The University of Wisconsin-River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located 30 miles from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul in scenic western Wisconsin. Year around arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible. UWRF's 6,700 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Arts and Sciences; Education and Professional Studies; Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Science; and Business and Economics. The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued.

The Teacher Education Department in the College of Education and Professional Studies of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Literacy Education, with an emphasis in reading, and reading assessment, at the Assistant Professor level, commencing spring, 2013. 

Teacher Education is a dynamic department dedicated to preparing P-12 teachers who are committed to diversity, equity, and excellence in education. The candidate selected will serve as the reading instructor on a three-person team responsible for a field-based block program serving prestudent teachers. He/she will teach graduate and undergraduate literacy education courses in a constructivist program and have a minimum of three years of teaching experience. Other duties will include: supervising student teachers in K-8 settings; integrating appropriate technology into instruction; advising undergraduate and graduate students; working collaboratively on departmental, college, and university committees; participating in community service; and engaging regularly in professional development and scholarly activity. Qualifications that may be considered an asset for the potential candidate are experience with teaching in a multicultural setting, university teaching experience, miscue analysis and assessment according to a reading developmental continuum. Compensation is based on qualifications, including education and experience. The normal teaching load is 12 credits per semester. The University expects scholarly activity, including research, scholarship, or creative endeavor, that supports its programs. The individual hired is expected to demonstrate a commitment to high-impact, field-based teaching.

Through its strategic plan, Pathway to Distinction, UW-River Falls will vigorously pursue three goals: Distinctive Academic Excellence; Global Education and Engagement; Innovation and Partnerships. In support of our first goal, UW-River Falls strives to be a leader in collaborative and undergraduate research, we therefore seek faculty members who have an interest in or experience with faculty-student collaborative research, scholarship, and creative activity. The university is also interested in applicants who can support and extend our partnerships and initiatives in Asia (particularly China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong) and in Latin America. The university's strategic focus on international education encourages faculty to develop courses/pedagogy that facilitate the transition of international in-bound students and out-bound UWRF students and enhance our curricular and programmatic partnerships in these regions.

Qualifications (Required):

  • Education: An earned doctorate in reading/literacy or a closely related field is preferred; however, candidates who are ABD will be considered.
  • Experience in area of expertise: Literacy Education
  • Three years of teaching experience in grades K-8.
  • Commitment to using technology in teaching and scholarship
  • Ability to contribute to a positive work environment in the department, college, and University
  • Ability to advise and work with undergraduate and graduate students
  • Ability to supervise prestudent and student teachers
  • Evidence of professional activity that keeps the candidate abreast of knowledge and development in the field
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to diverse student populations and ability to contribute to the University's commitment to enhance student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnic and cultural heritages.
  • Evidence of a commitment to prepare culturally competent practitioners who are ready to serve diverse student populations


Qualifications which may be considered an asset:

  • University teaching experience
  • Teaching experience in a multicultural setting
  • Experience with miscue analysis
  • Experience using assessment according to a reading developmental continuum


To Apply:

Submit a resume (or curriculum vitae), letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience and a separate statement addressing ability to contribute to the enhancement of student awareness and appreciation of diverse culture (diversity statement). Include the names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least five references who can specifically comment upon your teaching ability, experience, and professional preparation.

All application materials are required to be submitted through our on-line application system.


Inquiries should be addressed to:

Teresa Kruizenga

Search and Screen Committee

Teacher Education Department

University of Wisconsin - River Falls


Deadline to Apply: Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2012; for full consideration, please submit all materials by this date.

The University is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs. Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applications.

UW-River Falls is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest, and/or conviction record, veteran status, and membership in the national guard, state defense force, or other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin. All persons, especially women, persons of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States is required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

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