Assistant/Associate Professor of Elementary Education

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education (TPTE) in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at The University of Tennessee seeks a dynamic scholar for a full-time (9-month), tenure-track assistant or associate professor position in Elementary Education.

About the Program

The University of Tennessee is a doctoral institution with very high research activity and considerable emphasis on community engagement. With a primary goal of advancing equity through excellence in education, the Department of TPTE prepares quality teachers, educators, and education researchers to serve local, regional, national, and global communities in elementary, middles grades, and secondary education across a range of disciplines and fields. At the graduate level, we offer master’s, education specialist, and doctoral degrees, along with several graduate certificate programs.  

As a department, we are committed to preparing educators for effective and engaging teaching in diverse communities and settings including high need urban and rural communities. We desire a new colleague who engages in substantial research to address important challenges facing students, teachers, schools, and communities related to elementary education. The successful candidate will join a collaborative, interdisciplinary faculty committed to improving public education through exemplary research, teaching and service.

TPTE offers multiple pathways to licensure in Elementary Education, including 4-year and 5-year options that lead to dual licensure in high needs areas such as ESL, Special Education, and Math and Science. Beyond the licensure programs, other graduate elementary education programs prepare masters students, educational specialists, and doctoral students for careers in research, teaching, and leadership in research universities, teaching colleges and in applied settings.

Responsibilities include conducting and publishing scholarly research to address important challenges in elementary education and pursuing external funding to support an active research agenda; teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in elementary education or related areas; collaborating with a team of faculty in development, delivery, and ongoing program improvement; engaging in collaborative relationships with local schools, teachers, and community members; providing service and leadership to local/state and national/international professional organizations; and contributing to recruitment, advising, and administrative duties in accordance with program and department needs.


Required Qualifications: Candidates must have a doctoral degree in Elementary Education, or a related field, by August 2023; a record of successful teaching experience in elementary classrooms; a record of scholarship and external funding commensurate with experience; a demonstrated commitment to anti-racism, inclusion, and collaboration; and demonstrated preparation and/or experience working in culturally and linguistically diverse settings.

Desired Qualifications: Applicants who have demonstrated experience/expertise in the preparation of elementary teachers will be given strong consideration. Additional preferences include experience in securing external funding; strong research methodologies expertise; and expertise in areas related to ESL education, math education, and/or cultural studies.

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should submit: 1) a letter of interest outlining their research program and teaching experience; 2) curriculum vita; and 3) the names and contact information for three references. Application materials should be submitted electronically via the Interfolio portal.  General inquiries can be sent directly to Dr. Stewart Waters, Search Committee Chair, at

Review of materials will begin on November 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The position is available beginning Fall Semester, 2023. For more information about the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, please visit

Review of Applicants Begins: 
Saturday, September 17, 2022
Contact Name: 
Stewart Waters
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