Secondary Ed job: University of Wisconsin-River Falls


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 west central Wisconsin. Year around arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible. UWRF’s 6,400 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 Position:

Assistant Professor in English Education, Literature, Composition/Rhetoric, beginning August 2010. Evidence of successful teaching in schools, grades 6-12, and teaching certification; familiarity with secondary English classroom practice; expertise and research interest in the theory and methods of teaching English in secondary environments. Teaching courses for secondary English education students, English teaching methods. Responsibilities include supervising student teachers. Second field open. Background in multicultural literature and culture and previous university teaching experience are assets. Required: Ph.D. by the time of appointment. 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, and creative endeavor, that supports its programs.

Qualifications (Required):
 Education: Ph.D required in English education, literature, or composition/rhetoric
 Experience in area of expertise: English Education
 Teaching experience in grades 6-12 and licensure
 Ability to advise and work with undergraduate students
 Ability to supervise student teachers
 Evidence of professional activity that keeps the candidate abreast of knowledge and developments in the field
 Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to diverse student populations and ability to contribute to the University’s commitment to enhancing student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnic and cultural heritages.

Qualifications which may be considered an asset:
 University teaching experience
 Three years of teaching experience in grades 6-12 and licensure
 Preparation in multicultural education and/or experience teaching in multicultural settings

To Apply:
Submit a resume (or curriculum vitae), letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience and a separate statement addressing your ability to contribute to the enhancement of student awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures. Include an unofficial transcript (official copies will be required if hired) and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three references who can specifically comment upon your teaching ability, experience, and professional preparation. Applications are completed online only at

Inquiries and applications should be addressed to:
Dr. David Furniss, Chair, Search and Screen Committee
English Department
University of Wisconsin - River Falls

The names of all nominees and applicants who have not requested confidentiality in writing, and identities of all finalists must be released upon request.

Deadline to Apply: Review of Applications will begin on January 2, 2011, and continue until the position is filled.

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 applicants.

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 any 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 as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

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