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Associate Professor of Practice in Secondary English Education

Job Details

Category:: Faculty
Department:: EDUC- Education 4121
Locations:: Worcester, MA
Posted:: Dec 6, 2023
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time - Exempt
Position ID:: 170640

About Clark University:

Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduate institutions in the United States. Today the University is a highly-ranked, student-centered institution educating approximately 2,350 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. This commitment to scholarship and inquiry reflects the University's commitment to "challenge convention and change our world" and to address issues of critical importance to society. It is also reflected by Clark's many national and international distinctions, including recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts, innovation, community engagement and impact, as a top green campus, and for having a distinguished geography and international development program. Clark has also been included in the groundbreaking Colleges that Change Lives guide since it was first published in 1996.

Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diverse city "on the rise." The second largest city in New England, Worcester is home to 11 institutions of higher learning and is increasingly recognized for its growing healthcare and biotechnology communities, its thriving cultural scene, and as a vibrant food hub.

Job Description:

The Education Department invites applications for Associate Professor of Practice in Secondary English Education. We seek a candidate specializing in English literacy education, adolescent/youth literacies, critical pedagogical practices, and culturally sustaining pedagogies.

Responsibilities will include:

a) Teaching method courses focused on the practice of Secondary English and Literacy Education;

b) Direct guidance and mentoring of a cohort of Master of Arts in Teaching students as they develop their secondary English practice during a full time two-semester teaching practicum internship;

c) Supporting partner school English teachers and alumni in their pedagogical practice and professional development;

d) Contributing to the ongoing building of interdisciplinary synergies within the Education Department and the wider university community;

e) The option to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in related ELA areas.


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate must have earned a doctorate by August 2024 in English Education, English, or a closely related field such as Literacy Education or Curriculum and Instruction. A minimum of three years of secondary school experience teaching ethnically-, culturally-, and linguistically-diverse urban youth is also required. In addition, the candidate must have prior experience in fostering equitable student achievement in English and literacy in the context of teacher preparation education, mentoring pre-service and in-service teachers in urban schools, and/or work in partnership with university, public school teachers, and community members. We will value:

  • Expertise in teacher preparation practices, critical literacies, multilingual literacies, critical race theory, and/or teaching students with special needs.
  • Experience teaching in undergraduate and/or graduate settings, or community education partnerships.

The candidate will join a faculty team dedicated to teacher education that integrates school-community partnership in an urban neighborhood, and works in solidarity with youth, teachers, and community. We value a candidate that can demonstrate the ability to build trusting, long-term relationships with colleagues, teachers, youth, and community members. Through their work and scholarship, the successful candidate will contribute to the department's and university's goals to broaden our efforts and engagement on diversity, access, and equity.

Additional Information:

The successful candidate will be appointed as an Associate Professor of Practice, an academic-year position with an opportunity for summer teaching in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program (Professors of Practice at Clark have full faculty status and are appointed for three-year renewable terms with full expectation and support for renewal and opportunities for promotion to Full Professor of Practice).

The position of Associate Professor of Practice in Secondary English affords an exceptional opportunity to contribute to the Education Department's recognized work in urban teacher education (Clark University's Master of Arts in Teaching program was the first to earn state approval "with distinction."). For more information, go to Master of Arts in Teaching at Clark University.

As of June 1, 2023 Clark University no longer requires employees or students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. However, Clark urges all community members to follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination, which recommend that everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines including booster doses. This is important for your own personal health as well as the health of our community.

Clark University embraces equal opportunity as a core value: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.

Clark University offers a generous benefit package for full and, if applicable, part-time employees that include; paid time off, generous retirement plan, group health and dental insurance, life insurance, and tuition, along with use of many campus amenities. For a complete list of benefits for eligible employees visit here.

