Minnesota State University, Mankato — Associate / Assistant Professor, K-12 & Secondary Programs

Classification Title: K-12 & Secondary Programs, Associate/Assistant Professor (AA23003) & (AA23004) 

Position Type: Faculty Division Academic Affairs, College of Education, Teaching & Learn: K-12 & Secondary Programs

Location: Mankato 

FLSA: Full Time FTE 1.0 

Employment Condition: Probationary 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Still an active search — Priority consideration will be given to applications received prior to March 31, 2022. 

POSITION: Tenure-Track (Probationary*) Salary Depends on qualifications 

Bargaining Unit/Plan 209, IFO 

Job Description: The Department of Teaching & Learning: K-12 and Secondary Programs at Minnesota State University, Mankato invites applicants for an Assistant/Associate Professor position in teacher education. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and post-baccalaureate/graduate courses through a lens of racial equity, linguistic diversity, anti-racism and social justice in K-12 and/or M.S./H.S. teacher preparation. The successful candidate’s teaching will contribute to teacher preparation in 18 academic content areas through KSP Department partnerships with colleges and departments across campus (see complete list of undergraduate degrees): https://mankato.mnsu.edu/academics/academic-catalog/undergraduate/k-12-teaching-programs#Degrees  Through the teacher preparation programs, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with rural, suburban, and urban partner school districts across Minnesota. The successful candidate will contribute to a department that values providing future teachers with opportunities for advancing social justice and anti-racism in education through real world connections and practical, hands-on learning. 

  • A typical faculty workload responsibility may include up to twenty four (24) credits of instruction per academic year. 
  • The successful candidate may need to teach in other areas as assigned and qualified. 
  • May be expected to develop and deliver face-to-face, hybrid, and on-line instruction at the Mankato campus, online, and/or at the university’s additional locations, as assigned. 
  • The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues in curriculum design, instruction and evaluation, conduct research productively and mentor students in research, help create innovative strategies for student recruitment, retention, and completion, and may be expected to develop external grant funding opportunities. 
  • All faculty members are expected to engage in scholarly or creative activity or research, in continuing preparation and study, in contributing to student growth and development, and in providing service to the university and community (See Article 22 and Appendix G of the IFO Master Agreement). 
  • This position will supervise/advise graduate students. 
  • The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in teacher preparation. Minnesota State University, Mankato 

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctorate or terminal degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Literacy, Teacher Education or closely related field. If ABD, degree must be conferred on an official transcript and received in Human Resources by August 15, 2022 
  • Expertise with inclusive teaching practices in education. Three (3) years of teaching experience with at least one (1) year within K-12 grades. 
  • The knowledge and skill to advance social justice, equity, cultural competence, and anti-racism in education. 
  • Demonstrated ability to serve a diverse population and apply an equity lens to this position including social justice and/or antiracism. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment. 
  • Demonstrated effective written, oral communication and/or presentation skills. 
  • Demonstrated expertise in development of pre-service teachers in areas of human development, roles of race and culture in educational systems, assessment, planning and teaching, literacy, learning environments, and/or school/community partnerships that celebrate and value the unique needs of all learners. 
  • Demonstrated ability to impact teacher candidates’ preparation and development of knowledge and skills in the areas of social justice, linguistic diversity, equity, cultural competency, and anti-racism. 
  • Demonstrated ability to teach using technology in the classroom and/or online course delivery. 
  • Record of successful contributions to student growth and development. 
  • Demonstrated willingness to work individually and collaboratively as a member of a team. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to continued professional development.
  • Demonstrate potential for research, creativity or scholarly activity. 

Other Requirements: Work safely at all times, which includes but is not limited to, participating and completing all required safety trainings, as well as performing all job tasks in accordance with Minnesota State University, Mankato policies and procedures utilizing appropriate tools, equipment and personal protective equipment. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Department of Teaching and Learning: K-12 and Secondary Programs (KSP) Department serves both undergraduate and graduate students in two areas: initial licensure for K-12 and 5-12 classrooms, and advanced programs. KSP teacher licensure candidates graduate with more than the state-required level of classroom experience in a variety of grade levels and settings. For those seeking continued development through advanced programs, the department offers graduate coursework in Teaching and Learning, Education Technology, and School Library and Information Studies. Program emphasis is placed upon facilitating graduate students in strengthening and broadening their knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to serve effectively as educators. 

