Assistant Professor Literacy

Memphis, Tennessee
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications.
Sep 18, 2019
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


The Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership is seeking to add an Assistant,
Tenure-track, colleague at the rank of Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the
University of Memphis. Please see the qualifications and responsibilities below.  

Required Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate (obtained by August 1, 2020) in Literacy, Reading, Language Arts, or a closely related field with an emphasis on k-4 grades.
  • Evidence of competence to conduct and disseminate scholarly works as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and/or national presentations
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching with a minimum of 3 years in k-4 grades
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion  

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working on externally funded projects and seeking external funding
  • Experience and evidence of excellence in teaching at the college level
  • Experience working with diverse population
  • Experience with EdTPA
  • Experience with implementing teacher preparation programs
  • Demonstrated teacher leadership and professional development experience
  • Demonstrated use of technology integration in teaching and professional development
  • Experience with collaborative, school and community-based initiatives and partnerships.


  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy pedagogy and theory
  • Continue a focused and documented program of scholarly research and publication
  • Supervise research of advanced graduate students
  • Chair and serve on master’s and doctoral committees
  • Participate in national professional organizations
  • Provide university, college, and department service
  • Obtain external funding


Review of applications will begin November 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.  The department welcomes a diverse set of applicants. Applications are to be submitted electronically at Applicants are required to upload (1) a letter of application, (2) a cover that highlights strengths/qualification as aligned with the job description, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references. Applicants will receive a confirmation number when all application materials are submitted. Letters of reference and official transcripts will be requested upon interview. Address inquiries and nominations to Dr. J. Helen Perkins ([email protected]) and Dr. Laurie MacGillivray ([email protected]).  


The Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership (ICL) offers undergraduate degrees that lead to both licensure and non-licensure tracks. The department also offers graduate degrees leading to licensure with the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and non-licensure options with the Master of Science (MS), Education Specialist (EdS), and Doctorate of Education (EdD). In addition, the department also offers nationally-recognized certificate and endorsement programs. We also benefit from strong partnerships with three UofM Early Learning & Research Center, Campus School, and University Middle which collectively serve over 500 children from preK to 8th grade. The College of Education is dedicated to diversity, inclusion, equity and innovation and seeks to prepare students  careers as educators, practitioners, researchers and leaders in their respective areas. The University of Memphis is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as one of two public research universities and the only community engaged public university in Tennessee. It has seven colleges and six professional schools serving a diverse population of over 20,000 students, including 4300 graduate students. The University is strongly committed to its urban mission and outreach programs and recognizes the diverse and integrated role played by each faculty and administration in fulfilling a comprehensive mission of research, education and community outreach. For additional information please see the websites of the university (, the college, and the department (