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Tenure-Track Assistant Professors of Literacy: Early and Elementary Emphasis

Clemson University
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Tenure-Track Assistant Professors of Literacy: Early and Elementary Emphasis

Clemson University
Open Date:
Sep 27, 2022
Close Date:
Oct 30, 2022

The College of Education at Clemson University seeks two 9-month, tenure-track assistant professors of literacy and language education with an emphasis in early literacy or elementary literacy. Both positions are for 9-month, tenure-track positions with an anticipated start date of August 2023. 

Consistent with the university’s land grant mission, the College of Education at Clemson is dedicated to promoting the growth, education, and development of all individuals, and to engaging in high quality, applied research, and professional learning. The College of Education is especially focused on serving underperforming schools as well as members of underrepresented, diverse, and marginalized populations. The successful candidate will join a collaborative and engaged faculty committed to fulfilling this mission through research, teaching, and service in higher educational and P-12 settings. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in PK-12 literacy with an emphasis on early and/or elementary literacy
  • Teaching in face-to-face, online, and hybrid formats
  • Recruiting, advising and mentoring graduate (MEd and PhD) students 
  • Developing a strong area of research and scholarship that informs theory and effective practice in teaching early and/or elementary students.
  • Seeking external funding in support of early and/or elementary teacher preparation.
  • Collaborating on learning, discovery, and engagement activities within the College of Education, across the university, within PK-12 schools, and across the field.
  • Providing service to the department, school, university, state, and professional community.


Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in Literacy with early and/or elementary emphasis or related field (Education, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, or other relevant disciplines)
  • Demonstrated scholarship and publication in early and/or elementary education.
  • U.S. teaching experience with early or elementary aged students or related experience
  • Experience teaching in higher education

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in early and/or elementary education foundations and methods in various modalities
  • Experience teaching at least three years in early and/or elementary students in U.S. schools
  • Experience in advising graduate students
  • Experience in seeking or obtaining external funding
  • Record of research and/or teaching that contributes to diversity, equity, and inclusion as it relates to early childhood/elementary literacy education

Application Instructions:

Please submit the following material via Interfolio (

(1) letter of application that outlines relevant qualifications for the position, research and teaching interests and which position the candidate is applying for, early, elementary, or both, (2) a current curriculum vitae, (3) one writing sample, i.e. published articles or book chapters, (4) a statement of teaching philosophy, (5) a diversity statement, and (6) a list of three individual references with contact information

Review of applications will begin immediately. Priority will be given to those received by October 30, 2022, with an anticipated start date of August 2023.

For questions about the position:

Contact: Dr. Emily Howell, Search Chair

[email protected]

Phone: 864-293-5092

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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