Utah State University

Assistant Professor - Science of Reading Education

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 5 months ago(10/11/2022 6:10 PM)
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E Eccles Jones Coll of Ed & Hum Svs
School of Teacher Educ & Leadership
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits.
Telework Eligible


Utah State University’s School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL) invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in the science of reading (SOR), beginning August 2023. Reviews of applications will begin January 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. This position is not eligible for remote work.


This position is a nine-month, academic-year appointment with the opportunity for summer employment. The position is located on USU’s main campus in Logan, Utah. The ideal candidate will be a promising researcher and an expert teacher educator capable of using a variety of delivery modalities (face-to-face, hybrid, online, and web broadcast). This faculty member is expected to teach undergraduate, master’s and doctoral science of reading courses. In addition, faculty members in the science of reading have opportunities to collaborate on research projects with other state-appointed science of reading colleagues, as well as collaborate with colleagues in the practicing profession. The new tenure-track Assistant Professor will join a vital group of more than 35 faculty in TEAL – 28 located on the Logan campus and 7 on Statewide campuses.


Using an extensive knowledge base in theoretical and practice-oriented research, TEAL nurtures a vision of effective, equitable educational experiences for all students and seeks to provide leadership in the science of reading. Such leadership includes excellent teaching and practical, empirical research. TEAL seeks applicants who share this vision and welcome the opportunity to join a strong program to make contributions at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Inquiries may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Nicole Pyle at nicole.pyle@usu.edu.


  1. Communicate strong knowledge in basic and applied research of the science of reading (SOR) and the science of reading instruction (SORI);
  2. Use and implement assessment data to support the SORI;
  3. Collaborate with Utah’s SOR Expert Panel.
  4. Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the science of reading using face-to-face, broadcast, and online delivery methods;
  5. Engage in empirically-based classroom or field research, including collaborative grant writing and conducting/publishing research in the science of reading;
  6. Chair and serve on graduate student committees;
  7. Collaborate with school-based reading coaches;
  8. Provide national, state, and local service to the profession;
  9. Teach and work with students from diverse populations; and,
  10. Develop partnerships with schools to facilitate research and support implementation of the science of reading instruction.


Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Earned EdD or PhD by August 2023, with expertise in the science of reading or a closely-related field.
  2. A promising record of refereed journal publications in the science of reading.
  3. Experience with a range of research methodologies.
  4. Evidence of ability to establish a program of research that includes practicing professionals in field-based settings.
  5. Teaching experience at the university level with pedagogical-content knowledge in the science of reading.
  6. Experience with achieving outstanding academic outcomes for struggling readers in K12 classrooms, clinics, or similar settings;
  7. Show commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in research, teaching, and mentoring.
  8. Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience working on and/or obtaining extramural research funding through grant writing and/or public/private contracts.
  2. Experience teaching online and/or distance education delivery.
  3. Current or prior teaching certification at the elementary level.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Current curriculum vitae to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. One sample of scholarly work to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile under Documents 1-10
  3. Copies of teaching evaluations for any university-level instruction to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile under Documents 1-10
  4. Contact information for five professional references to be entered in the Candidate Profile
  5. Letter of application describing your qualifications for the position to be typed/pasted at the end of your application
  6. Statement describing your areas of research and research agenda for the next five years to be typed/pasted at the end of your application
  7. Statement of teaching philosophy to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

All application materials must be provided through the USU Jobs site.


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits.


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

College/Department Highlights

Department Highlights

The School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL) continues its tradition of land-grant outreach, delivering quality teacher education to preservice and in-service cohorts. TEAL offers an array of baccalaureate and graduate degrees, including a distance-delivered doctorate, within the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. TEAL provides outreach programs within the University’s Statewide Campuses system, including an on-campus elementary laboratory school and five stand-alone centers. The department provides the highest number of graduates to become teachers in the state of Utah. The mission of the School of Teacher Education and Leadership is to inspire and prepare effective and reflective educators, scholars, and leaders through dynamic learning experiences; diverse knowledge and thought; school, community, and global engagement; and research and innovation that inform practice. The department consists of 35 faculty representing diverse areas of education. Faculty enjoy collaborative relationships with those in the department as well as other departments in the college. This position will be physically located in Logan at the main campus.  


College Highlights

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services is home to eight academic departments and is committed to providing the best learning opportunities and educational research in the state of Utah. Our programs are strengthened by an on-campus elementary laboratory school and five stand-alone centers, including the Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence. The college offers clinical services to the community across the human lifespan and provides students with real-world service and research opportunities.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 11/2022


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