Assistant/Associate Professor - Social and Cultural Foundations of Education
Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The Instructional Technology, Foundations, Secondary Education (ITFSE) department, within the Watson College of Education (WCE) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) invites applications for 9- month, full-time, tenure track faculty for the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. Appointment to rank is dependent on qualifications relative to the university, college, and department policy. This position will begin August 2023.
Upon initial appointment, the successful candidate’s teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate and graduate courses in Social and Cultural Foundations of Education. Additional responsibilities may include collaborating with colleagues to maintain and grow our WCE programs; collaborating with campus, community, and state education partners through community engaged scholarship and professional development; advising students; and participating in program development and accreditation processes.
The department has a diverse group of faculty from different racial, ethnic, religious, and philosophical backgrounds. This diversity inspires our creativity and allows us to embrace multiple perspectives, and to productively work together across those differences. Our faculty members are active researchers and dedicated teachers with an incredible commitment to providing high quality, comprehensive academic programs that have a positive impact on the community. We are seeking a colleague who shares that commitment and has the potential for excellence in research and teaching.
Applicants for a senior appointment must have a substantial publication record, a current research agenda, a successful record of teaching, and evidence of faculty leadership.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
- Applicants for this position must hold a terminal degree (i.e., Ph.D., Ed.D.) in an area of Social and Cultural Foundations of Education or a closely related field with a disciplinary background within the foundations (e.g., Cultural Anthropology of Education, Sociology of Education). ABD candidates may be considered depending on the expected completion date.
- Demonstrated evidence of ways research, teaching, and service contribute to building and sustaining equitable, diverse, and inclusive communities.
Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
- If the candidate is ABD, it is preferred that the terminal degree be in-hand by the beginning date of appointment.
- Experience teaching Social and Cultural Foundations of Education or a related field within the foundations (e.g., Sociology of Education, Cultural Anthropology of Education) at university level.
- Experience teaching in/working with underserved communities and diverse populations.
- Demonstrated potential for building school and community partnerships.
- Evidence of successful college-level teaching experience in face-to-face, online, and hybrid learning environments.
- A focused program of research and scholarly activity.
Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations, and Secondary Education prepares educators/professionals for leadership positions in instructional technology and secondary education. Our commitment is to the development of highly competent professionals to serve in educational leadership roles. The Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations, and Secondary Education is dedicated to preparing students to make a difference through:
• Engagement in and service to diverse schools, organizations and communities from the local to the global.
• Powerful opportunities to apply and expand learning in diverse environments.
• Rigorous coursework and meaningful research
We prepare our students to meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse and complex world as confident, competent and informed educational leaders and joyful lifelong learners. Our graduates serve and lead in many capacities including as secondary school educators in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, as K-12 educators for English Language Learners and Academically or Intellectually Gifted students, and as Instructional Technology leaders in K-12 schools, business, and higher education.
The department embodies a diversity of ideas, practices, and scholarship to foster a community of intellectual curiosity, teaching excellence, and dedicated service.
The Watson College of Education (WCE) (www.uncw.edu/ed) is a rapidly growing college with over 65 tenure-track faculty members working in undergraduate and master’s programs in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education and the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education, and master’s and doctoral programs in the Department of Educational Leadership. It offers several international study programs, a newly developed laboratory school, and maintains partnerships with numerous school districts, community colleges, and colleges/universities in the region.
The Watson College of Education is committed to the essential and vital work of building a diverse professional community that — with intention and conviction –has at its center the inherent value of equity, inclusion, and social justice. As a college of education, we must be committed to the intrinsic value of all learners in all communities, who represent the totality of who we are as human beings. As we build, we must also dismantle racist and colonizing structures and practices in our college, at our university, and in our world. Therefore, we seek colleagues who will contribute to our commitment to diversity, equity inclusion, and social justice by sharing in our ongoing work and struggle to create the college and professional community our world needs.
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.
A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.
The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.
Please apply at https://jobs.uncw.edu/postings/26946
Special Notes to Applicants
Prior to the official appointment to the university, the candidate(s) selected for hire must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required. Please note that a minimum of three professional references are required for all applications.
Candidates will provide a cover letter speaking to their interest in the position and relevant experience and credentials. In the cover letter, candidates should speak specifically to the ways their research, teaching, and service will contribute to building and sustaining equitable, diverse, and inclusive communities.
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.
Eligibility for Employment
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.