Assistant Professor of English Education

General Summary

At Illinois State University in the Department of English we are committed to supporting English language arts (ELA) teachers’ ongoing professional learning as they seek to enact more equitable and inclusive instruction in their current and future classrooms. We seek to foster and promote our teacher candidates’ (undergraduates and post-baccalaureate students studying to become state certified teachers) and teacher scholars’ (graduate students who are concurrently teaching in middle and high schools) abilities to contribute to educational change by honing their skill as critically self-reflexive, innovative, and collaborative learners and teachers.

We invite you to join our intellectual community. We are eager to welcome a new full-time nine-month, tenure-track colleague at the rank of Assistant Professor in English Education to begin August 16, 2023.

English education faculty in our department engage in the intertwined academic activities of research, teaching, and service, working toward the department’s criteria for tenure and promotion, with a department teaching load of 3-2. This position will involve the following primary responsibilities:

• Exhibit and pursue a promising research agenda in equity-oriented English education, broadly construed, that will allow for peer-reviewed publication

• Evidence familiarity with and continued commitment to equity-oriented English teacher education in the teaching of in-person undergraduate English education courses
• Enact research-based inclusive practices in the teaching of required core and elective, synchronous online graduate courses for in-service ELA teachers and other students from various areas of English who share interest in pedagogical questions
• Collaborate with program faculty and staff to present and assess course-and fieldwork in a coherent manner

• Mentor graduate student ELA teacher action research in their own classrooms or professional spaces
• Serve as coordinator of the Master’s in English Education program, a leadership position shared in rotation among program faculty
• Actively engage in service opportunities aligned with the program and department work and mission and that contribute to the department’s reputation as a leading destination for English teacher education scholarship, teaching, and collaboration

Additional Information

English Teacher Education Programs: Our English education program is a vibrant, inclusive learning and teaching community that seeks to honor and nurture diverse perspectives and lived experiences. On average each semester, there are between 160-175 secondary undergraduate teacher candidates journeying through our teacher preparation program, which leads to initial certification. We are committed to recruiting, mentoring, and supporting an increasingly diverse future teaching population. Teacher candidates benefit from a robust set of student leadership opportunities and programs, including an advisory council, a self-funded statewide grant initiative for secondary ELA teachers who wish to include diverse texts in their curricula, and an annual local NCTE African American Read-In partnership with area schools. Our graduate master’s degree program for practicing ELA teachers offers an innovative synchronous learning opportunity that includes an in-person summer retreat and culminates in a teacher action research thesis project. Both programs’ joint focus on socially just ELA teaching and learning benefit from collaboration among program faculty and staff, including a full-time undergraduate Director of English Education and a full-time English education advisor. Program faculty and staff are involved in shared curricular revision and program decision-making. Alums and program students teach in secondary schools throughout the state of Illinois and beyond, and ongoing relationships with them provide a rich network of sustained partnerships for research and field experiences in urban, suburban, and rural school contexts as well as for regular joint presentations at state and national conferences.

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