Requisition ID:  27971

Clinical Assistant Professor - Literacy and Language

Position Title

Clinical Assistant Professor of K-6 Literacy Education  

Position Description

The Literacy and Language Program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Purdue University seeks applications for an Assistant Professor of K-6 Literacy Education.  The successful candidate will teach elementary literacy methods courses as part of the Elementary Education program, collaborate with field-based school partners, mentor junior instructors and graduate students, and teach related graduate and undergraduate courses in Elementary Education, as necessary. 

This position is a 9-month academic year, clinical track position with a 3-3 teaching load.  Reappointments occur in 3-year contractual terms.  Clinical appointments are non-tenure track but with the potential for promotion in rank. The position also includes the possibility of summer employment. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating elementary literacy methods courses
  • Collaborating with other faculty in the Elementary Education program
  • Teaching pre-service teachers enrolled in the Elementary Education program
  • Mentoring junior instructors and graduate students
  • Maintaining relationships with field-based school partners
  • Participating in program administration and recruitment

This position requires an on-campus, face-to-face presence.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in Elementary Education or closely related field
  • Background or experience in elementary literacy instruction, assessment, and curriculum integration in K-6 classrooms
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Minimum of 3 years classroom teaching experience at the K-6 level

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and experience of current elementary literacy trends and practices
  • Knowledge of K-6 U.S. Classroom pedagogy and practice
  • Experience with pre-service teacher preparation

Starting Date

August 12, 2024


Inquiries about this position may be directed to:  Dr. Kathy Martin (


Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications must include:

  1. A cover letter outlining qualifications and experience
  2. A current curriculum vitae
  3. 2-page (maximum) narrative describing the applicant’s teaching philosophy
  4. A writing sample (e.g. published article, conference proceedings, book chapter, etc.)
  5. Three letters of recommendation

Literacy and Language Program Area

The Literacy and Language Education Program within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction contributes to a culture of discovery, learning, and engagement in the College of Education. The program offers prospective researchers/scholars and K-12 educators the opportunity to investigate contemporary issues in literacy research and theory as well as pedagogical methods related to literacy and language teaching, learning, assessment, and curriculum. Faculty members are committed to creating and disseminating knowledge relevant to the discipline of literacy and language education; preparing scholars, educators, and leaders in literacy and language education on the local, national, and international levels; and promoting access to literacy for all learners.

College of Education

The College of Education aspires to be a collaborative community.  We are innovators discovering new ideas and solutions that will foster a positive global impact for faculty, staff, students, and community.  Successful candidates will promote inclusive excellence and encourage freedom of thought and speech.

Free and Open Inquiry

PURDUE UNIVERSITY, the COLLEGE OF EDUCATION and DEPARTMENT OF CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION are committed to free and open inquiry in all matters.  Candidates are encouraged to address in their cover letter how they are prepared to contribute to a climate that values free inquiry and academic freedom.

Purdue University

PURDUE UNIVERSITY is a leading land grant and research university and ranks among the 15 largest universities in the nation. The university has an enrollment of more than 50,884 on the West Lafayette campus and more than 24,000 on regional campuses across Indiana. It is located in West Lafayette, IN, one hour northwest of Indianapolis and two hours southeast of Chicago.

Background Check

A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Equal Opportunity

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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