Open-Rank Visiting Professor in Elementary Literacy Education Program

Iowa City, Iowa
Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience
Apr 15, 2021
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Iowa
College of Education
Department of Teaching and Learning
Open-Rank Visiting Professor in Elementary Literacy Education Program


The Department of Teaching and Learning Elementary Education Program at the University of Iowa invites applications for a two-year, 9-month (academic year) open rank visiting faculty position to fulfill the teaching, research, and service duties outlined below.  The position will begin August 18, 2021 through May 12, 2023.

Education Requirement

Prospective candidates must have earned a doctorate in literacy education or a related discipline by August 15, 2021.

Required Qualifications

  • Evidence of scholarly productivity and/or promise of such in elementary literacy education
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, and anti-racist education
  • Demonstrated commitment and evidence of working and collaborating with culturally, linguistically, racially, and socioeconomically diverse populations
  • Expertise in at least one or more of the following areas of interest within elementary literacy education: anti-racist pedagogy, critical literacies, writing pedagogy, culturally responsive/sustaining pedagogy, multilingualism, reading, multimodal literacies, disciplinary literacies, early adolescent literacies, children’s literature, language arts, teacher education
  • Successful teaching experience in K-8 classrooms

Desirable Qualifications

  • Record of effective teaching at the postsecondary level
  • Licensure (or eligibility for licensure) in elementary education
  • Established record of securing external funds for research, training, and/or program development
  • Experience building partnerships with local schools and communities.


  • Teach undergraduate and courses in elementary literacy education
  • Coordinate field experiences for the elementary literacy methods courses
  • Conduct research in an area of specialization within elementary literacy
  • Participate in service to the program, department, college, and university


Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Excellent benefits package.


Two-year (9-month), non-renewable, visiting faculty position beginning August 18, 2021 through May 12, 2023.   Credential and criminal background check required.


Candidates should submit an application letter addressing all qualifications noted above, curriculum vitae, sample of scholarly writing, contact information for three references, and graduate college transcripts.  To apply for this position, go to our website at choose requisition number 74133


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

About the Department and the Program

The Department of Teaching and Learning (T & L) at the University of Iowa includes over 35 faculty members. It includes nine teacher education programs as well as MAT/MS/MA and PhD graduate programs. The Elementary Education Program provides instruction to over 380 students each year. Elementary literacy includes a sequence of courses that collectively address children’s literature, reading and language arts methods in primary and intermediate grades; assessment; and inclusive practices for diverse literacy learners. Throughout the courses, students have opportunities to apply theories and new practices in local schools, followed by a semester-long reading practicum in a K-6 classroom. Instruction across the course sequence reflects a developmental orientation with an emphasis on literacy as a social practice. A central aim of the elementary literacy area is to prepare anti-racist teachers to work across all elementary classrooms. The Department has an active Solidarity Committee who guides work on equity, justice, and anti-racist education the Teacher Education Program.

About the College

The College of Education offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including licensure, endorsement, and certificate programs, many of which are regularly ranked among the best in the nation.  Students study with our world-renowned faculty who are the leaders, scholars, and innovators in their fields.  Our college is comprised of four departments: Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, and Teaching and Learning. The College has a Strategic Plan (, which includes actively engaging with diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. The College is working intentionally through our Anti-Racism Collaborative (

About the University and Surrounding Community

The University of Iowa (UI) is world-renowned for its commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities.  UI has been a member of the Big Ten conference since 1899 and the Association of American Universities since 1909.  UI ranks #34 among the nation’s 629 public universities (U.  S.   News & World Report).  More than 32,500 students earn bachelor’s, graduate, and professional degrees from UI’s 11 colleges.  

UI is located in Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature that is widely recognized as one of the country’s most livable communities.  With more than 70,000 residents, Iowa City is an attractive haven for scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and professionals of all kinds.  Highlights of living in Iowa City include outstanding affordable health care, excellent libraries and schools, historic neighborhoods, and a lively downtown.  Chicago, St. Louis, and Minneapolis/St. Paul are a short car or bus trip away, and nearby Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) connects travelers to the world.  The relationship between Iowa City and the UI is very cooperative and supportive. 

The University of Iowa is a founding member of the Central Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and is committed to recruiting and retaining the most talented and diverse faculty and staff and assisting dual-career couples. 

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual.

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