The Office of Academic Affairs

Bagwell College of Education


Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Position Title

Assistant or Associate Professor of Elementary Literacy/Reading/Literacy Assessment Education (openings for two positions)

Position Qualifications – Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Chair of the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, the Assistant or Associate Professor of Elementary Literacy/Reading/Literacy Assessment Education is expected to collaborate with faculty across the Professional Teacher Education Unit, teach elementary literacy courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervise and assist with field experiences, maintain an active research agenda (including an appropriate level of publications, professional presentations, and external grant proposals), model effective teaching practices, use instructional technology effectively, and participate in program development. Some teaching will be conducted at local professional development school sites. These are 9-month, tenure track positions.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience working in a university reading center.
  • Three or more years of teaching at elementary and/or early childhood levels.
  • Experience or expertise in one or more of the following: critical literacy, social justice, and/or multiple literacies.
  • Experience or expertise in teaching another elementary area (e.g., early childhood, math education, science, social studies, technology, educational foundations, special education, ESOL).
  • Experience teaching at the university level.
  • Experience teaching and developing online courses based on an articulated philosophy of teaching and learning.
  • Scholarship, service and/or experience related to urban issues or urban education.
  • Doctorate in hand.
Required Education – Experience – Skills (Minimum Qualifications):
  • Doctorate in Literacy/Reading/Literacy Assessment Education or closely related field.  ABDs close to completion will be considered.  Must have doctorate in hand for consideration at the associate professor level.
  • Teaching experience with students in PK-6 schools.
  • Evidence of the ability to conduct scholarly activity at the assistant/associate professor level.  Please refer to department, college, and university promotion and tenure guidelines at:
  • Expertise in reading/literacy assessment in the elementary and early childhood classroom.
  • Commitment to working in an environment that fosters diversity and collaboration.
Application Procedure:

All materials must be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word or PDF documents to on or before January 4, 2013 to guarantee consideration. A complete application will include a letter expressing interest and addressing qualifications for the position and teaching philosophy; copies of transcripts (official transcripts are required before employment at KSU); a curriculum vitae; and names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of five or more professional references.

For a detailed description of the university, college, and department, please visit KSU’s website at

The search will continue until the position is filled.
Questions About Position Opening:

Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Maria Shaheen.  Email:

Date Position Available:

August 2013

Departmental/College Overview:

The Bagwell College of Education (BCOE) is one of the largest and strongest teacher preparation units in the University System of Georgia offering bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist, and doctor of education degree programs. All educator preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by Georgia’s Professional Standards Commission (PSC). As a member of the Renaissance Group, BCOE continues its advancement toward meeting the challenges of national and state reforms for teacher education as well as program expansion.  The college received an $8.9 million Teacher Quality Partnership grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The BCOE houses the iTeach Center that provides professional learning, consulting, and service for Georgia educators in 11 school systems within metro Atlanta and North Georgia.  Recently, the BCOE launched the Center for Literacy and Learning, a facility where P-12 striving readers are assessed and tutored by graduate students.  In collaboration with the College of Science and Mathematics, the Bagwell College of Education established the Advancing the Teaching of Mathematics and Science (ATOMS) Center.

KSU’s conceptual framework for educator preparation is the Collaborative Development of Expertise in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership. This collaboration, including service and support units, is carried out both through the college’s five academic departments (Educational Leadership, Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Inclusive Education, Instructional Technology, and Secondary and Middle Grades Education) and in conjunction with other members of KSU’s Professional Teacher Education Unit (PTEU). PTEU, the university’s umbrella organization for preparing educators, includes fourteen departments from five colleges all of which collaborate on the design, delivery, approval, and accreditation of all educator preparation programs. The PTEU serves as a model of university-wide responsibility for teacher education; field-based collaboration with practicing professionals and partner schools; infusion of technology for enhanced teaching and learning; and best practices for the inclusion of English learners and students with disabilities.

As one of the larger departments at KSU, the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education has more than 80 full-time and part-time faculty members.  The department serves over 1,500 Elementary and Early Childhood Education undergraduate majors and over 100 graduate majors.  It offers programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels.  Its M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education is now offered both as a totally online program as well as a face-to-face option. Certification for pre-kindergarten to grade five is embedded in the undergraduate program.  A newly developed Birth to Kindergarten Bachelor of Science degree program began in Spring 2011.  Development efforts are currently underway to construct an Early Learning Center that will serve as a model for early learning education in the southeastern United States.  It will be a laboratory school designed to serve 220 children ages birth through five.

Kennesaw State University Campus and Location:

Kennesaw State University is a growing and progressive university in Georgia’s public system of higher education. Located on an attractive campus in suburban Atlanta, Kennesaw State University currently enrolls more than 24,000 traditional and nontraditional Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral students. The thriving Atlanta metropolitan area has a rich array of museums, theaters, libraries, colleges and universities, and other resources. Kennesaw State University was recognized in 2009 by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of its “Great Colleges to Work For”.
EEO Statement:

Kennesaw State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Georgia is an Open Records State.


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