Assistant Professor of Education

Search # 2021-0024

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.


  • 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 (A.B.D.).
  • 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 & World Report.  OWU is located in Delaware, Ohio, 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 antiracist 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 antiracism.

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 For more information about Academic Affairs and its commitment to antiracism, please visit

To apply, please send the following materials to 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 antiracism in the higher education classroom; and how you will foster diverse perspectives among students, faculty, and campus community),
  4. Statement of teaching philosophy, 
  5. Official graduate transcripts, and 
  6. 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. This position is eligible for a comprehensive benefits package.

Contact Info


Office of Human Resources
University Hall #003
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, Ohio 43015
P 740-368-3388