Assistant Professor-Tenure System – East Lansing, MI

Assistant Professor-Tenure System

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI


Working/Functional Title

Assistant Professor of Elementary Education and Ed

Position Summary

The Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks an elementary educator committed to racial equity and educational justice to join our tenure-stream faculty at the assistant professor rank. We are particularly interested in scholars who engage with critical, feminist, decolonial, and/or anti-racist perspectives in their research, teaching, and service as pathways toward promoting educational justice in elementary contexts (PK-Grade 6).

We are looking for applicants with strengths in early childhood and/or elementary education and educational justice, with additional scholarly interests that include but are not limited to: racial equity; intersectional justice; elementary methods (any discipline); social foundations of education; childhood studies; and innovative and decolonizing research methodologies, such as participatory action research, critical race research, arts-based research, feminist/womanist research, and critical ethnographic research with young children.

The applicant should be able to contribute to research, teaching, and service in elementary education (PK-Grade 6) and social foundations of education.

The individual who assumes this position will carry out an active program of research and consistently pursue external funding; develop and teach undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral courses in elementary education and social foundations of education; and continue to build capacity focused on the department’s Core Principles Statement. Additional duties will vary depending upon university and academic unit needs, as well as the candidate’s experience and interests. There will be opportunities to collaborate with other faculty members in ongoing projects within the College of Education, as well as across the university, and in the PK-12 community.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Elementary or Early Childhood Education

Minimum Requirements

1. An earned doctorate in elementary or early childhood education, teacher education, curriculum and instruction or a related field.

2. An active record of scholarship in elementary education with a clear focus on racial equity and/or justice-centered education, commensurate with level of experience.

3. Demonstrated expertise in elementary education (PK-Grade 6) as evidenced by a degree in elementary or early childhood education (at any level), experience teaching PK-Grade 6, and/or experience with children ages 4-11 in non-school contexts.

4. Evidence of/potential for obtaining external funding.

5. Evidence of accomplishment in research, teaching, and/or service commensurate with experience.

Desired Qualifications

1. Professional and/or academic experience in educational settings that primarily serve children of color.

2. Demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teacher preparation and graduate teacher education.

3. Demonstrated commitment to working with culturally diverse populations and communities.

4. A minimum of two years of experience teaching in PK-Grade 6.

5. Experience in the use of technology for instructional delivery, including online course delivery.

Required Application Materials

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three examples of scholarship, and names and contact information of three references.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Visit our department website ( for more information.

In the cover letter, applicants should provide information about the following:

a) area(s) of expertise in elementary education and social foundations of education

b) record of, or potential for, significant accomplishments in research in one or more of the areas listed in the position description above

c) experience in working with prospective and practicing elementary teachers in linguistically, culturally, and economically diverse settings

d) experience in working with elementary (PK-Grade 6) children in linguistically, culturally, and economically diverse settings

e) record of, or potential for, obtaining and leading funded research projects.

We invite inquiries from potentially interested candidates to any of the search committee members:

Amy Parks ([email protected]), Search Committee Co-Chair

Sandra Crespo ([email protected]), Search Committee Co-Chair

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Terry Flennaugh ([email protected])


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Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.


MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.


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