The Marsal School of Education at the University of Michigan


The Marsal School of Education at the University of Michigan seeks to appoint a tenure track faculty member at the rank of associate, or full Professor of Educational Studies with focus in early literacy.


We invite applicants whose scholarship focuses on early literacy education (early childhood, preschool, or primary grades) and whose research contributes to knowledge in the areas of teacher preparation, policy, and/or curriculum and pedagogy. Successful candidates will be those who have made significant contributions to early literacy education (or demonstrate the potential for such contributions) in one or more of the following areas:

  • early literacy development in culturally and linguistically diverse families and communities

  • equitable and effective approaches to literacy instruction in the preschool through primary years

  • the preparation of preschool and primary grade teachers of literacy

The successful applicant must form explicit connections between their work and Marsal School’s commitments to contribute to diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity.


We seek a colleague to teach and provide leadership in our preservice programs and to develop master’s and doctoral courses in early literacy education. In addition to coursework, candidates should be prepared to participate in advising doctoral students, supervising their initial teaching experiences, and fostering the development of students as scholars, researchers, and teacher educators.




Successful candidates will have:

  • A doctorate in literacy education, or demonstrable equivalent

  • An emerging or established program of research and publication in early literacy education with a research focus on one or more of the areas identified above

  • Strong knowledge of the field of early literacy education

  • Teaching experience in early childhood, preschool, or the primary grades

  • Experience teaching early literacy methods courses for preservice teachers

  • Experience and interest in practice-based teacher education in literacy

  • Commitment to research and publication that informs teaching and learning in under-resourced schools with diverse students

  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in teaching and research

  • A track record of securing (or potential to secure) grants to support research

Nominations and applications will be reviewed beginning October  23. We will accept applications until November 6.


Candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, two publications that demonstrate scholarly accomplishment, and the names of four professional references. We are also requesting three brief statements regarding teaching (750 words), research (500 words), and diversity (500 words). 

Please submit all materials electronically via Interfolio Questions may be referred to: Gina Cervetti (


The mission of the School of Education is to generate, study, and teach strategies, practices, and tools for addressing educational problems and prepare diverse groups of education practitioners, policy-makers, and researchers to develop equitable and just educational opportunities.


In pursuing our vision and mission, members of the University of Michigan School of Education community value: promoting and embodying diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity; working in local, national, and global contexts; and engaging with and learning from communities and learners.


The University of Michigan is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights and dignity of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, height, weight, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.