Assistant Professor -Curriculum and Learning (Revised)


Department:              Curriculum and Learning                           Rank: Assistant

Specialization(s):       Literacy                                                          Search # 20-019

Located in historic New Haven, a city rich in art and culture, Southern Connecticut State University is a diverse and student-centered university dedicated to academic excellence, access, and service for the public good. Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus wide commitment to social justice.  SCSU is a flourishing community of approximately 10,000 students, located less than three miles from downtown New Haven, with easy access to New York and Boston.

Brief Description of Duties/Responsibilities:

Southern invites applications from individuals who believe in the mission of public higher education and are committed to outstanding teaching and scholarship.  Successful candidates will be disciplinary scholars devoted to a student-centric approach.

The Department of Curriculum and Learning seeks applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position at the Assistant level to begin August 2020. The successful candidate will teach both undergraduate and graduate courses to prospective early childhood, elementary, and special education students, as well as reading specialists. Southern’s Graduate Reading Program is highly respected and nationally recognized by the International Literacy Association (ILA). In 2016, it was accredited by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). The undergraduate reading program has a strong focus on multiliteracies and privileges access to texts that empower learners to enact transformative pedagogies. Additional responsibilities include collaboration with the special education program, student advisement, student teaching supervision, department and university service, and scholarship.

Required Qualifications: 

  • An earned doctorate or ABD in Literacy Education or a closely related field.  If ABD, candidate must have earned doctorate by the end of the first year of appointment;
  • A minimum of three years of full-time relevant teaching experience in early childhood or elementary school setting.
  • Evidence of ability to teach university level courses in emerging and developing literacies, primarily oral and print, related to teaching in PreK through grade 6 contexts.
  • Evidence of experience using formal and informal literacy assessments in a classroom or clinical setting to identify the underlying causes of student reading differences and knowledge of practices to subsequently employ to support the student’s development.
  • Evidence of strong potential for scholarly activity leading to peer-reviewed publications, external grants or other support, and presentations at professional conferences.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in urban school communities.
  • Knowledge of family/community-based initiatives to support out-of-school literacies.
  • Certification in Remedial Reading or Literacy.
  • Evidence of work in teacher education and professional development.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice in education.
  • Flexibility in managing teaching assignments, e.g., practica, fieldwork, hybrid/online offerings, and daytime or evening courses.
  • Evidence of knowledge of the multiple components of reading instruction, including language development, and their implications for literacy achievement/development and culturally sustaining pedagogies for culturally and linguistically diverse learners across education settings (e.g., K-12, university level).

Application Process:

Please submit letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, official graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation electronically to:  Curriculum and Learning Search Committee Chair at Best consideration will be given to complete applications received by February 21, 2020.  The position will remain open until filled.

SCSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.