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Assistant Professor of Literacy and Elementary Education

Ohio Wesleyan University
Job Location:
Delaware, Ohio
Reading and Literacy

The Education Department at Ohio Wesleyan University seeks to fill a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor position of Literacy and Elementary Education. This position combines a small, supportive, liberal arts community, with the opportunity to support innovative, forward-thinking elementary and inclusive elementary programs (PK-grade 5). The OWU Education Department is committed to preparing dedicated, justice-minded, and highly qualified teachers through our mission to prepare competent, committed, professional teachers for a diverse, democratic society. 

The successful candidate will teach six units or the equivalent per year (3/3 teaching load); required responsibilities include teaching Corrective Reading, Phonics, Elementary (PreK-5) Literacy, Secondary Content Area Literacy, and Middle & Secondary English Language Arts Methods. Additional courses include Integrated Elementary Methods II, and field practicum and student teaching supervision for the PK-5 licensure programs.


  • Earned doctorate in Literacy or Elementary Education or a related field by the time of appointment, August 1, 2022.
  • Applicants should have a minimum of five (5) years of elementary public-school teaching.
  • Preference will be given to those trained and/or certified in science of reading methods (e.g., LETRS; Orton-Gillingham; multi-sensory approaches) 
  • Experience with field/student teaching supervision and college-level teaching is desired, including evidence of an ability to coordinate with area schools to arrange field placements, and assess and report on program effectiveness.
  • Demonstrated commitment to progressive, anti-racist education for all learners, particularly those from underrepresented groups.
  • Evidence of a clear research agenda
  • A desire to work in an environment that values collaboration, diversity, student learning, and respect for all people.
  • A willingness to learn about, engage in, and support accreditation and assessment requirements.

This job is part of a cluster of positions with which Ohio Wesleyan seeks to further diversify its curriculum and faculty. This faculty cohort will join an educational community that values equity and interdisciplinary and fosters close working relationships with students through our signature program in experiential learning, the OWU Connection. Incoming faculty will be provided with mentoring, professional development funds, a pre-tenure research leave after a successful third-year review, and opportunities to connect with faculty across the Ohio 5 and GLCA consortia. For more information about the cluster, please visit For more information about Academic Affairs and its commitment to anti-racism, please visit

Located in the Columbus, Ohio metropolitan area, Ohio Wesleyan is a selective residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,500 students from across the nation and around the world. The college’s signature program, the OWU Connection, is designed to integrate student knowledge across disciplines, consider diverse and global perspectives, and teach students to apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives and was recently listed as the No. 1 liberal arts college in Ohio for social mobility by U.S. News and World Report. OWU is located in Delaware, OH, a lively college town just 30 minutes from Columbus, the 14th most populous city in the United States and part of the fastest-growing, most economically vibrant areas of the Midwest. Columbus was named by LinkedIn as one of the top 10 U.S. cities in which to launch your career.

To achieve our mission, we continually strive to foster a diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist campus community, which celebrates the value of all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, color, gender identity and or expression, sexual orientation, family configuration, disability, socioeconomic status, religion, national origin, age or military status. OWU is an equal opportunity institution and seeks applications from individuals who will help us honor and strengthen our commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and antiracism.

To apply, please submit all of the following application documents:

1) Cover letter, 

2) Curriculum vitae, 

3) Diversity statement 

(This statement should include your experience with, and vision for, teaching, mentoring, and recruiting students from underrepresented backgrounds; how you promote inclusivity and anti-racism in the higher education classroom; and how you will foster diverse perspectives among students, faculty, and campus community),

3) Statement of teaching philosophy, 

4) Official graduate transcripts, and 

5) Three letters of reference. 

If preferred, candidates may also forward their complete application packet consisting of the above listed documents to: Dr. Sarah Kaka, Department of Education, Ohio Wesleyan University, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, OH 43015.

Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021 and will continue until finalists are invited to campus later this semester. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Sarah Kaka, Search Committee Chair ( This position is eligible for a comprehensive benefits package.

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