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Assistant Professor


COE-Language & Literacy Educ

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 15 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 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

Athens is known for its music, art, and food as well as its
accessibility to the Atlanta area (see and UGA is consistently ranked among the nation’s leading public research universities and seeks to sustain and advance its history of success through the recruitment and retention of an excellent and diverse faculty. The university offers a competitive compensation package with an affordable cost of living, an attractive location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Atlanta, a mild climate, and an excellent quality of life in a vibrant multicultural

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 (MFECOE) 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.

The Department of Language and Literacy Education has a faculty recognized nationally and internationally for expertise in multiple overlapping areas including secondary English Education, Literacies and Children’s Literature, Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages, and World Language Education. Information about the department, its programs, and the faculty is available at .

Information about the English Education program and its academic offerings is available at The Mary Francis Early College of Education ( at the University of Georgia has over 200 faculty members, enrolls nearly 4,000 students each semester (approximately 60% graduate students), and supports graduate programs perennially ranked among the nation’s best.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

A complete application will require all of the following:

  • A letter of application specifically responsive to the position’s responsibilities and required and preferred qualifications as required above
  • A complete resume or curriculum vitae
  • The names of three persons who could provide letters of reference if asked.
Official transcripts, sample syllabi and letters of reference will be required from all finalists. Letters of reference will not be sought until the search committee has communicated with the applicant.

Applications received by November 1, 2021 are assured of full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Potential applicants should note that degrees or experience in English for Speakers of Other Languages, Teaching English as a Foreign Language or similar fields are probably not appropriate preparation for this position. Other questions can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Sara Kajder ([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]).

UGA Statement:

PLEASE NOTE: On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for
Federal Contractors pending further review. As a result, the requirements of the Executive Order and associated guidance, including the vaccination requirement for covered contractor employees, are currently not in effect.

The University of Georgia is a Federal Contractor as defined by Presidential Executive Order 14042 and subject to the requirement that Federal Contractors must ensure that all covered employees, including those working remotely, are fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. You may be required to show proof of your fully vaccinated status at the time of your start date, or have received a medical or religious exemption from the fully vaccinated requirement at the time of your start date. For more information regarding the Federal Contractor fully vaccinated employment requirement please visit or call (706) 542-2222.

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor

Faculty Rank:

Assistant Professor

Contract Type:

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

An earned doctorate (Ph.D. or equivalent) in English Education or a related field

Position Summary:

The Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor with expertise in the preparation of secondary English Education grades 6-12 teachers. This is a full-time, tenure track position that begins in August 2022. English Education is the discipline responsible for the teaching of composition, literature, other textual forms, and language for secondary-level students (grades 6-12). As detailed below, the successful candidate will be an experienced Assistant Professor.

RESPONSIBILITIES will include all of the following:

  • Sustain and grow a line of research that contributes to scholarly advancement in secondary English Education
  • Collaborate with English Education faculty in innovative redesign of elements of graduate programs and doctoral preparation
  • Seek external funding for research
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses (face to face, online, and/or hybrid)
  • Mentor and advise graduate students
  • Engage in departmental, college, university and professional service

Additional Requirements:

For more information about Promotion & Tenure, please refer to The Department of Language and Literacy Education guidelines and the University of Georgia Guidelines for Appointment, Promotion and Tenure.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification:

  • A minimum of two years of successful research, teaching and service as an assistant professor of English Education (or a related field).
  • A minimum of 2 years successful graduate-level teaching (in secondary English Education courses)
  • A minimum of 2 years of successful graduate student mentoring
  • A minimum of three years of successful classroom teaching of secondary English/Language Arts (Grades 6-12)

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

  • Purposeful engagement with school/university partnerships
  • A record of seeking and/or obtaining external funding
  • Desired research areas include but are not limited to writing and the teaching of writing, teacher education with a focus on English Education or literacy education, antiracist teaching, or rural teacher education.
  • Demonstrates active and impactful scholarship through both publication and presentation
  • A clear commitment to tenets of diversity, equity, and inclusion as evidenced across documented research, teaching, and service

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Credit and P-Card policy:

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.


  • Sustain and grow a line of research that contributes to scholarly advancement in secondary English Education
  • Collaborate with English Education faculty in innovative redesign of elements of graduate programs and doctoral preparation
  • Seek external funding for research
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses (face to face, online, and/or hybrid)
  • Mentor and advise graduate students
  • Engage in departmental, college, university and professional service

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The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher education. Founded in 1785, it is the birthplace of public higher education in America.

Today, UGA enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 767 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 18 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and the Honors College. It offers 24 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 33 master’s degrees in 144 fields; 8 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 99 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 5.3 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 25 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, making it one of the nation’s top Rhodes producers among public universities. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service for television, podcast/radio, and digital media. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.

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