Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of English Education (Fall 2022), School of Arts and Letters

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Assistant Professor of English Education

Truman State University


Truman State University, a highly selective, public liberal arts and sciences university with an innovative Master of Arts in Education program, is conducting a tenure-track search for an assistant professor in English Education to begin in August 2022.

Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate English and English Education courses and sharing supervision of Master in Arts in Education teaching interns with the program’s other English educator.  Scholarly activity and output appropriate to the rank consistent with Truman’s teacher-scholar model is expected. Additional duties after the first year include advising, mentoring of students, and service to the University and community. 

Required qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in English, Ed.D. in English Education, or terminal degree in closely related field.  ABD will be considered with Ph.D./Ed.D. completion required by August 15, 2022
  • A current certification to teach English Language Arts at the secondary level.  If not certified in Missouri, must demonstrate potential to be certified in Missouri
  • Secondary teaching experience
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English
  • Commitment to the liberal arts and sciences with emphasis on undergraduate and graduate student development and accomplishment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in student-centered teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses in English Education and in literature
  • Preparation in secondary education and experience with supervision of field experiences related to secondary education
  • Expertise in theory of teaching English, including theory of teaching literature
  • Record of or demonstrated potential for relevant scholarly activity
  • Evidence of and/or demonstrated potential for encouraging and mentoring students in transformative learning experiences such as student research, service learning, and internships
  • Evidence of and/or demonstrated potential in specialization areas that add to the breadth of departmental offerings
  • Interest and background in interdisciplinary and/or cross-disciplinary teaching, scholarship, and service

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education. The benefits package includes life, health and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and reimbursed assistance for moving expenses. The awarding of tenure and promotion is based on success in the University’s teacher-scholar model.

Program:  The Department of English and Linguistics offers a Bachelor of Science in Linguistics, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a Master of Arts in English, as well as supporting the Master of Arts in Education in secondary English, several other degrees, and a range of minors and interdisciplinary programs at the University.  For more information about the program and Truman State University, please visit http://engling.truman.edu/.

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 4,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the challenging academics in a supportive environment. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree. Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly consistently ranks Truman as one of the best master’s universities in the nation. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgments, visit truman.edu/about.

The Community: Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to being the home of Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and features a medical school, dental school and community college, and the Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence. The community takes pride in several annual events including the Round Barn Blues Festival and the FLATS Trail Half-Marathon. The charming downtown area features an arts center, as well as several local shops and restaurants. It is also the site of numerous community events including the Red, White and Blue Festival in the summer and the Red Barn Arts and Craft Festival each fall. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at visitkirksville.com

Application:  The School of Arts and Letters coordinates the application process. Electronic submission of application is preferred and must be completed at http://employment.truman.edu.  Completed applications must include:

  • Cover letter that addresses the evaluation criteria and any other applicant characteristics that merit emphasis;
  • Current curriculum vitae (including references);
  • Evidence of potential for or demonstrated success in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in both secondary education and literature;
  • Evidence of potential or demonstrated success in supervision of field experiences;
  • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable); and
  • Three recent letters of recommendation.

Review of applications (minus letters of recommendation) will begin October 15, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.  If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate and undergraduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available. Final candidates are required to undergo and successfully pass a background check.  Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Rebecca Dierking, rdierking@truman.edu.

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Direct inquiries to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660.785.4354 or titleix@truman.edu.

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101,  100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO  63501, 660-785-4031 or hrstaff@truman.edu.


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