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, 2022.

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 and reform of public education. Taking advantage of the racially and ethnically diverse school districts in the Allentown area, the Department has steadfastly valued its partnership with local schools. For its efforts in educating teachers to work in a diverse society, including a vibrant and intensive fieldwork program and inclusive and culturally relevant curriculum and pedagogy, the Department has been recognized as one of the best teacher education programs in the area. The collaborative and collegial nature of the Department’s work has led to cohesive certification programs that intersect with nearly all of Muhlenberg’s academic majors.

The Education Department now seeks an associate professor and chair, who will work effectively with colleagues and teach two courses per semester to strengthen the College’s contribution to PK-12 public education. Candidates should have scholarly records qualifying them for early consideration for tenure and promotion to full professor.

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. Three faculty colleagues have appointments as Coordinator of Professional Programs, Director of Fieldwork Programs, Director of Student Teaching, respectively. The successful candidate will work with these colleagues, who share an exceptional track record for high quality field placements, supervision, and assessment of all licensure students. Candidates should describe their resourcefulness and troubleshooting experience within an undergraduate teacher licensure program, as well as their experience mentoring junior colleagues.

The successful candidate will have an earned doctorate in any of the core disciplines 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 letter of application, candidates should describe their experiences and effectiveness teaching and mentoring future teachers of diverse backgrounds including students underrepresented by racial and ethnic identity, first-generation college-goers, LGBTQIA+ students, and students from underserved communities.

To receive full consideration, candidates should upload the following as a single PDF addressed to Professor John Ramsay, Chair of the Education Department, via Muhlenberg College Career Portal: Muhlenberg Careers. 1) a letter of application; 2) a curriculum vita; 3) unofficial graduate transcripts; 4) statement of teaching philosophy; 5) a diversity statement documenting how they will contribute to Muhlenberg’s efforts to become a more diverse and inclusive community; and 6) contact information for 3 professional references.

For full consideration, apply by November 1, 2021. Application review will continue until the position is filled.

The College: Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg College is a selective liberal arts college, with a diverse and dynamic student body. Muhlenberg is located in Allentown, PA, the state’s third largest city. Allentown is home to vibrant immigrant communities, including one of the nation’s most diverse Hispanic communities, with a variety of urban and rural attractions, and just 60 miles from Philadelphia and 90 miles from NYC. Along with neighboring Bethlehem and Easton, the region is home to a lively arts scene, a nationally unique parks system, and a rich blend of cuisine and diverse restaurants.

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 inclusive excellence and the College’s Diversity Strategic Plan.