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Assistant Professor of English Education

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Job No: 514474
Work Type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois

Title: Assistant Professor of English Education

Division Name: Academic Affairs

College/Unit: College of Arts and Sciences

Department: English

Campus Location: Normal, IL

General Summary

At Illinois State University in the Department of English we are committed to supporting English language arts (ELA) teachers’ ongoing professional learning as they seek to enact more equitable and inclusive instruction in their current and future classrooms. We seek to foster and promote our teacher candidates’ (undergraduates and post-baccalaureate students studying to become state certified teachers) and teacher scholars’ (graduate students who are concurrently teaching in middle and high schools) abilities to contribute to educational change by honing their skill as critically self-reflexive, innovative, and collaborative learners and teachers.

We invite you to join our intellectual community. We are eager to welcome a new full-time nine-month, tenure-track colleague at the rank of Assistant Professor in English Education to begin August 16, 2023.

English education faculty in our department engage in the intertwined academic activities of research, teaching, and service, working toward the department’s criteria for tenure and promotion, with a department teaching load of 3-2. This position will involve the following primary responsibilities:

• Exhibit and pursue a promising research agenda in equity-oriented English education, broadly construed, that will allow for peer-reviewed publication

• Evidence familiarity with and continued commitment to equity-oriented English teacher education in the teaching of in-person undergraduate English education courses
• Enact research-based inclusive practices in the teaching of required core and elective, synchronous online graduate courses for in-service ELA teachers and other students from various areas of English who share interest in pedagogical questions
• Collaborate with program faculty and staff to present and assess course-and fieldwork in a coherent manner

• Mentor graduate student ELA teacher action research in their own classrooms or professional spaces
• Serve as coordinator of the Master’s in English Education program, a leadership position shared in rotation among program faculty
• Actively engage in service opportunities aligned with the program and department work and mission and that contribute to the department’s reputation as a leading destination for English teacher education scholarship, teaching, and collaboration

Additional Information

English Teacher Education Programs: Our English education program is a vibrant, inclusive learning and teaching community that seeks to honor and nurture diverse perspectives and lived experiences. On average each semester, there are between 160-175 secondary undergraduate teacher candidates journeying through our teacher preparation program, which leads to initial certification. We are committed to recruiting, mentoring, and supporting an increasingly diverse future teaching population. Teacher candidates benefit from a robust set of student leadership opportunities and programs, including an advisory council, a self-funded statewide grant initiative for secondary ELA teachers who wish to include diverse texts in their curricula, and an annual local NCTE African American Read-In partnership with area schools. Our graduate master’s degree program for practicing ELA teachers offers an innovative synchronous learning opportunity that includes an in-person summer retreat and culminates in a teacher action research thesis project. Both programs’ joint focus on socially just ELA teaching and learning benefit from collaboration among program faculty and staff, including a full-time undergraduate Director of English Education and a full-time English education advisor. Program faculty and staff are involved in shared curricular revision and program decision-making. Alums and program students teach in secondary schools throughout the state of Illinois and beyond, and ongoing relationships with them provide a rich network of sustained partnerships for research and field experiences in urban, suburban, and rural school contexts as well as for regular joint presentations at state and national conferences.

Department of English: Our department emphasizes an English Studies model in its undergraduate, MA, and PhD programs and includes scholars in the fields of Children’s Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, English Education, Linguistics, Literary and Cultural Studies, Publishing Studies, Rhetoric, TESOL, and Technical Communication. Our department faculty and graduate students are a community of diverse scholars who value pedagogy and collaborative, interdisciplinary work. For additional information about the Department of English, please visit our website at:

Illinois State University: Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. There are approximately 21,000 students in the six colleges of Illinois State University. In our most recent strategic plan Educate ∙ Connect ∙ Elevate, we have committed our resources to realizing seven core values: Learning and Scholarship, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect, Collaboration, Individualized Attention, Civic Engagement, and Integrity. By acting on these values, we create a learning environment that results in our University being the first-choice public university in Illinois for high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized educational experience combined with the resources of a large university. Also visit the University’s metrics of excellence at (

Bloomington-Normal Community: Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a metro population of approximately 172,000. Bloomington-Normal is also located within easy driving distance of Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. The community is home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Heartland Community College, St. Joseph Medical Center, Carle BroMenn Medical Center, COUNTRY Financial, State Farm Insurance’s International Headquarters, Central Illinois Regional Airport, and electric truck manufacturer Rivian Motors. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and its citizens’ high level of educational attainment, as well as its parks and recreation, health care, vibrant fine arts scene, job growth, economic opportunity, historic sites, and low crime rates. SmartAsset ranked Bloomington IL, in the top 20 of the most livable cities in the U.S. (2022). Zippia named Bloomington, IL, as #1 on their “Happiest Cities” list (2020), and Best Choice Schools listed the area on its “30 Small College Towns with Great Quality of Life” (2020).

