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Assistant Professor of Education

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Assistant Professor of Education


Assistant Professor


Qualified candidate in the field of Middle-Level education. The Department of Education seeks to hire an Assistant Professor with experience and expertise in middle-level education (generalist), with a specialization in literacy, for a full-time tenure-tr

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The Department of Education at the University of North Carolina Asheville, the UNC system’s designated public liberal arts institution, seeks qualified applicants with expertise in middle grades education for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant professor position that will begin in the fall semester of 2023. The person selected for this position must have earned a Ph.D./Ed.D. in Education or related discipline prior to July 1, 2023 and will be expected to teach 12 contact hours per semester (typically three or four classes); establish their scholarly/creative activities; supervise student teachers, and engage in service to the department, institution, the community, and the profession. The department is particularly interested in individuals with expertise in middle-level education (generalist), with a specialization in literacy. Individuals with a passion for undergraduate teaching and experience at an institution focused on the liberal arts are strongly encouraged to apply.

In addition to having a passion for undergraduate teaching, mentorship, research, and service, the UNC Asheville faculty is committed to providing a premier liberal arts education through their commitment to interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teaching. Faculty members have the opportunity to teach across the University’s Liberal Arts Core (LAC) program, our required interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum in courses that include, but are not limited to: introductory (first-year) colloquia; diversity-intensive courses; service-learning designated courses; courses within the Humanities Program; and LAC Senior Capstone courses.

UNC Asheville is committed to promoting diversity and a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and the ability to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. Faculty members across campus are encouraged to lead the institution’s efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion in the areas of pedagogy, programming, and service activity. Therefore, candidates interested and experienced in teaching [area] to and developing outreach activities for diverse student populations are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications for this position should be submitted electronically at applications require a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy that includes interest in or potential for interdisciplinary teaching outside of the department, statement of planned scholarship and creative activities, undergraduate transcripts, graduate transcripts, and a statement of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The diversity statement should describe: (a) the applicant’s experience in advancing diversity in teaching, scholarship and/or service; (b) examples of demonstrated leadership potential in the area of equity and inclusion; and © the applicant’s understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion to the mission of a liberal arts university. Each applicant should also request three letters of reference to be sent separately that address the candidate’s written, verbal and interpersonal skills; and ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students. Review of applications will begin Monday, January 23, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to the Search Chair, Dr. Tiece Ruffin, [email protected], Chair, Department of Education.

UNC Asheville is committed to equality and diversity of experiences for our students, applicants, or employees. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply regardless of socio-economic status, gender expression, gender and sexual identity, culture, or ideological beliefs. UNC Asheville is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status with respect to all terms, conditions, and privileges of university-sponsored activities, employment, and the use of university facilities.

Additional information:The Department of Education is an eclectic group of scholars and community engaged educators committed to anti-racist, anti bias, responsive pedagogies in educator preparation. The Department has seven full time faculty members in teacher education at the undergraduate level. The successful candidate will be a member of a department that serves teacher licensure students in Art (K-12), Theatre Arts (K-12), Special Education (K-12), Elementary Education (K-6), English (9-12) Middle Grades Education (6-9; Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, or Science), Latin (9-12), Math (9-12), Science (9-12), and Social Studies (9-12). The Department of Education engages with all departments across campus in the preparation of professional educators, as undergraduate candidates major in an academic area specific to their intended licensure area, and then take additional courses necessary to earn their North Carolina teaching license. Education is not a major or a minor, but is an area of concentration in addition to the academic major. This structure reflects the liberal arts model.The department believes that through attainment of discipline-specific knowledge, concentrated study of pedagogy, and training in a professional approach to teaching, our candidates develop into teachers who are prepared to meet the multifaceted needs of P-12 students.
In preparing candidates to become teachers, department faculty members must be professionally committed practitioners who work to provide effective programs and courses. Department faculty members model appropriate teaching strategies in their own practice. Faculty members are reflective thinkers who, both individually and in collaboration with others, continually consider and refine teaching methods utilizing current best practices, appropriate technologies, knowledge of effective practices, and an understanding of equitable and inclusive practices to meet the needs of candidates and P-12 students and schools. Department faculty members are committed to social justice pedagogy, fostering equitable practices and policies to ensure preparation of all students for an increasingly interconnected world.

