Assistant Professor of Elementary Education

The Department of Education at Nebraska Wesleyan University seeks applicants for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Elementary Education beginning August 2020. The successful candidate should be a dynamic, team-oriented educator with a passion for teaching, student learning, and collaboration. This is a full-time, 9-month position with teaching responsibilities in both the undergraduate and M.Ed. program. Our growing undergraduate and graduate programs have both day and evening programs on campuses in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. 

  • Teach undergraduate courses in the Department of Education, to include math and/or science elementary methods and other methods courses;
  • Supervise practica associated with methods courses;
  • Teach graduate courses in the M.Ed. program;
  • Supervise student teachers and graduate students;
  • Advise graduate students;
  • Collaborate with department colleagues on issues related to the education programs;
  • Serve on department, university, and statewide committees as part of their service;
  • Engage in scholarship and professional development;
  • Utilize classroom applications of technology at the Elementary School level;
  • Encourage responsibility and creativity in the student teaching experience.
  • PhD or Ed.D. focusing on the field of education is required. Exceptional ABD candidates with a dissertation defense date may be considered.
  • Evidence of successful teaching at the K-5 or university levels within the United States is required (minimum three years).
  • An understanding of culturally proficient processes and practices is essential.
  • Ability and flexibility to accept instructional assignments in both Lincoln and Omaha that may include days and evenings, as well as a valid driver’s license and access to transportation are required.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with successful experience teaching or the ability to develop and offer courses in one or more of the following areas: Assessment and Instruction, STEM courses, Educational Equity and Social Change.
  • Familiarity with Canvas course technology or similar LMS software is a plus.
  • Other qualities we are seeking include:
    • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication, and problem-solving skills, along with ability to work both independently and collaboratively;
    • Work ethic that promotes teamwork, enhances creativity and motivation, and builds consensus in a high-energy and high-task environment;
    • Strong commitment to student-centered active learning and student engagement activities;
    • Demonstrated engagement in scholarly and/ or professional development activities including appropriate research, presentations and publications;
    • Ability to maintain academic qualifications and to meet the NDE requirements for teaching in the undergraduate program;
    • Qualification to supervise student teachers and practicum students for a range of grade levels;
    • Appreciation for a liberal arts tradition;
    • Demonstrated record of academic excellence with professional and personal integrity;
    • Knowledge of higher education and K-6 education goals and state standards;
    • Experience instructing or working with English language learners.


The final ranking of candidates will be determined by the Provost based on:

  1. completed candidate credentials and
  2. search committee recommendations.


Nebraska Wesleyan University Education Department Vision Statement

To be the premiere educational institution for training successful, culturally proficient educators


Nebraska Wesleyan University Education Department Mission Statement

Providing exemplary undergraduate and graduate programs, comprised of classes taught by talented and caring faculty, for students committed to becoming effective educators, serving their communities, and persisting in lifelong learning 

Commitment to Diversity

Diversity is a core value of Nebraska Wesleyan University’s mission and we embrace it as a source of strength.  The education departments Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate how they are able to enhance and embrace this University core value in a diversity statement submitted as part of their application materials. 

Nebraska Wesleyan University provides equal educational and employment opportunities to qualified persons in all areas of university operation without regard to religion or creed, age, genetic information, gender identity and expression, sexual identity and orientation, veteran status, disability, marital status, race, or national or ethnic origin, in compliance with state and federal laws, including but not limited to Title XII, Title IX, and the ADA. E-Verify, EOE.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a letter of application addressing qualifications, current curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as a teaching philosophy statement, syllabi, and/or teaching evaluations), a statement of your commitment to diversity and inclusion, particularly addressing how this influences your teaching, the names of three professional references, and unofficial transcripts to the following URL:  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.