Assistant Professor of Elementary Education

Hamline University

United States

November 7, 2021


Founded in 1854, Hamline was the first university in Minnesota and among the first coeducational institutions in the nation. Hamline University provides a world-class education for undergraduate and graduate students. Our faculty, staff, and students cultivate an ethic of civic responsibility, social justice, and inclusive leadership and service.

Hamline University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Hamline University does not discriminate on the basis of race; color; religion; creed; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity; gender expression; national origin; marital status; familial status; status with regard to public assistance; membership or activity in a local human rights commission; disability; age; protected veteran status; or any other status protected by applicable law in its education or employment programs or activities. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.

The School of Education & Leadership at Hamline University invites applications for two full-time, tenure-track assistant professorships with expertise in elementary education. We seek a colleague to work with us on a variety of contemporary issues in education, including understanding and challenging the ways in which systems of privilege and oppression operate in our public schools and in teacher education programs. We are especially interested in candidates who explicitly take a critical and responsive stance toward improving the schooling experiences and life outcomes of traditionally underserved and marginalized youth.

Hamline University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks to build an inclusive community that can engage the interests of a diverse population. We are committed to fostering, cultivating, and sustaining a culture that reflects the diversity of our country, and as such, we particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups such as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, veterans, and those with disabilities.


This tenure-track faculty member will support the School of Education and Leadership in its journey of transformation and developing culturally responsive/sustaining teachers who are able to embody the school's core values:

  • Promote equity and antiracism in schools and society
  • Build supportive and inclusive communities of teachers and learners
  • Practice learner-centered pedagogies
  • Engage in thoughtful inquiry and critical reflection
  • Reporting to the Chair of HSEL and the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, this individual will play an integral role in the vibrant and collaborative HSEL faculty and staff community at Hamline. The successful candidate will teach courses in elementary education and foundational education courses, advise both graduate and undergraduate students, maintain a research and publication agenda commensurate with a tenure-track position, support innovative programming and research, and contribute to the shared governance of the unit. The position collaborates extensively with faculty and staff throughout the School of Education & Leadership, particularly in the initial license (MAT) program.

    The ideal candidate will be:

  • Knowledgeable about and experienced in elementary education;
  • Adept in the use of instructional technology;
  • Successful at creating culturally responsive classrooms and schools, using inclusive practices, and planning, implementing and assessing instruction for diverse learners;
  • Familiar with Minnesota's teacher preparation standards and K-12 learning standards.

  • Teach 24 credits a year within the School of Education & Leadership, primarily in elementary education;
  • Advise undergraduate and graduate students as needed;
  • Support school partnerships and clinical placements as needed;
  • Advise capstone projects, theses, and dissertations as needed;
  • Collaborate with HSEL faculty on continuous review and improvement of program curriculum;
  • Serve on HSEL, college-wide, and/or university-wide committees as needed;
  • Attend all unit meetings and trainings;
  • Maintain a research and publication agenda commensurate with tenure-track assistant professor expectations;
  • Complete the annual professional reflection and goal-setting process;
  • Support accreditation work through programmatic data collection, use of shared platforms (such as Workday, Canvas, Google Suite, etc.), convening of advisory panels, and review of programmatic data for continuous improvement;
  • Support admissions and recruitment work by attending information sessions and other activities to represent Hamline and its programs to prospective students.

  • Evidence of a commitment to equity and social justice for all children and youth;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with colleagues in an interdisciplinary environment;
  • Experience teaching online, in person, and in hybrid format;
  • A scholarly record and agenda that demonstrates clear potential to succeed in a tenure-track line.

  • Acquired terminal degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) in education, curriculum and instruction, or a closely related field (for which candidate must have at least 18 graduate credit hours in Education) from an accredited institution of higher education (or the foreign equivalent or its equivalent in training, ability, and/or experience) at the time of appointment;
  • Experience teaching a wide range of students in culturally and linguistically diverse elementary settings for a minimum of three years (while holding a state license in elementary education);

  • 5+ years of teaching experience in K-12 settings;
  • Successful teaching at the university level;
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas:
  • STEM instruction at the elementary level;
  • Literacy instruction at the elementary level;
  • Social studies instruction at the elementary level;
  • Culturally sustaining, learner-centered instruction.
  • An established record of research and scholarship;
  • Funded research and potential to participate in grant writing and management.

    Must perform the following essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation:

  • Must be able to work on a computer for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs. on an occasional basis

  • This is a full time, 1.0 FTE, exempt position, 12 months a year
  • All questions marked ‘Required' need to be answered in order to submit the application. It is important that your application show all of the relevant education and experience you possess. Applications may be rejected if incomplete. If rejected, you must reapply for the position in order to be considered. A resume or curriculum vitae, a cover letter outlining your qualifications for and interest in the position, contact information for 3 current, professional references, as well as copies of transcripts (if required) must be uploaded with each application .

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