Spangler Distinguished Professorship of Early Child Literacy

Spangler Distinguished Professorship of Early Child Literacy

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Position Title Spangler Distinguished Professorship of Early Child Literacy

Tenure Status Tenured

Provide Rank Associate Professor or Full Professor

Position Number 095431

Department Reading Education & Specl Education – 260200

Position Summary Information

Minimum Qualifications

The Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University is pleased to invite applications for the Spangler Distinguished Professorship of Early Child Literacy housed in the Department of Reading Education and Special Education (RESE). The person selected shall have experience and credentials as a teacher and scholar commensurate with the rank of associate or full professor with tenure in the Reich College of Education. The initial appointment will be for a period of five years and will be renewable subject to performance goals being met by the professorship holder. This position will potentially begin August 15, 2022.


The College offers undergraduate and graduate programs designed to prepare teacher candidates for initial and advanced licensure in teacher education programs, and literacy education specifically. For example, the Department of RESE offers an M.A. in Reading Education and coordinates a literacy concentration within the EdD. in Educational Leadership. The College also oversees two laboratory schools that provide a balanced education for children with a particular focus on evidence-based practices in reading instruction. The Spangler Distinguished Professorship of Early Child Literacy will join three other distinguished professors to serve as a network of early literacy expertise with the purpose of advancing the UNC System’s current literacy initiatives across 15 educator preparation programs, through engaging in outreach and dissemination of best practice. The Spangler Distinguished Professors may serve on statewide literacy committees in an advisory capacity to elevate how UNC System institutions are ensuring the production of well-prepared teachers of reading. In addition, the cadre of professors will enhance partnerships with school districts across North Carolina to foster collaboration between teacher education programs and current teachers in the field.

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Minimum Qualifications:

Must hold a doctoral-level degree in literacy or related field.

Associate Professor or Professor with a distinguished record of teaching, research, and service.

Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)

The department especially seeks individuals with the following qualifications.

Established research paradigm in early literacy.

Knowledge of evidence-based early literacy practices.

Experience in educating pre-service and practicing teachers.

Successful experience in collaborating with K-12 teachers and higher education faculty.

License/Certification Required


Description of the Department or Unit

The Reich College of Education offers a broad range of comprehensive degree programs: Baccalaureate, Masters, Specialist and Doctoral levels as well as programs leading to certification and licensure. The college seeks to provide a well-balanced program of classroom and clinical experiences while maintaining a cooperative, forward-thinking posture, with emphasis on excellence in teaching, learning, research, scholarship, and outreach. This position resides in the Department of Reading Education and Special Education which offers innovative programs focusing on all facets of reading, writing, language, specific areas of special education, and the Anderson Reading Clinic. Additional information on the department and college can be found on the program website and the college website

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Spangler Distinguished Professor will teach literacy courses; maintain scholarly productivity in research; seek external funds to support research activities; mentor and collaborate with faculty and doctoral students; interact with, and provide instruction and professional development for the laboratory schools’ instructional staff; provide service/outreach to the field and profession; and participate in literacy initiatives at the institution, local, state, national, and international levels.


The Spangler Distinguished Professor will teach at least two courses annually in Reich College of Education’s teacher preparation programs, with the opportunity to teach undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral-level courses.

The Professor will assume a position of leadership in the college to collaborate, engage in professional development, and mentor doctoral students in early literacy.

The Professor will conduct research in early literacy to advance the field and establish a strong presence for the Reich College of Education in the state and nation as a leader in reading instruction.

The Professor will take the lead in serving as liaison between Appalachian’s two laboratory schools and the reading education program as well as plan and facilitate professional development and instruction for lab school staff to extend the work of the literacy innovation leaders.

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The Professor will engage in collaboration with other Spangler Distinguished Professors to address early literacy teacher education issues in the state of North Carolina, including the design and delivery of high-quality professional development for in-service teachers that will significantly enhance the capacity of schools to employ evidence-based practices in reading instruction.

The Professor will serve in an advisory capacity for progress in the UNC system’s literacy initiatives to include enhancements to the UNC System Literacy Framework Implementation Guide.

Type of Position Full Time Position

Appointment Type 1.0

Number Of Months Per Year 9

Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of classroom and educational environments in a professional position at a university.

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Posting Details Information

Posting Date 03/15/2022

Closing Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Evaluation of Applications Begins 04/01/2022

Proposed Date of Hire 08/15/2022

Suggested Salary Range Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For a complete application, please apply and submit all below-required documents electronically through Appalachian State University’s Job Board:


Cover Letter


List of three Professional References with Contact Information


Please note this position is based on enrollment and subject to available funding.

Disability Accommodation Information

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Maranda Maxey, ADA/504 Coordinator, at 828-262-3056 or

AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

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Important Contacts:


Director of Human Resources/EEO Officer

Office of Human Resources

330 University Hall Dr.

Boone, NC 28608

(828) 262-3187


Office of Title IX Compliance

123 I.G. Greer Hall

Boone, NC 28608

(828) 262-2144


ADA/504 Coordinator & Office of Disability Resources Director

Office of Disability Resources

224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall

Boone, NC 28608

(828) 262-3056

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.



We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.



We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

Background Check Statement

Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

Eligibility for Employment

Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed.

Search Chair Name Monica Lambert and Woodrow Trathen

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

Cover Letter / Letter of Interest

Curriculum Vitae

List of References with Contact Information

Optional Documents

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Office of Human Resources

330 University Hall Dr.

Boone, NC 28608

Phone: 828-262-3187

Fax: 828-262-6489

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