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Assistant/Associate Professor of Elementary and Urban-Multicultural Education
The University of Tennessee

Date Posted Sep. 30, 2019
Title Assistant/Associate Professor of Elementary and Urban-Multicultural Education
University The University of Tennessee More About This Institution...
Knoxville, TN, United States
Department Theory and Practice in Teacher Education More About This Department...
Application Deadline open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2020
  • Associate Professor
    Assistant Professor
  • Elementary Education
    Urban Education

Assistant/Associate Professor of Elementary and Urban-Multicultural Education (Tenure-Track)
Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at The University of Tennessee is seeking an assistant or associate professor to be an active part of its elementary teacher preparation program in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education (TPTE). We seek a new faculty member to join an active research and teaching community focused on preparation of elementary teachers (K-6) to teach in urban, diverse, and multi-cultural settings. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Position begins August 2020.

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences is a multidisciplinary unit with 150 tenured/tenure-track faculty members, housed in eight departments. TPTE, the College’s largest department, offers programs of study that lead to initial teacher licensure in many areas as well as undergraduate programs in educational interpreting and audiology/speech pathology, a graduate level urban specialist certificate, programs leading to several teaching endorsements including gifted education, masters and educational specialist degrees, and doctoral degrees.

The graduate elementary education program prepares masters students, educational specialists, and doctoral students for careers in teaching, leadership, and research in elementary schools, teaching colleges, and research universities. The successful candidate will join a collaborative, interdisciplinary faculty committed to improving public education through exemplary teaching, research and service.

Responsibilities include conducting and publishing scholarly research; pursuing external funding to support an active research agenda; supervising practicum students and interns in urban-multicultural settings; teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in elementary education; collaborating with a team of faculty in development, delivery, and ongoing program evaluation; developing collaborative relationships with local schools, teachers, and community members; providing service and leadership to local/state and national/international professional organizations; supervising the applied work of teaching interns; and fulfilling advising and administrative duties as required by the department and the university.

Required Qualifications: Applicants for the position must have demonstrated preparation and/or experience working in urban-multicultural settings; a minimum of three years of successful elementary classroom teaching experience; a doctorate in elementary education, urban-multicultural education, or a closely related field; evidence of scholarly potential; and commitment to working as part of a collaborative team. The applicant must have experience in educational settings addressing issues related to race, class, culture, language, gender, and ethnic diversity.

Desired Qualifications: Applicants who have demonstrated experience in program coordination and those who demonstrate evidence of successful work with teacher education students in urban-multicultural contexts will be given strong consideration. Additional desired qualifications include an established a record of scholarship related to the goals of the program, department, and college; expertise/experience in grant writing; content area expertise (e.g., math or social studies); and experience working in inclusive settings, e.g., gifted education, ESL and/or special education. Applicants with a background in academic and/or community work related to issues of social justice are especially welcome.

Review of applications will begin on November 2, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Please email a letter expressing your interest and describing your qualifications, current curriculum vitae, names and contact information of three references, and reprints of publications and relevant manuscripts (or works in progress) to: Please include EL ED UMC Search in the subject line of the email. Applications through employment websites will not be accepted. Minorities and Women are urged to apply. For more information about the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, please visit

Attention: Judson Laughter, PhD
Chair, Urban-Multicultural Elementary Education Search Committee
418 Bailey Education Complex
Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-3442

  • EEO/AA Statement /Non-Discrimination Statement
 All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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Contact Information

  • Gina Guinn
    Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
    The University of Tennessee
    A207 Bailey Complex
    1122 Volunteer Blvd
    KNOXVILLE, TN 37996


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