Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education

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Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education


COE Math & Science Education

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department:

As the 4th largest public college of education in the country and the 3rd largest college at UGA, the Mary Frances Early College of Education (MFE COE) improves the lives of residents of Georgia and beyond through our instruction, research, and service. The MFE COE is a comprehensive college with disciplines focused on teacher preparation, counseling and human development, communication sciences, human movement sciences, career development, student affairs, and educational administration and policy. We place significant emphasis on graduate education with approximately 40% of our students at the graduate level, making us the second largest college at UGA with respect to graduate education.
Named for Mary Frances Early, UGA’s first African American graduate, in February 2020, the MFE COE has a long and distinguished history as a leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our other strengths include a) partnerships with multiple units on campus, in the local community, and across the state of Georgia, b) faculty expertise manifested in well- regarded scholarship and applied practice, and c) recognition of our academic programs by external stakeholders.

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Benefits Eligible

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Candidates should apply at Applications received by December 31, 2020 are assured full consideration. We will continue to accept and screen applications until the position is filled. A complete application includes:
•A letter of application that addresses both research and teaching.
•A curriculum vita.
•Transcripts for all degrees earned and in progress (unofficial transcripts accepted initially).
•A sample of scholarly writing.
•Names of three references who may be asked for letters as part of the search process. Letters of recommendation are submitted by your references via The position is contingent on funding. All materials should be uploaded electronically to UGAJobs.
Please direct inquiries to the search committee chair, Dr. Jim Garrett ([email protected]).

Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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Assistant Professor

Faculty Rank:

Assistant Professor

Contract Type:

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline

Position Summary:

The faculty in Social Studies Education seeks to promote social equity, democracy, and ambitious PreK-12 social education through our work with diverse community partnerships, teachers, teacher candidates, teacher educators, and researchers. The candidate who fills this position would join the Department of Mathematics and Science Education which houses the programs and faculty in Social Studies Education. The programs in Social Studies Education include initial certification programs at the bachelor’s and master’s level and graduate programs that lead to M.Ed., Ed.S., and Ph.D. degrees. Faculty in these programs attract and support national and international doctoral students, collaborate with colleagues across the nine departments of the college, and work in close partnership with local school districts.

Additional Requirements:

•Candidates should have an earned doctorate in Social Studies Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Teacher Education, or related field from an accredited university (ABD will be considered, terminal degree conferred by the start of appointment).
•Three or more years of teaching experience in PreK-12 settings.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

•An active record of scholarship and productivity commensurate with experience.
•Strong potential for seeking and attracting external funding.
•Familiarity through instruction or research with current trends and cultural contexts in US schools.
•Research expertise in one or more of the following:
oissues of diversity, equity, and inclusion
ocivics education of young children
ointer/disciplinary inquiry (such as in history, geography, civics education, political science, economics)
olarge scale studies of issues related to social education

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Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.




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Posted: 11/11/2020
Application Due: 3/25/2021
Work Type: Full Time