Assistant Professor of Education Search #2021-0024

Date Posted
November 20, 2020
Job Description

The Education Department at Ohio Wesleyan University seeks to fill a tenure-track Assistant Professor
position in Elementary Education. This position combines a small, supportive, liberal arts community,
with the opportunity to support innovative, forward-thinking elementary and inclusive elementary
programs (PK-grade 5). The OWU Education Department is committed to preparing dedicated, justice-
minded, and highly qualified teachers through our mission to prepare competent, committed, professional
teachers for a diverse, democratic society.


The successful candidate will teach six units or the equivalent per year (3/3 teaching load); required
responsibilities include Teaching for Equity and Social Justice. Priority will be given to applicants who
can teach Educational Psychology, Elementary Field Practicum and Elementary Student Teaching.
Dependent upon the applicant’s areas of expertise, other courses may include Integrated Elementary
Methods I and II, and Introduction to Early Childhood Education.  


Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in Elementary Education or a related field by the time of appointment, August
  • 1, 2021; will consider applicants who have made substantial progress towards completion of a
  • doctorate (ABD).
  • Applicants should have a minimum of five (5) years of elementary public-school teaching.  
  • Experience with field/student teaching supervision and college-level teaching is desired,
  • including evidence of an ability to coordinate with area schools to arrange field placements, and
  • assess and report on program effectiveness.
  • Commitment to progressive, anti-racist education for all learners, particularly those from
  • underrepresented groups.
  • Evidence of an existing research agenda is strongly preferred.
  • A desire to work in an environment that values collaboration, diversity, student learning, and
  • respect for all people.
  • A willingness to learn about, engage in, and support accreditation and assessment requirements.
  • Appreciation for the unique opportunities that teaching in an undergraduate, liberal arts institution
  • provides an intellectually engaged faculty member.


Located in the Columbus, Ohio metropolitan area, Ohio Wesleyan is a selective residential liberal arts
college enrolling approximately 1,500 students from across the nation and around the world.  The
college’s signature program, the OWU Connection, is designed to integrate student knowledge across
disciplines, consider diverse and global perspectives, and teach students to apply their knowledge in real-
world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives and was recently listed
as the No. 1 liberal arts college in Ohio for social mobility by U.S. News and World Report.  OWU is
located in Delaware, OH, a lively college town just 30 minutes from Columbus, the 14th most populous
city in the United States and part of the fastest-growing, most economically vibrant areas of the Midwest. 
Columbus was named by LinkedIn as one of the top 10 U.S. cities in which to launch your career.
OWU offers extensive support for junior faculty, including competitive professional-development
funding, pre-tenure research leave after a successful third-year review, opportunities for student-faculty
research collaboration, and a range of workshops and mentoring programs to develop our strengths as
teacher-scholars. 


To achieve our mission, we continually strive to foster a diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist campus
community, which celebrates the value of all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, color, gender
identity and or expression, sexual orientation, family configuration, disability, socioeconomic status,
religion, national origin, age or military status. OWU is an equal opportunity institution and seeks

applications from individuals who will help us honor and strengthen our commitments to diversity,
inclusion, and anti-racism.   


This job is part of a cluster of positions with which Ohio Wesleyan seeks to further diversify its
curriculum and faculty.  This faculty cohort will join an educational community that values equity and
interdisciplinarity and fosters close working relationships with students through our signature program in
experiential learning, the OWU Connection. Incoming faculty will be provided with mentoring,
professional development funds, and opportunities to connect with faculty across the Ohio 5 and GLCA
consortia.  For more information about the cluster, please visit www.owu.edu/joinOWUfaculty. For more
information about Academic Affairs and its commitment to anti-racism, please visit https://owu.edu/dei.
To apply, please send the following materials to facultyjobs@owu.edu and put “Search Number 2021-
0024” in the subject line.


1) cover letter, 
2) curriculum vitae, 
3) diversity statement (This should include your experience with, and vision for, teaching, mentoring, and
recruiting students from underrepresented backgrounds; how you promote inclusivity and anti-racism in
the higher education classroom; and how you will foster diverse perspectives among students, faculty, and
campus community),
3) statement of teaching philosophy, 
4) official graduate transcripts, and 
5) three letters of reference. 


Completed application packets may also be forwarded to: Dr. Sarah Kaka, Department of Education,
Ohio Wesleyan University, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, OH 43015.
Review of applications will begin on January 4, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. 
Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Sarah Kaka, Search Committee Chair
(sjkaka@owu.edu). This position is eligible for a comprehensive benefits package.

Job Type
Department