Pennsylvania State University — Assistant Professor in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and Literacy Methods

Assistant Professor in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and Literacy Methods

Penn State Abington invites applications for a tenure-line Assistant Professor position in Elementary and Early Childhood and Literacy Education to begin in Fall 2022. This program supports the growth and content understanding beginning with the youngest learners through the fourth grade (PK-4). Students in this program explore theories of teaching and learning; how to be professional educators in diverse school settings; and develop skills in educational leadership, inclusive education, and professional inquiry. The candidate will need to be versed in early childhood education as well as literacy education.

Candidates must have an earned doctorate (or an earned doctorate by the date of appointment) in Early Childhood Education, Literacy Education, or a related field and evidence of an active and focused research program. In addition, candidates must have PreK-12 teaching experience, with preference for those with experience at the PreK-4 levels. Aligned with the University's mission and goals, we are especially interested in those whose scholarship addresses anti-bias, anti-racist, anti-oppressive theories and practices.

A commitment to excellence and innovation in undergraduate teaching and mentoring, both inside and outside the classroom, is also essential. Candidates who have experience teaching both lower level and upper division courses in their area of expertise are preferred. The ideal candidate will have experience working with diverse student populations and demonstrate interest in facilitating student/faculty research and mentoring. The teaching load is 3-3.

The administration at Penn State Abington is committed to the development of faculty scholarship. The college has an established undergraduate research participant pool as well as several shared lab spaces and strong community partnerships. Internal funding is available for research purposes as well as faculty and student conference travel. Penn State Abington serves racially- and ethnically diverse students, first-generation college students, students from a range of socio-economic backgrounds, and an international student population. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to helping all students succeed through engagement in and out of the classroom. Applications will be reviewed beginning on November 8, 2021, with applications accepted until the position is filled.

This position requires successful completion of standard background checks in accordance with University policies.

Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, and three letters of reference. Application material must be submitted online through Inquiries about the search can be sent to Dr. Fran Sessa ( Abington College is a four-year college of The Pennsylvania State University and is conveniently located near Philadelphia. For more information about the college, visit our website at:

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