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Instructor/Assistant Professor, Curriculum Specialist/ One Year Temporary

Westfield State University

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Instructor/Assistant Professor, Curriculum Specialist/ One Year Temporary

About Westfield State University:

In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. Westfield State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.

Westfield State is the most residential of the state universities in Massachusetts, with over 60% of our 5600 full-time undergraduate students living on campus. The campus is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts just 30 minutes from the thriving cultural centers of Northampton and Amherst, and 1.5 hours from both Boston and Albany.

Job Description:

Campus Title: Instructor/Assistant Professor, Curriculum Specialist
State Job Title: Instructor/Assistant Professor
Department: Education
Job Code: HA2000/HA3200
FLSA Status: Exempt
Funding: 7115-0100
Bargaining Unit: MSCA
Job Type: Full-Time, Temporary / 1 year
Timeframe: Academic year
Shift: TBD
Regular Days Off: Saturday and Sunday
Supervision Received: Reports directly to the chair of Education Department.
Supervision Exercised: None
Salary: To commensurate with education and experience

General Statement of Duties:

Westfield State University's Education Department is committed to anti-racist pedagogy and practices that guide our department's fundamental beliefs in critical engagement with diversity, social justice, community building, scholarly inquiry, and critical reflective practice.

The Education Department is seeking an outstanding and engaged teacher/scholar for a temporary one-year position at the instructor or assistant professor level effective September 1, 2023. Successful candidates will teach courses within the Early Childhood, Elementary, and/or Moderate Disabilities Program according to candidate specialization and departmental need. Courses in our program align with our teacher education program's foundational pillars and Massachusetts' Professional Standards for Teachers and Subject Matter Knowledge expectations. For a list of courses, please see the WSU Bachelor of Science in Education webpage:

Candidates with expertise in the following areas will be considered: Bi/Multilingual/EL Education, Curriculum Development, Critical Multicultural Education, Literacy, and Special Education. Successful candidates will be able teach foundational and pedagogical courses, including courses such as Sheltered English Immersion, Disciplinary-based Curriculum/Methods, Critical Multicultural Education, and foundational Special Education/Literacy courses. The candidate will teach at the undergraduate level, advise undergraduates, and participate actively in the university community. The candidate will additionally be expected to engage in the department-wide anti-racism education work that seeks to promote the development and expansion of faculty and students' knowledge, and understandings in applying critical theories and culturally sustaining practices.

Persons of color and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Required Qualifications
  • Earned Master's degree in Elementary Education, Bi/Multilingual/EL Education, Reading and Language, Special Education or related field
  • Minimum of 3 years teaching experience in K-12 public school settings

Preferred Qualifications
  • Earned doctorate degree in relevant field
  • Prior teaching experience in higher education
  • Elementary, Bi/Multilingual/EL Massachusetts teacher licensure
  • Teaching experience in PreK-6 settings in urban schools and communities
  • Experience with flexible format for course delivery (day, evening; in person, hybrid, online)
  • Evidence of effective use of learner-centered pedagogies and culturally relevant/sustaining practices
  • Multilingual

Additional Information:

For the majority of new employees, the minimum starting salary will apply. Specific salary for current Westfield State University employees and individuals currently working for the state of Massachusetts must be calculated individually in accordance with collective bargaining and state policies and procedures.

State job specifications for this position may be found at the department of higher education website:

Disability Accommodations:
Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (413) 572-8106.

Background Check:
Employment at Westfield State University is contingent upon a background check that is satisfactory to the University. Failure to provide written authorization for a background check will nullify the offer of employment.

Application Instructions:

An online application is required. A complete application includes:
  • Cover Letter*
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial copy of transcripts of highest degree
  • Statement of teaching philosophy with areas for continuing scholarship
  • Contact information for three reference letter providers**


* In your cover letter please include the ways in which you would advance diversity and inclusion in your classroom and at the university.

** Contact information for three reference letter providers should be completed on the reference form. Applicants that are using Interfolio for an existing confidential letter of recommendation should provide the Interfolio based email address (e.g.

Application deadline: Review of applications will begin May 31, 2023. The job will remain open until finalists have been selected.

NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us.

Covid-19 Requirements:

As a condition of employment, you will be required to complete an initial series of COVID vaccination (2 doses of Pfizer/Moderna or 1 dose of J&J) prior to coming to campus. Initial booster doses are strongly encouraged for everyone who is eligible. New employees will be required to provide proof of vaccination to Human Resources prior to onboarding. Employees who require a medical or religious exemption should email Tatyana Horne, Associate Director of Employee Benefits, Recognition & Transitions, at

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Westfield is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, creed or economic status.



Founded in 1838 by educational reformer and political leader Horace Mann, Westfield State was the first co-educational college in America dedicated to free, public education for teaching professionals without regard to race, creed or gender.


The College today calls upon this rich tradition of practical innovation as it develops and refines relevant and rewarding fields of study, opportunities for service, and global experiences. Westfield's residential nature and beautiful setting at the base of the Berkshire Mountains offers every student a rich, classic college experience.

Athletics, superb outdoor recreation, 100+ student clubs and organizations, international studies, leadership opportunities, national and international guest speakers, and close connections with the city of Westfield lend a collegial air to the future-focused Westfield learning community.


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