Assistant Professor (Literacy)


Openings: 1


Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position of Assistant Professor (or Associate Professor with appropriate qualifications) in the Department of Education to begin September 1, 2020. Depending on preparation and interest, the successful candidate may also be appointed as department chair an additional endowed term appointment as the Grace and Bertil Pehrson Professor of Education, which includes an annual stipend and professional development funds.

Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equip students to lead purposeful lives, and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education. We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in heritage and pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA), residential, national liberal arts college of 2200 students.

The Education Department at Gustavus Adolphus College prepares teacher candidates to be adaptive, culturally responsive, service-oriented change agents and K-12 educators through its exceptional team of professors, small class sizes, and extensive field experiences locally and abroad (Global Educators Program). Teacher candidates’ preparation at Gustavus Adolphus College is enhanced by a strong liberal arts foundation that encourages breadth of knowledge, interdisciplinary and international perspectives, inquiry, and intellectual curiosity.

Major/Essential Functions: Gustavus faculty teach, advise, conduct research, and serve the college and department. Primary responsibilities of this position will include teaching literacy courses (i.e., Literacy for the K-12 Teacher and Reading in the Content Areas), and contributions to general education courses (e.g., First Term Seminar, a liberal arts capstone, January Term).

Application Procedures: To apply, visit and complete the online application. The documents that must be uploaded include the following:

  • Letter of application that addresses each of the minimum and relevant preferred qualifications, including whether or not the applicant would like to be considered for the department chair position;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A brief (one page) statement of teaching philosophy;
  • A brief (one page) statement of research interests;
  • Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable); and
  • The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and effectiveness).

For full consideration, applications must be received by October 1, 2019. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered. Please only upload the required documents listed above; finalists may be asked to submit additional documentation related to position qualifications. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.

Gustavus Adolphus College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in Literacy (or a related) field; we will consider candidates who have achieved ABD status and who will complete their degree by September 1, 2020;
  • Advanced preparation related to literacy sufficient to be deemed a content expert;
  • A minimum of one year of prior experience working as an elementary, middle, secondary, or K-12 teacher;
  • Evidence of a commitment to undergraduate teaching and student advising; and
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to pedagogical methods that enable students across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups to reach their maximum potential.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in K-12 and/or undergraduate teaching;
  • Demonstrated emerging pattern of scholarship in literacy, education, or a related field;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the importance of a liberal arts education and a vision for contributing to that education;
  • Advanced preparation, experience, and interest to serve as department chair for the Education Department (e.g., knowledge of accreditation review).


Daniel Moos | | 507-933-7448

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019

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