Tenure-Eligible Assistant Professor of Elementary Education - Spring 2022, School of Health Sciences & Education

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Tenure-Eligible Assistant Professor of Elementary Education

Responsibilities of the position include teaching, scholarly activity, and service. Teaching responsibilities include teaching/creating graduate courses in reading and literacy elementary education, teaching/creating undergraduate and graduate courses in educational foundations and initial clinical experiences. Supervising and evaluating teacher candidates in field experience placements and fostering and maintaining relationships with K-12 school partners. Scholarly activity and output appropriate to rank is expected, consistent with the teacher-scholar model. Service to the university, community, and profession. Additional duties after the first year may include advising and mentoring of students in research and other experiences. Summer teaching/supervision is expected as the contract for this position runs from January 1st to the end of September.

Minimum Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate in elementary reading education or closely related field
  • K-6 grade classroom experience with evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Successful background check

Preferred Qualifications

  • appreciation for and experience in collaborative partnerships in public schools
  • successful experience with supervising and conducting evaluation in field settings
  • Missouri teaching certification or potential to obtain one
  • knowledge, skills, and experiences in reading instruction with elementary students  
  • ability to integrate technology to support literacy instruction
  • evidence of and/or commitment to research and scholarly activity
  • excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • evidence of commitment to work in a liberal arts environment
  • experience in, or an interest in developing expertise in, one or more of the following: esol

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:  Electronic submission of applications is preferred and can be completed at http://employment.truman.edu. Completed applications must include:

  • Cover letter that addresses the required qualifications and any other applicant characteristics that merit emphasis;
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy that presents the candidate’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to student development;
  • Evidence of, potential for, or demonstrated success in teaching excellence;
  • Copies of graduate school transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable);
  • Contact information for at least three references.
  • Review of applications will begin and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.

Questions about the position may be directed to: Wendy Miner, Department Chair of Education wsm@truman.edu or 660-785-6074.

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 and 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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