Florida Atlantic University

REQ16729 – Assistant Professor of Literacies


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Position Summary:


Position Summary/ Responsibilities

The Department of  Curriculum and Instruction (DCI) is seeking applications for 2 full-time tenure track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor of Literacies. We seek colleagues who will enhance, develop, and teach core reading courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels across delivery formats (i.e., online, hybrid, face-to-face), advise students and supervise field experiences, and assist with the preparation and submission of state required reading assessment reports. The faculty members are also expected to maintain a robust research agenda commensurate with an aspiring Research I institution, engage in institutional and community service as appropriate, and serve on faculty committees and doctoral dissertation committees.  We seek candidates who will work collaboratively and ethically with other faculty, staff, and students within the department, college, and university to promote the mission and goals of the department and the teaching profession.


For the first position, we are particularly interested in candidates whose research focuses on reading and literacy in the early grades. A successful candidate will have deep knowledge of and experience with early literacy development, assessment, and intervention, particularly in teaching reading and literacy in the early elementary grades. The ideal candidate will also have deep knowledge of children’s literature and texts.


While the second position is open to a broad range of specializations related to early literacy education, we welcome scholars with expertise in written communication, including elementary writing instruction, language development, or writing development for elementary students.


Who we are  
Florida Atlantic University (FAU) serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across six campuses located along the southeast Florida coast and is ranked as a top public university by U.S. News and World Report. We are an energetic and fast-growing institution, determined to propel itself to the forefront of innovation and scholarship. In recent years, the University has doubled its research expenditures and outpaced its peers in student achievement rates. Our students are bold, ambitious, and ready to take on the world. FAU is an aspiring Research I institution that is home to the state’s most diverse student body, in a college that serves richly diverse school districts.


College of Education (COE)  

The College of Education (COE) at FAU is one of the most diverse in Florida’s State University System. The College prepares educators and education professionals (e.g., school counselors, instructional designers) to serve six public school districts, among which are two of the largest and most demographically diverse districts in the nation, Broward and Palm Beach County School Districts.  The COE is home to five academic departments: Counselor Education, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Research Methodology, and Special Education.  We offer 37 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and nine certificates. The faculty is comprised of over 80 full-time faculty, instructors, and adjuncts. COE faculty maintain robust research and service agendas, contributing to their field of study, the university, local and national communities.


Department of  Curriculum and Instruction  (DCI)
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction (DCI) is home to 18 academic programs, with eight undergraduate programs and 10 graduate programs (eight master’s, one specialist and one doctoral). Undergraduate degree programs include Elementary and Secondary Education with certification and endorsement in Reading, ESOL, and Early Childhood Education.  Graduate programs include Master’s degrees in: Curriculum and Instruction,  Elementary Education plus Certification,  Elementary Education, Environmental Education, Reading Education, Educational Psychology, and Instructional Technology;  and,  an Ed.S. and a Ph.D. degree in Curriculum and Instruction.


The DCI prepares elementary and secondary teachers, early care educators, and other educational professionals.  With 25 full-time faculty, instructors, and a number of adjuncts, the faculty represent an array of disciplines. We are deeply committed to a community of excellence and equity and welcome applications from all groups who will enrich and expand the inclusiveness of departmental perspectives, discourse, and deliberations


The College of Education at Florida Atlantic University seeks scholars who are committed to supporting the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds and to thoughtfully engaging all communities in higher education. Florida Atlantic University embodies a culture of strategic and collaborative community engagement that results in mutual benefit to the institution and the various internal and external communities that it serves.


Minimum Qualifications:


Minimum Qualifications:

•Earned doctorate from an accredited institution in Reading or Literacy; a minimum of 18 units of graduate coursework in literacy at the time of hire
•Established record of scholarly work in the field of literacy and active scholarly participation in professional educational organizations
•Practical teaching experience as a reading instructor at the PK-12 through college or university levels.
•Demonstrated ability to effectively work with students from a variety of experiences using innovative instructional approaches and methods
•Teaching experience using multiple technologies to deliver (eLearning, hybrid courses and face to face instruction as well as supervision in the schools)
•A record of engagement in professional service and community engagement activities that align with the advancement of the field of reading/literacy


Desired Qualifications:

The candidate’s research agenda and teaching philosophy should demonstrate knowledge and expertise in the theories of reading, reading development, and reading assessment across a variety of settings and learning contexts. The candidate will be expected to integrate evidenced-based practices to create teaching and learning opportunities that support the development of content and pedagogical knowledge in phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, including modeling effective teaching strategies that aid in differentiated instruction at the PK-6 level. The candidate should be knowledgeable about and facilitate students’ critical engagement with current trends in the field, such as the “science of reading,” censorship of children’s literature, reading assessment, and should be aware of programs in use in area schools.


The successful candidate will be expected to teach graduate and undergraduate courses on the foundations of reading in elementary and early childhood education; engage in professional service to assist with state and federal accreditation; participate in all meetings and assigned committees related to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction; work collaboratively and ethically with other faculty, staff, and students within the department, college, and university, while promoting the mission and goals of the department and the teaching profession.



Commensurate with Experience


College or Department:

College of Education



Boca Raton


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Special Instructions to Applicant:

This position is open until filled and may close without prior notice.

This position is subject to funding.

All applicants must apply electronically to the currently posted position on the Office of Human Resources’ job website

(https://fau.edu/jobs) by completing the required employment application for this recruitment and submitting the related documents.


Required Documents:
FAU’s Career Page permits the attachment of required/requested documentation.

PLEASE NOTE: A maximum of five (5) documents may be attached to your application. If more than five (5) documents are required for submission, please combine additional documents into a single attachment to not exceed the maximum permitted.


The site permits the attachment of required/requested documentation. When completing the online application, please upload the following: 1) a cover letter, 2) current curriculum vitae, 3) a professional statement (no more than 2 pages double spaced) that describes their underlying philosophy on teaching, research and service and how equity and inclusion are conceptualized within their professional practice, and 4) three professional references who are prepared to speak to the candidate’s professional qualifications for this position, specifically, their experience with graduate and undergraduate teaching and mentorship, scholarship, and community service. References will not be contacted via email immediately, but may be consulted at subsequent points in the review process. In the event that references wish to remain confidential, individuals may email their letter of recommendation to

Susanne Lapp (slapp@fau.edu), Bessie Dernikos (bdernikos@fau.edu),

and Charles Dukes (cdukes@fau.edu).


The selected candidate for this position is required to submit an official transcript sent directly from the institution for the Provost’s credential file prior to the first day of employment. Similarly, for degrees from outside the United States, the evaluation by an organization belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation (NACES), with an indication of the documents the evaluation was prepared from (official transcripts, diplomas, dissertation abstracts) is required for the Provost’s credential file prior to the first day of employment. Transcripts must be issued to Florida Atlantic University, not to the individual applicant.


Background Screening:
Selected candidates must successfully complete and pass all employment screenings prior to the start of employment. Employment screenings may include a criminal background check (level I and level II), motor vehicle check, credit check, reference checks, alcohol, and drug screening check.

As a Hispanic-serving institution, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse institutions in the Florida state university system. We are committed to recruiting and retaining talented faculty and staff. We embrace our shared responsibility to create and celebrate a welcoming and inclusive campus environment for all. Our community features excellent schools, a vibrant and safe community, and a sub-tropical climate conductive to year-round outdoor activities.


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