Assistant Professor in Literacy Education, COE-3308

Assistant Professor in Literacy Education

Department of Elementary Education College of Education



The Department of Elementary Education at Towson University is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Professor in Literacy Education. The Department offers coursework in graduate and undergraduate literacy education. Candidates should be prepared to teach in the graduate reading education program (pre-K through adult emphasis) and in the undergraduate elementary education program, as well as offer expertise about diverse populations and cultural contexts. Candidates with specialization in literacy assessment and working with a variety of developing readers are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must have the ability to work with a diverse population and be sensitive to the education needs of these students.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in Literacy, Curriculum and Instruction, or closely related field
  • Ability to teach courses related to: Reading Assessment, Reading Abilities & Disabilities, Reading Instruction, Multicultural Literature, and Professional Development for Literacy Educators
  • Three years pre-K through 12 teaching experience
  • Emerging record of undergraduate and/or graduate teaching experience
  • Demonstrated potential for scholarly productivity
  • Commitment to collaborations with colleagues and with public schools
  • Experience in multicultural, diversity, and power and privilege practice 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise as a Reading Specialist
  • Scholarly expertise in cultural contexts of literacy development, theories of reading, reading assessment, emergent and beginning literacy development, multimodal literacies, and/or methods of teaching reading and writing
  • Knowledge of and experience with integrating technology in teacher education
  • Knowledge of state and national issues in teacher education



  • Teach courses in the Graduate Reading program as well undergraduate literacy courses that align with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) standards.
  • Conduct and maintain productive research program
  • Advise students
  • Serve on College and University committees

Towson University

About TU

Towson University was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore's largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls over 19,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor's, 45 master's, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

Application Process

Review of applications will begin October 7, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. The position begins August 2020. Applicants from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Send a letter of application describing qualifications, curriculum vitae, copies of graduate transcripts, one sample of published scholarship, and contact information for three references. Please submit application materials electronically to:

Attention: Dr. Pamela J. Hickey COE-3308.

A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment. Please note that the search number for which you have applied is COE-3308.

Applicant Data Form

Please be sure to visit the Applicant Data Form to complete a voluntary on-line applicant data form. The information you provide will inform the university's affirmative action plan and is for statistical-related purposes only. The information will not be used for any other purpose.

Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.