Assistant Professor

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The University of Kansas
Location
Lawrence, KS

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Position OverviewThe Department of Curriculum & Teaching at the University of Kansas is seeking nominations and applications for a full-time, academic year (9-month), tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Elementary Education. The teaching focus is in elementary, curriculum development within the teacher education undergraduate program and qualitative research methodology in the graduate program located at Lawrence, Kansas. The position will begin August 18, 2022 and require an on-campus presence.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage with students and be surrounded by collaborative colleagues across the School of Education and Human Sciences, campus and education community. The Department of Curriculum & Teaching carries an atmosphere of collegiality that is supportive of an environment which is interdisciplinary, collaborative and diverse. We work together as a supportive intellectual community and seek a colleague who will enhance our organization in the following ways: 1) Demonstrate a strong commitment to calling the academy to more fully live up to its ideals regarding to access and success; 2) Support the broad public, social justice functions of the academy; and 3) Participate in the School’s commitment to public engagement and activism that better serves underserved communities of students and employees locally, statewide, and (inter)nationally.

Successful applicants will have a doctorate in Elementary Education or Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in curriculum development/studies and qualitative research methodology. Applicants are encouraged to outline areas of interests in their application materials.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal education and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.

KU is a Carnegie Research-Extensive Institution with a student body of over 28,000 students representing every state and more than 113 foreign countries. The University is located in Lawrence, a city with a population exceeding 95,000. The community is known for its support of the arts and education and regularly appears in various “best town” listings.

The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the time of appointment. Job Description40% Teaching
  • Teach courses and develop curriculum in undergraduate and graduate programs including the department’s online M.S.Ed. program in Curriculum and Instruction, in-person, virtual, and/or hybrid based upon departmental need.
  • Model effective instructional practices for diverse student populations and the use of instructional technology in face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning environments.
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students
  • Hold regular office hours
40% Research
  • Demonstrate sustained productivity through scholarly works/research through regular publications, professional presentations, and external grant proposals.
20% Service
  • Participate in the regular academic activities of the department and School, including committee assignments and general service activities.
  • Collaborating with faculty across the School of Education and Human Sciences as well as performing service to the department, School, University, regional K-12 schools, and the profession.
  • Serve on and chair graduate committees
  • Professional service in the academic discipline and/or field.
Required Qualifications
  1. Doctorate in Elementary Education or Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in curriculum development/studies and focus on qualitative research methodology, or a closely related field. If ABD, terminal degree must be achieved prior to the employment start date, by August 18, 2022.
  2. Minimum of three years of full-time teaching experience in grades P-6 in the U.S. or similarly structured environment.
  3. Demonstrated (or high potential for) teaching excellence with best-practices initiatives (including a culturally responsive pedagogy) in a university setting.
  4. Demonstrated (or high potential for) research and/or scholarship areas relevant to curriculum studies as demonstrated through publications, awards, research grants, or presentations.
Additional Candidate InstructionsApplication review begins December 1, 2021, and continues until a qualified applicant pool is identified. A complete application consists of:
  • A cover letter that describes research scholarly work as well as teaching philosophy and teaching experience
  • A current and complete curriculum vitae listing your record of accomplishments and productivity
  • Copies of graduate transcripts
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student evaluations)
  • Writing sample or publication
  • The names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references.
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Only complete applications will be considered. Other documentation may be requested. Finalists will be required to submit to a background check investigation. The preferred start date is August 18, 2022.
Contact Information to ApplicantsQuestions may be sent to:
Search committee chair
Department of Curriculum & Teaching
School of Education and Human Sciences
The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045
Advertised Salary RangeCommensurate with Experience Application Review Begins01-Dec-2021

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Working at the University of Kansas 

Join the University of Kansas, and you’ll become part of a Jayhawk family that spans the globe. Wear your KU shirt in London, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Nairobi or anywhere else, and you will likely hear a resounding “Rock Chalk!” from a stranger. Of course, the appropriate response is an enthusiastic “Jayhawk!” Because, after all, they’re not really strangers, they’re family.

The Jayhawk community is united by more than 150 years of tradition and by our commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, transforming the academic experience, and creating solutions through innovative research. KU’s mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.  

The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). We consistently earn high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university.

KU faculty and staff embrace our role as the state’s flagship university, AAU member and R1 institution that serves the state, nation and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit; and, we remain true to KU’s historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research and the healing power of service.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 

The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

We recognize there are inequalities and privileges generated by historical and persistent intersecting differences by race, ethnicity, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, abilities, religion, regional background, veteran status, citizenship status and nationality. And we hold ourselves accountable for policies, processes and programs that appreciate these and other differences and create more fair, safe and just learning, working and living environments for KU students, faculty and staff.

Instruction 

KU offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate study programs, and we fulfill our mission through academic and research programs of international distinction, coupled with outstanding libraries, teaching museums and information technology. These resources enrich the academic experience for students from all 50 states and 112 countries, and provide enrichment resources for KU faculty and staff.

Research 

The university attains high levels of research productivity and recognizes that faculty are part of a network of scholars and academicians that shape a discipline as well as teach it. KU staff are integral to our research success, participating in and supporting discoveries that expand knowledge and improve lives.

Service 

The university and our employees serve society through research, teaching and the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. KU's academic programs, arts facilities and public programs provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the larger community. And, KU offers educational, research and service programs throughout the state. KU employees are encouraged to participate in and serve the campus and surrounding communities in a way that is meaningful to them.

International Dimension 

KU offers more than 100 programs of international study and cooperative research for KU students and faculty at sites around the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and abroad. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.

Values 

The University of Kansas, our students and employees are committed to excellence. We foster a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.

Our City and State 

KU sits atop Mt. Oread in the center of Lawrence, a town full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best college towns in the United States. Lawrence is home to more than 100,000 people, and has a charming, Midwestern friendliness that welcomes visitors and celebrates diversity. In addition to KU, Lawrence is home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premiere tribal university in the United States.

Lawrence’s historic and thriving downtown features restaurants, nightlife and local shops offering unique finds that you won’t find anywhere else. The town has more than 50 parks, an encompassing mixed-use trail, and quick access to biking/hiking trails along the Kansas River and around Clinton Lake. A five-minute drive from Lawrence, Clinton Lake offers fishing, boating, beaches, camping and other outdoor activities.

Located just 40 minutes west of Kansas City, Lawrence offers the appeal of a mid-size, suburban town with quick access to the amenities of a large city, including an international airport. The Kansas City metro area is home to world-class museums and cultural activities, Jazz clubs and other nightlife venues, expansive shopping options, and exciting professional sports with the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC.

Kansas is in the center of the country, making it convenient and cost effective to fly or drive to destinations throughout the United States. Far from flat, the Flint Hills, just 90 minutes from Lawrence, offer panoramic vistas that showcase the breathtaking beauty of America.

Making KU Your Home 

Something about Lawrence is magnetic. Long-time residents are never surprised when a KU student or employee from out of state decides to make Lawrence their permanent home. And, even those who do leave often find themselves returning to “the nest” at some point in the future. In fact, Lawrence has been named by several publications as one of the best places to retire.

At the University of Kansas, you’ll join a global Jayhawk family and find a place to call home.

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