Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor - Curriculum and Instruction (Job ID #122292)

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University of Illinois at Chicago

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) seeks applications for the position of a 2-year Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor of Urban Education. This is a 9-month 100% visiting faculty position at the clinical assistant professor rank. The starting date is August 15, 2020, and the salary is commensurate to rank and experience.

UIC’s College of Education is ranked in the top 50 Colleges of Education in the nation and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction is home to 21 faculty members and approximately 400 students (undergraduate and graduate) who engage in research, teaching, and serving communities, addressing the most pressing issues in education. The department has a long and celebrated history of producing scholars, educators, and leaders whose work has shaped the educational research community, nationally and internationally, and the practices and contexts of schooling in Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third largest school district. Through its three doctoral programs (Curriculum Studies; Literacy, Language, and Culture; Mathematics and Science Education) three master’s programs (Educational Studies; Language, Literacies, and Learning; Science Education), and one undergraduate program (Urban Elementary Education), the Department of Curriculum and Instruction prepares educators, researchers, and advocates to work effectively in urban schools, institutions of higher education, and other educational and community contexts. Our scholarship is grounded in a commitment to social, racial, and economic justice. This position is designed primarily to support the undergraduate Urban Elementary Education program.

Existing strengths among the Curriculum and Instruction faculty include research on intersections of race, language and disciplinary identities; teacher education; critical pedagogy in mathematics, literacy and science; and spatiality, mobility and multi-literacies. Our junior and senior faculty, both tenure line and clinical, as well as our program graduates are engaging in national conversations on race and education, evidenced by recent high-visibility keynotes and high-impact publications. Our undergraduate teacher licensure program has been recognized as having the potential to prepare “resilient teachers who lead, advocate, and innovate to advance equity and embrace diversity, as they educate children and youth in urban contexts” (IBHE Report, 2018), increasing our role locally and nationally as a college of consequence.

We seek well-qualified applicants with a commitment to and a scholarly background in the preparation of teachers for urban elementary schools. An earned doctorate is required or projected to be completed by August 2020. The ideal candidate should be knowledgeable about urban schools and social contexts connected to the craft of urban teaching. A strong background in curriculum, instruction, and the intersection of theory and practice is required.  At least three years of teaching experience is required, preferably in an urban elementary public-school setting.

The successful applicant of the Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor of Urban Education position is expected to work with faculty in collectively building upon and renewing our existing strengths, including supporting an optimal educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students, continuing to strengthen our highly-regarded programs, intensifying our efforts to engage with communities, nurturing the department’s research productivity, and advocating for teacher education inside and outside UIC. The responsibilities of this position include teaching in Curriculum and Instruction licensure programs, supervising students in fieldwork practicum semesters, and providing service at the department, college, community, and university levels in the field of expertise.

We welcome applicants to join the department of Curriculum and Instruction and its long history of engaging cutting-edge pedagogies through scholarship, practice, and innovation in our signature teacher education programs.

Please submit application materials electronically by November 22, 2019. These materials should include:

  • a letter of interest addressing suitability for the position;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • teaching philosophy statement;
  • the names and contact information of at least three references.

Inquiries about this position may be directed to the Curriculum and Instruction department.


  • Teaching fieldwork instruction courses, including placement and supervision of teacher candidates;
  • Teaching other content methods courses in the department licensure programs;
  • Collaboration with program faculty, local schools, and communities;
  • Participation in ongoing teacher education program development and support; and
  • Service to the Curriculum and Instruction department and its programs, and the college and university at large.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Teacher Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Urban Education, or related field on or before August 2020;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of curriculum and teaching in the context of urban education;
  • Strong record of contributions to the field of teacher education and development;
  • Strong and demonstrated commitment to equity and justice-oriented urban education;
  • Experience working with undergraduate students;
  • K-8 teaching experience in urban schools for a minimum of three years;
  • Demonstrated ability to form and sustain working relationships with public schools.

Desired Qualifications

  • At least five years teaching experience in an urban elementary classroom (K-8);
  • University teaching experience in urban settings;
  • Mathematics teaching and mathematics education experience;
  • Field supervision/mentoring of preservice teachers and/or novice teachers;
  • Demonstrated ability in developing successful school and community partnerships;
  • Willingness to engage in efforts aligned with the department and college mission at local, state, regional, and national levels;
  • Experience with coaching teachers in urban settings;
  • Experience in instruction informed by theories of language acquisition

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Review of Applicants Begins: 
Friday, November 22, 2019
Contact Name: 
Dr. Lynnette Mawhinney
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