Faculty Specialist I and Lecturer Literacy Studies - Terminal 1 Year Appointment

Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan

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The Western Michigan University Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies invites applications for a terminal one-year Faculty Specialist/Instructor in Literacy Studies position.

The WMU Literacy Studies Program faculty are collaborative, reflective, committed to equity and inclusion, and dedicated to continuous program evaluation and improvement. We offer degrees in literacy studies at the master’s and doctoral levels and provide courses in literacy methods for early childhood, elementary, and secondary teacher candidates at the baccalaureate level. To create an intellectual community that conducts research that addresses social problems, we are seeking candidates who are experts in their discipline and have a commitment to social justice and equity.

For a complete position description and application instructions, please visit WMUjobs.org Post #0606212. Review of applications will start June 15, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Expected start date: August 15, 2022.

Major Duties

The essential duties of this position include serving as a member of the Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies faculty, teaching in-person and online undergraduate and/or graduate classes in literacy. It is expected that the applicant will supervise clinical field experiences. The successful applicant will participate in department and university program development and committee work and collaborate in departmental recruitment efforts.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Evidence of effective instruction at the university level.

2. Three years of teaching experience in PK-12 settings.

3. Experience teaching in culturally and linguistically diverse settings.

Desired Qualifications:

1. Doctorate or ABD in literacy education or a related field from an accredited institution.

2. Experience in technology-enhanced post-secondary teaching and distance education (both synchronous and asynchronous modalities).

3. Areas of expertise should include early literacy and elementary literacy.

4. Equivalent experience required for Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach Certification.

5. Master's degree in literacy education or a related field from an accredited institution

For more information, please contact: Dr. Kristal Ehrhardt, Professor & Interim Chair, by email at [email protected] or by phone at (269) 387-4478.

Western Michigan University (WMU), located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is a learner-centered, research university, building intellectual inquiry and discovery into undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in a way that fosters knowledge and innovation, and transforms wisdom into action. As a public university, WMU provides leadership in teaching, research, learning, and service, and is committed to enhancing the future of our global citizenry. The

College of Education and Human Development at Western Michigan University is a diverse and vibrant institution of professional education, preparing individuals annually for leadership in their fields. The college is comprised of six departments and approximately 110 regular full-time faculty who serve 2,000 undergraduates and over 1,100 graduate students, with majors enrolled in programs leading to bachelor's, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU as one of the doctoral universities with high research activity.

Kalamazoo, Michigan, located equidistant between Chicago and Detroit, features three institutions of higher education, high-quality healthcare, and a variety of businesses and industries. The area is replete with parks, lakes and golf courses and offers many cultural attractions including theatre, music, dance, and the visual arts. Kalamazoo was recently named number one on the “10 Coolest Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living in the US” by purewow.com.


Western Michigan University is a national research university enrolling nearly 24,000 students from across the United States and 100 other countries. Founded in 1903, it is a learner-centered, discovery-driven and globally engaged public university that stands out among America's more than 4,600 higher education institutions.


WMU combines the resources of a major research university with the personal attention and friendly atmosphere often found at a small college. Taking full advantage of that combination gives students the edge they need to succeed in graduate school, the workplace and life.

Students attending WMU enjoy top-notch programs, teachers, facilities and hands-on learning opportunities. They expect and receive one-on-one attention from senior-level faculty members and quickly find that advisors, career specialists, mentors and tutors are within easy reach. In addition, most classes are relatively small in size and taught by the University's full-time professors.

The University offers 147 bachelor's, 73 master's and 30 doctoral programs, along with one program leading to the specialist degree and several others that lead to graduate-level certificates. These programs are offered through seven degree-granting colleges: Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Education and Human Development, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Fine Arts, Haworth College of Business, and Health and Human Services.

Many programs rank among the top of their kind in the country, giving WMU a national or international reputation as one of the best places to study in fields as varied as aviation flight science, creative writing, engineering management technology, evaluation, experimental atomic physics, geology, integrated supply management, jazz studies, medieval studies, occupational therapy, paper engineering, psychology, sales and business marketing, and speech pathology.


Faculty members have been trained at the world's leading universities and bring a global perspective to the classroom. A majority of these scholars have a passion for research as well as teaching. They not only share their cutting-edge work in the classroom, but also welcome undergraduate and graduate students alike into their research laboratories and creative studios.


WMU creates a learning environment that is not only challenging, but also supportive and inclusive. A wide range of resources and services focus on academic and career success, with several dedicated to meeting the special needs of such select groups as first-year students, transfer students, military veterans and youths who have aged out of the foster care system.

The University’s robust academic environment is bolstered by some of the best instructional and cultural facilities in the Midwest, and ongoing improvements are reshaping the housing and dining system so it is more in tune with the needs of today’s students. Meanwhile, the University consistently earns national awards for sustainability as well as praise for the beauty of its park-like campus.


Among the University’s notable facilities are a world-class aviation campus; a state-of-the-art science complex; new buildings devoted to education, chemistry and the visual arts; a high-tech home for health and human services programs; a cutting-edge engineering campus that includes the thriving Business Technology and Research Park; a large, well-equipped student recreation center; and one of the nation’s top 10 theatres.


Students come to WMU from around the world, with representatives of minority groups making up 21 percent of the student body and international students 8 percent. They enjoy a vibrant campus atmosphere featuring nearly 400 student organizations, including fraternities and sororities, professional associations, faith-based groups, club sports and hobby groups. The University also provides acclaimed arts programs, a lively cultural calendar, and numerous intramural, health and fitness programs. 


Innovation, engagement with the communities it serves, and outreach to enhance economic development are University hallmarks. For instance, the aviation campus and Business Technology and Research Park are components of Michigan's economic development zones, while the centers for Biological Imaging and for Biosciences Research and Commercialization contribute to the state's life sciences business sector.


Most recently, WMU and local philanthropists joined with Kalamazoo’s two world-class teaching hospitals to develop the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, which began enrolling students in fall 2014 and is stimulating economic growth as well as life sciences innovation in the region and state. Also in 2014, the University affiliated with the most diverse private law school in the United States to form the WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School.


During recent years, the University has helped to launch more than 30 startup companies through collaborative life science research and commercialization activities and has given students unprecedented opportunities to start their own businesses. In addition, it supports scores of research centers and public-service clinics that work in tandem with partners around the state and nation to make new discoveries and improve the health and well-being of the citizenry.

WMU also extends its reach by offering quality academic and professional development programs online and at eight regional locations in the Michigan cities of Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Muskegon, Royal Oak and Traverse City.

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