Instructor of Elementary Urban Education

Memphis, TN

University of Memphis

The Department of Instruction & Curriculum Leadership in the College of Education seeks an Instructor of Elementary Urban Education. This is a full-time, twelve-month, non-tenure track faculty appointment starting on August 16, 2021.  The expected teaching load is five courses per semester of the academic year and two courses in the summer.  This position includes spending productive time in partner elementary   schools.  The desired candidate will have experience in the content area of elementary teacher education, urban teacher education, and field-based teacher education.  The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to high quality teaching and service at a large research-based institution that integrates high leverage practices into their coursework and professional development.  The candidate should have knowledge of the edTPA, university teaching experience (including face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning environments), and teaching experience with K-5 children and families from diverse cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds and have a commitment to preservice teacher preparation programs that directly lead to licensure.  The applicant should be committed to (1) diversity, social justice, and equity in order to promote effective learning; (2) culturally relevant practice; (3) engaging history and present social inequities and uses reflective practice to challenge their work and explicitly confront social inequality; and (4) reflecting on their own identities in relationship to social justice as it pertains to local, national and/or global contexts.  (Position 009257)


  • Teach undergraduate and/or graduate Special Education field-based methods courses on or off-campus or online.
  • Mentor and supervise teacher education candidates in field experiences and residency in PK-5 schools.
  • Provide professional service to surrounding community partners, programs and urban schools.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and service.
  • Teach four courses in spring, three courses in summer, and four courses in fall.
  • Provide service to the college and department.


Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications.  The position 009257 is a twelve-month non-tenure track faculty appointment with anticipated start date of August 16, 2021.  The University offers an excellent benefits package including healthcare and retirement.  The state of Tennessee has no state income tax, and the Memphis area has a very reasonable cost of living.


Review of applications will begin April 5, 2021 and may continue until the position is filled.  The department welcomes a diverse set of applicants.  Applications are to be submitted electronically at Applicants are required to upload (1) a detailed a letter of application describing their teaching, research and service interests, and leadership experience, (2) curriculum vita, (3) names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of four references.  Applicants will receive a confirmation number when all application materials are received.  Letters of reference and a transcript will be requested upon interview.


The University of Memphis is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as one of two public research universities and the only community engaged public university in Tennessee.It has seven colleges and six schools serving a diverse population of nearly 22,000 students, including 4,500 graduate students.The University is strongly committed to its urban mission and outreach programs and recognizes the diverse and integrated role played by faculty and administration in fulfilling a comprehensive mission of research, education, and community outreach.The department offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees. The mission of the ICL Department is to prepare our graduates with the content knowledge, skills and dispositions informed by teaching, research, and service to become reflective practitioners and collaborative leaders within diverse settings focusing on urban education. For additional information, please see the websites of the university (, the college (, and the department (


Posted: 03/30/2021