Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

The University of Southern Maine’s School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) seeks a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor to join its faculty in offering teacher certification in K-12 at the masters and baccalaureate levels. We seek candidates with significant experience in K-12 schools, proficiency based learning and assessment, teacher leadership, and school-university partnerships.

The successful candidate will be fully engaged in the design and delivery of clinical experiences and partnership collaboration for pre-service teacher education candidates.  He or she will be expected to contribute to the SEHD’s delivery of teacher education programs and pathways by teaching courses in his or her area of expertise with special preference for expertise in the areas of history or social studies. Additionally, this faculty member will expand our activities as a metropolitan university engaged in teacher education including teacher leadership, school and university partnerships, and building opportunities for professional development in K-12 schools.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in teacher education.
  • Teach undergraduate history or humanities courses to teacher education students.
  • Coordinate and supervise the teacher education internship in a partner school district for a cohort of interns.
  • Advise graduate and undergraduate students who are preparing to be students.
  • Foster collaborative teacher education partnerships with pre K-12 partner school districts.
  • Maintain an active record of scholarship in his or her area of expertise.
  • Serve as a liaison between the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and the Department of Teaching & Learning to ensure the success of the undergraduate teacher preparation pathways. 
  • Participate in service to the department, School of Education and Human Development, and University including admissions, recruitment, curriculum/assessment development, and committee assignments.
  • Engage with the southern Maine community to build a record of professional service that is statewide and national within area of expertise.

The SEHD seeks to foster respectful and collaborative learning communities, well-informed decision-making, valid reasoning, and a concern for equity and social justice in the fields of education and human development.  We share a commitment to the preparation of educators and human development personnel in an environment of and for the purpose of democracy, civility and caring, equity and diversity, social justice, scholarship, and ethical practice.  With these principles in mind the SEHD engages community partners for mutual benefit and contributes to the development of our metropolitan region.  For information about the School of Education and Human Development and the Teacher Education Department visit and .

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is dedicated to providing students with a high-quality, accessible, affordable education.  USM’s strategic focus is in alignment with the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities and we are seeking to become a Carnegie Engaged University by the year 2020.  USM offers Baccalaureate, Master's, and Doctoral programs, providing students with rich learning and community engagement opportunities in the arts, humanities, politics, health sciences, business, mass communications, science, engineering, and technology.  Further information on USM can be found at     

USM’s three environmentally friendly campuses are unique, yet all share the extensive resources of the university — and all are energized through strong community partnerships.  Offering easy access to Boston, plus the ocean, mountains and forests of coastal, inland and northern Maine, USM is at the heart of Maine's most exciting metropolitan region:

  • Our Portland campus is located in "one of America’s most livable cities," according to Forbes magazine, which also ranks Portland among the top 10 for job prospects.  A creative and diverse community on Maine’s scenic coast, Portland is nationally known as a "foodie" hot spot!
  • USM’s beautiful residential Gorham campus  supports and celebrates excellence in academics, athletics, music and the arts and is home to ten Living Learning Communities and six Residential Communities.
  • Our Lewiston campus is home to USM’s innovative and richly diverse Lewiston-Auburn College. This Central Maine campus integrates classroom, community and workplace, and provides a small college experience with the resources of a large university.


Requirements for the position include an earned doctorate in education, history, social studies, or related field by time of employment, three years of experience in K-12  education, and a record of scholarship commensurate with experience.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience teaching at a college level, experience teaching social studies methods, experience with online learning environment, experience with K-12 School and University partnerships, and demonstrated commitment to diversity, student success, and standards-based assessment systems. 

Apply online at: You will create an applicant profile and complete an application.  You will need to upload a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae and a list of the names and contact information for three references. You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form.  

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2017.  Materials received after that date will be considered at the discretion of the university. 

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

USM is an EEO/AA employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.