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Assistant Professor - Educational Foundations

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Position type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Categories: College of Education and Community Innovation

Position Title: Tenure-Track Faculty, Educational Foundations, College of Education and Community Innovation (CECI) 

Summary: The Department of Literacy, Educational Foundations, and Technology in the College of Education and Community Innovation (CECI) at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) seeks a colleague for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor rank in Educational Foundations to begin in August 2024. We seek candidates from a diverse pool of scholars with expertise (teaching and/or research) in pre-K-12 assessment and educational research methods. We particularly invite applications from candidates who can demonstrate professional and applied experiences with culturally responsive pedagogy and/or gender and sexualities. Candidates with demonstrated experience with social justice education and/or diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives/training are also preferred. 

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Ph.D., Ed. D., or ABD (with an expected graduation by August 1, 2024) in Social and Cultural Foundations of Education or a closely related field (such as Teacher Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Studies, Curriculum Studies)
  • Demonstrated potential for university teaching in one or more of the following areas: pre-K-12 assessment; educational research methods; social, historical, or philosophical foundations of education; teacher education 
  • Positive record of experience (teaching, research, other professional roles) in Pre-K-12 environments 
  • Demonstrated understanding of and/or commitment to teaching students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds with an equity focus
  • Effective oral, written, and collaborative interpersonal skills 
  • Commitment to using various modalities of instruction including: face-to-face, online synchronous, asynchronous, hybrid, and distance learning technologies as well as deliver courses on weekends

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • Strong background in culturally responsive teaching/pedagogy and/or gender and sexuality studies; 
  • Completion of doctoral studies;  
  • Evidence of student-centered and relationship-centered teaching;
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching with an intersectional lens;
  • Demonstrated engagement with or interest in using a variety of pedagogies that consider multiple forms of oppression (race, class, gender, sexual orientation, neurodiversity, age);
  • Evidence of an active research agenda;
  • Evidence of collaborative endeavors with colleagues (e.g., research, teaching, curriculum development, etc.)

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Educational Foundations (including research methods and assessment in both face-to-face and online modalities (three courses in the fall semester, three courses in the winter semester)
  • Advise students in the teacher education program
  • Developing and maintaining a scholarly research agenda
  • Willingness to provide service the institution, community, and profession
  • Willingness and ability to travel to all GVSU sites, including distance sites, for instruction

We encourage applications from candidates who are from underrepresented groups and who have interest and/or experience in working with historically marginalized communities and/or students of marginalized identities. 

Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Department/Division:  Literacy, Educational Foundations, and Technology – College of Education and Community Innovation/Academic & Student Affairs

Campus: Pew Campus, Grand Rapids and Allendale Campus, Allendale

How To Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now". 

Please include in your submission:

  1. Cover letter; 
  2. Curriculum vitae; 
  3. Teaching statement that demonstrates your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  4. Unofficial transcripts;
  5. The names of three professional references.

The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. Questions about the position may be directed to the Search Committee Chair: Dr. Kevin Holohan at or (616) 350-4626.

The first round of interviews may be conducted via video conferencing. Candidates should expect to have access to technology that will allow them to use video conferencing software such as Zoom, Google Meets, or Skype. Accommodations within reason will be provided for qualified applicants. 

Application Deadline:  Consideration of applications will begin on November 3, and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution, consistent with its obligations as a federal contractor. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the University. Members of the University community, including students, employees, faculty, staff, administrators, Board members, consultants, vendors, others engaged to do business with the University, candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, as defined by this policy. In accordance with applicable federal and state law and this policy, acts of discrimination or harassment by members of the campus community are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. This includes inappropriate limitation of, access to, or participation in educational, employment, athletic, social, cultural, or other university programs and activities. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Limitations are lawful if they are: directly related to a legitimate university purpose, required by law, or lawfully required by a grant or contract between the university and the state or federal government. For the purposes of this policy, sex-/gender-based harassment includes sexual misconduct, sexual assault, interpersonal or relationship violence, and stalking. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State).

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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