University Demographics: Minnesota State University, Mankato is a member of the Minnesota State system. Minnesota State has established a strategic vision, Equity 2030, which aims to close the educational equity gaps across race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, and geographic location by the end of the decade at every Minnesota State college and university and to provide an opportunity for all Minnesotans to create a better future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities. The focus of the work includes:

  • Enhancing access and student success.
  • Providing Minnesota with the talent it needs.
  • Anchoring the communities and regions we serve.

Equity 2030 seeks to bridge efforts occurring within divisions and institutions, creating an intentional statewide culture of equity-minded collaboration and resulting in equitable practice embedded throughout our institutions. The full Equity 2030 plan is linked here. https://www.minnstate.edu/Equity2030/index.html  

Minnesota State University, Mankato has identified five broad themes as our basis for discussion in developing our next comprehensive strategic plan. The themes are Serving Students and Managing Enrollment, Focusing our Resources, Offering an Exceptional Student Experience, Caring for Health and Well-Being, and Ensuring a Welcoming, Equitable, and Inclusive University. We seek to attract teacher-scholars who will be culturally and academically diverse faculty members, and staff with a demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. Minnesota State University, Mankato, is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state, and nation. 

Founded as a Normal School in 1868, Minnesota State University, Mankato is now the second largest university in Minnesota with a tradition of combining big-ideas with real-world thinking to find solutions for pressing problems in the state, region, and global society. Mankato, Minnesota, is a community of nearly 44,500 people, about 85 miles southwest of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The University acknowledges the land and the tribal nations upon this land whose work is being accomplished. We acknowledge that we are on Dakota land. We recognize Native Nations of this region who have called this place home over thousands of years including Anishinaabe (Ojibwe), Lakota, Dakota and Ho-Chunk and Cheyenne. We acknowledge the ongoing colonialism and legacies of violence, displacement, migrations and settlement that foreground the formation of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

 Serving approximately 14,000 students annually, the University is an applied research institution, with more than 200 academic programs, from bachelor’s through doctoral degrees. The University is a diverse and global campus with 18% students of color and 1,175 + international students from 95 countries, cutting-edge information technology solutions and extensive partnerships. With 1,600 faculty and staff, including 700 teaching faculty. The University has additional locations and a growing number of on-line programs to accelerate educational access and opportunity. These locations include partnerships in northern Minnesota’s the iron range region. Fast facts about the university can be found here: https://mankato.mnsu.edu/about-the-university/fast-facts/ 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: To apply for this position, please continue the process via this website: https://minnesotastate.peopleadmin.com/  A complete online application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee. 

  • Cover Letter 
  • Non-Photo Resume/Curriculum Vitae 
  • Contact Information for three (3) references 
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) of your highest completed degree 
  • A brief (no more than one-page) diversity statement defining diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and describing your views and engagement with DEI including dimensions of social justice and racial equity related to race, gender, ability and culture. How would your views and engagement regarding diversity, equity and inclusion align with Minnesota State University, Mankato’s goals? 

CONTACT INFORMATION: Dr. Carrie Chapman, Co-Chair K-12 & Secondary Programs Phone: 507-389-5210 TTY: 800-627-3529 or 711 Email:carrie.chapman@mnsu.edu 

*Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization which can be found at: https://admin.mnsu.edu/human-resources/our-benefits/bargaining-units-and-personnel-plans/. 

NOTICE: In accordance with the Minnesota State Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, employees driving on college/university business who use a rental or state vehicle shall be required to conform to MN State’s vehicle use criteria and consent to a Motor Vehicle Records check. 

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available for your review. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for the University. The policy statements address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security. Three years’ worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on-campus, or in other University affiliated locations. This report is available online at: http://www.mnsu.edu /safety/ You may also request a paper copy from University Security at 507-389-2111, or by emailing security@mnsu.edu 

Benefits Info: The following link provides a brief overview of benefits available to eligible employees of Minnesota State University. Select the IFO Summary (Faculty) link from the list for specifics of that plan. 

Number of Vacancies: 2 Desired Start Date 08/15/2022 Position End Date (if temporary) 

Open Date 12/17/2021 Close Date Open Until Filled 

Posting Contact: Lacie Mitchell-Garza 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Minnesota State University, Mankato has a long-standing commitment to diversity and is actively seeking to nurture and enrich its underrepresented communities. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to accept work in the United States. Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Office of Human Resources, 507-389-2015 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY). This Vacancy Notice is available in alternative format upon request. Minnesota State University, Mankato is an affirmative action/equal opportunity University and is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System