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Assistant Professor - LCL


COE-Language & Literacy Educ

About the University of Georgia:

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 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 employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 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.

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 MFECOE 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.

About The Literacies and Children’s Literature’s (LCL) Program AreaThe Literacies and Children’s Literature program area offers the following degrees: M.A. in Education, M.Ed. in Reading Education, Ed.S. in Education, and Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Education. The Department’s online M.Ed. in Reading Education with an Emphasis in New and Digital Literacies is designed for certified teachers and literacy education professionals. LCL is committed to further serving our diverse program and student needs through the addition of a scholar who adds to our epistemological, methodological, racial, ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, dis/ability and/or sexual diversity. Please see our department’s Vision Statement here. The LCL program area is responsible for two statewide literacy experiences: the Georgia Children’s Book Awards and the Georgia Conference on Children’s Literature.

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Benefits Eligible

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applications will require all of the following:

  • A letter of application specifically responsive to the position’s responsibilities and required qualifications as described above;
  • A curriculum vita;
  • Two recent publications;
  • A statement that explores a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching, and service; and
  • The names, university affiliation, and email addresses of three persons who could provide letters of reference. References will not be contacted until the search committee has corresponded with the applicant.

The first priority of applications will be reviewed after November 1, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Please note that official Graduate transcripts and two samples of recent syllabi will be requested at a later date.

Questions may be addressed to the Search Committee Co-chairs: Drs. Tisha Lewis Ellison [email protected] and Petros Panaou [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.

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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 children’s literature, literacy education or a related field (please note that ABDs will not be considered).

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 culturally and linguistically diverse children’s literature, with strengths in digital literacies, reading and writing pedagogies, and/or assessment for K-8 students.
This Tenure Track Assistant Professor will work in the Literacies and Children’s Literature (LCL) program area. This experienced Assistant Professor should have the awareness of and be committed to contributing to cultural relevance, social justice, race, and anti-racist pedagogies in education.The successful scholar will contribute to our legacy of faculty who have influenced the field of children’s literature and literacy education.

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

  • A minimum of 2 years of outreach or impact or teaching in culturally and linguistically diverse K-12 schools or communities;
  • A minimum of 2 years of successful teaching at the university level;
  • A minimum of 2 years of university and professional service; and
  • A minimum of 2 years of collaborative service supporting undergraduate and/or graduate students.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

  • Evidence of impacting issues of censorship and equity within the field of children’s literature and literacy education.
  • Demonstrate emerging record of high-impact scholarship;
  • Evidence of seeking and/or obtaining external funding to support research programs;

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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.


Responsibilities include the following:

  • Have an active research agenda that contributes to the scholarly advancement and reputation in the field of children’s literature and literacy education;
  • Seek and secure external funding for research;
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in children’s literature and literacy education (face-to-face, online, and/or blended);
  • Mentor and advise graduate students;
  • Engage in departmental, college, university, and professional service; and
  • Contribute to our annual Georgia Children’s Book Awards and Georgia Conference on Children’s Literature events as well as other university and community partnerships.

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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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