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Assistant Professor of Literacy Education - SUNY Oswego

SUNY Oswego
United States
Closing date
Apr 24, 2024

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Description of Department: The Curriculum & Instruction Department has been a central part of the college's history since 1861, when the first programs in elementary education were offered. The department consists of 25 full-time faculty, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in childhood education, adolescence education, TESOL education, literacy education and special education. New programs designed to meet the high-quality teacher certification standards of New York State - coupled with the School of Education's national accreditation, a variety of professional development school initiatives, strong collaboration with Arts & Sciences faculty, and a supportive administrative team - make SUNY Oswego an exciting place to build a successful career. The School of Education Diversity Policy addresses the commitment to social justice and preparing students for multicultural and global communities.

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for a tenure track position as Assistant Professor in Literacy Education.

Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Compensation: Salary levels, commensurate with experience plus full New York State benefits package.

Benefit Information: The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package. Click here for more information.

Date of Appointment: August 2024

Description of Responsibilities: The Assistant Professor of Literacy Education will teach undergraduate and graduate literacy courses in the Master's in Literacy Education program, as well as undergraduate education courses, facilitate literacy clinics; provide program and academic advisement; participate in program review, evaluation, and self-study, and School of Education accreditation assessment processes; and serve on department, School of Education, and university committees.

In addition, the Assistant Professor of Literacy Education will be expected to display a demonstrated excellence in teaching and scholarship potential, commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, and possess communication and interpersonal skills to effectively work with a diverse array of students and colleagues.

SUNY Oswego works continuously to create an inclusive environment which respects, embraces, and promotes cultural safety, belonging, civil discourse, cultural humility, and other values and goals outlined in SUNY Oswego's Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan. As such, the Assistant Professor is expected to contribute to these efforts and possess communication and interpersonal skills necessary to engage effectively with an increasingly diverse community of students and colleagues.


Required Qualifications:
  • Doctorate in Literacy Education (or closely related field with Master's degree in Literacy Theory and Education). ABD will be considered with degree completion within 2 years.
  • A minimum of 3 years teaching experience as an educator in K-12 schools.
  • A demonstrated ability to promote diversity and equity in schools and support all students' abilities to succeed in a multicultural and global community.
  • A demonstrated ability to design instruction in alignment with the International Literacy Association (ILA) standards with a focus on interdisciplinary, critical literacies, multimodal literacies, multicultural literacies, and authentic learning.
  • Demonstrated experience with multimodal literacy approaches and instruction.
  • Ability to teach courses through various modalities, including in person and online instruction.
  • Understanding of and commitment to teaching the School of Education Conceptual Framework with an emphasis on teaching for Social Justice.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • 5+ years of teaching experience and professional certification as a classroom teacher in Literacy Education, ELA, or a closely related field.
  • Higher education teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.
  • Demonstrated emphasis on teaching for social justice, collaboration, and interdisciplinary learning.
  • Exemplify dedication to empowering underrepresented groups and individuals through multicultural and challenged texts, and critical perspectives.
  • Demonstrated leadership in higher education program development and coordinating student-facing decisions.
  • Experience with applied learning experiences in literacy development and/or instruction at all levels.
  • Experience delivering professional development sessions for in-service P-12 educators and collaborating with K-12 partnerships.

At SUNY Oswego we value the diversity found in each member of our campus community and strive to create a community where that diversity is embraced and enhanced. Recognizing the strength of diversity, our mission is to foster an environment which respects, embraces, and promotes cultural competence, civil discourse and active engagement in developing an inclusive and vibrant community of scholars who act as transformational agents of change and responsible citizens of the world. For more information see SUNY Oswego's Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

As a candidate seeking consideration you are asked to submit a separate statement specifically addressing how your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion has been evidenced in your career experience and professional activity, and/or community service (volunteer work, etc.), and/or professional development. (Please see Application Instructions)

Additional Information:

Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please click here to see our full non-discrimination policy.

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing

For Campus Safety information, please click here to see the Annual Security and Fire Report (Clery).

SUNY Oswego is a smoke free/tobacco/e-cigarette free campus. Click here for further policy details, including education and cessation resources.

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Search Chair:

Jennifer Kagan at

Application Instructions:

To Apply Submit:
  • Cover letter addressing qualifications
  • A separate statement describing your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in your professional experience or personal life or community engagement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of unofficial (or copy of official) transcript for required degree showing degree awarded and date conferred
  • Contact information for three professional references

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