Required qualifications

  • Terminal degree or ABD in middle level education or a relevant field with a completion date prior to faculty appointment;
  • Minimum of 3 years teaching experience in the middle grades (6th through 9th)
  • Expertise in literacy;
  • Evidence of a demonstrated commitment to culturally relevant, responsive and sustaining teaching , scholarship, and service that values equity, inclusion, access, and justice;
  • Engage in teaching, scholarly/creative and service activities appropriate to faculty rank, departmental values, and University tenure/merit criteria.
  • Familiarity with the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) standards for middle level teacher preparation

Responsibilities include
  • Ability to teach high quality undergraduate courses, engage in scholarly/creative activity, and service;
  • Ability to teach middle grades and secondary field experience based education courses at the undergraduate level;
  • Supervision of teacher candidates in the field
  • Serve on committees that support the Department and accreditation.


A Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Education or related field earned prior to July 1, 2023 is required for this position. Expertise in middle-level education (generalist), with a specialization in literacy, and experience teaching courses with traditional and non-traditional learners are strongly encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate is an exemplary teacher-educator who brings a demonstrated commitment of educational equity, inclusion, and social justice to their work. Further, the successful candidate must be able to demonstrate through application materials and in the interview that they have the ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; bring diverse and multidisciplinary perspectives into the classroom; and function professionally in a highly collaborative and increasingly diverse organization.

Months per Year:

9 months


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Department of Education

Special Instructions Summary:

Please note that any documents submitted to Human Resources or the hiring departments become property of UNC Asheville and will not be returned.

Applications for this position should be submitted electronically at The applicant will enter information into the application system which will automatically request three letters of reference to be sent separately and confidentially that speaks to the candidate’s writing and interpersonal skills and ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students. Please, do not submit reference letters directly to the search chair.

Review of applications will begin January 23rd, 2023

Inquiries only may be directed to Search Chair, Dr. Tiece Ruffin, [email protected], Chair, Department of Education. Please do not submit any materials to this email address. All application materials, including letters submitted separately by references or portfolio services, must be uploaded via the application portal.

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The University of North Carolina Asheville offers a singular experience for original minds.

We’re the original and only liberal arts campus in the University of North Carolina system. We break down conventions, overcome obstacles, expand horizons. We dare to connect curiosity and critical thinking, courage and challenge, imagination and impact, opportunity and responsibility. When the world looks down, we look up.

We’re a public resource that draws on a deep history to make a profound impact—on our students and on the world. We founded the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Our STEAM Studio helped to produce the largest public art installation ever shown in Times Square. We offer majors and concentrations that re-tool the liberal arts and sciences for new challenges and new opportunities. We live in one of America’s great small cities, a mountain town with wit and grit, with an artist’s eye and an explorer’s heart.

We are the originals. We’re rooted in the Land of the Sky, at the intersection of what’s known and what’s possible. This is an education that’s affordable, adaptive, and endlessly relevant. This is an experience where every path leads to a new vista, where there’s room for every voice, and where the future is a frontier—vast and bright and close enough to touch.

UNC Asheville’s national reputation for empowering human potential is rooted in its unique student-centric public liberal arts and sciences mission. UNC Asheville thrives on close-knit connections among students and their faculty and staff mentors. The University’s 3,300 students are innovative, ethical, creative and resilient leaders who seek to understand complex global challenges and find creative, sustainable solutions that benefit our communities and the world. More than 65 percent of UNC Asheville students conduct applied research alongside faculty experts. UNC Asheville consistently ranks as a national top 10 Public Liberal Arts and Sciences University by U.S. News & World Report, and on its list of Most Innovative Schools. UNC Asheville regularly earns several national top 20 rankings in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 386 Colleges,” including Best Quality of Life, Town-Gown Relations, and UNC Asheville has ranked in the top two nationally for the “Best Schools for Making an Impact,” in The Princeton Review’s “Colleges that Pay You Back.”

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