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Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction - College of Education (27187)
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted Oct. 7, 2022
Title Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction - College of Education (27187)
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department Curriculum and Instruction
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Curriculum/Instruction
As one of six departments in the College of Education, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction prepares socially responsible practitioner-scholars to work and learn within multicultural and multilingual contexts. The department is committed to responsive teaching, learning, and leadership in the fields of literacy, science, and social studies for all learners. More significantly, the department is committed to doing the work that equity, social justice, and anti-racism demand. Faculty lead innovative programs such as Social Justice summer camp and Educate Global experiences for students, to which this individual would have the opportunity to participate.
Faculty members have the exciting opportunity to work, teach, and contribute across multiple programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. In addition, this transdisciplinary work may lead to opportunities for teaching and other collaboration with social justice-oriented courses in curriculum and instruction.

Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a comprehensive research university offering programs from the baccalaureate through the doctorate. Colleges include business, education, engineering and engineering technology, law, liberal arts and sciences, health and human sciences, and visual and performing arts. On-campus enrollment is approximately 16,000 students. The university also offers more than 200 off-campus courses each semester to students in communities throughout northern Illinois.

The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago’s “Loop” and 40 miles southeast of Rockford with education centers in Rockford and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 60,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacturing of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.

Position Summary
The department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at Northern Illinois University (NIU) is pleased to announce a tenure-track position in Curriculum and Instruction. The department is seeking qualified applicants for the position in Curriculum and Instruction with the rank of assistant professor.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Engaging in publishing scholarly works and seeking external grants in the fields of elementary/middle level teaching and learning, transdisciplinary curriculum or curriculum leadership;
  • Participating in developing innovative undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs and professional development: participate in developing and supporting school-university partnerships;
  • Advising doctoral students, and direct thesis and dissertations.
  • Enhancing a campus-like culture for students who enroll in courses off-campus and online.
Minimum Required Qualifications
  • Earned doctorate in curriculum and instruction or related area (ABD candidates considered with an established defense date).
  • Knowledge of theory, research, and best practice associated within one or more of the following areas: elementary/middle level learning, transdisciplinary connections to content and practice, curriculum leadership.
  • At least three years of grades 1-9 teaching experience.
  • Previous experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstration of ongoing commitment to equity and social justice.
  • Evidence of evolving scholarly record as evidenced by publications and presentations.
Additional Requirements
  • Experience and a research focus in one or more of the following areas: 
      • Elementary/ Middle Level Teaching and Learning, 
      • Curriculum Leadership, Culturally Responsive Teaching, 
      • Social Justice and Transdisciplinary Instruction.  


  • Demonstrate an ability to establish partnerships and research collaboratively with internal and external partners, including different college and university units, research centers, and community organizations. 
Preferred Qualifications
  • University teaching experience.
  • Experience with the use of new technologies in instruction and assessment.
  • Experience working with school-university partnerships.
  • Demonstrated expertise in culturally linguistic diverse education.
  • Active scholarly agenda that includes external grant submissions.
  • Given the increasing emergent bilingual population in northern Illinois, we are particularly interested in applicants with bilingual teaching backgrounds.  

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