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ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, Division of Teacher Education and Curriculum/ School of Education 36452

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Job Title: ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, Division of Teacher Education and Curriculum/ School of Education 36452
Location: UMKC Volker Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 39579
Hiring Department School of Education, Division of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies

Job Description The School of Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) announces its search for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) position in the Division of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies. The position is full-time, 9 month, and benefit-eligible. The School of Education seeks candidates with expertise in elementary and/or early childhood mathematics education.

The individual selected for the position will join a dedicated and collaborative group of faculty and staff. The primary responsibilities are to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, advise master’s, specialist, and doctoral students, conduct an active program of research inclusive of seeking external funding, and participate actively in professional organizations. The initial certification programs are practice-based with close ties to the field. Therefore, the candidate will also have the opportunity to collaborate closely with early childhood education centers, PK-12 schools, and other community-serving organizations throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. We seek candidates who engage with principles and themes of diversity, equity, inclusion, cultural responsiveness, social justice, and globalism in their teaching, research, and service.

Major Responsibilities:

    Teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including coursework in early childhood and elementary math methodsMentor and take an active role in undergraduate student programmingAdvise and mentor graduate studentsConduct an active program of research and scholarship, including the pursuit of external fundingCollaborate with faculty on programmatic issues, including participating in educator preparation program assessment activitiesProvide service to the division, school, and universityActively participate in local, state, and national professional organizations
Minimum Qualifications
    An earned doctorate in early childhood education, elementary education, mathematics education, or a closely related field by date of hire. ABDs will be considered.Demonstrated potential or record of scholarship appropriate to Assistant Professor rank.Successful experience as an early childhood, elementary or early mathematics teacher, preferably in public, urban settings.Demonstrated potential or experience teaching in a college/university setting.Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including social justice and urban issues.Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with students, colleagues, and community partners from diverse backgrounds and experiences.Demonstrated potential or experience teaching in both face-to-face and online formats.Demonstrated experience or interest in conducting research in urban settings.Demonstrated potential for leadership in service .
Full Time/Part Time

Full-time, benefit-eligible, 9-month ranked tenure-track faculty position for Fall 2022


Negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience

Application Deadline

Formal review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials by January 18, 2022 to ensure optimal consideration.

Application Instructions Application materials should include the following: (a) a cover letter expressing interest in the position, including reflection on the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; (b) curriculum vitae, and (c) full contact information of three professional references. References will not be contacted until advanced stages of screening, and candidates will receive prior notification.

Applications must be submitted through this UMKC recruitment portal to be considered. Combine all application materials into one PDF file or Microsoft Word document and upload as your resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.)

If you need technical assistance, please call our Technology Support Center at 816-235-2000.

An official copy of all transcripts, showing when degrees were conferred, will be required before an official offer is made to the final candidate. The University requires the maintenance of an official copy of higher education transcripts for all hires. Finalists will be asked to submit all transcripts to the School of Education Dean’s Office at [email protected] Appointment is contingent upon verification of degrees. All final candidates will be required to successfully pass a Criminal Background Check prior to beginning employment.

For further information about this position, please contact Omiunota Ukpokodu, Search Committee Chair, at [email protected]


As a public urban-serving research institution, UMKC is in the heart of Kansas City. The School of Education serves as a major institutional partner to school districts and community agencies across the metropolitan area. School of Education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) at the initial-licensure level (2018-2025). Educator licensure programs are accredited at the state level by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:

UMKC Statement on Diversity Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the UMKC mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse city, including African, African American, Asian, German, Irish, Italian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Native American and Slavic communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City and the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection and innovation, which is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.

For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff, students and community to position themselves as global citizens who seek out, embrace and celebrate the many benefits of diversity. UMKC received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2019 in recognition of our continued commitment to equity and inclusion. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly understand the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.

Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Roos Advocate for Community Change

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Annual Report

Multicultural Student Affairs

Vaccination Statement

To comply with the COVID-19 vaccination mandate for federal contractors pursuant to Executive Order 14042, University policy requires employees to provide or show documentation of vaccination against COVID-19, unless approved for exemption based on 1) sincerely held religious belief, practice or observance; 2) medicals reasons; or 3) the University can affirmatively determine based on the nature of their work, work location and lack of interactions with covered employees the federal mandate does not apply to them.

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