Asst/Assoc Professor - Language & Literacy

Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The primary focus for this tenure-track position is with the Language and Literacy program. This position will begin August 2020.

• Teaching literacy-related courses for undergraduate, graduate, MAT, and/or lateral entry students in various delivery modes including face-to-face, online, and technology-enhanced

• Engaging in an active, literacy-related agenda of research and scholarship

• Assisting in ongoing program revision and assessment

• Providing leadership and service to the profession, university, college, department, community, and local public schools

Minimum Requirements

• Doctorate (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) in Literacy, Reading, or other field related to literacy education from an accredited institution or with anticipated completion by August 2020

• Minimum of 3 years of K-12 teaching experience

• Demonstrated potential for scholarly productivity in the field of literacy education

• Expertise in at least two of the following areas: elementary reading foundations and communication arts; K-12 reading/writing development; literacy curriculum design and implementation; sociocultural theory; literacy research methods; literacy/reading assessment; critical literacy and equity/literacy for social justice; literacy coaching and leadership in K-12 schools.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with:

• Doctorate in Literacy or Reading Education

• Research, teaching, and/or service experiences centered in questions of diversity, equity, and access issues in literacy education.

• Experience teaching in /working with underserved communities and diverse populations

• Expertise in literacy development across grades 6-12

• K-12 teaching experience that is specifically literacy-related

• Evidence of successful college level teaching experience in face-to-face, online, and/or hybrid learning environments

• Evidence of successful pre-service teacher supervision

• Eligibility for NC teaching license

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education is a community of professional educators dedicated to the preparation of teachers and other professionals who have the knowledge, skills and dispositions to work with children from early childhood through middle grades, students with special needs and their families. It values the integration of current theory, research and professional expertise from multiple disciplines and perspectives to inform practices that enable all learners to reach their full potential.

The department provides opportunities for students to develop as educational leaders and advocates for the children and families they serve. It develops, implements and coordinates programs leading to undergraduate degrees and/or licensure in birth through kindergarten education, elementary, middle grades and special education (general and adapted tracks) as well as graduate degrees and/or licensure in elementary, middle grades and language and literacy.

College/School Information

The Watson College of Education (WCE) ( is a rapidly growing college with over 60 tenure-track faculty members working in undergraduate and master’s programs in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education and the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education, and master’s and doctoral programs in the Department of Educational Leadership. It offers several international study programs, a newly developed laboratory school, and maintains partnerships with numerous school districts, community colleges, and colleges/universities in the region.

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Guided by our Strategic Plan, the university is committed to nurturing a campus culture that reflects its values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation. A public institution with nearly 17,000 students, the university is focused on supporting and enhancing the student-centered learning experience that has been a hallmark since its founding in 1947. UNCW offers an array of programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is one of the 17 institutions that make up the UNC System.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Priority Consideration Information

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by the Priority Date of October 24, 2019; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted through the online application system to be considered.  Position details and full applicant instructions can be found  

 Address application documents to: Search Committee Chair, Language & Literacy