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Edu - Assistant Professor of Elementary Social Studies, C&I - Tenure/Tenure Track - 521151

The University of Alabama

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Work type: Regular Full-time (Benefits eligible)
Location: Alabama
Categories: Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty

212401 - Curriculum and Instruction

Assistant Professor

Position Summary
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Alabama invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Elementary Social Studies Education (Tenure Track).

Detailed Position Information
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Alabama invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Elementary Social Studies Education (Tenure Track). A successful candidate will join an active research and teaching faculty as well as a vibrant student community. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction, along with the College of Education, is firmly committed to creating a welcoming culture and practice of equity and inclusivity in which diverse identities and perspectives are recognized, valued, and promoted.

*Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in early childhood/elementary social studies education and teacher education
*Teach graduate courses in social studies education
*Maintain an active record in social studies education research and publish in scholarly journals
*Direct graduate research studies in social studies education and curriculum & instruction
*Obtain external funding in support of social studies education research
*Promote the knowledge and skills associated with civic competence
*Supervise practica and internship experiences
*Mentor practica and internship candidates
*Serve on student dissertation and thesis committees and on College of Education, departmental, and university committees
*Advise undergraduate and graduate students
*Participate in program development and accreditation processes to complement and enrich current program strengths
*Collaborate with local schools and school systems
*Provide service within the university, to state and local educational agencies, and to relevant professional organizations

Minimum Qualifications
• Earned Doctorate in Elementary Education, Curriculum and Instruction, or closely related field with an emphasis in social studies education
• Minimum 2 years full-time classroom teaching experience in grades P-6
• Demonstrated recent scholarly work, or evidence of an emerging record, in social studies education
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity
• Ability to successfully teach undergraduate courses in social studies methods P-6
• Ability to successfully teach graduate courses in social studies education P-12
• Evidence of potential to collaborate in elementary schools through partnership activities
• Evidence of potential to secure external funding for research projects

Instructions and Required Materials for Application
Please direct questions to search co-chairs: Dr. Cailin Kerch,, or Dr. Cory Callahan, Application Deadline: The review of credentials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Application Process: Please apply online at Materials to be submitted should include a Cover Letter (please include 1-2 paragraphs describing your research trajectory in social studies education for the next 3-5 years), Curriculum Vita, and Unofficial Transcripts for all graduate degrees. Materials to be submitted should include a Cover Letter (please include 1-2 paragraphs describing your research trajectory in social studies education for the next 3-5 years), Curriculum Vita, and Unofficial Transcripts for all graduate degrees.

About the Division/College/School
For over 150 years, the College of Education has been dedicated to developing professionals with the expertise needed to advance the intellectual and social conditions of all learners. By effectively preparing graduates to pursue their pedagogical and scholarly endeavors, the College of Education aims to lead Alabama in teaching, scholarship, advocacy, and service. Our faculty’s research, teaching, and service is widely recognized through their securement of external funding, national awards, professional organization leadership, established centers and offices, and outreach to the local, state, and national communities. Faculty in the college are free to pursue their passions, partner with the local communities, and excel in their many pursuits of academia.

The College of Education consists of six academic departments and 29 high-caliber programs enable students to earn specialized degrees in teacher education, exercise science, and educational neuroscience. Through a robust offering of main campus options, online degrees, and certification programs, the College is poised to accommodate any learner. The College of Education is also home to the No. 1 competitive adaptive sports program in the nation, UA Adapted Athletics, and proudly supports their successes at their state-of-the-art facilities. With teaching, research, and outreach efforts that serve the local community and beyond, the College of Education continues to expand its footprint in both the world of academia and in our global society.

The College of Education is committed to supporting and enacting the University of Alabama’s four guiding principles to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, including increasing and retaining faculty, staff, and students from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups, creating a culture that welcomes a diverse and inclusive college community, and providing opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to develop competencies that support these efforts. For more information on the College of Education’s commitments and efforts, please visit our website:

About the University
The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus.

A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. The University of Alabama has R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is among the top doctoral research universities in the United States.

As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.

About Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa is so much more than a college town.

It's a vibrant community that’s filled with legendary history. Located along the Black Warrior River, the city features a walkable downtown that’s complete with live music, locally owned shops, outdoor spaces to explore and local restaurants to meet every palate. With a geography ranging from suburban to rural, the area offers a variety of housing options along with excellent public and private schools and a wealth of recreational and entertainment options.

With a metro area population of 235,000, the Druid City lies about an hour southwest of Birmingham, in west-central Alabama. It’s within a few hours’ drive of Gulf Coast beaches and major cities like Nashville, New Orleans and Atlanta, making it a great base for growing better acquainted with the South’s finest offerings.

Background Investigation and EEO Statement
Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more. "EEO is the Law"

Advertised: 25 Oct 2023 Central Daylight Time
Applications close: 30 Apr 2024 Central Daylight Time


The University of Alabama embodies an academic community that demands excellence in teaching, research and service and provides an inclusive, nurturing environment for the discovery of knowledge and the development of well-rounded leaders. Founded in 1831 as Alabama's first public college and known as the Capstone of Higher Education, UA provides a premier undergraduate and graduate education built upon global engagement, high-quality scholarship, outstanding teaching, and diversity and inclusivity throughout the community.

Our Mission

The University of Alabama will advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of the state, the nation and the world through the creation, translation and dissemination of knowledge with an emphasis on quality programs in the areas of teaching, research and service.

Our Vision

The University of Alabama will be known as the university of choice for the best and brightest students in Alabama, and all students who seek exceptional educational opportunities. The University of Alabama will be a student-centered research university and an academic community united in its commitment to enhance the quality of life for all Alabamians and the citizens of the nation and the world.

Our Core Values

The University of Alabama is committed to:

  • Undergraduate education that produces socially-conscious, ethical and well-rounded leaders who are grounded in their subject matter and capable of controlling their own destinies.
  • Graduate education that is deeply vested in subject matter knowledge, professional content, research skills and creative activity.
  • Public outreach and service that is held in the highest regard and fosters impactful public engagement to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Alabama, the nation and the world.
  • Campus life that embodies collaboration, collegiality, respect and a culture of inclusivity.

Our Strategic Goals

  • Provide a premier undergraduate and graduate education that offers a global perspective and is characterized by outstanding teaching, high-quality scholarship and distinctive curricular and co-curricular programs. Increase the University’s productivity and innovation in research, scholarship and creative activities that impact economic and societal development.
  • Enrich our learning and work environment by providing an accepting, inclusive community that attracts and supports a diverse faculty, staff and student body.
  • Provide opportunities and resources that facilitate work-life balance and enhance the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty and staff.

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