Visiting Assistant Professor of Education

The Educational Studies Department of Illinois Wesleyan University is seeking to fill a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor in Educational Studies Program, specializing in Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education Certification, beginning in August, 2022. There is a possibility of renewal for an additional year. 

The teacher/scholar assuming the responsibilities of this position will teach six courses a year that are aligned with the Illinois standards for the elementary and secondary licensure, and university writing intensive general education requirements.  The ideal candidate will be conversant with socio-cultural perspectives with regard to educational studies. Expected courses to be taught include child development and assessment, students with dis/abilities, internship, and supervision of student teachers. Course descriptions can be found within the University catalog

Illinois Wesleyan University is a highly selective national liberal arts undergraduate only institution that enrolls 1640 students each year, where teaching excellence is highly emphasized.  The Educational Studies Department is deeply committed to promoting social justice and teacher inquiry and works closely with students as they pursue these aims. The University, which articulates social justice in its Mission Statement, is an Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to Inclusive Excellence.

 Required Qualifications:

  • PhD/EdD in a relevant specialization with appropriate graduate coursework in the second specialization. ABD near completion will be considered.
  • Public school teaching experience
  • Familiarity with Illinois Professional Teaching Standards
  • Experience teaching undergraduate students in a liberal arts setting
  • Demonstrated track record of exemplary teaching in a K-12 setting or at the undergraduate level 

The following application materials are required:

  • Letter of interest describing how research, teaching, and/or service has provided preparation for contributing to our commitment to address issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and/or other issues of history marginalization (or diversity, equity and inclusion)
  • A teaching philosophy statement explaining one’s experience which offers specific examples of teaching methods and approach to working with students
  • A curriculum vita
  • Summary of course evaluations and sample syllabi, if available
  • 3-Minute teaching video on a topic of your choice
  • A transcript of one’s graduate training
  • Three letters of recommendation

Application materials should be sent electronically as word or pdf attachments to Professor Leah Nillas, Chair, Department of Educational Studies c/o Stephanie Porter,  A review of applications will commence after June 1st  and will be ongoing until the position is filled.