State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz


Ibis Group Endowed Professor in the Science of Reading

The School of Education at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz is pleased to announce
the search for an Endowed Professor in the Science of Reading. This is an exciting opportunity for a
distinguished academic practitioner to serve as an Endowed Professor in the Science of Reading at the
School of Education and the Science of Reading Center for Excellence at SUNY New Paltz. The successful
candidate will be an experienced academic leader ready to join a growing academic enterprise on the
cutting edge of discovery, learning, and engagement. The Endowed Professor must have an applied
research or scholarship agenda and will take up residence in the School of Education for at least two
years to work cooperatively with faculty and share cutting-edge pedagogical reading strategies with pre-service and novice teachers, while also conducting empirical studies focused on the outcomes of
effective reading instruction. This position will be supported by a graduate student, administrative
assistant, and project coordinator. The Endowed Professor is to assume office by August 2024.

This Endowed Professorship, the second in SUNY New Paltz history, is made possible in part by a gift to
the University from the Ibis Group, a non-profit with the mission to ensure every student has access to
evidence-based instructional methods to master grade-level reading. The Ibis Group gift additionally
provides for the establishment of the Science of Reading Center for Excellence and a new academic
offering for practitioners, the Science of Reading Fundamentals microcredential.

Duties of the role include but are not limited to:

• Maintain an applied research or scholarship agenda by conducting empirical studies
focused on the outcomes of effective reading instruction

• Teach graduate coursework in the Literacy Education program

• Participate in the Microcredential in the Science of Reading Fundamentals

• Partner with local school districts, pre-service and novice teachers, literacy specialists,
and school administrators by sharing cutting-edge pedagogical reading strategics

• Provide service to the field and profession (e.g. organize annual literacy symposia)

• Participate in programmatic development of literacy initiatives at the institution, local,
state, and national levels

Prospectus is available at:

Qualifications: Required:

We seek a distinguished academic practitioner who is committed to advancing equity, access, and
advocacy work in literacy education with the following qualifications:

• Candidate must have an earned a doctorate in Early Childhood or Childhood Education,
Adolescence Education, Reading/Literacy Education, Curriculum and Instruction, or a
closely related field from an accredited university.

• Candidate must have an established record of research productivity in the Science of


• Candidate holds or has the ability to obtain New York State Teaching certification and
Literacy Certification, K-12.

• Candidate holds a faculty rank of Associate or Full Professor.

• Candidate has a background and or knowledge base in the neuroscience of reading.

• Candidate has a record of experience in both P-12 classrooms and higher education.

Contact Information: Electronic submissions required. Individuals with disabilities who need assistance with the application process should call (845) 257-3628. Questions regarding this position may be
directed to Kristin Backhaus, Search Chair and Dean of the School of Business at SUNY New Paltz at

Candidates will be required to electronically submit:

• A substantive cover letter addressing the qualifications and agenda listed above

• Curriculum Vitae (CV)

• Contact information for at least three professional references and a note indicating the nature of your
working relationship with each; references will not be contacted without the permission of the
candidate. Information should be submitted in a single PDF file.

Please apply by visiting

Applications will be accepted until the time that the Endowed Professor is appointed, candidates should
submit materials by November 15, 2023 for the most favorable consideration.

Other important information about this vacancy: This position offers full New York State benefits
which are among the most comprehensive in the country. The State University of New York at New Paltz
is a highly selective, public college that is recognized regionally for the strength of its academic
programs. It is located in the beautiful Hudson River Valley with easy access to New York City and other
nearby recreational and cultural amenities.

SUNY New Paltz recognizes the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee
contributes to its learning community. To work here is to accept an invitation to participate in the
growth and development of all campus members–students, faculty and staff. The College’s commitment
to inclusive excellence is an important part of our mission of public education and our culture. New Paltz
continues to work on building a community that supports freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek
others who support these values of diversity and inclusiveness and candidates of all diverse backgrounds
who wish to participate in our cultural aspirations are welcome and encouraged to apply.

The State University of New York at New Paltz is an AA/EOE/ADA employer.
Federal law and regulations require notice to all prospective employees regarding crimes that have
occurred on campus in the current three year period. Please refer to the University Police Web site for
the complete Annual Security Report (Clery Report) at

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