Utah State University

Assistant Professor - Adolescent Literacy Education

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 months ago(8/10/2023 10:30 AM)
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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 Adolecent Literacy Education beginning January 2024 or August 2024. 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 adolescent literacy education. 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.


The emphasis of this position is research. The ideal candidate will be a talented researcher and an expert teacher capable of using a variety of delivery modalities (face-to-face, hybrid, online, and web broadcast). Opportunities exist for faculty members in literacy education to collaborate on research projects with colleagues across the university's Statewide Campus system. The new Assistant Professor will join a vital group of more than 35 TEAL faculty representing diverse areas of education– 28 located on the Logan campus and 7 on Statewide campuses.


The position is located on USU's main campus in Logan, Utah, a Carnegie-recognized R1 Institution of Higher Education. This position is not eligible for remote work. This position is a tenure-track, nine-month, academic-year appointment with the opportunity for summer employment.


Reviews of applications will begin October 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.


Inquiries may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Ryan Knowles, Ryan.Knowles@usu.edu


  1. Engage in academic scholarship, including grant writing and conducting/publishing research in adolescent literacy education;
  2. Teach undergraduate courses in TEAL’s Secondary Teaching Education Program (STEP) using face-to-face, broadcast, and online delivery methods; teach graduate courses as assigned.
  3. Chair and serve on graduate student committees;
  4. Develop partnerships with schools to facilitate research and provide programs supporting adolescent literacy education. 
  5. Teach and work with students from diverse populations;
  6. Service to the department and institution, as well as provide national, state, and local service to the profession.


Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Earned EdD or PhD by January or August 2024, with expertise in adolescent literacy or secondary English Language Arts education. This date will depend upon start date.
  2. At least three years of demonstrated successful experience teaching English Language Arts at the middle school and/or high school levels.
  3. An emerging record of refereed journal publications in adolescent literacy that aligns with the assistant professor level.
  4. Demonstrated potential for teaching secondary education and literacy education courses, particularly disciplinary literacy, at the university level.
  5. A commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in research, teaching, and mentoring.
  6. Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Evidence of ability to establish a program of research that includes practicing professionals in field-based settings.
  2. Experience working on and/or obtaining extramural research funding through grant writing and/or public/private contracts.
  3. Experience teaching with online and/or distance education delivery.

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

**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

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. 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. Faculty enjoy collaborative relationships with those in the department as well as other departments in the college.


The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services is committed to inclusive excellence in research, teaching, and service activities across a wide array of education and human service fields.  The college is home to eight academic departments with approximately 200 faculty who are engaged in innovative research and high-quality graduate and undergraduate education. The college’s programs and outreach missions are strengthened by an on-campus elementary laboratory school and five stand-alone centers, including the Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Research Center, Center for the School of the Future, Institute for Disability Research, Policy, & Practice, National Center for Hearing Assessment & Management, and the Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence. Faculty, students, and staff within the college also engage with a broad range of community partners to both provide opportunities for community-engaged research and learning and enhance the quality of education and human service programs throughout the state of Utah.

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.  


As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.  


Utah State is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 7/2023

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 Cody Carmichael, 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


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