Assistant Professor-Tenure System

Job description

Assistant Professor-Tenure System

Job no: 607118
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Education
Department: Teacher Education 10014815
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Tenure System Faculty, Education/Training, Non-Union
Position Summary

The Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks a tenure-system assistant professor faculty member in elementary social studies education (preK-6), with a preference for candidates with some experience as a higher education faculty member. The Department of Teacher Education is a national leader in teacher preparation and research on teaching, teacher learning, curriculum, policy, and international education. We are committed to practices of equity and social justice in education. We welcome candidates whose research agenda aligns with the department’s Core Principles Statement. The applicant should have an innovative, active research agenda in social studies education with a focus on issues of democracy, pluralism, equity, and social justice in education. Potential areas of interest within social studies education include: civic/political engagement; critical multicultural education; critical geography, critical history, special education; international, transnational, and global approaches to citizenship education; diversity and inclusion issues, including working with culturally and linguistically diverse students; and urban education. We welcome applications from scholars using innovative, critical and/or interdisciplinary conceptual and/or methodological lenses in their research and whose research speaks to emerging issues in social studies education that help move the field forward in generative directions.

All applicants will be reviewed for potential fit with programs within the department and college, and with institutional needs and opportunities. Since 1995, MSU’s graduate programs in elementary and secondary education have been ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report. The Department of Teacher Education has an exemplary teacher preparation program (including robust cohorts in Urban Education and Global Education). We have a large, online master’s program in Teaching and Curriculum, and a nationally ranked doctoral program that provides extensive funding for students and prepares them to become outstanding leaders in their fields. The successful candidate will have opportunities to engage in research and teaching related to social studies education, as well as to collaborate with nationally recognized faculty in research and program development in a wide range of areas, including interdisciplinary projects with other departments and colleges. The successful candidate will join a group of active scholars in social studies education. This is an academic year position with a proposed starting date of August 16, 2020.

The successful candidate will conduct research and inquiry, seek external funding, teach undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral courses, participate in the doctoral program in social studies education and teacher education, serve in leadership roles in the department, and continue to build capacity focused on the department’s Core Principles Statement. Faculty who assume this position will be expected to lead and mentor a team of graduate instructors and other faculty teaching elementary social studies methods courses (preK-6). Additional duties will vary depending on university and academic unit education needs, as well as the candidate’s experiences and interests.

Required Degree

Doctorate in Education or Relevant Field to the Position

Minimum Requirements

Applicants should have earned a relevant doctoral degree or show evidence that their degree will be completed by August 2020. Applicants should provide information about the following: a) area of expertise in elementary (preK-6) social studies education; b) record of, or potential for, significant accomplishments in elementary social studies research on one or more of the topics listed in the first paragraph of this description; c) experience or interest in working with prospective and practicing elementary teachers in linguistically, culturally, and economically diverse settings; d) experience in, or potential for, teaching in a range of modalities (e.g., face to face, online, hybrid); e) record of, or potential for, obtaining and leading funded research projects; f) experience or desire to work with diverse and/or underserved populations; g) experience in, or potential for, mentoring doctoral students; h) ability to collaborate with faculty to contribute to existing strengths and initiatives in areas such as teacher preparation and induction, global education, urban education and diversity, and/or educational applications of technology; i) evidence of, or potential for, service to the profession and leadership positions related to social studies education.

Desired Qualifications

Preferred applicants will have at least two years of elementary (preK-6) teaching experience, at least two years of teaching elementary social studies methods courses, and some experience as a higher education faculty member.

Required Application Materials

Interested candidates should submit a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, three examples of scholarship, and names and contact information of three references.

Special Instructions

Interested candidates should submit a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, three examples of scholarship, and names and contact information of three references to, posting number 607118.

We invite inquiries from potentially interested candidates to the chair of the search committee: Dr. Anne-Lise Halvorsen ([email protected]). The other search committee members are:

  • Dr. Corey Drake, Professor
  • Dr. Sylvia Hollifield, Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Avner Segall, Professor
  • Eliana Castro, Graduate Student
  • Review of applications will begin November 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Please see our department website ( and college website ( for information.

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    Advertised: Sep 10, 2019 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: Sep 9, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time




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