Muhlenberg College’s Education Department invites applications for a tenure-track associate professor with an appointment as Chair of the Department, starting on August 1, 2023. We will also give full consideration to experienced assistant professors with proven leadership records and a demonstrated commitment to department chairing upon tenure and promotion.

Muhlenberg College has been educating teachers for public schools since 1877. The College has not wavered in its commitment to bringing talented and diverse undergraduates into the service of public education. To prepare teachers to work in a diverse society, the Department collaborates with local school partners to provide students with rich opportunities to work across diverse settings and student populations. We are committed to promoting inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist curriculum and pedagogy in our courses. The Education Department now seeks a leader, who will work effectively with colleagues to strengthen the College’s contributions to PK-12 public education.

Schedule & Benefits: This is a full-time, tenure-track, faculty position. Muhlenberg offers a highly competitive benefits package, including but not limited to, paid time off, paid parental leave, tuition programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, medical, dental and vision coverage, flexible spending plans, short-and long-term disability, life insurance, and retirement.

As part of the College’s sequential approach for the health and safety of our campus community, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required upon hire (absent an approved medical or religious exemption). Successful completion of background checks, including but not limited to child abuse clearance, education and national criminal background are also required.

The chair will work closely with departmental students and colleagues, Chairs in other liberal arts departments, the Provost and the Registrar to maintain the strengths of our programs. The successful candidate will work in concert with three colleagues who have appointments as Coordinator of Professional Programs, Director of Fieldwork, and Director of Student Teaching. Candidates should describe their resourcefulness and troubleshooting experience within an undergraduate teacher licensure program, as well as their experience mentoring junior colleagues.

Candidates should have an earned doctorate in a core discipline of education, with preference given to expertise in human learning and development, or the history and politics of American education, and address how their expertise contributes to a broad and deep understanding of the importance of public education in advancing a just and inclusive society.  In their letters of application, candidates should describe their experiences and effectiveness teaching and mentoring future teachers of diverse backgrounds, first-generation college goers, LGBTQ+, and economically disadvantaged students. Candidates should have evidence of scholarship qualifying them for early consideration for tenure and promotion.

The College: Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg College is a private, four-year residential, liberal arts college offering baccalaureate and graduate programs. Muhlenberg College is dedicated to shaping creative, compassionate, collaborative leaders through rigorous academic programs in the arts, humanities, business, natural sciences and social sciences; as well as pre-professional programs in law, health and theology; and progressive workforce-focused post-baccalaureate certificates and master’s degrees. As part of eastern Pennsylvania’s scenic Lehigh Valley, Allentown is a diverse city of 125,000, located just 60 miles north of Philadelphia and 90 miles west of New York City. Along with Bethlehem and Easton, the region is home to a vibrant arts scene, a nationally unique parks system, and a rich blend of diverse cuisine and restaurants.

To receive full consideration, candidates should provide 1) Letter of application; 2) Curriculum vitae; 3) Unofficial graduate transcripts; 4) Statement of teaching philosophy; 5) a statement describing professional experience working with diverse populations and contributions to an inclusive community; and 6) Contact information for three professional references.

Complete applications should be uploaded as a single PDF document addressed to Professor John Ramsay, Chair of the Education Department. For full consideration, apply by November 15, 2022. Application review will continue until the position is filled. To initiate your application, please click here to be directed to our Career Portal.

An equal opportunity employer, Muhlenberg College is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty and staff from racial and ethnic groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Please visit our Diversity & Inclusion page for additional information about Muhlenberg’s commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive community.