Assistant Professor of Education (Children's and Adolescent Literature Studies)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
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College of Education
Curriculum and Instruction


The Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at The Pennsylvania State University seeks applications from individuals with scholarly interests and expertise in children’s and adolescent literature studies. The position is a tenure-track appointment at the assistant professor rank within the English Language Arts area of Curriculum and Instruction. This is a 36-week appointment with the possibility of supplementary summer appointments. Faculty members establish and maintain productive research programs and normally teach both undergraduate and graduate courses each year. The successful candidate will contribute to the development of high quality scholarship within the children’s and adolescent literature area. The position offers the possibility for collaboration and community outreach with other campus entities, such as the Center for Disability Studies; Children, Youth and Families Consortium; the Center for Online Innovation in Learning; the Rock Ethics Institute; and the proposed Penn State Center for the Story. The Pennsylvania State University library boasts a collection of over 100,000 children’s books, hosts the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry and Lynn Ward Awards, and houses the Pennsylvania Center for the Book. The Department has vibrant undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs. The position offers opportunities to prepare pre-service teachers in Elementary and Early Childhood Education (prekindergarten–grade 4) and Middle Level Education (grades 4–8). Service to the department will include program leadership; participating in departmental efforts to attract students into elementary, early childhood, and/or middle level education; recruiting and working with undergraduate and graduate students interested in Language and Literacy Education with an emphasis in Children’s and Adolescent Literature area; and developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses relevant to Children’s and Adolescent Literature Studies, including courses in the growing online Master’s Degree program. Responsibilities include: engage in research, writing, and other scholarly activities related to children’s literature studies, and/or literacy education; teach residential undergraduate courses as well as residential and online graduate courses in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction; advise graduate students in their programs and research and supervise graduate teaching assistants; provide leadership for the PK-4 Children’s Literature component of the undergraduate major, including facilitating collegial collaboration with other Penn State campuses that offer PK-4 Children’s Literature Studies courses; contribute to undergraduate and graduate program development, including student recruitment efforts; organize and promote children’s literature program activities across campus; participate actively in national and international professional organizations with a focus on children’s literature studies; participate in the activities of the English Language Arts Education and/or the Language, Culture and Society graduate emphases in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the College of Education and the University; and provide service, outreach, and leadership to the University, educational institutions, agencies, professional organizations, and learned societies. Required Qualifications include: earned Ph.D. in literacy education or related area with emphasis in children’s literature or closely related field; evidence of engagement in high-quality research and scholarship with an active research agenda or potential for an active research agenda in one or more of the following areas: literature for beginning and newly independent readers, fantasy literature for children or adolescents, nonfiction literature for children or adolescents, poetry for children or adolescents, picture book, and visual storytelling; expertise in children’s literature studies; familiarity with current trends in children’s and adolescent literature studies; meaningful teaching experience with learners in the prekindergarten–grade 16 age group; familiarity with online teaching and learning; substantial background in working in culturally diverse settings; and ability to function as an effective member of a team. Desirable Qualifications include: demonstrated excellence in teaching at undergraduate and/or graduate levels (commensurate with experience); demonstrated evidence of, or potential for, making sophisticated use of technology; experience collaborating with interdisciplinary teams and with grant writing; and demonstrated evidence of, or potential for, being active in professional organizations. Applicants must submit: a letter of application explaining qualifications for the position, including an articulation of research trajectory; a current curriculum vitae along with the name, email address, and telephone number of each of three academic references; copies of official graduate transcripts; and up to three representative samples of published or in-review scholarly articles or papers presented at professional conferences. Applications received by November 30, 2017 are assured full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please contact search committee chair Dr. Vivian Yenika-Agbaw ( with any questions. Penn State has a strong commitment to the diversity of its workforce and encourages applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088