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Assistant Professor of Structured Literacy and Elementary Education (Tenure-Track)
School of Education
School of Education
Full Time Faculty
Full time faculty

The School of Education at the University of Portland is seeking candidates for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank beginning August 2020.  The candidate will be expected to teach courses in the School of Education's reading endorsement program, literacy courses in the undergraduate and graduate (MAT) teacher candidate programs, and general core education courses in elementary education, graduate and doctoral (EdD) programs. Experience working in the areas of dyslexia education, structured reading, and P-23 state-mandated dyslexia screening and education is highly desirable. Preference will be given to candidates who have classroom experience with diverse student populations and expertise in structured literacy and dyslexia education. 

This is a full-time, tenure-track faculty position with benefits. Benefits include: medical & dental insurance, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, sick time, tuition remission benefits, retirement contributions (generally after 2 years of employment), and eligibility for the University’s home purchase assistance program. (Please note that eligibility for all University benefits is subject to applicable policies, practices, and requirements.)

Screening of applications will begin immediately. For full consideration, application materials should be received by December 20, 2019.


General Overview of Responsibilities:

The faculty member will teach, mentor, and advise students in undergraduate and graduate elementary education, endorsement, and general education courses, engage in doctoral dissertation advisement, conduct a program of applied scholarship and research, and collaborate with colleagues on program and school-wide projects.

Candidates should show a readiness to participate in school/university partnerships and in new initiatives for the purposes of research and teacher preparation.

Teaching-Related Responsibilities:

The teaching load at UP is three 3-credit courses per semester.


Education and Experience

Required: An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution.
Required: Minimum of three years successful P-12 teaching experience at the elementary level.

Other Required Experience: Graduate studies with a concentration in literacy and structured literacy methodologies for general education and special student populations (dyslexia, early intervention, recovery); knowledge of/experience working with pre-service and in-service teachers; and a potential or requisite scholarly record focused on teacher candidate preparation, pedagogy, and P-12 student learning to warrant appointment at the tenure-track assistant professor rank.

Preferred: Experience working in the areas of dyslexia education, structured reading, and P-12 state-mandated dyslexia screening and education highly desirable. For an overview of the Oregon dyslexia legislation context see https://youtu.be/zHM7Aw2giSI.

Application instructions

A complete application consists of the following:

-Cover letter

-Curriculum vitae

-Responses to the below supplemental questions.

-Unofficial transcripts

-Contact information for three references from whom we can solicit letters of recommendation (recommenders will automatically be sent e-mails with specific directions about how and where to upload their letters).

Screening of applications will begin immediately. For full consideration, application materials should be received by December 20, 2019.

Supplemental Questions

1. Please describe your successful teaching experiences in P-12 education.

2. Please describe your teaching, graduate studies, and scholarship as it relates to an expertise in structured literacy methods and dyslexia education.

3. Please describe your relevant professional and personal experiences that demonstrate your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, research, and service.

4. The University of Portland (https://www.up.edu) is classified as a teaching university. Please describe why working at such a university meets your professional goals.

5. The School of Education (SOED) offers undergraduate and graduate programming, including an applied doctoral (EdD) program (https://education.up.edu). Given your professional background and personal experiences, please describe which specific SOED program(s) you think you are best-suited to teach in and why.

6. Please describe how your scholarship focuses on teacher development, the acquisition of effective teaching practices and skills, and its connection to P-12 student learning.

7. Can you relocate to the Portland metropolitan area for this position? Are there any conditions that would need to be met to facilitate such a move? Please explain.


Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Supplemental Questions, Transcripts

Notice of University requirements regarding offers of employment and background investigations: Offers of employment by the University are in in writing and signed by the head of the Office of Human Resources and the President, the Provost, or a Vice President. Any offers of employment that do not meet these requirements are not final and are contingent on final approval by Human Resources and receipt of a written offer of employment that meets the previously-stated requirements. A background investigation process is required before final hiring procedures can be completed for all faculty and staff positions. Any offers received before a background investigation is successfully completed are not final and are contingent on successful completion of a background investigation.


For those requiring a reasonable accommodation to apply: Applicants who have a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation regarding the application or hiring process should contact Human Resources (503) 943-8484.


The University’s mission and EEO statement: Founded in 1901, the University of Portland is a private, comprehensive, Catholic university with a mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership. The University of Portland is an equal opportunity employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. The University of Portland does not discriminate in its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, or employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by and consistent with the law. Please see the University’s full Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy here: https://www.up.edu/disclosures/nondiscrimination-policy.html.