Required Qualifications

1. Doctorate in English education or closely related field, completed prior to the start date of appointment;
2. A minimum of three years of experience teaching English in middle and/or high school;
3. A clear commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion grounded in current theories and pedagogies in the field of English education as evidenced across research, teaching, and service in past experiences and/or future commitments; and
4. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.

Desired Qualifications

The following will be viewed as valuable assets:
1. Educational background, pedagogical experience, and/or scholarship helping students across identities reach their maximum potential and/or preparing teachers who are committed to culturally sustaining, humanizing pedagogies;
2. Experience teaching undergraduate and/or graduate English education courses or supporting teacher candidate field-based teaching and learning; and
3. Experience building and maintaining purposeful scholar-practitioner partnerships in collaboration with secondary teachers, departments, and/or leaders.

Work Hours


Proposed Starting Date


Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Required Applicant Documents

1. Cover letter that speaks specifically to your qualifications for the position
2. Curriculum vitae
3. A research statement that speaks to past or planned contributions to the field of English education in terms of diversity, equity, inclusion, or critical frameworks
4. A teaching statement reflecting orientations and/or philosophy
5. Contact information for three references

Shortlisted candidates will be asked for additional materials, which may include a written sample of scholarly work (no more than 20 pages) and a small (no more than 10 page) portfolio.

References will be contacted, as needed, later in the search process. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

PLEASE NOTE: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Special Instructions for Applicants

The initial review of applications will begin on October 13th and continue until the position is filled.

Contact Information for Applicants

Questions can be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Danielle Lillge at [email protected]

Important Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a criminal background investigation based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

Application Opened: 09/28/2022 09:00 AM CST
Application Closes: Open until filled



Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. Illinois State is a co-educational, residential university committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities and promoting the highest academic standards in teaching, scholarship, and community service. Serving more than 20,000 students, our six colleges offer 178 undergraduate majors, 77 minors, 102 master’s programs, 18 doctoral degrees, and 42 certificate options. We have repeatedly been named a “Great Place to Work” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Illinois State University is committed to and accountable for advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our mission.


Illinois State University, a first-choice public university, will be increasingly recognized as a national leader for educating high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized and transformative experience at an institution that:

  • Offers premier undergraduate and graduate programs that integrate traditional knowledge and methods with emerging ideas and innovations
  • Generates knowledge through high-quality research, scholarship, and creative activities
  • Supports student learning and development inside and outside of the classroom
  • Serves the region, state, nation, and world through its commitments to responsible stewardship, meaningful civic engagement, cultural enrichment, and the development of global citizens


We at Illinois State University work as a diverse community of scholars with a commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. We promote the highest academic standards in our teaching, scholarship, public service and the connections we build among them. We devote all of our resources and energies to creating the most supportive and productive community possible to serve the citizens of Illinois and beyond.


Pursuit of Learning and Scholarship

Illinois State University works with students as partners in their educational development inside and outside of the classroom so that students come to appreciate learning as an active and lifelong process. The University contributes new knowledge through research, scholarship, and creative activities in which all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate. Faculty members embrace a balanced teacher–scholar model that values their contributions as teachers (facilitators of learning) and scholars (creators and discoverers of knowledge and information). 

Individualized Attention

Illinois State University provides a supportive environment that places all learners at the center of teaching and scholarship. Innovative curricular and cocurricular programs, strong student-faculty-staff connections, and superior student services focus on each student as an individual. The University fosters academic and personal growth, recognizes unique educational aspirations, and acknowledges that each faculty and staff member is integral to student success.


Illinois State University affirms and encourages community and a respect for differences by fostering an inclusive environment characterized by cultural understanding, ethical behavior, and social justice. The University supports a diverse faculty and staff who mentor a diverse student population. The University endeavors to provide opportunities for all students, staff, and faculty to participate in a global society.


Illinois State University promotes an environment defined by the highest ethical standards. Leadership of the University is characterized by stability, adherence to shared values, collaborative decision making, and accountable stewardship of all university resources. Members of the University community work collaboratively through shared governance to ensure the success of the University and are dedicated to making ongoing improvements, always enhancing their contribution to Illinois State University and building on prior accomplishments. Teaching and learning, including research and creative activities, are conducted at the highest level of academic quality and integrity.

Civic Engagement

Illinois State University prepares students to be informed and engaged global citizens who will promote and further the goals of society. The University promotes active learning experiences through which students will gain an awareness and understanding of civic engagement as a lifelong responsibility. The University partners with business, industry, government, and educational entities providing leadership in local, statewide, national, and international initiatives; expanding service and outreach; and enhancing financial support for instructional, scholarly, and service activities.

Illinois State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding affirmative action, nondiscrimination, and anti-harassment. Illinois State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, order of protection, gender identity and expression, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, unfavorable military discharge, or status as a veteran in employment, educational programs and activities, or admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed by contacting the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access by email at [email protected], by calling (309) 438-3383, or by mail at Illinois State University, Campus Box 1280, Normal, IL 61790.

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