Faculty Position in English Education (Assistant or Associate) College of Education

The Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University (MSU), a national leader in teacher preparation and research on teaching, teacher learning, curriculum, policy, and international education, is seeking a tenure-system faculty scholar (at the assistant or associate level) in English Education. We invite a broad range of scholars in English education to apply for the position. Of particular interest are scholars specializing in secondary English teacher preparation, those with a commitment to issues of equity, and those with a strong potential for, or record of, local and national leadership in English education. This an academic year position with a proposed starting date of August 16, 2015.

All applicants will be reviewed for potential fit with programs in the department and college and with institutional needs and opportunities. Since 1995, the department’s graduate programs in elementary and secondary education have been ranked #1 for education schools by U.S. News & World Report, and our Teacher Preparation Program has established robust urban and global education cohorts. Our online Master’s program offers options for a concentration or specialization in language and literacy. We have a large, nationally ranked doctoral program that provides extensive funding and prepares students to become outstanding teacher educators, with options to develop specialities in various areas, such as Language and Literacy Education and Urban Education. MSU is also the home of Research in the Teaching of English. Successful candidates will have opportunities to engage in research and teaching related to English education, as well as to collaborate with nationally recognized faculty in research and program development in a wide range of areas, including interdisciplinary projects with other departments and colleges.

Major responsibilities

The faculty member who assumes this position will conduct research and inquiry, seek external funding, teach undergraduate, masters, and doctoral courses, advise doctoral students, lead or support program development (including collaborating with or mentoring other faculty), and participate in service and outreach activities, including building partnerships with K-12 schools. Additional duties will vary depending on departmental placement and rank, university and academic unit education needs, and the candidate’s experience and interest.


Applicants should have an earned relevant doctoral degree or provide evidence that they will achieve doctoral degree completion by August 15, 2015. They should provide evidence of accomplishment in research, teaching, grant writing, service and/or program development appropriate to rank, and a commitment to collaboration in these areas. Preferred candidates will have at least three years of middle or high school English teaching experience.

Applicants should provide relevant information about their (a) area of specialization in English education; (b) record of research, teaching, and outreach accomplishments in English education; (c) experience or interest in working with prospective and practicing teachers in linguistically, culturally and economically diverse settings; (d) record of or potential for obtaining and leading funded research projects; (e) experience working with underserved populations and/or working on equity issues in English education; (f) interest in or demonstrated leadership locally and nationally in English education; (g) interest in educational research training and the development of English education scholars; and (h) ability to collaborate with faculty to contribute to existing strengths and initiatives in areas such as dialogic English teaching and teacher education, equity issues in English Education, and/or educational applications of technology.

Application and Deadline

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and one to three samples of scholarly writing (uploaded in one pdf file as a “writing sample” document). Applicants should also submit a list with the name, title, email, mailing address, and phone number of 5 references as an “other” document. The materials should be uploaded to jobs.msu.edu, posting number 0082. Interested candidates should direct inquiries to search committee chair, Dr. Mary M. Juzwik (mmjuzwik@msu.edu or 517.432.4840). Review of applications will begin October 31, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please see our department website (www.education.msu.edu/te/) and College website (www.educ.msu.edu/) for additional information. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.