitment to supporting doctoral education programs;
  • Commitment to conducting research and pursuing external funding;
  • Strong commitment to teacher education, social justice, and educational equity;
  • Experience teaching and/or advising at the higher education level;
  • Established research agenda and record of publication.

In seeking a candidate aligned with programmatic needs, preference will be given to candidates with teaching and research experience that encompasses a broad understanding of literacies.

Job duties consist of, but are not limited to:
  • Engaging in research, writing, and other scholarly activities in literacy education;
  • Contributing to the elementary education undergraduate teacher certification programs;
  • Developing and teaching graduate courses in literacy education (online and face-to-face);
  • Supervising master's and doctoral students' programs and research;
  • Supervising graduate assistants;
  • Pursuing relevant externally-funded research individually and/or with others;
  • Participating in faculty governance with the Department, College, and University;
  • Providing service, outreach, and leadership to the University, educational institutions, agencies, and professional organizations.

Application Deadline

Beginning Review Date: Formal review of applications will begin January 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Other Information

About Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum: LTC houses a suite of bachelor's degree programs leading to teacher certification, and offers a doctoral program with emphases in Art Education, Early Childhood Education, English Education, Mathematics Education, Reading Education, Science Education, and Social Studies Education. Educational Specialist degrees are offered in Literacy Education, Mathematics Education, and Science Education. LTC offers master's degrees in Art Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, English Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Social Studies Education, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Graduate Certificate programs are offered in Qualitative Research, Reading Education, Elementary Mathematics Specialist, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. More information on the department can be found at:

About the College: The College of Education is ranked among the top doctoral granting colleges of education in the country. Today, the College has a student population of approximately 1000 undergraduates and 1,600 graduate students, and over 100 faculty. The College is financially well positioned to invest in innovation. Annual expenditures for externally funded projects are approximately $20 million with funded projects in research, instruction and public service. Our research portfolio has increased significantly in recent years, and is poised for continued significant strategic growth. The College is a leader on the campus and is nationally recognized for its distance and online education programs.

About MU and the Surrounding Community: MU is the oldest state university west of the Mississippi River and the largest of the four institutions in the University of Missouri System. In 1867, MU became one of the first public universities in the nation to establish an academic program specific to teacher preparation. Cultural diversity is an important goal supported by the Department, College, and MU. More information is available on the web at:

MU is located in Columbia, a metropolitan community of approximately 120,000 that has been rated by Money Magazine, Men's Journal and MSN.COM as one of the best places to live in the U.S. MU has a student body of over 30,000, and is designated as a Carnegie Research University with very high research activity. MU is one of only six universities in the U.S. that is both the flagship and land grant institution housing medicine, veterinary medicine, and law on the same campus. As an AAU member institution since 1908, MU is recognized as one of the top research and educational institutions in the nation.

This position provides an opportunity to work at a world-class research university in a beautiful and diverse setting that offers a high quality of life. There are numerous opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, and Columbia has been recognized as a bike-friendly community. Both Kansas City and St. Louis are within a 90-minute drive offering the shopping and cultural opportunities of major metropolitan areas. Columbia has a very high quality public school system and provides many opportunities for art, culture and music enthusiasts.

Other Information

Appointment: Tenure-track, 9-month appointment beginning September 1, 2019


Salary: Highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications; excellent start-up package and benefits.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Posted: 11/9/2018
Application Due: 1/8/2019
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