The newly established Community Literacy Center at the University of New Hampshire seeks a Research Assistant Professor to serve as its full-time director. This position is a Research Faculty appointment (non-tenured; 9-months plus 2-months in summer) in the Education Department. The Center is being launched with a generous alumni donation, and the director’s position is thus funded through the first few years of operation. The expectation is that thereafter, the Center’s success will aid the director in securing additional external funding to support the position into the future. Under the new director’s leadership, the Community Literacy Center will provide affordable intervention services to children from community schools, professional development opportunities for their teachers, a unique learning environment for teacher candidates at UNH, and a rich setting for research. UNH actively creates an educational environment that fosters diversity, inclusion and quality engagement for all.
The Director’s primary aim is to provide expertise and leadership to the Center in four key areas: literacy learning and teaching, administrative management and Center development, community engagement, and research and evaluation. The director will oversee the assessment and instruction of P-12 pupils served by the Center, develop and teach 1-2 literacy courses per year in the Education Department, manage the Center’s budget, serve as the primary liaison between the university and partner schools in the community, maintain an active research agenda, and regularly evaluate the Center’s effectiveness.
Requirements for the position include a doctorate in education, literacy, or a related field; an ongoing research agenda; and demonstrated success in collaborative initiatives. Strongly preferred qualifications include: experience with P-12 schools and community engagement; success in securing external grants; fundraising experience; demonstrated ability to work with faculty, staff, and students, as well as community groups of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation, disability, and ethnic backgrounds; college-level teaching. Preferred start date July, 2016.
Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2016. The position announcement, including application instructions may be viewed at https://jobs.usnh.edu. Applicants should upload the following required documents at the time of application: A cover letter; curriculum vitae; an integrative statement of community engagement, leadership, teaching, and research; and recent publications or a writing sample. Three confidential letters of recommendation should be sent separately by the referees to Lisa Wilder at Lisa.Wilder@unh.edu. Information about the department can be found on our website at www.unh.edu/education. Inquiries regarding the position can be addressed to Dr. Ruth Wharton-McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of New Hampshire is a major research institution, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. Located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, UNH is convenient to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, over 600 full-time faculty, 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs. The university seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff and students. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.
UNH is an EEO, Affirmative Action Employer