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Assistant/Associate Professor in Elementary Education (Tenure Track)
The University of Tennessee Knoxville

Date Posted Aug. 17, 2021
Title Assistant/Associate Professor in Elementary Education (Tenure Track)
University The University of Tennessee Knoxville
Knoxville, TN, United States
Department Theory & Practice in Teacher Education
Application Deadline open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2022
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Elementary Education

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

The Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education (TPTE) in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at The University of Tennessee seeks a dynamic scholar for a full-time (9-month), tenure-track assistant or associate professor position in Elementary Education with expertise in teaching culturally and/or linguistically diverse children.
About the Program
The University of Tennessee is a doctoral institution with very high research activity and considerable emphasis on community engagement. With a primary goal of advancing equity through excellence in education, the Department of TPTE prepares quality teachers, educators, and education researchers to serve local, regional, national, and global communities in elementary, middles grades, and secondary education across a range of disciplines and fields. At the graduate level, we offer master’s, education specialist, and doctoral degrees, along with several graduate certificate programs, social justice education.

Faculty in TPTE are committed to preparing educators for effective and engaging teaching in diverse communities and settings including high need urban and rural communities. The ideal candidate for this position is an advanced assistant professor or an associate professor with a strong scholarly record that includes external funding, knowledge of mixed method or quantitative research methodologies, and with program coordination or leadership experience. The successful candidate will join a collaborative, interdisciplinary faculty with expertise in Elementary Education, Early Literacy, Cultural Studies, English as a Second Language (ESL), Special Education and content specific fields. These faculty are committed to improving public education through exemplary research, teaching and service. TPTE offers multiple pathways to licensure in Elementary Education, including 4-year and 5-year options that lead to dual licensure in high needs areas such as ESL, Special Education, and Math and Science. Beyond the licensure programs, other graduate elementary education programs prepare masters students, educational specialists, and doctoral students for careers in research, teaching, and leadership in research universities, teaching colleges and in applied settings.

Responsibilities include conducting and publishing scholarly research to address important challenges facing students, teachers, schools, and communities in Elementary Education and pursuing external funding to support an active research agenda; teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in elementary education or related areas; collaborating with a team of faculty in development, delivery, and ongoing program improvement; engaging in collaborative relationships with local schools, teachers, and community members; providing service and leadership to local/state and national/international professional organizations; and contributing to recruitment, advising and administrative duties in accordance with program and department needs.

Required Qualifications: Applicants for the position must have evidence of strong scholarly potential; demonstrated preparation and/or experience working in culturally and linguistically diverse settings; a record of successful teaching in elementary classrooms, extra-curricular educational spaces, and/or elementary teacher preparation; an earned doctorate by start date in Elementary Education, English as a Second Language, Multicultural Education, or a closely related field;; and commitment to working as part of a collaborative team.

Desired Qualifications: Applicants who have demonstrated experience in securing external funding and program coordination 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., social foundations of education or social sciences education); and experience working in inclusive settings (e.g., gifted education, ESL and/or special education).

Application Process
Interested applicants should submit: 1) a letter of interest outlining their research program and teaching experience; 2) curriculum vita; and 3) the names and contact information for three references. Application materials should be submitted electronically via the Interfolio portal at General inquiries can be sent directly to Dr. Joshua Kenna, Search Committee Chair, at

Review of materials will begin on September 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The position is available beginning Fall Semester, 2022. For more information about the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, please visit

  • EEO/AA Statement /Non-Discrimination Statement
All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.
Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.
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, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), A.D.A. (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. 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 & Practice in Teacher Education
    The University of Tennessee Knoxville
    1122 Volunteer Blvd.
    228 Bailey Education Complex
    Knoxville, TN 37996
  • 865-874-2321


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