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Application Instructions:

To be considered for this position, you must submit your credentials online. Create a Clark University Careers Account by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below. You will be able to upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:

  • Letter of application describing your experiences, interests, and qualifications;
  • A "Contributions to Diversity" statement that reflects how your teaching, mentoring, research, and service (formal or informal), or other aspects of your work or lived experience attends to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in the context of urban schools and/or teacher education;
  • A personal artifact of teaching practice (e.g., a course syllabus, a professional development workshop, and/or a video exemplar reflecting your practice) and a description of how this artifact reflects your beliefs about powerful teaching practice in English and literacy education;
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Contact information for 3 references (at least one school-based). *Note that letter writers will be asked to provide letters only for applicants under serious consideration and we will seek your permission before doing so.

Full consideration of applications will begin on March 1, 2024. Please send general inquiries to Dr. Carmen Ocón, Search Committee Chair (

To apply, click "Apply Now" at the following link: Associate Professor of Practice in Secondary English.

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Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

A successful background check is required upon acceptance.


Working at Clark University

A relentless force for positive change

Founded in 1887, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university committed to scholarship and inquiry that addresses social and human imperatives on a global basis. It is the place where Robert Goddard invented the modern rocket, where Sigmund Freud delivered his only lectures in the United States, and where current students stake their claim to the Clark motto, “Challenge Convention. Change Our World,” which is the rallying cry that inspires our community every day.

Located in the heart of New England — Worcester, Massachusetts — Clark University educates its approximately 2,200 undergraduate and 1,100 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort.

A university on the cutting edge of higher education

Clark is a world-class research university that is small by design, giving students the rare opportunity to contribute to pioneering research projects and to benefit from hands-on experience, close collaboration with peers, and the individual mentorship of faculty.

LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark’s pioneering model of higher education,  compelling students to thrive in authentic world and workplace settings, and preparing them for lives and careers of consequence. Clark is the only university to make the development of “capacities of effective practice” an explicit learning requirement for its undergraduates. Critical to success in today’s world, these capacities include imagination, self-directedness, resilience, and the ability to manage diversity and uncertainty. A Clark education reflects a belief in the enduring value of liberal education, as well as the University’s efforts to more deeply attune students’ learning experiences to the profound changes underway in our economy, our society, and our democracy.

The Clark graduate experience reflects the importance of “engaged scholarship” — an innovative educational approach that connects students to the people and organizations intimately familiar with (and working to address) the issues they are passionate about, and that places a premium on effecting measurable outcomes.

Committed to research that advance knowledge and impacts society

The Clark University faculty is composed of world-renowned researchers who foster a culture of excellence in the next generation. At Clark, faculty and students are given the freedom and flexibility to pursue projects that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The University’s focused areas of research excellence are backed by strong Ph.D. and master’s degree programs that engage graduate students from around the world in such areas as biology, chemistry, economics, geography, psychology, urban education, management, environmental science and policy, Holocaust and genocide studies, and international development and social change. Clark faculty, students, and staff continually develop new ways of thinking and acting that have a positive impact on the lives — and livelihoods — of people throughout the world.

Clark's research profile is enhanced by the presence of a variety of research institutes and centers that build on a foundation of interdisciplinary scholarship: the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, the George Perkins Marsh Institute, the Higgins School of Humanities, the Jacob Hiatt Center for Urban Education and the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Redefining our place in the world by immersing our community in it

Clark has redefined what it means to be a university in today’s interconnected world, forging robust partnerships with universities, educators, researchers, and business and community leaders at home and abroad, enabling its faculty and students to conduct in-depth research, work collaboratively to take on global concerns, and make a tangible difference. This diverse community of educators, researchers, and scholars challenge and inspire each other with their perspectives, insights, and determination. They are creative thinkers eager to defy conventional wisdom, devise inventive solutions to complex problems, and roll up their sleeves to get things done.

Clark itself plays a critical role in the health and well-being of its urban community, known as Main South, through the University Park Partnership — a national model for neighborhood revitalization. Working in tandem with the city of Worcester, Clark has been a change agent in the areas of housing and physical rehabilitation, education, economic development and social and recreational opportunities for residents. The University Park Campus School, which Clark operates in collaboration with the Worcester Public Schools, boasts an estimable record of high achievement and was recognized by President Barack Obama for its record of academic success.

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