Director of Teacher Education

Iowa State University in Iowa

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted November 13, 2013
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

 The School of Education (SOE) in the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University invites applications for the position of Director of Teacher Education with a start date of August 16, 2014. Candidates will be eligible for faculty appointment at the rank of professor or associate professor with tenure, depending on qualifications. The Director will play a critical role in guiding and supporting the Schools vision to be a leading US teacher preparation institution. We thus seek a dynamic, innovative, and enthusiastic colleague who will join a collaborative faculty in designing and enacting ambitious, practice-based PK-12 pre-service teacher education programs at Iowa State. Successful candidates will have a record of excellence in teacher education-related research, teaching, and grant acquisition and demonstrated commitment to equitable educational access and opportunity for all students.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Direct SOE Teacher Education programs, lead the university-wide Educator Preparation Coordinating Council, and oversee accreditation initiatives and processes.
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff in the teacher education program to articulate and enact an integrated, ambitious vision of practice-based teacher education that will prepare professionals to work in an increasingly diverse and inequitable society.
  • Contribute as a faculty member in the SOEs graduate and undergraduate teacher certification programs, and masters/doctoral level programs.
  • Collaboratewith the Dean, the Director of the School of Education, the Director of Teacher Education Services, members of the teacher education faculty and staff, and other interested faculty and community leaders to envision, design, develop and deliver professional education programs. More specifically, the ideal candidate will:
    • Coordinate and, where appropriate participate, in a research program to study the preparation of PK-12 teachers and their relationships with students, parents, and communities;
    • Facilitate program offerings, field experiences, and internships that are embedded in substantive community engagement and renewal of both the University and partner school districts;
    • Collaborate with teacher education faculty and staff to foster coherence and alignment between coursework and field experiences;
    • Foster community relationships to create additional opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to work with students with diverse linguistic, cultural, socioeconomic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds;
    • Facilitate student recruitment, retention and support to increase the number of students from traditionally under-represented groups in our teacher education programs;
    • Redefine and strengthen partnerships with faculty in disciplinary departments to create opportunities for teacher education students to learn subject matter knowledge.

SOE faculty are actively engaged in research, teaching, and outreach activities that involve area schools, education agencies, the Iowa Department of Education, as well as national and international collaborations. Please visit our School of Education website ( and our Teacher Education Program website ( for more information.

Iowa State University, one of only 34 public universities to have earned designation as an AAU university, is a leading land-grant institution located in Ames, IA, one of the nations highest rated metropolitan areas of its size (  Centrally located in a state experiencing significant demographic transition, Iowa State Universitys School of Education is committed to fostering collaborative relationships with culturally- and linguistically-diverse communities and schools.

Required Qualifications: Appointments at the Professor or Associate Professor level must hold a doctorate in education or a closely related field and meet university standards for appointment at the respective rank including publications in top-tier refereed journals, acquisition of external funding for research activities, and nationally recognized contributions to scholarship in area of expertise.

Preferred Qualifications: We are seeking a nationally recognized scholar in teacher education who has:

  • Successful administrative experience leading a teacher education program.
  • Demonstrated research agenda in teacher education, and/or teacher education program development.
  • Experience directing organizational development addressing program, curricular, pedagogical and licensure issues in education-related fields.
  • Experience fostering partnerships with students, faculty and staff within the university; with other teacher preparation programs in the state; and with educational policymakers and community leaders.
  • Demonstrated commitment to honoring student, faculty and staff diversity.
  • Evidence of ability to communicate the schools vision for teacher education.


Salary: Commensurate with qualifications.

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the universitys verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check. Appointment at the Associate or Professor level will require review according to university guidelines for appointment with tenure.

To Apply: All application materials must be submitted electronically at  Once on the website, search by Vacancy ID #131126 and apply by clicking on Apply for this Vacancy. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1)    A letter of application addressing your qualifications for the position;

2)    A complete curriculum vitae which includes current email contact information;

3)    A scholarly manuscript that reflects work you have done that is relevant to the position (please attach as Other Documents) and;

4)    Name, mailing address, phone number and e-mail for three academic references. Reference letters will be requested for candidates who advance through the search process.

If you have questions, please send an email to Marjorie Smith,

 If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or all 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin January 8, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.