Georgia Southern University — Assistant Professor of Secondary / Middle Grades Language Arts or Social Studies Education

Search #67447
College of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning

The Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Professor of Secondary/Middle Grades Language Arts or Social Studies Education.

Georgia Southern University, classified as a doctoral/research institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, is a member of the University System of Georgia. As the largest and most comprehensive research institution in southeast Georgia, the University is a residential campus of more than 20,500 students representing 48 states and 89 nations.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Georgia Southern offers a comprehensive array of baccalaureate degrees and selected master’s and doctoral programs through eight colleges: Business Administration, Education, Engineering and Information Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Public Health, Science and Mathematics, and Graduate Studies. With an emphasis on academic distinction, excellent teaching, research, and student success, Georgia Southern offers both undergraduate and graduate students an attractive campus environment that encourages learning, discovery, and personal growth.

Founded in 1906, Georgia Southern lays claim to being the most beautiful campus in the state. Comprising more than 900 acres, the University grounds are an arboretum-like treasure featuring gently rolling lawns, scenic ponds, and soaring pines. Located in Statesboro, a safe Main Street community of approximately 30,000 residents not far from Savannah and Hilton Head Island, Georgia Southern provides the benefits of a major university with the feeling of a smaller college.

Within this setting, the College of Education offers undergraduate and graduate programs to prepare students for work in public education, community agencies, and higher education. The Department of Teaching and Learning is committed to preparing educators who work collaboratively with public school partners, who are dedicated to preparing teacher candidates to work effectively with diverse populations of students, who prepare teacher candidates to be reflective educators, and who use current research to inform their educational practices. The College of Education is accredited by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Position Description. Reporting to the Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning, the Assistant Professor of Secondary/Middle Grades Language Arts or Social Studies Education position requires teaching, service, and research responsibilities, as well as a terminal degree. The Assistant Professor of Secondary/Middle Grades Education is expected to collaborate with faculty across the College of Education, teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels; supervise and assist with field experiences; serve as a member of doctoral committees and chair doctoral dissertations; and perform service to the department, college, university, and professional communities. Teaching and supervising candidates in the Master of Arts in Teaching Middle Grades and Secondary and the undergraduate Secondary Teacher Education programs is the primary focus of the position. Additional responsibilities include maintaining an active research agenda, including regular publications, professional presentations, and external grant proposals; modeling effective teaching practices; and using instructional technology, including internet course delivery software. Opportunities may also be available to teach in the department’s ESOL endorsement program, the M.Ed. in Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students, and the fully online M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction/Accomplished Teaching. The position is a 9-month, tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in secondary/middle grades language arts or social studies education or a closely related field by August 1, 2017
  • Minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in language arts or social studies coursework
  • Minimum of three years of full-time experience teaching students in grades 6-12 as a regular classroom teacher
  • A focused program of research and scholarship related to secondary/middle grades education
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in using technology in instruction, including teaching courses in an online platform
  • Evidence of innovative and reform-minded approaches to teacher education
  • Experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse students
  • Experience teaching English Language Learners in a K-12 setting
  • Experience in program leadership
  • Experience in university teaching and supervision of field experiences
  • Involvement in professional educational organizations at the local, state, or national level
  • Knowledge of and experience with edTPA

Screening of applications begins October 17, 2016, and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2017. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications and applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

Dr. Michelle Reidel, Search Chair, Search #67447
Department of Teaching and Learning
Georgia Southern University
P. O. Box 8134
Statesboro GA 30460-8134
Electronic mail:
Telephone: (912) 478-5806

More information about the institution is available through or Georgia Southern University seeks to recruit individuals who are committed to working in diverse academic and professional communities and who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional service within the University and beyond. The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA to participate in the search process should contact the Associate Provost.